This is part of our continuing series on the public's comments about naked scanners. Here, the TSA summarizes comments regarding "TSA Authority to Use AIT [Advanced Imaging Technology, aka naked scanners]" (Part D):
Many individual commenters stated that TSA has overstepped its authority by deploying AIT and that the agency itself should be eliminated or that AIT should be eliminated as a screening technology. Additionally, many individual commenters stated that responsibility for airport security and the costs should be returned to either the owners of airports or the airlines.
A non-profit organization referenced 49 U.S.C. 44903(b)(2)(A) and 49 U.S.C. 44903 (b)(2)(B) to support its statement that the proposed rule is inconsistent with statutory requirements to protect passengers and the public interest in promoting air transportation. The organization stated that TSA is not authorized “to sexually assault passengers” under current statutes or regulations. An individual commenter stated that TSA, as a Federal agency, has no jurisdiction over public airports, which the commenter stated are mostly on state land. Another individual commenter alleged that the Administrator of TSA acted illegally implementing AIT and stated he should be removed from office and charged accordingly.