The TSA succumbs to its fair share of criticism for everything from passenger screenings to pat-down procedures, but considering that the federal organization screens more that two million passengers every day, it's impressive that it doesn't court even more controversy. The TSA is committed to preserving the safety of US travelers and citizens while still adhering to their rights as travelers, and the new PATT mannequin is a tool that can help officers with that commitment.
PATT, which is short for Pat-down Accuracy Training Tool, is a stand-alone mannequin that comes in both male and female body types. Both models contain a layer of sensors throughout the entire mannequin that measure the amount of pressure officers are applying while patting it down. Those sensors are connected to a computer that registers this pressure, and the data can be used to improve trainees' techniques.