Fliers Try to Ground New Airport Scans

November 17, 2010  |  

(Wall Street Journal) — Examples of public resistance to the rollout of high-technology body scanners in American airports are mounting, with some protesters calling for a nationwide boycott of the new security scanners on the day before Thanksgiving, one of the busiest travel days of the year.  Several pilots unions are advising their members not to pass through the machines because of concerns about exposure to radiation—levels of which the government says are negligible. The Electronic Privacy Information Center, a civil-liberties advocacy group, filed a lawsuit to block them. Two pilots filed a suit Tuesday claiming that enhanced body scanners and pat-down procedures violate their constitutional right to be free from unreasonable searches.

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