There are no body scanners at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, but airport officials say new enhanced pat downs will be used as a last resort.
Passengers will still go through metal detectors at ABIA, but if the alarm sounds, they will receive a standard pat down with a metal detecting wand. If the wand goes off and TSA personnel can't find the source of the alarm, they will perform the enhanced pat down. The new policy began at ABIA at the end of October.
Full-body scanners and enhanced pat downs have faced scrutiny from some travelers, but the head of the Transportation Security Administration recently said the new security measures are necessary for the nation's safety.
ABIA officials are asking passengers with flights before 8 a.m. to get to the airport two hours before take-off. Passengers on later flights should get to the airport 90 minutes before their scheduled departure.
ABIA officials say air travel is up five percent this year.