The backlash against the new mandatory screening regime at airports continues. At least one New York City Council member is trying to have body scanners banned from local airports. But does the city have the authority? Says Councilman David Greenfield, “… If the TSA disagrees with us, they can sue us.”


Federal law gives the TSA jurisdiction over airline security, but Greenfield says he believes the city has the authority to prohibit a particular type of screening.

“The city owns the airports,” says Greenfield. “They’re operated by the Port Authority. … Hopefully we’ll get the law passed soon, and if the TSA disagrees with us, they can sue us.”

The TSA had no immediate comment Thursday.

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