Some Gov’t Officials Can Skip Airport Security: One Set of Rules for the Ruling Class; Another Set of Rules for the Masses

Don't Touch My JunkEileen Sullivan reports on the AP via Yahoo News:

WASHINGTON — Cabinet secretaries, top congressional leaders and an exclusive group of senior U.S. officials are exempt from toughened new airport screening procedures when they fly commercially with government-approved federal security details.

Aviation security officials would not name those who can skip the controversial screening, but other officials said those VIPs range from top officials like Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and FBI Director Robert Mueller to congressional leaders like incoming House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who avoided security before a recent flight from Washington’s Reagan National Airport.

The heightened new security procedures by the Transportation Security Administration, which involve either a scan by a full-body detector or an intimate personal pat-down, have spurred passenger outrage in the lead-up to the Thanksgiving holiday airport crush.

On Friday, the TSA exempted pilots from the new procedures; flight attendants received the same privilege on Tuesday, TSA spokesman Nicholas Kimball confirmed. Both groups must show photo ID and go through metal detectors. If that sets off an alarm, they may still get a pat-down in some cases, he said. The rules apply to pilots and flight attendants in uniform when they’re traveling.

While passengers have no choice but to submit to either the detector or what some complain is an intrusive pat-down, some senior government officials can opt out if they fly accompanied by government security guards approved by the TSA.

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  • Meccapocolypse

    I work at an airport and guess what? Employees don’t have to go through the scanners or get the pat-downs. We just go through the regular old metal detectors. This makes no sense if the idea is improved security. Either everyone should go through this process, employees included, or no one should.

  • Meccapocolypse

    I work at an airport and guess what? Employees don’t have to go through the scanners or get the pat-downs. We just go through the regular old metal detectors. This makes no sense if the idea is improved security. Either everyone should go through this process, employees included, or no one should.

    • Haystack

      Any business knows to pay closer attention to their employees than the customers. It’s the people with special knowledge and access that you have to worry about.

  • Comstuff309
  • Comstuff309

    I just wrote this song abtout the TSA… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjmQD4HlZXQ

  • Comstuff309

    I just wrote this song abtout the TSA… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjmQD4HlZXQ

  • Anonymous

    What about intelligence agencies? If the likes of the C.I.A. can bypass airport security then the whole procedure is in vain.

  • Tchoutoye

    What about intelligence agencies? If the likes of the C.I.A. can bypass airport security then the whole procedure is in vain.

  • Nw15062

    We live now live in a two tier society, for a premium you can live the high life, otherwise you live like the rest of us serfs.

  • Nw15062

    We live now live in a two tier society, for a premium you can live the high life, otherwise you live like the rest of us serfs.

  • Larrywwhite

    and Pilots… didn’t the terrorists train as pilots?? go figure

  • Larrywwhite

    and Pilots… didn’t the terrorists train as pilots?? go figure

  • Haystack

    Any business knows to pay closer attention to their employees than the customers. It’s the people with special knowledge and access that you have to worry about.

  • Anonymous

    and yet this does nothing, NOTHING to improve your safety or deter terrorists.
    Airport flight-line staff are not screened at all. Anyone getting a job there, or stealing the ID of workers can gain access to planes.
    TSA employees are recruited from the bottom of the labor pool & are easily conned/bluffed past. You can con your way past checkpoint.
    Air cargo, often carried aboard commercial aircraft, are only spot checked.
    Airport perimeters have next to no security at all. Anyone breaching the fence-line with the right appearance/uniform has free access.
    Stealing a maintenance key card would give you direct unscreened access to aircraft. Ramp workers aren’t checked.
    etc. etc. etc.

  • samthor

    and yet this does nothing, NOTHING to improve your safety or deter terrorists.
    Airport flight-line staff are not screened at all. Anyone getting a job there, or stealing the ID of workers can gain access to planes.
    TSA employees are recruited from the bottom of the labor pool & are easily conned/bluffed past. You can con your way past checkpoint.
    Air cargo, often carried aboard commercial aircraft, are only spot checked.
    Airport perimeters have next to no security at all. Anyone breaching the fence-line with the right appearance/uniform has free access.
    Stealing a maintenance key card would give you direct unscreened access to aircraft. Ramp workers aren’t checked.
    etc. etc. etc.