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TSA Hopes LAX Choir To Ease Pat-Down Pain

Security agents double as carolers
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(courtesy of USA TODAY)

(courtesy of USA TODAY)

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — As the holiday travel season kicks into high gear, the Transportation Security Administration wants to give passengers at LAX something more than just a good once-over — they want to sing Christmas carols.

A group of seventeen singers and musicians makes up the “TSA Choir” that has caught travelers off-guard with their impromptu performances at the nation’s second-busiest airport, according to USA Today.

In the wake of a national backlash over enhanced security measures at U.S. airports that have drawn increased scrutiny, TSA officials may be hoping to repair their public image by spreading Christmas cheer while passengers wait in line.

The choir, made up entirely of TSA security agents, are all volunteers who have practiced off-duty since 2003 for serenades during Christmas, during Memorial Day and other busy airport holidays.

(©2010 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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