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TSA: Pilots To Be Exempt From Some Airport Checks

UPDATE: Airline pilots won't have to go through the same security scanning and pat-downs that passengers are facing at the nation's airports.

Starting today, the Transportation Security Administration says pilots traveling in uniform or on airline business will be allowed to pass security by presenting two photo IDs, one from their company and one from the government. Those IDs will be checked against a secure flight crew database.

Pilots are welcoming the change. They say it makes no sense to send them through the same screening process as passengers, arguing that a pilot intent on terrorism wouldn't need to sneak anything on board a plane to try to crash it.

The Allied Pilots Association says "pilots are not the threat," they're the target. TSA Administrator John Pistole calls pilots, "trusted partners who ensure the safety of millions of passengers" every day. He adds that the new procedure will also be a more efficient use of the agency's resources. 

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