Should Pilots Be Allowed To Skip Body Scans?

By Artie Ojeda
|  Thursday, Nov 11, 2010  |  Updated 8:59 PM PDT
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Should Pilots Be Allowed To Skip Body Scans?

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Should Pilots Be Allowed To Skip Body Scans?

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In light of recent Al Queda activity, the Transportation Security Administration has stepped up its pat-down searches for passengers who opt out of the new full body scans.

The new techniques, however, are offending some passengers. TSA officers are now sliding the front of their hands up the inside of passengers' legs and across their chests.

Among those who are saying enough is enough: Pilots. Several unions are calling on members to refuse the body scans and instead request a pat-down search in private. Union officials are also citing health concerns.
 
"It's the cumulative affect of all this radiation we're taking in, that we're saying, 'You know what? We're not going to participate in this,' " said Scott Shanklan with the Allied Pilots Association.

Many travelers are not sympathetic, though.
 
"It would make sense to me if we're looking for total security," said Andre DesJardin, a San Diego resident. "How hard is it to impersonate a pilot these days? Somebody could get through the security checkpoint and then change into civilian clothes."
 
In a statement, the TSA said the new security procedures are necessary and that we are frequently reminded that our enemy is creative and willing to go to great lengths to evade detection.
 
 

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