Years after they were to have opened public comment period on airport security—and as they phase out backscaatter scanners—the TSA has finally opened the required public comment period on the “rulemaking” that was used years ago to put scanners and pat-downs in place. We now have a record of the system’s use and misuse: now is the time to stand up for our rights to travel without unreasonable searches and intimidation by employees of the federal government, which itself is supposed to work for us. You will find a link with more information—and, there, a link to the comment page—after my comment:
I firmly believe that the TSA searches are unconstitutional and illegal. They go far beyond what is necessary to ensure security—such as full-body pat-downs when there is a clear signal of a single body part that sets off a scanner. The scanners themselves give false positive readings more than half the time—approximately 54%—which seems to make it worse than totally random. In addition, no scanner has been proved to be harmless. Punitive pat-downs of those who refuse to potentially endanger their health by being scanned are simply wrong, as well as illegal. I fear that the TSA is performing “security theatre” that both infringes on civil liberties and might be damaging the public health. Instead of increasing public confidence in our safety, TSA has become a symbol of all that is wrong in our federal government.
(Thanks, Alice, for sending me that link.)