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In response to widespread public outrage, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced they will try their best to limit incidences involving "granny pat-downs":

The new screening protocols, to begin as a test on March 19 at O'Hare and three other airports, are similar to the less-intrusive screening implemented last year for children 12 and younger, the TSA said.

It means elderly passengers won't have to remove their shoes and light outerwear at airport screening checkpoints, officials said.

And instead of automatically being patted down if an alarm sounds, they will be permitted to go through touch-free screening equipment a second time to resolve the issue, officials said.

Other airports where senior citizens can begin to breathe a sigh of relief include Denver, Orlando and Portland who will also begin testing the new protocols.

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