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Pilot can't fly after refusing security measures

Pilot Michael Roberts was not allowed to fly after rejecting a full-body scan and alternate pat-down by TSA. Pilot Michael Roberts was not allowed to fly after rejecting a full-body scan and alternate pat-down by TSA.

MEMPHIS, TN (NBC) - Should pilots be screened to board planes the same way as passengers?  One pilot doesn't think so, stood up for that belief and was kept off the plane.

Pilot Michael Roberts says for 4 and a half years, he's never had to go through a full-body scan, until now.

"Bottom line is I'm not especially comfortable with being frisked by an agent of the federal government every day on my way to work," Roberts said.

He was about to fly as a passenger to Houston to pilot an express-jet flight leaving there.

While going through security,  Roberts rejected the full-body scan and the alternate pat-down.

So, the TSA officials kept him off the plane, saying their screening policy applies to everyone.

"Evidently they saw my discomfort with the situation as a threat to air transportation security."

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