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Monday
Nov222010

Report: Americans Value Safety over Privacy at Airports

Photo Courtesy - ABC News | Washington Post(WASHINGTON) -- Results from a recent poll by ABC News and The Washington Post say that Americans are in favor of the use of naked-image full-body X-ray scanners at airport security checkpoints by a two-to-one margin.

Despite the support for full-body scans, 50 percent of Americans polled said they are not in favor of aggressive pat-down procedures. Additionally, those who fly most frequently show the most opposition to the enhanced security checks.

Ultimately, those surveyed seemed to value safety over privacy.

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Wednesday
Nov172010

Head of TSA Defends Advanced Pat-downs

Full Body Scans via Advanced Imaging Technology. Photo Courtesy - www dot TSA dot gov(WASHINGTON) -- The head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was back on Capitol Hill Wednesday to answer more questions about subjecting airline passengers to enhanced pat-downs and Advanced Imaging Technology.

TSA Administrator John Pistole defended the enhanced pat-down policy and revealed that prior to signing off on the new procedures that allow screeners to use the front of their hands on sensitive areas of the body, he went through the screening himself.

Senator Byron Dorgan D-N.D. asked Pistole if the pat-down made him uncomfortable. "Yes," said Pistole, "it was clearly more invasive than I was used to."

As for why these pat-downs were put in place, Pistole said that a combination of intelligence and covert testing lead him to conclude that the TSA needed to be more thorough in their efforts. Regarding covert testing, Pistole told the Senate Commerce Committee, "one of the things they found as a common denominator was when…the covert testing was able to get through security, it was largely because we were not being thorough enough in our pat-downs."

The new TSA policy of screening passengers has come under fire on the Internet and in conservative media outlets. A California man's fuzzy cell phone video of his combative patdown by a TSA agent, and his exhortation to the screener not to touch "my junk" went viral.

Relatives of some of the Americans killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks defended the scanners Tuesday.

"The biggest insult to those murdered on September 11, 2001 is to ignore the lessons we have learned to prevent future attacks," said Carie LeMack, a co-founder of the Global Survivor's network.

"I feel obligated to implore all those opposing aviation security measures to instead propose alternatives to ensure the safety and security of the flying public," said LeMack. "Simply complaining about current aviation security tactics is not enough -- to deny the evolving threat we face is foolish."

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