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Monday, June 3, 2013

Opting-Out: Airport Cancer Machines - Court Allows Public to Comment on TSA Proposal to Scan

The Electronic Privacy Information Center, or EPIC, filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security to establish that all air travelers have the right to opt out of airport body scanners. In additional to the privacy issues raised of a digital strip search, serious concerns are being generated concerning the exposure to radio rays produced by the scanning machine that may cause an increased risk of cancer.

As a result of the lawsuit, the Transportation Security Administration is also required to accept public comments on the decision to make body scanners the primary screening technique in United States airports. The agency will accept comments until June 23.


Docket ID: TSA-2013-0004

English: Image from the backscatter advanced i...
English: Image from the backscatter advanced imaging technology (AIT) machine used by the TSA to screen passengers. This is what the remote TSA agent would see on their screen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Agency: Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
Summary: 
This Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) is being issued to comply with the decision rendered by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District Columbia Circuit in Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on July 15, 2011, 653 F.3d 1 (D.C. Cir. 2011). The Court directed TSA to conduct notice and comment rulemaking on the use of advanced imaging technology (AIT) in the primary screening of passengers. As a result, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) proposes to amend its civil aviation regulations to clarify that screening and inspection of an individual conducted to control access to the sterile area of an airport or to an aircraft may include the use of AIT.


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