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Last week, CEI filed its reply brief in our case against the Transportation Security Administration’s use of body scanners. To recap, CEI, the Rutherford Institute, and two CEI employees filed a lawsuit earlier this year challenging the agency’s final rule on airport body scanners. Our argument centers around the fact that the TSA’s widely unpopular body scanners lead many would-be air travelers to take to the much more dangerous highways instead, where some number of them die, and that the agency failed to consider this deadly modal substitution effect as required under federal law.
In our latest filing, we take the TSA to task for failing to meaningfully address our arguments:
TSA’s body scanner rule causes travel...
December 12, 2016
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August 29, 2016
That reform model has solid...
August 9, 2016filed its opening brief yesterday against the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT)...
July 19, 2016
Editor’s note: Open Market is publishing a new blog series this week on pressing issues in administrative law and regulatory policy. Today kicks off the series, which we’ve titled “Worst Procedural Abuses of the Obama Era,” and will include contributions by Marc Scribner (below), Trey Kovacs, William Yeatman, and Ryan Radia.
July 8, 2016
Guest post by Robert Poole
Robert Poole is Director of Transportation Policy at Reason Foundation and a member of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) National Aviation Studies Advisory Panel. He holds two engineering degrees from MIT.
Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), an ideological opponent of converting the FAA’s struggling Air Traffic Organization into a de-politicized, self-supporting ATC Corporation, has come up with a new argument against making this needed reform: “the Defense Department will never go for it.” This is despite the fact that DoD has not voiced any opposition to the bill approved earlier this year by the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee.
The Defense Department, to be sure, is a significant player in air traffic control. It operates 235 airports and heliports, shares 29 military airports...
July 5, 2016
Most free market and libertarian researchers—at least those familiar with what the House’s AIRR Act (H.R. 4441) actually does and doesn’t do—are strongly in favor of the bill’s air traffic control corporatization plan. Unfortunately, a small number of D.C.-based, center-right labor policy professionals has gotten it in their heads that the AIRR Act’s air traffic control title constitutes a “union giveaway.”
A weak critique of air traffic control corporatization was just published by the Washington Examiner...
June 24, 2016
Reps. David Jolly (R-Fla.), Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), and Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.) have introduced the Restoring Local Control of Airports Act of 2016 (H.R. 5563), which would allow airports to seek passenger facility charges (PFCs) beyond the current federal cap of $4.50 per enplanement. The bill would also reduce the federal airline ticket tax from 7.5 percent to 7 percent and require large hub airports to exchange federal Airport Improvement Program grants if they choose to increase their PFC beyond $4.50, among other improvements.
The PFC is a local user fee alternative to federal grants strongly supported by free-market transportation researchers, which allows participating airports to behave more...