ACLU Fielded Over 900 Complaints About TSA in November

Officials Dismissive, But Anger Over Policy Continues to Grow

The Transportation Security Agency (TSA) is still in the process of rolling out its “full-body scanner” systems, with the alternative “enhanced patdowns.” But as they escalate the policy and expand it across the nation, public outrage is expanding faster.

According to the ACLU, they have fielded over 900 complaints so far in the month of November alone. The ACLU also provided a large number of excerpts from the public complaints on their website.

TSA officials have been as dismissive as possible about the complaints, condemning the groups organizing the protesters and insisting that, no matter what the American public thinks, the policy will never be changed for the better. The officials have also raised the prospect of expand the policies beyond air travel.

But despite a number of media outlets seemingly declaring the story over (and declaring a TSA victory) after Thanksgiving, the outrage is only growing. With popular opinion against the policies coming from a number of disparate fronts, from human rights groups to those concerned with religious modesty, it may be an issue the bureaucrats want to shrug off, but it seems it will inevitably be of concern to elected officials.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.