Napolitano Op-Ed: 'Scanners Are Safe, Pat-Downs Discreet'

By Staff | November 15, 2010 | 10:05 AM EST

( - Writing in USA Today Monday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano asked airline passengers for their "cooperation, patience and a commitment to vigilance in the face of a determined enemy."

She said the new body scan machines that see through clothing are "safe, efficient, and protect passenger privacy." And she clalims "the vast majority of travelers say they prefer this technology to alternative screening measures," such as physical pat-downs.

Napolitano spoke amid a growing backlash from consumer, civil rights and pilots groups, which say the new screening methods go too far.

According to USA Today, one "fliers' rights" group is calling for a boycott of the full-body scanners, and some pilots' unions have advised their members to avoid the scanners because of repeated exposure to radiation.

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