Flier Sues TSA Over Scanners

Robert Dean says 4th Amendment rights violated
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 24, 2010 6:24 AM CST
Flier Sues TSA Over Scanners
Arkansas man Robert Dean is seeking an injunction stopping the TSA from conducting full-body pat-down searches and using full-body scanners.   (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

(Newser) – Plenty of travelers have been complaining that the TSA's full-body scanners violate their privacy ... but do they violate the Constitution? An Arkansas man says they do. He has filed a lawsuit against the TSA in federal court in Little Rock, claiming that the scanners hurt his "emotional, psychological and mental well-being" and violate his Fourth Amendment right protecting against unlawful searches and seizures, the AP reports.

The Little Rock National Airport doesn't have the offending scanners, but the flier says he passed through one in Chicago a few weeks ago. He is seeking an injunction stopping the TSA from using the machines and from conducting full-body pat-downs, though he doesn't agree with plans for a mass opt-out by Thanksgiving travelers. "Peaceful demonstrations and non-violent protest have their purpose but I'm not sure this is the time and place to do this, when we have legal means in which to address this through a court system," he tells Fox 16. (Read more lawsuit stories.)

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