I finally got to leave Virginia. Awesome.
A USA TODAY poll reports 57% of adult fliers are angered by the invasive pat-downs the TSA instituted Nov. 1 as part of a way to further endear the agency to a flying public — the very public that is already pissed off at big government and proved it at the polls Nov. 2.
The polls also shows 42% are angered or bothered by the virtual strip searches provided by the so-called Advanced Imaging Technology systems.
For a list of airports using the full-body scanners, click here.
The TSA’s John Pistole tries to make fliers feel better about being groped and virtually strip-searched in this video posted on YouTube.
Video shows John Pistole at the Monitor Breakfast. He’s eating breakfast, folks. Not crow.
Holy Victoria’s Secret! Here’s where Pistole talks about the many bra bombers that TSA thwarts each year.
In an update, CBS reports that the TSA is responding to the video that features a so-called strip search of a boy.
Pew Rearch Center poll also shows 37% of Americans say the government does a good job of protecting citizens.
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: