TSA Defying Nude Scanner Court Order
Agency was supposed to hold hearings last year
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 2, 2012 12:58 AM CDT
A passenger walks past a sign informing travelers about the use of full-body scanners at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

(Newser) – The Transportation Security Administration was ordered a full year ago to "promptly" hold public hearings about its controversial use of full-body scanners, but there has been zilch from the agency so far. A federal appeals court has now ordered the agency to explain its lack of action, and to hold the hearings by the end of this month, reports Wired. The agency has also been ordered to disclose its rules and regulations concerning the scanners to the public.

The court order came in response to a lawsuit from the Electronic Privacy Information Center, which sought to block the use of the intrusive scanners in airports. Critics fear that the scanners are a threat to health as well as privacy, and may not even be that effective. The TSA—which argued that holding public hearings about the scanners would harm its ability to respond to "ever-evolving threats"—switched to software that displays less revealing images of passengers within days of last year's court order.

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AveMaria
Aug 6, 2012 5:47 PM CDT
That figures. That is one reason why I will probably never fly on an airplane because I don't want to have to deal with the TSA.
HANKHILL
Aug 3, 2012 12:06 AM CDT
what is the problem? fly nude have fun!
CasperImproved
Aug 2, 2012 4:27 PM CDT
How about you look up "stupid"? The CIA was created with a purpose, and this purpose is what deals with what you and the other "chicken littles" are afraid of.. I hate to rain the sky is falling on you.. but if you fear so much? How about you move to a country where fear is the norm? You know... where dictators reign. In the US many of us still believe that freedom is important. If you are concerned about international terrorists? Demand more of the CIA. Don't condone the creation of additional tentacles of government.