Air Travelers Not Enjoying Choice of ‘Naked Strip Search’ Vs. ‘Enhanced Pat Down’
November 12, 2010
(ChattahBox U.S. News)—When the Department of Homeland Security rolled out full-body scanners in 68 airports across the country, many travelers faced a choice: either submit to the body scan or receive an “enhanced pat-down”—and some passengers can’t decide which option is the lesser of two evils. To support air travelers’ complaints, one group has filed a lawsuit against the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and other groups are considering doing the same, CNET.com reports.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) submitted a lawsuit last week, noting that when the invasive screening techniques are the primary screening method in an airport, travelers’ Fourth Amendment rights are violated, “because the scans are far more invasive than necessary,” CNET reports.
Several unions representing airlines have advised their members to choose the pat-downs over the full-body scans, which can range from revealing fuzzy images to complete anatomically detailed pictures of passengers’ bodies. In addition, although the TSA indicates that it does not store the scans, EPIC found that scanners must provide image data transfer in test mode, indicating the possibility that the machines are capable of storing or sharing the data, CNET reports.