TSA Chief John Pistole: If Passengers Don’t Undergo Naked Scans or Gropings, “They Don’t Have a Right to Fly”
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TSA chief John Pistole told reporters this morning that if American passengers decide they don’t want to have screening, they don’t have a right to get on the plane.
ABC’s The Note reported:
ABC News’ Huma Khan reports: Transportation Security Administration head John Pistole today defended controversial new security procedures and argued that if passengers want to get on a plane, they have to undergo new screening procedures.
“I see flying as a privilege. That is public safety issue so the government has a role in providing public safety and we need to do everything we can in partnership with the public to inform them about what their options are,” Pistole said at a breakfast with reporters organized by the Christian Science Monitor. “Passengers have a number of options as you go through screening. Bottom line is if someone decides they don’t want to have screening, they don’t have a right to get on the plane.”
Some passengers have complained that the pat-downs, implemented Nov. 1, are too invasive. One ABC News employee said the security officer put her hand inside her underwear and felt her way around. Thomas Sawyer, a bladder cancer survivor, said he was left covered in his own urine after a pat-down broke his urostomy bag.
TSA Chief Pistole is a staunch defender of terrorist rights.
More… Pistole also admitted that he withheld information on the pat-downs.