Friday, July 17, 2015

TSA sued over airport body scanners

The Transportation Security Administration is facing a new lawsuit over its controversial body scanners, in a case that accuses the agency of pushing ahead with the devices without the required regulations.

Three limited-government and civil-liberties groups filed suit Wednesday against the agency before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

The plaintiffs — the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), and The Rutherford Institution – make a simple argument: the TSA doesn’t actually have rules for the use of body scanners.

“There is no regulation controlling the use of body scanners right now,” Marc Scribner, a research fellow at CEI, told “TSA has been using scanners the last seven years but that entire span of time they’ve been operating without a regulation.”

The groups are asking the court to force the agency to propose system regulations within 90 days. The case comes on the heels of a scathing inspector general report that found major security gaps at airport checkpoints.

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