TSA’s job is to help keep the skies safe. Members of flight crews in or out of uniform whether dead-heading, commuting, or working are not exempt from security. It has always been this way. If procedures call for them to go through TSA checkpoint screening and there's an AIT machine present, they can opt out of AIT screening just like any other passenger, but they’ll also receive a thorough pat-down, just like any other passenger who opts out. Opting out of a pat-down and AIT screening would be the same as opting out of screening altogether, and that just can’t be done. The same even goes for TSA employees who are traveling. I go through screening every time I fly, as well as everybody from Officers all the way up to the Administrator.
Advanced imaging technology safely screens passengers for metallic and nonmetallic threats including weapons, explosives and other objects concealed under layers of clothing without physical contact to help TSA keep the traveling public safe. Feel free to check out our AIT page at TSA.gov or read some of the blog posts we’ve written on the subject.
TSA Blog Team