Memphis pilot refuses full body scan & pat down

October 21st, 2010 - 9:43 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Memphis, Oct 21 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A pilot in Memphis was not ready to be scrutinized, insisting that his privacy must be respected.

The pilot - Michael Roberts has subsequently contacted his lawyers for advice on the course of action he can take against the airport security.

Michael who works for the ExpressJet Airline refused a full body scan and also refused the pat down screening at the Memphis International Airport.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents at the Memphis Airport asked the pilot to go through the optional full body scanner. When Michael refused, he was asked to present himself for the pat down screening before he could be allowed to enter the secure area of the airport. When he again refused to that request, the agents asked for his license and supervisor’s name along with the number of his employer.

Agents called ExpressJet Airline and informed them of the incident before issuing the following statement on the incident. They said that, “Advanced imaging technology is optional for all passengers. Passengers who decline to be screened using advanced imagining technology will receive alternative screening to ensure the safety of the traveling public. Anyone who refuses screening will be denied access to the secure area.”

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