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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    • While these machines are ostensibly voluntary, I am routinely treated with hostility when I inform TSA workers that I prefer the alternative. I am willing to undergo the patdown...

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      05/09/2013

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    • The full-body scanners are a disgusting invasion of privacy. At best they are ineffective. At worst they expose passengers to unnecessary radiation. They should be removed from use...

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      05/21/2013

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      TSA-2013-0004-2031
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    • The body scanners have achieved no results aside from angering the majority of travelers and invading their privacy. Day after day we are subject to more and more regulations in...

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      05/21/2013

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    • I am writing against the AIT. Every time I fly I feel my 4th amendment rights are violated. Some say the TSA is racial profiling. I don't believe it. In my experience they are...

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      07/01/2013

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    • WRONG WRONG WRONG

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      04/04/2013

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    • I am concerned that there has not been enough scientific investigation into the use of full-body x-ray scanners to warrant their use. Form both a health, and passenger safety...

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      05/30/2013

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      TSA-2013-0004-2588
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    • The benefit of this advanced screening technology is not clear. It is also not clear that an assumed benefit is worth the cost and the significant impact it has on traveler...

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      07/01/2013

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      TSA-2013-0004-5127
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      Joseph Mink
    • "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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      07/02/2013

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      TSA-2013-0004-5367
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    • Do I think that the TSA should move in more scanners? No. Then again, I don't believe the TSA should exist at all. So there's that.

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      06/17/2013

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      TSA-2013-0004-3707
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    • I support the option to use Metal detectors and explosive trace detection screening. This option would see the TSA return to metal detectors but conduct explosive trace detection...

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      07/15/2013

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    • I find the scanners to be efficient, and far preferable to lengthy pat downs. They allow fast easy processing through security. Those that don't like it can opt for a pat down...

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      06/11/2013

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      TSA-2013-0004-3336
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      Robert Bergamini
    • I am a frequent air traveler, both domestically and internationally, for both work and personal purposes. In one sentence, the use of advanced imaging technologies for air...

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      07/01/2013

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      TSA-2013-0004-5087
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      Rita Riordan
    • The TSA needs to be eliminated. I am tired of being harassed by them for air travel. they are un needed and expensive agency. Plus I have had personal property stolen from my...

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      06/27/2013

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      Chris B.
    • Flying is a necessary part of my job, but I always choose to opt-out of the scanners because you are already exposed to high amounts of radiation when on a plane; there is no need...

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      04/24/2013

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      TSA-2013-0004-1040
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    • The new ait machines have advanced privacy settings so the only thing seen is a gray figure. So you I dont know why people are making a big deal of it. The tsa is here to protect...

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      05/06/2013

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    • I fully support the use of body scanners.

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      07/10/2013

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      John
    • I am completely OK with the full body scan.. People who cry and whine about their precious "rights" being violated are idiots. If you don't like the scan (and safety) DON!T FLY!

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    • TSA-2013-0004 Docket ID/(I.A.Sentence 7)The Court did not order that the strip searches via the AIT cease because the Court ordered that the notice and comment period required by...

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      07/01/2013

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    • I feel that the AIT full body scanners are a huge waste of money and other resources that could be used to actually provide security in our nations airports. I feel they are a...

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      05/20/2013

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      Eric Bunyan
    • This entire system for passenger screening is beyond a simple intrusion, it is humiliating and in my opinion does nothing to provide any additional security. It is obvious at times...

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      04/16/2013

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      James Collins
    • Recommend the option of going back to metal detectors as a primary screening technology and conducting explosive trace detection tests on random passengers.

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      06/13/2013

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      John Stack
    • "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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      06/26/2013

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      TSA-2013-0004-4354
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      Mark Matthies
    • I feel that the invasive technique currently being used is unnecessary. The people who are doing the screening are not professionals, even if you slap a uniform on them. There is...

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      05/30/2013

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    • I believe the Advanced Imaging Technology requires more rigorous testing to ensure that it is safe for repetitive human use on a massive scale over long periods of time. There are...

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      06/27/2013

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      Anonymous
    • I STRONGLY object to the use of AIT at checkpoints. Safety not proven, No consistent regulation on pat downs. TSA abuse. They have not been proven to be useful! The pre 9/11...

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      04/23/2013

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      TSA-2013-0004-0780
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      Nancy
    • The naked body scanners used by the TSA can only be improved by completely eliminating them. Anything less than completely eliminating them is an assault on US citizens that pay...

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      04/10/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-0490
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      Jeffrey Dennison
    • The amount of people who have been killed or endangered by terrorist or other violent attacks during air travel is very small, compared to other causes. The money would be better...

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      06/19/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-3812
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      David Petschull
    • "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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      06/26/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-4387
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      Nicole Turner
    • It is humiliating going through the AIT machine and assuming the position of a criminal with hands up. I hate seeing people patted down should they set off the alarm in the AIT...

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      07/01/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-4959
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    • Hate these machines, I would rather wait in line and go through the older screening methods or get “felt up” by TSA agents than go through the AIT. The government doesn't seem to...

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      05/07/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-1424
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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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      06/28/2013

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      TSA-2013-0004-4782
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      Cheryl Mason-Middleton
    • "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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      07/05/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-5397
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      Raena Colby
    • I strongly object to this type of passenger screening. It has become abundantly clear that x-ray screening (or millimeter wave, or backscatter, or whatever) provides no additional...

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      06/10/2013

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      TSA-2013-0004-3267
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      Daniel Hoak
    • The use of Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) scanners, such as millimeter wave or backscatter X-ray imaging systems, is unwarranted as an airport security measure. Better...

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      06/19/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-3884
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      Michael Graziano
    • I oppose the use of full body scanners in airports for all passengers. They should only be used where there is a reasonable suspicion of someone carrying a dangerous object...

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      05/16/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-1686
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      Bruce Robertson
    • No one should be subjected to any amount of radiation against their will. Those opting out should be treated with respect instead of ridicule and hostility. It is sad that most...

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      06/27/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-4502
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    • I am deeply disturbed by the TSA full-body scanners. One should not have to be subjected to a virtual strip search in order to travel. In fact, this is more invasive than an actual...

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      05/23/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-2224
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      Lisa Wallace
    • There is no need for a TSA at all. It would not have stopped the original 911 attacks and now that there is a locked cockpit door the only screening at all should be profiling...

    • Public Submission
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      04/08/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-0431
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      Stuart Lipoff
    • I strongly object to this type of screening, for which there is NO proven benefit, and which has not been clearly established to be safe. Since 9/11, after the creation of the TSA...

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      05/07/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-1455
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      J
    • "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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      06/26/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-4416
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    • Submitter Name:
      Anonymous
    • I am strongly opposed to the use of Advanced Imaging Technology. The use of AITs is in violation of the 4th amendment of the Constitution, which requires that a search of one’s...

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      06/12/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-3506
    • Organization:
    • Submitter Name:
      Dawn
    • I will never walk through your full body scanner for these reasons: 1) They have not been studied and properly tested medically over a mid to long time period. We the word of the...

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      05/23/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-2232
    • Organization:
    • Submitter Name:
      Robert Washabaugh
    • I have objections to the current TSA screening process on two levels. 1) Given the time/cost/effort, it is not a cost effective way to make us safe. The amount of dollars and...

    • Public Submission
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      05/13/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-1612
    • Organization:
    • Submitter Name:
      David Greene
    • The TSA suffered a partial loss in a lawsuit several years ago when the Electronic Privacy Information Center “petitioned the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to suspend the body...

    • Public Submission
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      04/02/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-0213
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    • Submitter Name:
      Anonymous
    • I am completely against the use of AIT. It is a violation of my 4th Amendment rights to be free from unreasonable searches. It is overly invasive and intrusive and is unneeded...

    • Public Submission
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      04/23/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-0847
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    • Walk through metal detectors (WTMD)with random explosive wipe testing is FAR faster, less invasive, and less humiliating that the Nude Body Scanners. The Nude Body Scanners should...

    • Public Submission
    • Posted:

      06/18/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-3746
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    • I travel a lot for work. I respect that you are all trying to do your jobs. At first, I was upset with the invasive pictures. Now that you have replaced those with an outline, I...

    • Public Submission
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      05/20/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-1797
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    • Submitter Name:
    • I'm just a private citizen and I now hate to fly due to the TSA screening procedures. Please go back to Metal detectors and explosive trace detection screening. “When TSA deployed...

    • Public Submission
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      06/03/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-2672
    • Organization:
    • Submitter Name:
      Rebecca Wilson
    • I enjoy passenger screening using advanced imaging technology. I work hard on keeping my body in the best shape it can possibly be. Any chance to show off my bod and have a voyeur...

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      05/16/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-1671
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    • Submitter Name:
      Anonymous
    • Using the advanced imaging technology is a clear violation of our individulal rights and from studies have been proven to have health risks. It is also forcing someone to pose...

    • Public Submission
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      03/28/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-0049
    • Organization:
    • Submitter Name:
      David Maple
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