NEWARK - Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the government will soon be rolling out a different airport pat-down policy for children under 12.

She says the children will no longer have to take off their shoes to be screened. The policy also includes other ways to screen young children without resorting to a pat-down that involves touching private areas.

Napolitano made the comments yesterday at a Senate hearing on the terror threat to the United States.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) anticipates these changes, which will begin rolling out in select airports this week, will continue to strengthen and streamline the security screening process for travelers.

TSA officials say officers will get extra training before the changes take effect.