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Congressman calls on airports to drop TSA

November 19, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A congressman is calling for airports to opt out of using Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workers and hire private security guards instead. Seventeen airports have already chosen to do that.The TSA is facing criticism for new security measures being implemented at 60 airports across the country. Critics said the full-body scanners and full-body pat downs are too invasive.

"Shoe bombers -- we have to take off our shoes. Liquid -- we have to take out our liquid. Now we're being groped because of the diaper bomber. What's next? The proctologist? The gynecologist?" said Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.).

"Do I understand the sensitivities of people? Yes. If you're asking am I going to change the policies? No," said TSA administrator John Pistole.

There's also concern about the amount of radiation those full-body scanners emit.

Federal officials insist the level of radiation is too minuscule to be harmful and an independent group of experts agrees.

However, the experts said there is concern about the possibility of the machines malfunctioning and emitting too much radiation, resulting in a higher risk of developing cancer.