Pilot sues feds over airport full-body scans

October 27, 2010 5:58:42 PM PDT
The Houston-based pilot who refused to go through a body scan at airport security is now suing the federal government. About two weeks ago, Express Jet pilot Michael Roberts was on his way to work in Houston from his home in Memphis, when refused the body scan. When TSA asked to pat him down, he refused that too.

He hasn't flown since and is now suing the government over how it screens passengers, saying it violates the fourth amendment, which protects citizens against unreasonable search and seizure.

"It's not reasonable when you walk into the airport, just because you want to go fly on an airplane that they should strip-search you or physically put their hands on your crotch and feel your body from top to bottom," Roberts said.

Neither the TSA nor Express Jet is commenting on this lawsuit.