"Patriot Pilot" Critical of TSA Steps Forward, Won't Back DownSubmitted by SteveMT on Tue, 12/28/2010 - 19:43
Pilot Punished for Video Critical of Airport Security Comes Forward, Won't Back Down
December 28, 2010
The California airline pilot punished by the Transportation Security Administration for posting videos critical of airport security has revealed his identity.
Chris Liu, who calls himself the "Patriot Pilot," says he was just trying to improve airport security when he released a recorded and posted online footage of San Francisco International Airport in which he criticized a number of procedures.
Liu had been part of a federal security program allowing him to carry a gun in the cockpit. But after he posted the video, federal agents showed up at his house Dec. 2 to confiscate his weapon and suspend his Federal Flight Deck Officer credentials.
Liu originally declined to identify himself in fear of retaliation but says he’s now going public in hopes of changing major security flaws.
One of those flaws, Liu says in the video, is that flight crews are subject to rigorous screening while ground crews can just swipe a card to open the door to the tarmac.
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