March 19, 2011
Two U.S. commercial airline pilots complained in a lawsuit on Friday that new screening procedures for flight crews — scaled back after complaints by pilots — were still too invasive and violated privacy rights.
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration on October 19 started requiring air travellers and flight crews to go through full-body scanners or physical patdowns amid concerns that militants could hide a bomb underneath their clothing and detonate it aboard a plane.
Pilots and flight crews complained the new screening exposed them to excessive radiation because they fly so frequently and that extra scrutiny for them was unnecessary because they already control the planes.
On November 13 the Transportation Security Administration revised the procedures for the crews but two pilots filed a lawsuit challenging the new screening procedures under the U.S. Constitution’s Fourth Amendment, which limits unreasonable searches and seizures.