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Transportation Security Administration Screening Procedures

The debate about the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) screening procedures has reached millions of people all over the world. A growing amount of criticism has been leveled at the TSA with claims that the electronic imaging scans and “enhanced pat-downs” represent an unconstitutional violation of the individual's privacy rights. Recently leaked body scan photos caused public outrage when the images showed detailed views of passengers’ genital areas. News stories about the detrimental effects of scanner radiation, TSA officials “groping” travelers in body searches, and injuries sustained by passengers in confrontations with over-zealous TSA officials has heightened the intensity of the controversy. If you have recently traveled and believe that your privacy rights have been violated by TSA officials during airport screening procedures, contact the Law Offices of Sterns & Walker. Our experienced aviation attorneys will discuss your case with you and help you determine whether your rights have been violated.

What are the New TSA Screening Procedures?

In the fall of 2010, TSA instituted a policy to increase airport security measures in response to recent bomb threats. These new security measures incorporate new full-body scanning technology and more involved pat-down searches to find security threats.  These heightened security measures began in select airports, but the number of airports installing new scanning machines is steadily increasing. The new procedures include:


How Might My Rights be Violated?

Many attorneys are arguing that the new TSA scanning procedures violate the constitutional privacy rights of the passenger. The privacy violations are based on the following:


-        a search is performed by a member of the opposite sex

-        a TSA official fails to wear gloves during a search

-        feeling in-between a woman's breasts without a prior metal detector being set off

-        feeling sensitive body areas with anything except the back of the hand

-        any excessive groping or touching of sensitive areas

-        a passenger is required to expose a private or sensitive body areas

-        a TSA official who makes comments with an intent to embarrass a passenger

-        any other procedure or touching that is sexually inappropriate

TSA Screening Procedures Attorney

Americans should not have to abandon their privacy rights when they enter an airport and be forced to undergo invasive scanning and excessive groping of the body in order to board a plane, especially when there has been no suspicion of wrongdoing. If you believe that your rights have been violated, an aviation attorney from the Law Offices of Sterns & Walker can help you determine if you have been inappropriately searched or touched. We can advise you of your rights and any legal actions that may be taken. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.

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