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"Maryland attorney planning to sue TSA over 9-11 based procedures"

Message: "A Maryland attorney is preparing a lawsuit against the TSA for failure to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) regarding the TSA's current enhanced procedures supposedly justified by 9-11. The suit will focus on the radiation issues, and also possible deaths due to person switching to less-safe modes of transportation than air travel because they want to avoid the TSA. To withstand any standing challenges, he is looking for a number of plaintiffs who travel and use or don't use airports in a variety of ways because of the TSA's procedures. The suit would be filed on a contingency basis, and would likely last at least a year. The suit will not directly take on 9-11 issues, but will not shy away from then either. A MD or DC citizen is preferred, but interested citizens in other states may be able to take part as a plaintiff. If you are genuinely and seriously interested and upset about the TSA to be involved in an EIS suit, you may contact the attorney, Michael C. Worsham, Esq., at mcw at worshamlaw dot com. Thank you."


Michael C. Worsham
1916 Cosner Road
Forest Hill, MD 21050
(410) 557-6192

New Law Clears the Way for Airports to Drop T.S.A. Screeners

March 15, 2012
New Law Clears the Way for Airports to Drop T.S.A. Screeners
WASHINGTON — A new law makes it easier for airports to replace federal screeners with private contractors, and several airports, after years of passenger complaints, are lining up to make the change.

The law was welcome news to Larry Dale, president and chief executive of Orlando Sanford International Airport, who said his airport’s request to opt out of using Transportation Security Administration officers last year was denied by the federal government.

Mr. Dale said his desire to use private screeners in place of T.S.A. personnel was motivated by hundreds of complaints from passengers, and added that he had his own problems with the agency’s screeners.

“We’ve visited a number of airports who have opted out of the T.S.A. screenings, and no one wants to go back,” Mr. Dale said. “We think this will be more efficient and customer-friendly for us.”

Since 2001, a little-known law has let airports seek permission to stop using federal screeners. But airport officials said that the T.S.A had been slow in allowing the switch, and last year the agency said it would stop accepting additional requests.