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December 29, 2010

Pilot Who Angered TSA With YouTube Video Goes Public

Pilot who angered TSA with YouTube video goes public

Chris Liu, the pilot who angered Janet Napolitano last week by revealing potential loopholes in airport security, went public on Monday. The 50 year-old pilot told CNN that TSA sent an anti-terrorism task force to his home after he posted his video on YouTube.

The pilot who posted a cell phone video on YouTube revealing potential loopholes in airport security identified himself Monday and said he is “pretty shocked” by the national uproar he has caused.

Chris Liu, a 50-year-old Colfax resident and 27-year veteran pilot, said in an interview with a Sacramento television station that he never imagined his “little video” of what he felt were lax procedures at San Francisco International Airport would get much attention.

The video, posted Nov. 30, has since been pulled from YouTube, and Liu has been stripped of his role in a federal anti-terrorism program that allowed him to carry a handgun while flying. His story has been covered by media across the country – including local outlets, CNN and Fox News.

“I never even thought about being an activist,” Liu told News 10 Monday night, “but it’s kind of turning into that direction.”

A website Liu set up to chronicle his story indicates a man on a mission.

“The Patriot Pilot: An American Hero,” describes what Liu views as a contrast between security measures faced by travelers and airline employees and those faced by ground crews. He also expresses his frustration with the Transportation Security Administration’s response to his security complaint.

TSA officials arrived at Liu's Colfax house earlier this month and confiscated his weapon. Placer County sheriff's deputies, who accompanied the TSA, suspended his permit to carry a concealed weapon.

TSA authorities have defended the action, saying that pilots who participate in the program "must be able to maintain sensitive security information."

Werno said that Liu has since flown several flights, but remains under investigation by the TSA.

Liu's gripe with airport security measures focuses on ground crews who he said need only swipe a badge to access the tarmac and parked planes.

Neither the ground workers nor their belongings are inspected, Liu argues.

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Wild Thing's comment.........

This pilot was merely pointing out what anyone can plainly see walking through any terminal so it's not like he is exposing TSA secrets. This is pure government harassment.

When this kind of thing happens it makes anyone afraid to speak up and that is not a good thing.

Posted by Wild Thing at December 29, 2010 12:47 AM


This guy angers the TSA and the Feds raid his home.

I never liked the term "Homeland Security" as it sounds like something out of Nazi Germany.

Posted by: BobF at December 29, 2010 07:47 AM

well there you go another American Terrorist taken off the streets. The first thing they go after is his weapon. I wonder, really what Napolatano is trying to hide.

But they won't profile Islam terrorists.

Posted by: Mark at December 29, 2010 09:10 AM

Thug government. That's what we have. The biggest hiring agency in America. It is the union and we citizens are "scabs". Bob, not just the name, but also the actions are out of Nazi Germany.

Posted by: TomR,armed in Texas at December 29, 2010 10:17 AM

Of course you're correct TomR. Hitler is smiling in hell as Amerika goes facist.

Posted by: Eddie (Enemy of the State) at December 29, 2010 10:53 AM

Great input, thank you all so much.

Posted by: Wild Thing at December 29, 2010 06:18 PM