Saturday, March 5, 2016

Why not? "Authority to Use AIT"

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.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Why not? "Opposition to AIT"

This is the first part of our continuing series highlighting the American public's concerns over TSA security. This is the summary of comments compiled under the sub-heading, "Opposition to AIT" (part C).

Many submissions included statements of opposition to the continued use of AIT. Of these, individual commenters expressed concerns pertaining to efficacy, privacy, health, cost, and civil liberties. TSA addresses each of these topics in subsequent comment responses in this preamble. Some individual commenters also expressed criticism of TSA and its staff. Some comments included statements requesting the elimination of AIT. 
Other commenters made statements regarding the impact of AIT screening on their travel choices.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

New Series: Why Not? The public's concern about naked scanners

The TSA has finally responded to public comment about naked scanners. I will highlight on this blog the various reasons that over 1,000 individuals and organizations have expressed concerns over TSA security.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Time travel at the TSA

This just in:
New airport security measures go into effect in 60 days. These security measures have been used by the TSA since 2008.

I guess the TSA has discovered time travel!

If you think I'm making this up, here's the entire excerpt I'm summarizing:
Airports: The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is moving forward with new airport security measures. 
Airport security officials will employ advanced imaging technology — better known as full-body scanners — to screen passengers for explosive devices and other weapons. 
TSA has been using full-body scanners since 2008, but a federal court ordered the security agency to go through the formal rulemaking process. 
The rule goes into effect in 60 days.