TSA releases video of Rep. Chaffetz

Oct. 21, 2009 at 5:56 PM
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- A Utah congressman upset he had to go through extra screening is shown in newly released video footage going through airport security.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, says screeners at the Salt Lake City airport targeted him for an additional search because he refused to go through a whole-body imaging machine. The union representing airport security workers says he was trying to kick start a confrontation.

The video released by the Transportation Security Administration is not conclusive either way, The Salt Lake Tribune reported Tuesday. Chaffetz said the footage supports his version of events on Sept. 21.

Chaffetz is trying to stop the use of the whole-body machines, which reveal what is under clothes, and voted against recognizing the union.

"Roll the tape and clearly I was telling the truth and the union was misleading the press," Chaffetz said.

The footage was posted on the TSA Web site in response to media requests.

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