Pilots will not undergo physical security checks at US airports

November 20th, 2010 - 6:33 pm ICT by ANI  

New York, Nov 20 (ANI): The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has confirmed that airline pilots will not have to undergo physical security checks at US airports under the new rules.

Instead of going through the traditional, invasive security process, pilots in uniform will only need to show two forms of ID, as per the new rule designed to let screeners spend more time on passengers.

TSA agents will check the ID against a real-time database, with photos, and allow the pilots to pass through.

According to Bloomberg News, the pilots will be subjected to random, full screenings on occasion.

“This one seemed to jump out as a common-sense issue,” the New York Post quoted TSA chief John Pistole as saying.

“Why don’t we trust pilots who are literally in charge of the aircraft?” he said and added that flight attendants may receive a similar exemption.

TSA spokesman Mike McCarthy said no exact starting date has been set yet for the new policy. (ANI)

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