November 19th, 2010
03:31 PM ET

TSA to 'streamline' pilots' security screening

The Transportation Security Administration is taking "additional steps to streamline security screening for U.S. air carrier pilots," TSA Administrator John Pistole announced Friday.

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  1. Yep

    This is little more than an attempt by TSA to take some of the steam out of the movement against these intrusive searches. If a terrorist really wants to blow up a plane, they are going to place the explosives inside their bodies where the scanners cannot detect their presence. Whoops, shouldn't have said that, next stop body cavity searches.

    November 19, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • wizz

      Fortunately this was already tried in an assassination attempt. It only succeeded in blowing up the would-be suicide assassin. That's not to say that the TSA isn't already stocking up on extra gloves though.

      November 19, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr.X

      Five words: Snakes on a M@#$%^king Plane!

      November 19, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Suzanne

      Exactly, you can carry it internally and then place it against the skin of the plane and bring it down. The amount of PETN that can be internally concealed is more than enough to bring down a plane.

      November 19, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • SoArizona

      Air Marshal's on every flight would be cheaper and more effective

      November 19, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Walter

      I don't think the terrorist will go internal. The TSA Agents are only groping genitalia with greater enthusiasm to detect foreign objects.... not whether the genitalia in question is authentic.... a little augmentation with super glue and rubber cement should be sufficient.... and perhaps learning how to groan like Barry White should get them through.

      November 19, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Got $#'s to back that up?

      November 19, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Bruce Schneier for TSA Director! This man is smart...listen to him people, please listen to him: http://www.schneier.com/

      November 19, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Gordon

    So, one sentence is now a story? What does this even mean?

    November 19, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denizen Kate

      Right there with ya. I clicked on this because I thought maybe I would see something more substantial about how they will "streamline" security check-in for pilots. And what about other non-pilot flight crew? I don't think I'd want the job if it meant I had to go through those scanners every day. If xrays are unsafe, doesn't it stand to reason that the scanners are still at the least an unknown possible danger to our health?

      November 19, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason Wood

      Why even have articles? Lets just move to headlines only. All the news on one page. No clicking. Oh but keep the videos.

      November 19, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyle

      It's a newswire, not a story.

      November 19, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • BigMatt

      This means that now that TSA has made an exception for the pilots the situation for the passengers will only further degrade. Had the pilots and crew been subject to the same treatment that the passengers were then the public would be in much less danger of having their screening procedures become more and more aggressive and invasive. A little blurb is all that the TSA was required to do and this story will fall under the radar and we'll here on the 5 o'clock news about more groping but because the pilots are not going to be groped nothing will be done. Thats what this means.

      November 19, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Geo In TO

    I wonder how many airport security people are now going to be accused of being gay for copping feels ?

    November 19, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bob Hamm

    I find this rather concerning. TSA is going to great lengths to search passengers. However, sounds like they are taking a different approach to those that actually are going to fly the planes.

    November 19, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • FCColorado

      If a pilot wants to bring down a plane, he/she doesn't need a bomb!! Use some common sense. This is besides the fact that they have undergone very intense background screening by the FBI.

      November 19, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Allen L Wenger

    This has got to be as stupid as it gets, checking a pilot for a weapon? This is the guy who could fly it into a building or mountain, if he wanted to do harm. He doesn't need a weapon. Duh

    November 19, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Peter E

    People who object to pat-downs have obviously never traveled overseas. At foreign airports it's quite common actually, especially if you've ever been through London.
    Anyway, the media loves controversy and scaring people, especially with the overhype that passenger screening means the TSA is accusing you of being a terrorist. Much of airport screening is not actually about explosives but about stopping illegal drug trafficing. (it is time CNN posted the true statistics about what airport screeners actually stop... it's not so much terrorists as it is drugs!) And average white people fit the profile on that far more than middle-eastern passangers. Blame all your coked-up buddies on that!

    November 19, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denizen Kate

      I came through Marco Polo airport less than a year ago, and they didn't even ask me to remove my shoes.

      I don't think they are primarily screening for drugs, either. I know a guy who, 4-5 years ago, stashed his little bag of cannabis in his checked bag. When he reached his destination and opened his suitcase, he immediately saw that it had been opened and inspected, as the contents were rearranged, and the little bag of cannabis was sitting boldly on top of his pile of folded clothes. They didn't even confiscate it.

      November 19, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • really?

      errrrrrh..... TSA started after these machines screening after 9/11, if it was about drugs they would have started long time ago and used sniffing dogs intead of scanners.

      November 19, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Suzanne

      http://blog.tsa.gov/2009/04/traveling-with-large-amounts-of-cash.html

      November 19, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sean

    So pointless to screen pilots considering they're flying the plane! what would they need a gun for? If they want to kill everyone on board then suicide all they have to do is fly the plane! Stupid TSA is stupid.

    November 19, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      An how is the person at the security checkpoint supposed to tell who the real pilots are? I doubt it's that hard to get a pilot uniform and fake ID card.

      November 19, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. The Dude

    They need to investigate the use of K-9 to sniff out explosives and contraband.

    They also need to consider using some of the same security measures used by Isreal.

    November 19, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • rickd

      and what exactly does israel do?

      November 19, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Gary

    The TSA is a Waste of Time and They should Fire John Pistole. Voters will Prevail getting Rockefeller, and Kay Bailey Hutchinson, out of the Senate, who support the TSA and its Ignorance.

    November 19, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. blah9999

    CNN's stories get shorter and shorter everyday. Soon an article will simply read, "terrorists."

    November 19, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ed

    Very smart, TSA! Divide and conquer! Regular Joes lost!

    November 19, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Stopiton

    Stop this nonsense dictatorial regime before we lose all our liberties...in the name of "security".

    November 19, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Name*Pam Detton

    Actually, security in other countries is much more laid back. They don't require you to remove your shoes or put your laptop in a separate container nor do you need to take it out of the case. Remember, British airways CEO was the one who said American TSA was going overboard

    November 19, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Paul

    Here's how to fix the problem... Train some fabulously good looking Super Models to do the "pat-down" search. I will happily stand in line for my "pat down" search. In fact, when the search is done, I will state that the search wasn't done completely and it should be done again. For female passengers, hire hunky guys to do the "pat down" search. Problem solved.

    November 19, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Paul i think your on to something....lol

      November 19, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Umbra1980

    People – this is a good example of what a little protest could do.
    Stop flying for 1 month – Air companies go bust, call their people in Washington and TSA will stop this idiotism.

    November 19, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
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