Demand Public Hearings on Full Body Scanners in Airports

Full Body Scanners

Target: President Barack Obama

Goal: Force the Transportation Security Administration to comply with court order to “promptly” hold public hearings to develop rules and regulations regarding how body imaging scanners should be used

In July 2011, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) sued the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), claiming the body imaging scanners found in many airports were intrusive and unconstitutional. The US Circuit Court of Appeals did not block use of the scanners, but ordered the TSA to “promptly” hold public hearings to develop rules and regulations defining how the scanners should be used. A year later, the TSA has still not complied with the court order, and has stated it will not hold hearings until 2013. Please sign this petition and demand that TSA prioritize compliance with the court order quickly.

A full-body scanner is a relatively new security device used by the TSA in most airports. The machine creates an image of a person’s naked body in order for trained officials to determine a passenger’s safety risk. Public concerns about privacy, costs, delays, and potential health concerns have been common and prevalent since the machines were introduced. In an effort to refine the TSA policy on “Advanced Imaging Technology”, the TSA was ordered to conduct a notice-and-comment investigation into the policy and practices. The report was then supposed to be opened to comments from the public, and TSA was to justify its policy based on public input. These actions were supposed to happen “promptly”, although more than a year later, the TSA has not even begun the process.

Recently, the US Circuit Court of Appeals ordered TSA to explain itself and hold hearings within the current month, thereby disclosing its rules and regulations surrounding “Advanced Imaging Technology” to the public. Despite the order, TSA spokeswoman Lorie Dankers says the hearings won’t happen until 2013–two years after the original court order.

Please sign this petition and ask President Obama to force the TSA to comply with the court order demanding public hearings on the rules and regulations for use of full-body scanners in airports.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Obama,

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has failed to comply with a federal court order mandating transparency and consult of public opinion on its use of “Advanced Imaging Technology.” Despite receiving the court order over a year ago, the TSA has yet to respond and reportedly has not even begun the process. Public concerns over privacy, costs, delays, and potential health concerns have been discussed since before full body scanners were even implemented.

The TSA is defying the federal court order without repercussions or sanctions by the government. Claims and fears from the public that the body scanners are intrusive and unconstitutional remain unanswered and it seems that answers are not coming anytime soon. TSA spokeswoman Lorie Dankers says the hearings won’t happen until 2013–two years after the original court order.

Please force the TSA to comply with the requirements of the federal court by publishing the policies surrounding full body scanners, and justify those policies based on public input.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. Scanners create exposure to radiation.

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