Septmeber 25, 2009

Utah’s freshman congressman on Thursday defended a run-in with security at Salt Lake International Airport.

Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz admitted he got frustrated and even used an obscenity, but he thinks airport security was out of line, not him.

It all revolves around a machine that checks for concealed bombs or weapons under a passenger’s clothes. Passengers who don’t want their whole body scanned can bypass the machine and go through a metal detector and full-body pat down instead. But 99.6 percent willingly get scanned.

“The security is good, and it’s for my protection. I feel that way about it, and so I don’t mind it at all,” said frequent flyer Dick Crossett.

Statistics show less than 1 in 200 try to avoid the revealing scans.

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