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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Alaska House urges TSA to reconsider pat-downs

From CNBC:
The Alaska House of Representatives passed a resolution Friday urging the Transportation Security Administration to reconsider its use of full-body pat-downs and calling on Congress to exercise greater oversight over the agency.

The resolution came after state Rep. Sharon Cissna was singled out for a pat-down in Seattle last month following a full-body scan. Cissna is a breast-cancer survivor who had a mastectomy.

The TSA has defended its procedures, saying it uses scanners to show anomalies on a person's body, with pat-downs a way of determining the nature of those anomalies.

The Alaska resolution passed 37-1, with at-times impassioned speeches from lawmakers arguing the agency had overstepped its bounds.

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