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, 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.


2 Responses to “Air Travelers Not Enjoying Choice of ‘Naked Strip Search’ Vs. ‘Enhanced Pat Down’”

  1. Morely Dotes on November 12th, 2010 10:01 am

    Scanner images have already been leaked which prove that the TSA keeps them. Furthermore, neither the scanners nor the groping will reveal anything concealed inside a body cavity, so the *ONLY* purpose of the scans and groping is to accustom Americans to giving up their Fourth Amendment rights on demand (and to enrich Michael Chertoff, who was instrumental in approving the scanners for sale to the government, and who owns a big chunk of the company that makes them).

  2. NotoriousRoscoe on November 13th, 2010 7:03 am

    I have a short, funny song about this decidedly un-funny situation here: I hope you enjoy it.

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