Durham Family Sues TSA Over Screening Procedures

A Durham lawyer and his family are suing the Transportation Security Administration over its security screening procedures, claiming the process violates their rights.

Jonathan Blitz filed suit in federal court in Raleigh on Friday on behalf of himself, a woman named Marla Tuchinsky and their child.

In his lawsuit, Blitz says Tuchinsky refused to walk through full-body scanners on two occasions at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. On both occasions, she was given a pat-down by TSA employees, which the lawsuit says caused humiliation and emotional distress.

Blitz says the heightened security measures are a violation of the family's Fourth Amendment rights.

A TSA spokesman declined to comment on the lawsuit, but said the security procedures are there for the safety of travelers.


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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Dec 6, 2010 at 11:29 AM
    good looking, how would you dress up a cavity for a cavity search?....I guess you like being treated like a criminal....how nice!
  • by Rob Location: Greenville, NC on Dec 6, 2010 at 10:33 AM
    Most of the pictures you see online are not real images of body scanners. The body scanners used in airports do not show hair.
  • by good looking Location: greenville on Dec 6, 2010 at 10:29 AM
    This is all very simple, you do not have the Right to fly! You have the Right to travel freely, however no where is flying spoken of specifically. If you are embarassed of how you look naked, either go on a diet or don't fly!
  • by I Fought the Law on Dec 6, 2010 at 10:29 AM
    Another worthless lawyer clogging up the lame judicial system with mindless lawsuits. AND of course all for the mighty dollar. His rights being violated are the last thing on his mind.....spineless piece of trash.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Dec 6, 2010 at 10:25 AM
    anonymous on Dec 6, 2010 at 12:09 PM, so that would mean a new job too. For you arm chair quaterbacks, some of us have to fly as part of our job...last I checked, there is not train, bus or bridge to Europe. I would rather be safe too, with bomb sniffing dogs. Just be prepared for the cavity search coming your way courtesy of TSA. You caved to this, you will cave to that. A little math=shoebomber=take shoes off underware bomber=full bodyscans....
  • by OCVP Location: THE OC on Dec 6, 2010 at 10:19 AM
    IF YOU DON'T WANT TO DO WHAT THEY SAY........STAY YOUR _ _ _ AT HOME!!!!!!
  • by anonymous on Dec 6, 2010 at 09:09 AM
    Oh give me a break. This is a family and attorney who is looking to get an easy pay check. No one forced you to do anything. If you don't want to go through the screening process then find an alternative way to travel. It is that simple. As a traveler, I would rather be safe than sorry.
  • by Law Student Location: Greenville on Dec 6, 2010 at 08:47 AM
    Chet, I hate to break it to you. First of all, there is no such thing as a "portal search", it's called a "border search", so get your terms right. Secondly, these customs agents at the borders CANNOT FORCE someone to be X-rayed, strip searched, or the usual TSA patdown that we've seen. THE LAW STATES THAT THESE BORDER AGENTS MUST HAVE A SEARCH WARRANT. Even if the Border Agents don't have a search warrant, go cross a border sometime. There's a much less intrusive search being done at borders than at our own domestic airports. In my eyes, there's something seriously wrong there. If you people feel that it's ok to have these screenings and then tell people to avoid it, think about this: A group of Cornell University researchers found that 242 more deaths occurred every month due to driving, from people that wanted to bypass the airport. A 2007 study also showed that the Airline Industry LOST $1.1 billion per quarter. If that's not enough, go look up all the complaints about TSA
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Dec 6, 2010 at 08:41 AM
    Chet, if I were incharge I would have looked to Israel to see how they do it. Even though they might not have the volume, they certainly solve the problems there. They are trained to look for behavior suspicious of a terrorists. They are laughing at us for using this technology, that they say will an attack. Anonymous, I did see that....imagine that being your daughter or wife..... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDwF3Pf_gzw
  • by Anonymous on Dec 6, 2010 at 06:25 AM
    I really dont understand the problem.....I'm so scared to fly but I do it atleast 1-2 times a year...I want as much security as I can get....get a life people
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