A 6-year old getting patted down at the airport — leaving her confused and in tears because she thought she did something wrong — is an example of the out-of-control searches and security measures in our airports.
Aviation security requires striking a delicate balance between the personal safety of passengers and their right to privacy. Unfortunately, TSA has developed increasingly invasive methods of searching passengers that are encroaching upon their rights. The TSA has subjected passengers to “enhanced” pat-downs, which have resulted in reports of people feeling humiliated and traumatized, and, in some cases, reports comparing their psychological impact to sexual assaults.
Tell Congress to support the bipartisan Aircraft Passenger Whole-Body Imaging Limitations Act of 2011.
Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) has introduced a bipartisan bill, the Aircraft Passenger Whole-Body Imaging Limitations Act of 2011, to try to strike a reasonable balance between airline safety and protecting Americans’ privacy. The bill ensures that body scanners would only be used as a secondary screening by passengers that have failed a metal detector. If a passenger does fail the metal detector search they will be given the option of a pat-down if they are uncomfortable with the scanner.
The use of whole body imaging and invasive pat downs without reasonable suspicion amounts to a significant assault on the essential dignity of passengers and should not be used as part of a routine screening procedure. Please contact your Representative and ask them to support your right to privacy by co-sponsoring Representative Chaffetz’s bill.
- A 6 Year Old Receives A TSA Pat Down! (q104.radio.com)
- TSA on 6-Year-Old’s Pat-Down: ‘The Officer Followed Proper Procedures’ – TIME (news.google.com)
- Congressman: TSA Child Pat-Down ‘Absurd’ (newsfeed.time.com)