MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Tennessee pilot who states he is tired of being manhandled by security agents is waiting to see if he will lose his job because he refused a full body scan.
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ExpressJet Airlines first officer Michael Roberts was chosen for the X-ray scan Friday at Memphis International Airport. The Houston-based pilot states he also refused a pat-down and went home.
The 35-year-old Roberts told The Commercial Appeal newspaper he wants to go to work and not be “harassed or molested without cause.”
Transportation Safety Administration spokesman Jon Allen states a person was turned away after refusing to follow federal security procedures but declined to state if it was Roberts, citing privacy considerations.
Roberts states he has safety concerns, but called TSA a “make-work” program that doesn’t make travel safer.
Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com
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