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New TSA security measures aren’t flying with flight crews

A woman is checked by a full body scanner at the airport in Hamburg, Germany.
A woman is checked by a full body scanner at the airport in Hamburg, Germany.
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Pilots and flight attendants are up in arms about new security procedures recently implemented by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Flight attendant unions are receiving daily calls about “invasive pat-downs” by TSA employees and at least one complaint has been filed. Meanwhile, the president of one of the largest pilot unions is telling his members to avoid the full body scanners, citing health concerns about radiation. Refusing both options, some pilots have been left unfit to fly. What’s your choice - radiation or blue-glove groping? Are these procedures making us safer? Or has airport security reached a new level of absurdity?


Erroll Southers, Adjunct Professor and Associate Director of Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) at the University of Southern California. Former Deputy Director of Homeland Security for Gov. Schwarzenegger and former FBI Special Agent. President Obama nominated him to be the Assistant Secretary of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Kate Hanni, Founder, Coalition for an Airline Passengers Bill of Rights