Don’t want to go through the “Advanced Imaging Technology” (AIT) screening at a TSA checkpoint? Up until last week they were easy enough to avoid with the simple phrase “opt out” at the entrance. But the TSA is changing the rules. Even passengers who opt out may be forced through the AIT machines, calling in to question just what the “opt” part means any more.
TSA is updating the AIT PIA to reflect a change to the operating protocol regarding the ability of individuals to opt out of AIT screening in favor of physical screening. While passengers may generally decline AIT screening in favor of physical screening, TSA may direct mandatory AIT screening for some passengers as warranted by security considerations in order to safeguard transportation security.
Of course, no specific details on what security considerations may warrant such a scenario or who gets to decide when it is in place. This is rather ironic given that the document includes a section “Principle of Transparency” but hardly a surprise. From the document:
2. Principle of Individual Participation Principle:
DHS should involve the individual in the process of using PII. DHS should, to the extent practical, seek individual consent for the collection, use, dissemination, and maintenance of PII and should provide mechanisms for appropriate access, correction, and redress regarding DHS’s use of PII.
Individuals undergoing screening using AIT generally will have the option to decline an AIT screening in favor of physical screening. Given the implementation of ATR and the mitigation of privacy issues associated with the individual image generated by previous versions of AIT not using ATR, and the need to respond to potential security threats, TSA will nonetheless mandate AIT screening for some passengers as warranted by security considerations in order to safeguard transportation security.
Makes me all that much happier that I have PreCheck more often than not. Because this just sucks.
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