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November 30th, 2010
09:11 AM ET

Is it time to start profiling Muslims at airports?

In the wake of the latest Muslim terror plot in Portland, Oregon and the outcry over TSA screening it time to start religious and racial profiling at our nation's airports?

One Muslim-American journalist believes it is. Asra Q. Nomani, contributor with and author of "Standing Alone," talks to American Morning's Kiran Chetry to explain why she argues that profiling isn't about identity politics but about threat assessment.

Filed under: Airline safety • American Morning • Race • Religion • Terrorism
November 24th, 2010
08:39 AM ET

Protest leader: Abandon 'security theater', opt out 'strip search' scans

Tensions are already running high on one of the year's busiest travel days, but for one group it's the perfect day for a protest.

Flying out of Philly? You might bump into James Babb, co-founder,

He’s at Philadelphia International Airport this morning, representing one of several grassroots organizations supporting leading "National Opt Out Day” - a protest of TSA's full-body scanners and pat-down procedures. Babb has never gone through a full-body scan or pat down, but he says travelers should say no to protect their health and privacy and report "gropers" to the airlines and government.

Today on American Morning, Babb tells Carol Costello why he’s instructing travelers to "raise holy hell."

A recent USA Today/Gallup poll shows most frequent travelers are not bothered by the new TSA scanners, and that majority are okay with giving up personal privacy for safety.

So, which side are you on? If you’re headed to the airport will you opt out?

Filed under: Airline safety • Airlines • American Morning
November 24th, 2010
08:08 AM ET

TSA chief responds to ‘Opt Out’ protesters

The man in charge of those full-body scanners and pat downs tells American Morning how the TSA is bracing for the busiest travel day of the year.

TSA Administrator John Pistole joins AM’s John Roberts from Washington D.C.’s Reagan National Airport.

He responds to protesters who are opting out of the scans over health and privacy concerns. And, Pistole says he willing to meet with the cancer survivor who was humiliated and embarrassed by a TSA patdown earlier this month.

Filed under: Airline safety • Airlines • American Morning
November 23rd, 2010
08:40 AM ET

Cancer survivor accepts TSA apology, says agents need training

Yesterday on American Morning, bladder cancer survivor Thomas Sawyer, 61, shared his personal story of the pat down he received at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. After the pat down caused his urine bag to leak, Sawyer said he was embarrassed and humiliated.

Later in the day, TSA chief John Pistole called Sawyer personally to apologize. Sawyer accepted the apology.

Today, he joins AM again. John Roberts asks him what changes he thinks the TSA should make to be better accommodating.

Filed under: Airline safety • Airlines • American Morning
November 23rd, 2010
08:39 AM ET

Airport Reality Check: Few receive pat downs, says former TSA official

Support seems to be slipping for the new airport security measures.

In a poll earlier this month, 81 percent of people supported the new full-body scanners. Now, only 64 percent support them, according to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll. And, 50 percent say the pat-down procedures go too far.

Today on American Morning, Kiran Chetry talks to former FAA and TSA security official Charlotte Bryan.

Bryan, now a consultant for Command Consulting Group, explains how few air travelers will encounter the scans and pat downs this weekend, and if the public scrutiny is justifiable or overly sensitive.

Filed under: Airline safety • Airlines • American Morning
November 22nd, 2010
09:08 AM ET

Cancer survivor humiliated from TSA pat-down

A retired special education teacher on his way to a wedding in Orlando, Fla., said he was left humiliated, crying and covered with his own urine after an enhanced pat-down by TSA officers at Detroit Metropolitan Airport earlier this month.

Today on American Morning, Thomas D. "Tom" Sawyer, 61, of Lansing, Mich., describes the humiliating experience. Sawyer, a bladder cancer survivor, tells us about his condition and how TSA handled it.

Filed under: Airline safety • Airlines • Health
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