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Published September 15, 2011, 10:22 PM

TSA Changing Security Rules For Kids

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - TSA workers are going to ease airport screening for children. Parents are happy to hear that children will have a little more leeway before they board.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - TSA workers are going to ease airport screening for children.

Parents are happy to hear that children will have a little more leeway before they board.

The Transportation Security Administration is rolling out changes for passengers 12 and under this week, and shifting focus to passengers who are more likely a risk.

Melissa Johnson felt safe going through the gates before her recent trip to Arizona with her two young daughters, Grace and Molly.

"I think they were patient, they understood it would take a while with children that time," Johnson said.

This was the little ones' first trip on an airplane. Walking through security was a little hectic for the Johnsons, but some of that will change with the new TSA regulations.

For one thing, children 12 and under will no longer have to take off their shoes.

"I think that will help, it's hard enough to get our shoes off and their bags and our bags and everything. I think that will be one less thing to worry about," Johnson said.

Alternative screening measures will permit children multiple passes through the metal detector, or advanced imaging technology, which should lead to fewer pat downs.

"I think it is uncomfortable to have strangers, you know we warn them of strangers and then to have strangers touching them," Johnson said.

Security is implementing these changes to focus efforts on other areas.

"Well our job is security and we're always looking at the latest intelligence and assessing risk so this will allow our officers to better focus their efforts on other passengers that are more likely to pose a risk to aviation security," TSA Spokeswoman Carrie Harmon said.

Parents like Johnson are just happy their trip will be a little easier.

"Sometimes I just think it's too much," Johnson said.

TSA is starting to roll out changes starting Thursday, which will be implemented at all airports by the end of the month.

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