John Pistole, administrator for the Transportation Security Administration, testified before the Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday that the invasive pat-down searches and full-body scans are necessary measures and the agency would not be changing its policies.
Meanwhile, the backlash grows, and not just among the passengers. Pilot unions are balking, too: The Allied Pilots Association, which represents 11,000 American Airlines pilots, suggests pilots refuse the full-body scans, citing concerns about radiation and privacy. And on Tuesday, a Christian civil liberties organization filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington, D.C., on behalf of two pilots, Michael Roberts and Ann Poe, who refused both the scanning and agressive pat-down. The suit charges the procedures violate the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition of unreasonable search and seizure.
Earlier: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the scanners are safe and the pat-downs are discreet. Is she flying Delta?
Also earlier — Threatlevel Midnight: WIRED piece on the TSA’s investigation of the “Don’t Touch My Junk” passenger.
And to help ease the nausea of the situation, some humor: