House GOP moves to cut off any more money for revealing airport body scanners

May 13, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: The Washington Post

WASHINGTON — House Republicans controlling the Transportation Security Administration’s purse strings are moving to cut off funding for those advanced airport scanners that have sparked outrage over their revealing images of travelers’ bodies.

Draft legislation released Thursday by the Appropriations homeland security subcommittee denies the Obama administration’s $76 million request for an additional 275 of the scanners, which many travelers dislike because TSA employees can view full body images of travelers.

Panel chairman Robert Aderholt, R-Ala., said his move was sparked by budgetary factors rather than protests from privacy advocates. And it comes as the TSA is trying hard to modify the machines so that they won’t produce revealing images. [Full story]

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