By Douglas Holtz-Eakin
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Pilots are getting a break from enduring the stepped-up and intrusive screening of airline passengers that's causing a public outcry.
They look a little like giant refrigerators and pack a radiation dose big enough to peer through clothing for bombs or weapons, yet too minuscule to be harmful, federal officials insist.
They look a little like giant refrigerators and pack a radiation dose big enough to peer through clothing for bombs or weapons, yet too minuscule to be harmful, federal officials insist. As the government rolls out hundreds more full-body scanners at airports just in time for crowds of holiday travelers, it is working to reassure the public that the machines are safe.
There is no bigger threat to America's aviation industry than the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). In less than a decade, the bureaucratic agency has heightened the hassle involved in taking to the skies. One can only imagine how much longer it will be before the majority of Americans decide they'd be better off hitting the highways.
American Airlines pilot Sam Mayer said such screening for pilots makes little sense.
The changes promised by TSA are "basically what we've been after," Mayer said. "Pilots are not the threat here; we're the target."