Passenger Screening Using Advance 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) intends to issue 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.

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

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    • Strongly oppose the AIT scanners. I opt-out every time I am confronted with one, and I fly about 6 times per month on average for work.

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      07/02/2013

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      TSA-2013-0004-5312
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      Nicholas Morgano
    • Full-body scanners are not only a violation of privacy, but the dosage of ionizing radiation from the millimeter-wave variant has been willfully lied about by both TSA and the...

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      05/21/2013

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      TSA-2013-0004-1953
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    • Now that the AIT machine images are no longer viewed by TSA officers - they are no different than walk through metal detectors. The AIT, regardless of its true capability...

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      06/03/2013

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      TSA-2013-0004-2713
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    • A virtual strip search should not be debated, it is an invasion of privacy and a breach of Search And Seizure Clause. I opt out of the scanner EACH TIME I fly and it takes 10-20...

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      05/07/2013

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      TSA-2013-0004-1426
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    • Please stop wasting our money on this type of security theater. You're never going to catch a determined, astute attacker using these devices, you will inconvenience millions of...

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      06/06/2013

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      TSA-2013-0004-3131
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      David Kroll
    • The federal register publication highlights massive failures by the TSA in making risk assessments and quality control of the instruments use in passenger screening. Specifically...

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      06/28/2013

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      TSA-2013-0004-4874
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    • I strongly oppose allowing TSA to use AIT in airport security. No independent testing has been done to verify TSA's claims that this technology is not dangerous. Additionally, it...

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      04/19/2013

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      TSA-2013-0004-0656
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      Mark Altizer
    • Why don't passengers have to go through the nude-o-scope AND the walk-through metal detector? Is TSA afraid that passengers would see how much more reliably the walk-through metal...

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      06/18/2013

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      TSA-2013-0004-3749
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    • The Nude Body Scanners (a.k.a. AIT) are not only a gross violation of privacy and a risk to the public health, they are also ineffective in the stated purpose and delay the entry...

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      05/21/2013

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      TSA-2013-0004-2021
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      J. Johansson
    • The TSA should never be using x-ray machines on people. Even minute amounts of radiation can be harmful. And those machines were not even TESTED for safety! Also, as an American...

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      04/08/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-0398
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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

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-4867
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      Dane Gustafson
    • I disagree with the use of advanced imaging technology. It is an invasion of privacy.

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      06/20/2013

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      TSA-2013-0004-4013
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    • I oppose continued use of full body scanners at airports. Radiation, although minimal, is a serious byproduct and combined with medical,, dental, and other instances of exposure...

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      05/28/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-2366
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      Patricia Davies
    • Why do Americans have to be poisoned with radiation and assaulted by perverted child molestors posing as TSA nazi goons ?

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      05/30/2013

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      TSA-2013-0004-2536
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      James Callan
    • I do not agree with the use of advanced imaging. I don't think that it's effective and it's controversial enough that the arguments over it distract from more effective strategies...

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      TSA-2013-0004-3386
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      Nicholas
    • The TSA should not purchase any more advanced imaging technology/body scanners. They don't even do a decent job using the equipment they have and regularly allow "dangerous...

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      TSA-2013-0004-0999
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      Michael Mamanakis
    • I strongly disagree with the use of Advanced Imaging Technology and more importantly the TSA itself. I do not believe that they are a necessary function especially with the low...

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    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-0312
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      Michael Davis
    • 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...

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      04/02/2013

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      TSA-2013-0004-0213
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      Anonymous
    • My family and I refuse to fly since the implementation of Advanced Imaging Technology in airports. This technology is a travesty. We have be become a nation that will do anything...

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      06/27/2013

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      TSA-2013-0004-4585
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      Anonymous
    • I have been flying for longer than the inception of the processes for AIT usage and enhanced screening techniques. I have never felt more uncomfortable and more like a criminal...

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      06/18/2013

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      TSA-2013-0004-3745
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    • Strongly oppose. TSA is a farce. Funding for this pseudo agency needs to stop.

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      04/02/2013

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      TSA-2013-0004-0199
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      Anonymous
    • Body scanners utilize electromagnetic radiation. Conclusive research about the effect of EMF exposure on the human body is non-existent and assurances that the levels of these...

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      05/07/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-1498
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      DigitalThinking
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      Janey Place
    • "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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      07/01/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-5000
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      Joseph Lyons
    • I remember a time when if you couldn’t use your ticket you could just sell it in the classified section of the newspaper it didn’t matter that it didn’t have your name on it and...

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      04/10/2013

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      TSA-2013-0004-0478
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      Donna Harrison
    • The scanner are a violation of our rights as a US citizen. They also pose a health risk to anyone who goes near them. The technology is useless at detecting dangerous items because...

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      06/04/2013

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      TSA-2013-0004-2877
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      Ben Bryan
    • I am against the use of Advanced Imaging Technology because it is intrusive and because of the lack of professionalism in the TSA agents as a whole.

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      05/09/2013

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      TSA-2013-0004-1581
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    • I refuse to fly anymore with the way the TSA treats us. If i opt out of the full body scan its like I ruined their day that they have to do something.

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      06/12/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-3551
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      Anonymous
    • what scares me about the screeners is the fact that they are not classified as a medical device, so they are not regulated by the FDA. The FDA mandates safe levels of radiation for...

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      04/22/2013

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      TSA-2013-0004-0677
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      Sammy Magid
    • I am perfectly fine with Advanced Imaging Technology. I think the relatively small burden of walking through these scanners is worth potentially saving the lives of people and...

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      07/09/2013

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      TSA-2013-0004-5464
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    • AIT is a huge waste of money. The project should be scrapped and we should return to pre-9/11 levels of security at airports. AIT is an offense to the American public. It was...

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      06/06/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-3136
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      Anonymous
    • My job requires me to travel and the use of these scanners seems to be more security theater than actual security. I usually go through them but decided to opt out after seeing...

    • Public Submission
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      06/27/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-4464
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    • Do not treat me as if I were a criminal, I am not a criminal and you therefore breach my human rights to bodily integrity by using the "full body scanner" which is ineffective at...

    • Public Submission
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      07/02/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-5235
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      Patrick Cleary
    • Please revert to utilizing only traditional metal detectors. These devices are used in most other civilized countries and appear to be both efficient and effective.

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      04/24/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-0989
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      Anonymous
    • The scanner profits no one except the manufacturer and the dreadful political hacks and crony capitalists connected with the idiotic TSA. The TSA is nothing but a warehousing...

    • Public Submission
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      05/06/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-1394
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    • These screening proceedures are degrading to those who have done nothing wrong. Many airports tell you that you do not have any alternative option (I went through my fist scanner...

    • Public Submission
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      07/01/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-5123
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      Christina
    • I have refused to fly anywhere again after paying 1 time to be humiliated by groping strangers because I wear a breast prosthesis-I am a 20 (twenty) year cancer survivor. I am not...

    • Public Submission
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      04/01/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-0120
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      none
    • Submitter Name:
      Joan Figueroa
    • I support the TSA Pre-Check program. Bravo!

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      10/22/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-5577
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      Anonymous
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    • Attached are PrivacyActivism's comments opposing the use of body scanners as primary screening.

    • Public Submission
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      06/26/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-4370
    • Organization:
      PrivacyActivism
    • Submitter Name:
    • I know that this is a publicity move on the TSA's part and that nobody will ever read these comments but in the event someone out there is bored and reading the 1,000+ comments...

    • Public Submission
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      05/21/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-2009
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      Cory
    • Advanced Imaging Technology should be removed from all airport security checkpoints as the technology adds little value for its cost and invasive nature. Additionally, the act of...

    • Public Submission
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      06/04/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-2916
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      Matthew Watchinski
    • I personally opt for the "aggressive pat down" instead of the full body scanner, every time I travel. I have nothing to hide, but I don't like the idea of being irradiated, having...

    • Public Submission
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      05/28/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-2356
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      Jason Shaw
    • Please stop using AIT. This has not been proven to improve security and only works to comfort the uninformed. Our government should not embrace ignorance as a means since this is...

    • Public Submission
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      06/04/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-2866
    • Organization:
    • Submitter Name:
      Shawn Senior
    • This level of invasion to our personal privacy is absolutely unwarranted. Measures put into effect following 9/11 have stemmed every attempt at terrorism while aircraft are in...

    • Public Submission
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      06/20/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-4005
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    • Submitter Name:
      Randy Matkowski
    • I have no problem with this technology, so long as it is being used INSTEAD of a pat down. Pat downs are intrusive and probably unconstitutional unless there is a good reason to...

    • Public Submission
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      04/23/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-0816
    • Organization:
    • Submitter Name:
      Roslyn Lang
    • As a regular international visitor to the US, I find the security screening very obtrusive, time consuming, and generally gives the travel experience in the US a negative feeling...

    • Public Submission
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      05/06/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-1318
    • Organization:
    • Submitter Name:
      Robert Itami
    • "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...

    • Public Submission
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      06/26/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-4345
    • Organization:
    • Submitter Name:
      Pamela Curry
    • Passenger screening is a waste of time and the TSA has been proven incompetent several times with people sneaking contraband past them. These kinds of regulations waste our time...

    • Public Submission
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      04/24/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-1080
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    • Submitter Name:
      Joe Essey
    • Dear TSA. Your efforts are no longer welcomed. Use of AITs is a violation of traver's rights. Please remove all body scanners from all airpoorts. I have not traveled by air since...

    • Public Submission
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      06/04/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-2745
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    • Submitter Name:
      John Tyler
    • I avoid the full-body scan. But when I've had the misfortune to have to go through one, usually plastic buttons or some other thing alerts the screener. Come on, three plastic...

    • Public Submission
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      05/16/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-1648
    • Organization:
      self
    • Submitter Name:
      Vicky Boyd
    • "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...

    • Public Submission
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      07/02/2013

    • ID:
      TSA-2013-0004-5308
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    • Submitter Name:
      Colby Carrillo
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