Passenger Screening Using Advanced Imaging Technology

 
Docket ID: TSA-2013-0004
Agency: Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
Parent Agency: Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Summary:

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued a final rule to address whether 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 advanced imaging technology (AIT). The notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) was published on March 26, 2013, to comply with the decision rendered by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security 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 AIT in the primary screening of passengers. The final rule makes clear that TSA no longer uses images of actual passengers and now uses a generic image through the use of ATR technology installed on all AIT machines. The rule emphasizes that AIT is the best available technology to detect both metallic and non-metallic objects and safeguards agency flexibility to respond to evolving threats.

RIN: 1652-AA67
Impacts and Effects: None
CFR Citation: 49 CFR 1540.107
Priority: Economically Significant

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      • Please go back to metal detectors as a primary screening technology and conducting explosive trace detection tests on random or all passengers. This ends both the invasive scans...

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      • This technology should not be used. There is insufficient data on the negative long term risks of the radiation, and there has been no demonstrable improvement in national...

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      • TSA should end the body scanner program immediately. It is a waste of my tax money.

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      • "Dear TSA: As member of the LGBT and allied community, I am deeply concerned that the TSA's proposed rule does nothing to protect passenger privacy and merely expands the agency's...

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      • These don't work reliably and result in way more groping pat downs than the metal detectors. They have been defeated by an engineer activist, assuring that any real terrorist had...

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