Submit your comments by Monday, June 24, 11:59 p.m. Eastern!
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is now accepting public comments on “Advanced Imaging Technology” — the Nude Body Scanners found in airports. Now is your chance to tell the TSA what you think about the scanners by filing comments using the regulation.gov site. Or, if you prefer, you can mail or FAX them.
The most effective comments include personal experiences. For example, many travelers say they received coercive and punitive pat downs when they tried to opt out of body scanners. If that happened to you, please add your experience in your comments to the TSA. You should also be specific about what you want to happen; EPIC recommends that commenters support “Regulatory Alternative #3″ (the use of walk through metal detectors and explosive trace detection devices) and support the right of passengers to opt out. You don’t have to include your name or address; if you do, it will become part of the public record.
The number of comments sent in to the TSA matter. If the TSA only gets a handful of comments, they’ll say it shows that most people don’t have any problem with the body scanners or TSA’s other security procedures. But if there’s a much more vocal response, it’s much harder for the TSA to ignore them – they’re required by law to reply to all the issues that are brought up in the commenting period. So please, submit your comment!