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TSA chief holding on to pat-down policies

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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:

Author: Jacqui Barrineau

Jacqui Barrineau is a writer and editor who lives in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., with husband Trey, a Shetland Sheepdog and two unhelpful-but-funny cats. Her work has appeared in "So to Speak" and "Calliope," and she's a regular contributor to the flash-fiction sites Paragraph Planet and Doorknobs & Bodypaint. Once upon a time, she was the audience engagement editor at USA Today. Now she does other fun things that involve advertising, marketing and social media. The views expressed here and in other outlets are hers, not her clients'. Outside of work, she's proud to serve on the Northern Virginia Community College Marketing Advisory Committee. As a committee member, she joins industry leaders in lending their knowledge and expertise to ensure the college's Marketing curriculum is relevant and responsive to the needs of the students and the surrounding business communities.

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