The US federal government is giving the general public a chance to register their opinions and (hopefully!) influence future regulations regarding the Transport Security Administration’s passenger screening scanners by posting comments on a federal website.
The comments system was set up after The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit directed the TSA to provide notice and invite comments on the use of Advanced Imaging Technology for primary screening of passengers. People can comment on the site www.Regulations.gov after filling out a form.
So far, nearly 3,600 people have commented on the site. Even though most opinions are quite negative and describe the scanners as ineffective and intrusive, many people have also supported the use of scanners.
The comments will be accepted till June 24, 2013.
The TSA proposes to amend its regulations to include that screening and inspection of individuals for access to the secure (referred to as sterile in the documents) areas of airports or to an aircraft may include the use of advanced imaging technology (AIT) commonly known as whole body imaging, as a screening method.