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November 16th, 2010
09:44 AM ET

Capt. Sully: Pilot body scans are a 'waste of limited resources'

America’s hero pilot Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger speaks out about airport body scanners today on American Morning.

Captain Sully, who landed a U.S. Airways flight on the Hudson River last year, opposes the new full-body scanners for flight personnel due to their radiation risk.

This morning Sullenberger tells AM why he thinks pilots are trusted crew members, and why he believes there are better options for pilots than the full body scan.

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  1. MeLoN

    Get rid of all security at airports and let the travelers take a chance with their lives.

    November 19, 2010 at 7:18 am |

    I do have great admiration for the PILOT SULLY because of his calmness and thoughtful, courageous, decision-making on landing that plane in the lake; but I don't necessarily agree with him on the idea that checking pilots is a waste of time and resourses. They are people too, and are not exempt from human conditions! They are subject to anxiety, depression, drugs, alcohol, insanity, anger, rebellion, being fed up, or wanting to end it all just like everybody else! PILOTS? There were rebel pilots on 911!

    November 17, 2010 at 4:05 pm |

    Airport security is waaaaay over the top. I am to the point that I wont fly anymore. I will drive. It will take longer but I get to keep my personal privacy without some stranger grabbing my junk in a room full of people JUST for the privelege of flying. I like to think I am free to do what I wish. Flying reenforces the fact that I DONT have ANY freedoms anymore. They can be taken away so quickly over an Islamic boogey-man.

    November 17, 2010 at 8:18 am |
  4. ronvan

    Darned if you do and darned if you don't! IF the pilots get their way then the logical result is that the passengers get it also! Unless you are OK with the impression that pilots are better than the passengers? The other thing is that IF these scanners are the same as getting an X ray, and doctors tell you not to have to many, then we need to find another system. Up to this point we have been LUCKY, so how long will our luck last?

    November 17, 2010 at 7:13 am |
  5. Ralph Dinlocker

    The book The United Hates of America is a satire on American hatreds as exploited by leaders and the media.

    November 17, 2010 at 6:45 am |
  6. Freedomizer Radio

    James Babb & George Donnelly have started a campaign to protest the Naked Body Scanners. They will be joining Freedomizer Radio ( today November 16th to talk about November 24th, which will be "National Opt Out Day" & why everyone flying on this day should Opt Out of going through the naked body scanner.

    November 16, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  7. Wayne

    You have totally missed his point. It is not that using porno-scanners on pilots is a waste of resources. He clearly said that it is a waste of resources for the general public.

    November 16, 2010 at 2:37 pm |
  8. Dan

    I completely agree that patdowns/body scans on pilots are ridiculous. If the pilot/ANY crewmember, to include flight attendants have a airline badge, that should suffice for them to go through security; however, I do think that they should show a 2nd form of picture ID, like a driver's license or state ID card.

    November 16, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  9. Adriana

    Sully makes sense. Not a fan of too many needless radiation things.
    If you trust a pilot with the plane, why would you subject him to this act of harmful search?
    In 1979, I and my husband went to Egypt, 12 flights in all. He was Hawaiian and Italian mix.. They really spread eagled him at every entry of getting on a plane, and throughly patted him down, and again we were wanded for metal objects again at boarding. They never padded me down, but checked my purse. I wondered since then, why American airports were so trusting? On the last flight back, one man was out of control because of drinking. One passenger sat him down and tied his jacket around him and the chair in back of him. This passenger knelt in his knee in his crotch and hands on this guy's shoulders for ten hours of flight. I felt safe.
    I never got to thank the guy that did this. At least someone took initiiative to control an out of sorts guy.
    This day and age, I believe, that all passengers should be searched, but not pilots and trusted employees of the airlines.

    November 16, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  10. Brian

    I work at an airport (security) and watch security dogs check for illegal, drugs, food and explosives.
    They take dogs to sea for boarding parties,again to check for explosives and drugs.
    My point is the dogs are fast, accurate and very non- invasive. I'm sure Capt. Sully has seen them at work too. I'd rather have a dog sniff me than a security person grope me.

    November 16, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  11. RJ

    Pilots are fingerprinted, background checked, constantly monitored yet TSA treats them like suspects. It's a waste of time and resources. Besides, why check them for weapons when THEY'RE FLYING THE AIRPLANE, YOU IDIOTS!

    November 16, 2010 at 10:13 am |