Passenger Screening Using Advanced Imaging Technology

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

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
UA and Regulatory Plan Information open glossary dialog  
Publication Period: Spring 2016
Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Action
Major Rule: Yes
Legal Authorities: 49 U.S.C. 44925
Legal Deadlines: None
Government Levels Affected: No
Federalism Implications: No
Unfunded Mandates: No
Requires Regulatory Flexibility Analysis: Governmental Jurisdictions
Small Entities Affected: No
International Impacts: No
Energy Effects: No
Included in Regulatory Plan: No
ActionDateFR Citation
NPRM03/26/201378 FR 18287
NPRM Comment Period End06/24/2013
Final Rule03/03/201681 FR 11363
Final Rule Effective05/02/2016
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Related RINs: None
Related Dockets: None
Action Office: TSA-2
Disposition: Pending
Type: Rulemaking
Subtype: Aircraft Operator and Airport Security

Primary Documents

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Comment Period Closed
Jun 24, 2013 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 03/26/2013
ID: TSA-2013-0004-0001
Comment Period Closed
Posted: 03/03/2016
ID: TSA-2013-0004-5586
Comment Period Closed
Posted: 03/02/2016
ID: TSA-2013-0004-5582
Comment Period Closed
Posted: 03/26/2013
ID: TSA-2013-0004-0034

Supporting Documents

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Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 03/02/2016
ID: TSA-2013-0004-5585
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 03/02/2016
ID: TSA-2013-0004-5584
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 03/02/2016
ID: TSA-2013-0004-5583


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Comments Received*
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Final Rule
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Agency Contact
Chawanna Carrington
Project Manager, Passenger Screening Program
571 227-2958
571 227-1931 (Fax)
Office of Security Capabilities, 601 South 12th Street
Arlington, VA 20598-6016
Monica Grasso Ph.D.
Manager, Economic Analysis Branch-Cross Modal Division
Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement, 601 South 12th Street
Arlington, VA 20598-6028
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