Airport Security: Pilots Speak-Out

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - With the Thanksgiving travel crush looming,
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 pushing back against the full-body scans
and probing pat-downs.

The head of the Air Line Pilots Association says he's optimistic the agency will soon approve a "crew pass" system. 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."

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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