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November 10th, 2010
09:55 AM ET

Pilot refuses full body scanners, questions security practicality

With all the responsibility they're already entrusted with, do full-body scanners make sense for commercial pilots?

The head of the pilot union at US Airways and the Allied Pilots Association president at American Airlines recommend that their pilots not go through the much-talked-about full body scanners, now in airports across the country.

They blame repeated doses of radiation.

Patrick Smith, commercial pilot and columnist of Salon’s, has refused body scans in the past and talks to Kiran Chetry on American Morning today. He says he agrees with the pilot groups refusing the scans, but not with their health-related reasoning.

Watch the interview to see why he thinks the body scanners are a plain waste of time for pilots.

Filed under: Airline safety • Airlines
November 10th, 2010
08:34 AM ET

Teens who text in excess likely to drink, smoke, have sex, study finds

Many teachers and parents are already worried about teens texting behind the wheel, in class, and sending messages with sexual content.

Today, a revealing study shows that it’s not what or where the teens text, but how frequently they send messages that reveals a lot about their behavior and health risk.

According to the research, “hyper-texters,” those who send at least 120 messages her day, are:

Three times more likely to have had sex
Two times more likely to report four or more sexual partners
Two times more likely to have tried alcohol

The research, done on Ohio students, only tests association. But, it says a lot about parents role in regulating social media time, and how the high-tech era has changed peer pressure.

Kiran Chetry talks with researcher Dr. Scott Frank of Case Western Reserve University about his take-aways from the new findings.

Filed under: American Morning • Parenting • Social Media • Texting 2 Much?
November 10th, 2010
08:20 AM ET

Oscar winner Jeff Bridges pledges to feed all U.S. kids

A pledge to end childhood hunger comes from Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges this morning.

The actor, who won the Oscar for Best Actor this year for his performance in Crazy Heart, launches the “No Kid Hungry" campaign today to end childhood hunger in America by 2015. Seventeen million children—nearly one in four—struggle with hunger in the United States.

American Morning’s Kiran Chetry talks to Bridges and Bill Shore, founder and director of Share Our Strength, the D.C.-based anti-hunger, anti-poverty non-profit partnering with the “No Kid Hungry” project.

Watch to find out how Bridges plans to achieve his goal by filling gaps in existing programs.

And, visit for more information.

Filed under: American Morning • Health • Pop Culture
November 10th, 2010
07:12 AM ET

Fired for Facebooking? Prof explains why your job may mean you're safe

Ever bad mouth your boss on Facebook? Gotten so frustrated at work that you updated your status and shared with all your friends?

When one Connecticut worker criticized her boss on the social networking site, she was heard…by her supervisors, who ultimately fired her over the posts.

Now, the National Labor Relations Board is firing back in the worker’s favor. They say the firing is illegal under the National Labor Relations Act because Facebook, in this case, serves as a type of workplace watercooler where employees weigh in on working conditions.

Paul Callan, professor of media law at Seton Hall University, joins AM’s John Roberts to explain the controversial case, and the importance of the distinction between union workers and non-union workers.

And, Callan tells you if the Act could cover you and your Facebook page, depending on your job title.

Filed under: American Morning • Facebook • Social Media