New TSA policy? Empty your pockets when you’re being screened

If you’re confused by the TSA’s many new security protocols — from enhanced pat-downs to printer cartridge bans — then you probably don’t want to know about Eugene Solomon.

When Solomon was screened in Bozeman, Mont., a few days ago, a TSA officer instructed him to remove everything from his pockets before he walked through a magnetometer.

The TSA officer told me they had a new protocol and I was to empty all of my pockets. This was not secondary screening. I asked if this included my wallet and cash in my pocket. The response was “we would like you to.”

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