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Appeal over Full Body Scanners Rejected

Court refused to take up the complaint by Jeffrey Corbett against usage of the screening techniques by TSA

October 02, 2012- On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States refused to hear a challenge made by a blogger from Michigan over the use of the full-body scanners and complete pat down that security personnel perform at checkpoints in airports nationwide.

Without making any comment, the court refused to take up the complaint brought by Jeffrey Corbett that said the Transportation Security Administration’s usage of the screening techniques were a violation of the passenger’s protection against searches that are illegal under the U.S. Constitution’s Fourth Amendment.

The scanners were first put into use during October of 2010. They are sometimes referred to as advanced imaging technology. Some critics say that the technology emits too high of a level of radiation. At the same time, the TDA also authorized complete and thorough pat downs.

These pat downs include the touching of a person’s breast, buttocks and genitals. Those pat downs are required for those passengers refusing to have a full body scan performed. If a passenger rejects both of the procedures then they are not allowed to board their flight.

Corbett, who operates the blog TSA out of Our Pants, complained that unilateral authority to adopt those types of procedures is something the TSA lacked. The Corbett case had been rejected in Atlanta by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court. It said that a court ruling from a lower court had correctly concluded it had no jurisdiction to make a review of an order by TSA.

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