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Airport Screeners Don New Eye-Catching Duds


TSA says new uniforms calm travelers and make spotting terrorists easier

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TSA says new uniforms calm travelers and make spotting terrorists easier
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By eTN Staff Writer | Dec 05, 2008

WILMINGTON, MA - This fall, the federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) began jettisoning its relatively bland white-shirted uniforms in favor of eye-catching, royal blue ones for its 43,000 airport screeners. The TSA reports the new shirts project a more professional look and instill a greater sense of calm among passengers. In turn, the agency says fewer nervous travelers now make behavior profiling of potential terrorists more effective.

It's such proven results that have other organizations adopting similar measures as part of their need to address day-to-day safety concerns, said Adam Soreff, a spokesman for UniFirst Corporation. "By outfitting their employees in workwear that's job-specific - usually through the combined use of emblems and color coding - these companies find they can quickly spot who does or does not belong in specific work areas."

From ground-level manufacturing operations to high-looming airport terminals, a wide range of organizations in today's post 9/11 world are outfitting their employees in uniquely designed uniforms to help prevent security threats.



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