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The California airline pilot punished by the Transportation Security Administration for posting videos critical of airport security has revealed his identity.
Chris Liu, who calls himself the "Patriot Pilot," says he was just trying to improve airport security when he released a recorded and posted online footage of San Francisco International Airport in which he criticized a number of procedures.
Liu originally declined to identify himself in fear of retaliation but says he’s now going public in hopes of changing major security flaws.
Liu had been part of a federal security program allowing him to carry a gun in the cockpit. But after he posted the video, federal agents showed up at his house Dec. 2 to confiscate his weapon and suspend his Federal Flight Deck Officer credentials.
Just days after the pilot posted a series of six video clips he recorded with his cell phone camera at San Francisco International Airport four Federal Air Marshals and two sheriff's deputies arrived at his house to confiscate his federally-issued firearm. The pilot recorded that event as well and provided all the video to News10.
Liu has since resigned from his volunteer position as a Federal Flight Deck Officer to avoid an investigation.
He remains employed by the airline which has not yet been identified.