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. really?

    Its all about the money. money. money. money. money. They do not let you bring a plastic knife or a nailclipper, but they will let you in a couple of 1 liter scotch bottles if you pay them at the free zone!!!! as far as I know you break the two bottles and that is a weapon you can use to kill and harm anyone

    November 19, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. the truth in yooooo

    they need to do a background check on the scanners too

    November 19, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ippi

    Actually,
    I think I am inclined to fly more with thiese new tactics. All the people who are against this, wouldnt be saying this if their family member died in 911. I am for anything that will make flying safer. Anyone who debates this is just plain idiotic, and I assure you most Americans are not gonna stop flying in "Protest". That is a sensible as if we were to stop eating in Protest, get over yourself..

    November 19, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      Millions of Americans have died for the freedoms we have / used to have. I find it so strange we would give up those freedoms for the thin veiled idea that it might save a hand full of lives. Even if it did increase security (which It doesn't) it would not be worth it.

      But I know its hard to be rational about a subject when you have lost a loved one in that manner. My condolences for you and America.

      November 19, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Maryland, USA

    Pilots must be screened, at least minimally, in case the "pilot" is an impostor.

    November 19, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sun

    So only passengers will get molested? What a wonderful job, TSA!

    November 19, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kyle

    The fact of the matter is that these procedures are a blatant violation of our 4th Amendment rights, and those freedoms are not subject to the popular vote of the populace.

    November 19, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. robert

    All u patriots just keep rolling over,you deserve what you get,no rights!!!

    November 19, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Heidi

    If it keeps people safe when flying, I dont have a problem with it. It is not going to go away just because a small percentage of people are complaining. TSA are doing their job and I respect them. Just suck it up and get through the line for once without complaining and arguing with them. Your only alternative is to leave the airport and drive where you need to go. Get screened or dont fly, simple as that. Remember why they are there in the first place: Terrorisim! Shoe bomber, underware bomber, etc... It is because of them that we have to take these measures now a days. Let go of your phobia of being touched or dont fly. Keep up the good work TSA!!!

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

      I totally agree with you, people just like to think they right and argue about something. They are the same people that will complain we did nothing if the plane was bombed..

      November 19, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      For people who are required to fly as part of their job, "don't fly" isn't an option.

      November 19, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      Yes you dissidents get in line. The ovens have all ready warmed up. We don't want any troublemakers here do we?

      At what point do you pathetic people not act like cattle? Pathetic scardy-cats the lot of you!

      November 19, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Javier

    Pilots are already screened ..even minimally.............with today's security checks it's nearly IMPOSSIBLE for a
    "pilot imposter " to get through...........pilots dont need to be hassled........

    November 19, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Not fair!

      I'm for hassling! Screen them ALL! Make them take breathe analyzers to detect their layover co cktail binges! Scanned their bods and their nods!

      November 19, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. cfoley3

    in a time where potential terrorists spend years in this country, maybe have children, and one of those children becomes a pilot...and at future time decides to commit a terroristic act.....everyone should go through the same process, every time,
    whether it be pilots, frequent fliers, etc. TSA needs to evaluate what that process needs to be, but everyone, EVERYONE needs to follow it...no exceptions.

    November 19, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      The pilot doesn't need any weapons if they want to do something – they are steering the plane.

      November 19, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dalec

    CNN...taking in-depth coverage to new heights.

    November 19, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. LB

    Can we get some terrorists to blow up the TSA instead?

    November 19, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jon

    If a plane is actually ever taken down by a terrorist, are we all going to go bonkers like we usually do in America??

    November 19, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jmarston

    Yeah, and what about the rest of us "common" citizens that don't appreciate having our rights violated?! WHAT ABOUT US TSA!?!?!?!

    November 19, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Wayne

    As a cancer patient, I've undergone countless CT scans, barium and contrast injections. These are worrisome as to the long term effects. of the radiation. This is really, if you read the pilots union concerns are about. These people would be constantly bombarded with this stuff. Also there was an independent study on the levels of radiation. This was provided to TSA. It was TSA that determined it was safe. Then there is the whole privacy issue. If you have looked at the images, and I mean real ones not the low res stuff on the internet you will see they leave little to the imagination. Just another case of this country becoming more of a police state because of some nut case from tried to blow up their underwear. Where does this all end? Well you can say "I opt out" to get the pat down instead, but be prepared to be harassed and fondled in ways that will certainly be inappropriate.

    November 19, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
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