TSA Says Flight Attendants Can Skip Scanners (POLL)
Flights attendants are joining pilots in getting to skip the new enhanced security procedures at airports.
The Transportation Security Administration confirmed the change on Tuesday after The Associated Press asked about it.
On Friday the TSA said pilots could skip the more intense screening, including full-body scanners. Flight attendants argued they, too, should be exempt.
TSA spokesman Nick Kimball confirmed that flight attendants and pilots will be treated the same. Both groups must show photo ID and go through a metal detector. If that sets off an alarm, they may still get a pat-down in some cases, he said.
The rules apply to pilots and flight attendants who are in uniform when they're traveling.
On Friday, TSA chief John Pistole said pilots ensure the safety of millions of passengers every day, and that putting them through a faster screening process would be a more efficient use of the agency's resources.
The TSA still plans a nationwide rollout for CrewPass, a program that clears pilots through security faster. It's currently being tested in Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Columbia, S.C.
However, the program does not currently include flight attendants. Kimball said TSA is committed to discussing the issue with them.