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TSA to Ask Public About Naked-Image Scanners, Pat-Downs

Jeff Plungis
Bloomberg [1]
March 23, 2013

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration, under court order, will start a rulemaking process on its airport screening machines and full-body pat- downs, including collecting and analyzing public comments.

The proposed regulation will be posted on a Federal Register website later today, said David Castelveter [2], an agency spokesman. The TSA isn’t proposing any change to its screening procedures, he said.

The move comes almost three years after the TSA awarded a $47.9 million contract to L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. (LLL) [3] and OSI Systems Inc. (OSIS) [4]’s Rapiscan unit to develop full-body scanners, known as advanced-imaging technology.

A U.S. appeals court in 2011 ordered the rulemaking as the result of a lawsuit filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a civil liberties group. The group unsuccessfully sought to suspend the body-scanner program as a violation of the Fourth Amendment [5].

Full article here [1]