Sully Approves Pilots’ Exempt Status

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)_ The Bay Area pilot who safely landed a passenger jet on the Hudson River in New York has spoken up on new changes to airport screening techniques.

The issue hit home recently when Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger’s wife went through a pat-down-search by Transportation Security Administration screeners.

KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:

“TSA officers are professionals. I wouldn’t consider it a groping,” said Sullenberger. “But it certainly was moving the hand up the leg until they meet resistance.”

Sullenberger said he’s hopeful a new way can eventually be found to screen passengers that are less intrusive than pat downs and body scans.

“I’m hoping that all this attention focused on the security process will encourage the TSA to take a risk-based, intelligence-based approach and to look more at behaviors and not just things,” the pilot added.

Sullenberger is applauding the TSA for no longer requiring that pilots go through body scans.

He said one concern was the potential health risk of repeated scans, especially since pilots are already exposed to more radiation through flying.

Sullenberger concluded that with not enough studies on the long-term effects of the scannings, that the potential risks weren’t quite yet known.

The new TSA rules that exempt pilots from having to undergo body scans so far have not been extended to flight attendants.

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