The Washington Post reports on CEI's lawsuit against the Transportation Security Administration's body scanner rule, and discusses the case with Marc Scribner.
Opponents of the Transportation Security Administration’s use of body scanners at airport security checkpoints have filed their opening arguments in federal court this week.
CEI, a nonprofit organization that promotes limited government, is arguing that the TSA was capricious and arbitrary in writing its rule on body scanners, saying the agency failed to examine the argument that more people will die on the highway because they won’t go through the body scanners.
CEI says that more than 80 people — or about 1.5 percent of the 5,000 or so people who submitted comments to the TSA during the rule-making process — said they would drive rather than go through a body scan.
Marc Scribner, a Washington resident and a fellow in land-use and transportation studies at CEI, is one of CEI’s individual plaintiffs. In a blog posting on CEI’s website that accompanied its court filing, Scribner writes: “Indeed, based on an analysis of comments submitted in response to TSA’s 2013 proposed rule, we estimate the effect of modal substitution and find the number of additional highway fatalities to greatly exceed TSA’s own estimates of how many lives are saved by its deployment of AIT machines.”
Read the full aritlce at The Washington Post.