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First Lawsuits Filed Against TSA Patdowns
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - 06:39 PM
(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) It's official, the lawsuits are coming! A Colorado attorney has filed suit against the TSA, asking a Federal judge to order an end to existing airport screening procedures.
AP reports Gary Fielder brought the case more than a month after his family, including two young children, underwent a TSA patdown.
Fielder's lawsuit claimed the patdowns were "disgusting, unconscionable, sexual in nature" and in violation of the Constitution's protections against unreasonable searches. He said subjecting U.S. citizens to the new procedures is wrong because no American has been accused of threatening commercial airliners with explosives.
Nationally, the AP also notes, at least two other lawsuits have been filed protesting the current screening procedures.