US: Religious views cannot avoid airport screening

Agency chief tells Senate Homeland Security Committee that passengers who refuse to go through a whole-body scanner machine won't be allowed on planes.

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
November 17, 2010 03:24
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WASHINGTON  — The US Transportation Security Administration on Tuesday announced that airline passengers will be unable to avoid body imaging screening or pat-downs even if their religious beliefs forbid it.

Agency chief John Pistole told the Senate Homeland Security Committee that passengers who refuse to go through a whole-body scanner machine and get a pat-down will not be allowed on planes, even if they turned down the in-depth screening for religious reasons.


Civil rights groups contend the more intensive screening violates rights including freedom of religion.

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The issue is getting new attention after a man posted an item online saying he was thrown out of the San Diego airport for rejecting a full-body scan and pat-down groin check and insisting he go through a metal detector instead.


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