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Flier Sues TSA Over Scanners

Robert Dean says 4th Amendment rights violated
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 24, 2010 6:24 AM CST

(Newser) – Plenty of travelers have been complaining that the TSA's full-body scanners violate their privacy ... but do they violate the Constitution? An Arkansas man says they do. He has filed a lawsuit against the TSA in federal court in Little Rock, claiming that the scanners hurt his "emotional, psychological and mental well-being" and violate his Fourth Amendment right protecting against unlawful searches and seizures, the AP reports.

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The Little Rock National Airport doesn't have the offending scanners, but the flier says he passed through one in Chicago a few weeks ago. He is seeking an injunction stopping the TSA from using the machines and from conducting full-body pat-downs, though he doesn't agree with plans for a mass opt-out by Thanksgiving travelers. "Peaceful demonstrations and non-violent protest have their purpose but I'm not sure this is the time and place to do this, when we have legal means in which to address this through a court system," he tells Fox 16. (Read more lawsuit stories.)

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