Washington - Faced with a barrage of questions about new airline screening procedures, the head of the Transportation Security Administration said today there would be no changes in the use of full-body scans and pat-downs for passengers.
Administrator John Pistole acknowledged at a congressional hearing that the new body imagers, along with more thorough pat-downs, are causing a public outcry. But he argued that educating the public, rather than changing the procedures, was the appropriate answer.
"Am I going to change the policies?" he said. "No."
While the pat-downs may not change, Pistole said that John Tyner, an airline passenger who attracted national attention this week when a video of him refusing the pat-down was posted on YouTube, would likely not face any fines. Tyner's phrase, "If you touch my junk, I'll have you arrested," helped make the video go viral.
"I do not anticipate anything coming from that," Pistole said when asked about Tyner.