This is a Comment on the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Proposed Rule: NPRM: Passenger Screening Using Advanced Imaging Technology (Federal Register Publication)

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I am a stroke survivor - TIA in 2010. I am a rape survivor. My neurosurgeon advised me, after his exhaustive research turned up no substantiated, verifiable data concerning the safety of the scanners, to avoid them. I am also on cell phone restrictions, and have to use a wired earpiece instead of the handset up next to my head. I have been treated like a criminal - no, let me be clear, I've been treated worse because to pat down a criminal at least police need JUST CAUSE for it to be a lawful search. The TSA agents have been awful, dismissive, and used the patdown as a punitive measure. They've drawn out a patdown that should take about 2 minutes into a 10 minute ordeal where they have stuck their fingers up under my bra, down past the waistband of my pants, with my belongings on the conveyor out of my sight and told I couldn't retrieve them until after. They make what should be a simple patdown a traumatic ordeal and they do it right where everyone can see it - and have said as much right in front of me. "This should discourage anyone else from trying this little trick." As if it's A TRICK and not MY RIGHT to refuse a scan by a machine with no verifiable safety data.

The TSA does not exist to keep the planes safe. If safety was the concern, there would be decently paid guards with proper crowd surveillance training like Israel has. This is a farce, with improperly trained bullies and thugs running the show. It is a waste of taxpayer money and the TSA should be abolished. Removing the scanners would be a step in the right direction.

I'm voting with my wallet. I don't fly unless necessary. If I want to go somewhere for vacation, I take a train or drive, because I'm not willing to put myself in the hands of people who bully and try to railroad me through machines my doctor has strictly said to stay away from.
Comment Period Closed
Jun 24 2013, at 11:59 PM ET
ID: TSA-2013-0004-0597
Tracking Number: 1jx-84t4-wlwy

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Date Posted: Apr 17, 2013
RIN: 1652-AA67
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Submitter Name: T A
City: Minneapolis
Country: United States
State or Province: MN
ZIP/Postal Code: 55404