Pilots Don't Like the Airline "Strip Searches" Either
The holidays are coming, and so is the holiday travel crunch.
Federal air security officials have to convince more than the flying public of the need for new anti-terrorism screening procedures.
Some airline pilots are fighting back against the full-body scans and probing pat-downs.
However, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitino says the full-body scans will not be as bad as everyone thinks.
The head of the Air Line Pilots Association says he’s optimistic the agency will soon approve a “crew pass” system however.
Capt. John Prater says that would allow flight attendants and pilots to undergo less-stringent screenings.
And a spokesman for the Allied Pilots Association, which represents American Airlines pilots, says he’s still waiting for the biometric identification cards unveiled after nine years ago to be issued.
Sam Mayer says “at the end of the day we’re not the threat.” He says the TSA should “concentrate on getting bad guys.”