Dec 28, 2010

More on the whistle blowing pilot targeted by TSA

The airline pilot who was harassed by federal agents and lost his federally-issued gun and badge for posting video on YouTube critical of airport security has chosen to go public with his identity.

Liu's cell phone video tour of security at San Francisco International Airport led to a team of six federal agents and sheriff's deputies coming to his home on Dec. 2 to take his handgun and Federal Flight Deck Officer (FFDO) credentials.

Did the pilot steal state secrets? No. So what did the pilot do to warrant the show of force by federal agents and sheriff's deputies at his house?

He took cell phone videos of the inconsistent way airport security is handled with ground crew getting a pass by only needing to swipe a card.

The pilot harassed by federal agents, backed up by local sheriff's deputies, because he embarrassed TSA by pointing out a serious airport security flaw.

One commenter wondered if Janet Napolitano learned her heavy-handed tactics by watching old KGB spy movies.