From The Street.
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- "Revolt against TSA" is a trending search topic today after Captain Dave Bates, president of the Allied Pilots Association, wrote a letter demanding private security screening for airline pilots.
"There is absolutely no denying that the enhanced pat-down is a demeaning experience. In my view, it is unacceptable to submit to one in public while wearing the uniform of a professional airline pilot," Captain Bates said. "I recommend that all pilots insist that such screening is performed in an out-of-view area to protect their privacy and dignity."
The APA, which is made up of 11,000 American Airlines(AMR) pilots, is also concerned with repeated radiation exposure from airport body imaging scanners.
Mike Cleary, president of the US Airways(LCC) pilots union, shares a similar view on the issue. "Based on currently available medical information," he wrote in a letter to his union members, "frequent exposure to TSA-operated scanner devices may subject pilots to significant health risks."