TSA Says Top Gov't Officials EXEMPT From Airport SecuritySubmitted by SteveMT on Tue, 11/23/2010 - 20:48
TSA: Some gov't officials to skip airport security
By EILEEN SULLIVAN Associated Press © 2010 The Associated Press
Nov. 23, 2010, 4:36PM
WASHINGTON — Cabinet secretaries, top congressional leaders and an exclusive group of senior U.S. officials are exempt from toughened new airport screening procedures when they fly commercially with government-approved federal security details.
Aviation security officials would not name those who can skip the controversial screening, but other officials said those VIPs range from top officials like Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and FBI Director Robert Mueller to congressional leaders like incoming House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who avoided security before a recent flight from Washington's Reagan National Airport.
The heightened new security procedures by the Transportation Security Administration, which involve either a scan by a full-body detector or an intimate personal pat-down, have spurred passenger outrage in the lead-up to the Thanksgiving holiday airport crush.