Lulameagirl says: "Hopefully, this (along with the earlier report that it doesn't detect cavity devices) will be the death knell to the backscatter scanners. Two large pilots unions have advised pilots not to use the scanners due to increased radiation exposure in the profession. They note that the TSA 'has offered no credible specifications for the radiation emitted by these machines.'"
While recommending the pat-downs as an alternative to the AIT scanners, both unions described them as demeaning and intrusive. USAPA recounted the experience of one US Airways pilot who "experienced a frisking that . . . left him unable to function as a crew member."
That must have been one hell of a frisking.