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TSA, Pilots Weigh Biometric System for Airport Screening

Chris Strohm and Sara Sorcher
National Journal
Nov 17, 2010

FLASHBACK: DHS May Turn To Body Scanners That Store Biometrics [1]

Pilots who fly passenger and cargo planes want the U.S. government to implement a program under which their identities will be confirmed using biometrics so they can pass quickly through airport security checkpoints and avoid — for the most part — controversial screening procedures involving body scanners or pat-downs.

Pilots unions have entered into what are described as “high-level” and “sensitive” talks with Obama administration officials in recent days in response to a public backlash against the use of the whole-body imaging machines and physical pat-downs that are seen as being too invasive.

Beyond pilots, passenger-rights groups and privacy advocates are also criticizing the screening procedures, with some calling for a boycott of whole-body imaging machines next Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving.

Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole told a Senate hearing on Tuesday that he is aware of the protests but urged passengers to view security as a partnership. “Those security officers are there to work with you to make sure that everybody on that flight has been properly screened,” he said.

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