Changes in Airport Passenger Screening Technologies and Procedures: Frequently Asked Questions [January 26, 2011]   [open pdf - 157KB]

"In the autumn of 2010, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) began deploying new technologies and procedures for screening passengers at airport checkpoints. Reports of negative public reaction to some of these changes have prompted intense congressional interest in TSA passenger screening. This report addresses some of these concerns." Questions covered include: What Changes Have Been Made? What Prompted These Changes? What Is Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) and How Is It Being Used? What Is the Funding for AIT? How and Where Is AIT Being Deployed? Where Else Is AIT Being Deployed? Is AIT Effective? Is AIT Efficient? What Specific Changes Have Been Made to Pat-Down Procedures? Why Do the New Screening Procedures Raise Privacy Concerns? What Has Been Done to Allay Privacy Concerns? What Concerns Have Been Raised Regarding Religious or Cultural Sensitivities? Does WBI (Whole Body Imaging) Have Potential Human Health Effects? What Screening Options Do Passengers Have? What If Passengers Have a Specific Complaint About Screening? What Alternative Screening Techniques Are Available? Have These Issues Been Addressed in Legislation?

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CRS Report for Congress, R41502
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