Actors join fray over TSA scan

(POST GAZETTE)   Since the Transportation Security Administration enhanced its pat-down search technique and increased the use of full-body scanners at airport security checkpoints, the loudest critics have been civil-rights activists such as the ACLU.

Now Hollywood has joined the chorus of protests.

Comedian Rob Schneider complained on a podcast recently about the screening he underwent at Boston’s Logan International Airport. He said he refused to go through the full-body scanners because he fears the radiation used by the machines to look through a passenger’s clothes can be harmful.

“I can’t believe more people are not opting out,” he said.

The TSA says the radiation exposure levels are too low to threaten a person’s health.

Former Playboy playmate and “Baywatch” actress Donna D’Errico said that she was angry about being singled out for a full-body scan at Los Angeles International Airport, despite her sometimes revealing TV roles and magazine spreads.

She said the airport search was “humiliating,” while the filming and photo shoots were in “controlled environments.”

The TSA said it has not received a complaint from Ms. D’Errico about the incident.

First published on December 26, 2010 at 12:00 am

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