TSA: Agency won't negotiate on security

Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2011

JUNEAU — A Transportation Security Administration spokesman says the agency won’t negotiate terms for security at U.S. airports, responding to outrage sparked when an Alaska lawmaker was denied a flight for refusing a full-body pat-down.

The lawmaker, state Rep. Sharon Cissna, is a breast cancer survivor who had a mastectomy.

On Tuesday, Alaska Attorney General John J. Burns said the state is evaluating whether a compromise can be reached over airport pat-downs that many passengers consider intrusive.

TSA spokesman Nico Melendez tells The Associated Press his agency is looking at similar situations around the country where legislators have expressed concerns about security procedures. He says the TSA is looking for opportunities to educate but not negotiate security requirements.

Melendez says the TSA plans outreach to medical and special needs communities in Alaska this spring.

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