Declaring TSA Passenger Screening & Whole Body Scanners to Be Ineffective & Unlawful, Rutherford Institute & CEI Mount Renewed Legal Challenge

On The Front Lines


May 03, 2016 WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Rutherford Institute and the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) have joined forces to continue to push back against the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) use of whole body scanners, which have been likened to virtual strip searches, in the nation’s airports. In mounting a legal challenge to the TSA’s protocol for subjecting travelers to whole body imaging technology (WBI), attorneys with The Rutherford Institute and CEI have asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to declare that the TSA acted arbitrarily, capriciously and contrary to law in promulgating its rules on the use of WBI technology at airports.

The Rutherford Institute’s legal challenge to the TSA’s passenger screening procedures as ineffective and unlawful coincides with reports that TSA agents using WBI scanners failed to detect explosive material smuggled through by undercover Homeland Security units at some of the nation’s busiest international airports, most recently at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

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