TSA releases more video of Chaffetz airport encounter

Published October 20, 2009 5:30 pm
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The Transportation Security Administration released more video of Rep. Jason Chaffetz's screening incident at Salt Lake City International Airport, though it doesn't shed much more light on what took place on Sept. 21.

The TSA posted four more videos on its Web site in response to requests from news media outlets; each video is a different angle of the airport where the Utah Republican says TSA officers tried to get him to go through a whole-body-imaging machine that Chaffetz is trying to ban as a primary screening device.

In the videos, Chaffetz is seen heading toward a line at the screening area, though it's unclear which line he ends up in. Later, Chaffetz is given a pat-down search by officers, though the TSA further blurred that action. Lastly, Chaffetz speaks to two TSA supervisors, hands over his congressional business card and apparently writes down their names.

Even though the videos miss much of the action at the screening area, Chaffetz says he feels "totally vindicated" after a union representing the TSA officers claimed Chaffetz had tried to spark an incident.

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

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