American lawmakers have introduced legislation aiming to ban invasive screening techniques and pat-downs carried out in US airports by the federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents.
Wed Jun 1, 2011 2:1PM
Lawmakers in Texas, New Hampshire, Hawaii and New Jersey have offered legislation against the TSA’s pat-downs, a Press TV correspondent reported.
Over the past year, US legislators had claimed that increasing the country’s national security spending would improve its struggling economy. However, some economists disagree.
“The Public Works Administration (PWA) did real advance engineering jobs such as the Hoover Damn or the Triboro Bridge in New York, and a whole set of airports that were more challenging from an engineering point of view. Now where is that today? It’s nowhere,” economist, Webster Tarpley said, pointing to other actions which effectively improve the country’s economy.
According to the government and security experts, state legislators have no authority over federal agencies such as the TSA, and that state laws cannot be enforced against airport security.
In the US, there are some 2,100 airport security lanes, 90 percent of which use X-ray scanners.
According to the TSA, some 2,000 complaints have been lodged against the organization of people who have passed through security checkpoints since the new screening procedures were implemented.
The US administration officials claim pat-downs and full-body scanning at airports are purely for passengers’ safety in the wake of a number of thwarted bomb plots against the US-bound airliners.
About 1,000 full body scanners are expected to be stationed in the US airports by the end of 2011.
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