NEW YORK (1010 WINS/WCBS 880/CBS 2/AP) — As the controversy over new full-body scanners at airports heats up, elected officials in the Tri-State Area and Washington D.C. are weighing in and speaking out.

Sunday morning on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said officials should try to make the new airport security measures, including full body scans and intimate pat-downs, less intrusive.


Clinton said there was clearly a need for the tighter security. But she said the government should explore ways to “to limit the number of people who are going to be put through surveillance.”

The Secretary of State said she understands “how offensive it must be” for some people to undergo the searches. She says there’s a need to strike “the right balance” and to “get it better and less intrusive and more precise.”

And when asked if she would submit to a pat-downs herself, Clinton responded by saying “Not if I could avoid it. No, I mean, who would?”

The new scans show naked images of the passenger’s body, without the face, to a screener who is in a different location and does not know the identity of the traveler.

The hands-on searches are used for passengers who don’t want those scans or when something suspicious shows in screening, or on rare occasions, randomly.

Speaking from the Lower East Side on Sunday, Sen. Chuck Schumer said Americans must deal with the current system of security — at least for now, 1010 WINS’ Glenn Shuck reported.

1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck Reports

Sen. Charles Schumer (Credit: Photo/AP)

“If you’re going to travel you have to cooperate,” Schumer said, “our job is to make sure that if there’s a real public outcry, to make sure it’s readjusted.”

Schumer talked about his experiences moving through airport security.

“I don’t think I’ve been through the kind of invasive body search that they’re talking about,” Schumer said, “every so often, my name comes up and I get patted down.”

“It’s fine with me. I’ve never seen them be inappropriate or something that made me uncomfortable in any way.”

The senator also said there was no easy answer to the contention surrounding privacy and body searches at airports, WCBS 880’s Mike Xirinachs reported.

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“You know, I don’t think this is a simple issue. You can be just for privacy, and then God forbid, a plane blows up, you say that it went too far one way,” Schumer said.

“I think we’ll get to a balance that the public can be satisfied with,” Schumer said.

Man in body scanning machine at JFK (Photo/Sophia Hall/WCBS 880)

Some passengers are not taking too kindly to the new measures and plan to protest on the busiest travel day of the year.

On the day before Thanksgiving, airports could see even more than the usual disruptions because of a loosely organized Internet boycott of full-body scans by fed-up travelers.

Body scans take as little as 10 seconds. But people who decline the process must submit to a full pat-down, which takes much longer. That could cause a cascade of delays at dozens of major airports.

Even if only a small percentage of passengers balk, experts say it could mean longer lines, bigger delays and hotter tempers.

On Saturday, President Barack Obama, speaking at the NATO summit in Portugal, said he understood people’s frustrations and has asked security officials whether there was a less intrusive way to screen U.S. airline passengers.

Obama said he’s told the U.S. Transportation Security Administration: “You have to constantly refine and measure whether what we’re doing is the only way to assure the American people’s safety. And you also have to think through, are there ways of doing it that are less intrusive.”

President Obama (Photo/AP)

The president’s message may have had a quick impact.

The head of the Transportation Security Administration, John Pistole, said in a statement Sunday afternoon that the agency is constantly evaluating and adapting security measures and there is a continual process of refinement and adjustment to ensure air safety.

Pistole’s statement toned down his earlier stance, expressed on a Sunday news show, that in the interest of safety passengers would have to put up with sometimes invasive and uncomfortable screening.

The U.S. has nearly 400 of the advanced imaging machines deployed at 70 airports, expanding to 1,000 machines next year. So not all airports have them and not all travelers are selected for scans.

Newark Liberty is one of the airports in which the scanners are being used and last week the ACLU teamed up with some New Jersey lawmakers to push through a resolution that calls on the U.S. Congress to end full-body scans and pat-downs.

“Security is never absolute and it never will be,” ACLU Executive Director Deborah Jacobs said.

New York City Council member David Greenfield is also working on legislation to ban the scanners from all buildings in New York City — including airports.

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Comments (47)
  1. Devenio says:

    As i refuse to fly this will be easy for me. Boycott the airlines! Can’t you see that the American public is the target for the TSA? Its you who are the enemy according to them. You, the American public have become the terrorist.

  2. Devenio says:

    The 9/11 terrorist boarded their planes in MA. and NY.


    1. KPMc says:

      Oh… you’re one of those?

      Now I know responding to you isn’t worth it.

  3. DanTe says:

    There is a much simpler and cheaper way to assure security. Just shoot a muslime every time you see one. After a month of putting down these mad dogs, there would be no terrorists.

    And like any other infestation, there will be an occasional flare up after the initial cull, but the could be easily treated with a bullet through the cancerous growth’s head.

    1. Devenio says:

      I agree with you Dante – Just replace “muslime” with every member of your family. Much better solution.

  4. INJUN says:


  5. INJUN says:

    peter spurtz

  6. SK says:

    first, I agree that if someone doe not like the security measures then don’t travel. No one is forcing you to get on plane! second, security guards are not doing this because they are perverts, like everyone is making them sound like. They are trying to prevent terrorists. blame the terrortist for all these problems, not the americans. By the way, where is Obama? He is trying to make friends with other countires but for getting about his own country. Besides the point, the world should really learn from ISRAEL’S security. They have the tightest security, nothing has ever happened on an EAL flight, and they never checked peoples’ genitals. But no one ever wants to rely on Israel for help!

  7. guest says:

    Let’s have 2 systems of travel. One that provides people the freedom to fly, without security that charges less for air fare, and baggage. Allows you to shake hands with the pilot, and have meals or snacks from all the security savings ( funny how that sounds like it used to be that way).. And other flights where you pay more in air fare, baggage, no meals and you get constantly told how safe you are with more intrusive security. Wonder how financially well an airline would do without all the security?

    1. KPMc says:

      And when your plane is about to descend from fantasy land and back into the real world how do I make sure your unsecure plane isn’t next to mine as we taxi back to the terminal?

  8. nana says:

    if you don’t like the strict search than don’t travel , you are the very people that will complain the security wasn’t good when there’s a terrorist attack so deal with it.

    1. freedom says:

      nana, I got a bridge to sell you.

      What’s next? Scans on trains? Buses? There’s lots and lots of people taking that as a mode of transportation. Who knows when terrorists will attack that. It hasn’t happened yet. Maybe you should just hide at home or hire the TSA to guard you.

  9. Mason says:

    I can’t believe real americans would give up their freedoms so easily. Crazy!!!

    1. Devenio says:

      There are no “real” Americans – Just these weak sheeple willing to destroy the country over some made-up terrorist that never were.

  10. Charles says:

    i wish Obama would weigh more in on this and see how people hate it…oh wait…hes in other countries, Focusing on international friends rather than fixing his own home. President or world traveller on uncle sams dime? Sometimes i wonder…Wish i could go back in time and change my vote.

  11. nana says:

    if you don’t like the strict search than don’t travel or leave the country, we don’t need people complaining than they turn around and cry out when something happens that the security wasn’t good, how about having a shoe bomber sitting next to you. deal with it it’s for our own good.

    1. Ben Franklin, Jr says:

      Oh Nana:

      Read my post: The last several “terror threat” came from outside the US. We need better screening around the world. Until that happens, we are all still at risk.

      Open your eyes people, we are only as safe as our weakest link, and our weakest link is outside the US.

      Shoe bomber – originated in London
      Underwear bomber – originated in Amsterdam
      HP toner cartridges – originated in Yemen. (By the way we need to turn Yemen into a parking lot)


      1. 石川和也 says:

        dear jr, please listen to your father when he said: “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

      2. KPMc says:

        And all those are examples of FAILED terrorist attempts. The one that started within our borders was highly successful. Just in case 3,000 people losing their lives somehow slipped your mind in this discussion.

    2. Devenio says:

      You and the rest of the weak yellow sheeple are the reason this country has gone to heck in a hand basket! You are the reason we wake up to find ourselves in Nazi Germany. You and weak sissy people like you are a cancer and must be put down. You sicken me.

  12. Jimmy Lacoco says:

    there certainly is an easy answer,don’t fly,pretty soon the crooks will be begging people to fly

  13. Pete says:

    Irrational fear: Submitting to a virtual strip search or pat down because 4 planes out of 200 million have been hijacked it the last 10 years. So you have 1 in 50,000,000 chance of your plane being hijacked in the next 10 years.

    You have better odds of:
    Contracting the human version of mad cow disease 1 in 40,000,000.
    Dying from a mountain lion attack in California 1 in 32,000,000
    Dying from a part falling off an airplane 1 in 10,000,000
    Legal execution
    Contact with hot tap water, food poisoning, choking on food, murder, drowning in the bathtub, slipping in the shower are all more likely ways of dying than a terrorist hijacking/bombing on a plane.

    You are more likely to be an astronaut, win an Olympic medal, be elected president, get away with murder, date a supermodel, be a pro athlete, win an academy award, or have a NY Times best seller.

    1. David says:

      haha this made my day! So true!

  14. Sue Treacy says:

    i have to laugh about the pilots having to go through screening before they just changed it. Pilots!!!!!! screen them all u want, their flying the plane ! whose gonna stop them from crashing, lol they don’t need bombs ! hilarious the thought process of the tsa.

  15. jackie says:

    shumers hair plugs always set off the metal detector

    1. BEN FRANKLIN JR. says:

      Schumer needs a reality check. The “terror threat” is coming from outside the US. We should be sending all of those nice bakcscatter machines to be put in place in other countries. The underwear bomber dis not have to pass through US security.

      The likelihood of domestic terror is far less than that of terror originating abroad.


      1. KPMc says:

        The 9/11 terrorist boarded their planes in MA. and NY.

  16. peter spurtz says:

    Those a decade or two younger than I never experienced the blissful sense of freedom and privacy I enjoyed coming of age in the 70’s. Between an increasingly oppressive government, relentless marketeers, an intrusive press, computers recording our every keystroke, data-mining, helicopters that watch our highway driving, subway ‘MetroCards’and bridge tollbooths that record our travels, cameras that track our every movement through the streets and through buildings, airport employees that now need naked photos of us,demand to grope our genitals and rifle through our belongings before we fly in an airplane, I am growing weary of being constantly surveilled, recorded, examined, and watched.
    Younger people than I don’t know the wonderful feeling we all just took for granted once, when I was a young man, of walking the streets alone with our thoughts, unobserved, free to breeze into any Manhattan office building without emptying our pockets, free to fly without undressing first, free to speak with friends without someone listening, not having to “present our papers” ten times a day, free to roam the streets without being watched…FREE. Those who haven’t known freedom cannot understand the joy of it. I miss it. I want my privacy back. It belongs to me; I never gave it away- it was taken from me and I want it back.
    Those in suburbs & rural areas are less likely to understand the Soviet-style surveillance experienced by people living in NY or Washington.In NY, we are photographed an average of 72 times each day, according to the NY Times. The fact that you’ve lost ALL your constitutional rights, the data-mining and computer recording of your daily lives is quieter and less obvious in smaller communities; the fact the FBI can now sneak into your home , look around w/o a warrant & leave w/o telling you, or listen to your tel. conversations, read your mail etcetera isn’t something that SEEMS to intrude on your everyday life…here in New York though, the constant surveillance is much more blatant and surrounds us everywhere we go.Living here, the new American way of life is much more oppressively obvious.

    1. marc says:

      hate to tell you, but that is as near to life in russia TODAY as can be! children walk all hours of the day to school and to all their activities. no “soccer moms” here. everyone walks. and land, nature, hills, fields, rivers, lakes, all free for anyone to use. fish, swim, etc. free.

  17. Patricia says:

    What is that matter with you all. Your idiots. Do any of your morons remember 911. Obviously not!

    1. ericm says:

      No Patricia. We are not the idiots. It is you who somehow can’t recognize when your freedoms are being threatened and taken away – one by one.

      This has nothing to do with 911. This has everything to do with losing the one thing America has always been the envy of the world for – FREEDOM.

    2. Devenio says:

      Yeah, I remember 9/11. Do you? That was near 10 years ago since George Bush and Cheney masterminded the end of our freedom. And? Whats your point pin head?

  18. ericm says:

    I want to see Schumer’s face when the low-paid TSA worker grabs his testicles. It’s easy to have a big mouth when you are part of the privileged few who most likely will never have to endure the humiliation of being body searched by a stranger. What an idiot.

  19. dave says:

    You no longer are free. You will do as you are told. The government now controls every facet of your being. You don’t think the screeners aren’t having fun with all the images. And the pat downs cannot possibly get any more intrusive. Just another reason for the gov’t to control us. You can’t tell me with todays technology, they can’t find an easier way to screen everyone? Just another way for the gov’t to subjugate everyone.

    1. KPMc says:

      You want to use more technology yet you are poo-pooing the scanners?

      Make up your mind.

  20. Joe says:

    “If You’re Going To Travel, You Must Cooperate”, said the spider to the fly!!

  21. Dee says:

    I don’t even eat irradiated fruits and vegetables. The idea of being hit with that level of radiation makes me sick. There is no telling the amount of damage they’re doing to the public with those machines.

    1. KPMc says:

      Yet.. you sit in front of a computer, use a cell phone and fly…. Yes… flying in plane exposes you to more radiation than the scanner or a medical x-ray.

  22. JQPublic says:

    All of the people here are not subject to these plainly stupid rules so why are they telling us that we have to?

  23. Louis says:

    These so-called pat downs are nothing more tham government-sanctioned sexual assaults on the american public. If you have even the smallest belief that this perverted behavior on the part of these low-life TSA agents will make you safe then you are completely delusional. As for the naked-picture body scans, I know it won’t be long before they start showing up on internet porn sites. Again, if you doubt this, you have no idea what low-life perverts are working for the TSA. AVOID the airlines. Drive, take a train or a bus but stop flying!

  24. Patricia says:

    we are at war. you don’t want to be pat down or go through the screening then don’t take an airplane.

    1. Mason says:

      You are an idiot!!

      1. KPMc says:

        Well.. if that was your case for calling someone an idiot you succeeded… just look in the mirror.

    2. Pete says:


      You’re right!

      Now please board this train where you will be deloused in this special communal shower before we send you off to this wonderful new work camp….

    3. Devenio says:

      Another scared little sheep crying that the sky is falling. If America was at war with another country, we would all be dead by now – because of weak people like you who will gladly give up what America stands for to be protected from something that will never kill you. You have a better chance of being run over by an elephant, willing swimming the Nile in a 1969 Corvette after getting hit by a 25 foot Eagle than you would have of being killed by a terrorist. You should just stay in the basement, lock the door and paint the windows black. Someone will let you know when its all over.

  25. pat says:

    I didn’t know that this was part of her job description as Secretary of State. Lets see she’s starting to speak out about the Obama administration policies, How long do you think she is going to stay in the administration before she starts running for president? After all this is Hillary’s last chance to achieve her lifelong dream. Hillary Clinton the Manchurian Candidate in a polyester pants suit.

    1. KPMc says:

      Since it is part of a fight against International terrorism… yes.. having an opinion IS in the US Secretary of State’s job description.

      I’m no Hillary cheerleader but please keep your political prejudices away and keep on point if you want to contribute to the discussion.

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