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:
Video shows a 3-year-old accosted by TSA screener. She screams “stop touching me” and the screener doesn’t. Mom was holding her, but still, the screener was out of line. More evidence of the invasive nature of the TSA’s new aggressive pat-downs.
Also, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says she’s “open” to fliers’ complaints about the full-body scans and the TSA’s grabby pat-downs.