Update On TSA’s Lawlessness Over Body Scanners

As I noted previously, the Transportation Security Administration has failed to comply with a court order demanding that they initiate a notice-and-comment rulemaking regarding the use of Advanced Imaging Technology body scanners in airports, as required by the Administrative Procedure Act.

This Wednesday, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered TSA to respond to the Electronic Privacy Information Center’s petition for writ of mandamus. The Court also ordered that an amicus brief submitted by CEI be accepted.

Today, McClatchy ran an op-ed on their wire service authored by former American Airlines chairman and CEO Robert L. Crandall and myself, where we explain in more detail the problems caused by TSA’s lawlessness. Read it here.

And finally, the petition to President Obama demanding that he require the TSA to follow the law needs a bit over 6,000 more signatures by August 9. Please sign it if you haven’t already!