This is your chance to voice your opinion and feedback as to whether or not the Transportation Security Administration should continue or cancel rolling out Advanced Imaging Technology — or AIT — full-body scanners at airport security checkpoints throughout the United States.
Here is the actual summary posted by the Transportation Security Administration referencing Docket ID TSA-2013-0004, along with more detailed information:
“This Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) is being issued to comply with the decision rendered by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District Columbia Circuit in Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 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 advanced imaging technology (AIT) in the primary screening of passengers. As a result, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) proposes to amend its civil aviation regulations to clarify that 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 AIT.”
Here is a video of how Advanced Image Technology screening works, according to the Transportation Security Administration:
FlyerTalk members do not need a formal invitation by the Transportation Security Administration, as they have been posting their personal experiences pertaining to “opting out” of being screened by full-body scanners at airport security checkpoints throughout the United States — and there are plenty of them. If anyone from the Transportation Security Administration wanted to read that entire discussion, they can do it in fewer than eleven straight hours — assuming that they allocate an average of ten seconds to read each comment posted to that discussion…
…and that is merely a discussion about experiences in terms of “opting out” of being screened by those scanners. It would take much longer to read all of the opinions about those scanners in the Checkpoints and Borders Policy Debate forum on FlyerTalk.
Would you care to speculate whether or not the majority of FlyerTalk members favor the Advanced Imaging Technology full-body scanners?
The Transportation Security Administration had already announced in January that the controversial full-body imaging scanners which use X-ray backscatter technology to screen passengers are expected to disappear from airport security checkpoints in the United States as soon as June of this year.
Additionally — by using a generic outline of each passenger instead of a more revealing photographic image — the Transportation Security Administration already purportedly uses software which enhances the privacy of passengers being screened by full-body imaging scanners which use millimeter wave technology at airport security checkpoints in the United States.
However, I still have no idea if the full-body imaging scanners still record a more revealing image of your body and store it on some hard disk drive in some back room somewhere — but perhaps I am merely being mildly paranoid. I am also unsure as to the impact on passengers who are scanned with regard to radiation and its effects — although the Transportation Security Administration claims that Advanced Imaging Technology full-body scanners are safe for all passengers.
Do you believe that the Advanced Imaging Technology scanners — projected to cost as much as $1.5 billion dollars between 2012 and 2015 — are effective at ensuring safety and security for passengers using commercial aviation to travel within the United States, or is it nothing more than “security theater”?