Just over a week ago, we learned that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was stepping up its efforts to get Americans in front of its new clothes-piercing "backscatter" and "millimeter wave" scanners at airports. The devices have raised all sorts of concerns about privacy (they can see through clothes) and radiation, but those who don't go through them will now suffer an intimate pat-down of nut-busting proportions. And pilots have had enough.
Dave Bates heads the Allied Pilots Association, which represents American Airlines pilots and claims to be the largest independent pilots' group in the world. Bates recently told his members that they should refuse the new scans, together know as "Advanced Imaging Technology" (AIT). And he thinks the new pat-downs are a disgusting breach of a pilot's "privacy and dignity."
"Don't tell me I'm burning the candle at both ends -- tell me where to get more wax!!"