November 15th, 2010
09:14 AM ET

TSA fights opt-out campaign, looks at new security 'options'

Passengers and pilots have already expressed discomfort with TSA’s revealing full-body scanners and too-close-for-comfort pat downs. Now, at least one is doing so publicly.

Over the weekend, a 31-year-old man refused a pat down at a San Diego airport. After threatening a TSA agent, he left the airport with a $10,000 fine. The cell phone video where he tells a TSA agent, don't "touch my junk," has gone viral.

Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano is speaking out, too. She wrote a USA Today column defending pat downs and scanners and asking passengers for their patience.

TSA Administrator John Pistole, who meets with Napolitano Monday, told American Morning's John Roberts how TSA is changing its tone with passengers.

Pistole responds to passengers planning a "National Opt-Out Day" in protest of the scanners and Capt. Sully Sullenberger's recent comments that he didn't understand the purpose of screening pilots.

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  1. Brad

    You're a brainwashed robot if you think these invasive methods are an acceptable means of increasing security. It's all window dressing and you Americans who would trade your liberty for security, deserve neither. (If I may borrow a quote from Ben Franklin)

    November 19, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Brad

    Robert said: These posters are an example of why America has become one of the dumbest countires in the world.

    I believe this coward would be happy living in a small box surrounded by soldiers as long as there was no chance his peaceful existence on this planet could go on without fear of a terrorist strike. There's no such thing in life as security folks. There's no 100% fix to our problems; get over it, live life, and you'll be happier.

    November 19, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Carmen

    Question....Where are the latest Bombs and Terrorist coming from???? OTHER countries!!!!!!!! Not here...WHY? Someone say TSA!!!!

    November 21, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Carmen

    Question....Where are the latest Bombs and Terrorist coming from???? OTHER countries! Not here...WHY? Someone say TSA!

    November 21, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. dontask

    poor americans, can you explain to me what cavity search is? (english is my second language). hahaha

    November 21, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Resource

      They pretty much pat you down on all parts of your body and I mean all. They treat you like a criminal. For elder people they have been putting their hands inside their pants. Don't write poor americans like we are spoiled. No non criminals should go through this. Like I said in my comment, if Barack Obama believes these pat downs are safe and necessary, I wanna see him put himself and his wife and daughters through it. You feel violated when its done.

      November 22, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Resource

    What would the president say if him and his wife and daughters had to be treated like criminals and be patted down including their junk. If he believes pat downs are for our safety I wanna see him and his family go through it if he believes they are okay.

    November 22, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
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