- Firearms: 16 loaded; 3 unloaded
- 5 artfully concealed prohibited item found at checkpoints
Over at the TSA Blog Week in Review, they’re showing a photo of mass quantities of ecstasy pills found in someone’s underwear which apparently they were required to report to the police. An anonymous comment asked:
If you “have” to report drugs to the police, then you are acting as agents of the police, and are therefore bound by the 4th Amendment:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Where are your warrants?
Just another right you surrender when you buy a plane ticket?
Journalist Scott James did some investigating after his partner’s $700 phone went missing after he passed through a security checkpoint at San Francisco International Airport last December and the problem was treated with disinterest by TSA agents
The incident also made me wonder how often valuables disappear during security screenings at San Francisco’s airport, and if our experience with airport authorities was typical. I decided to find out. The challenge, I quickly learned, was navigating the dizzying multitude of jurisdictions involved. No single agency or individual seemed answerable for the problems.
And a new law was just passed making it easier to airports to choose private security contractors in place of the TSA which could save us all some serious money.
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.
That angered Representative John L. Mica, Republican of Florida, whose district includes the Orlando Sanford airport. Mr. Mica, the chairman of the House transportation committee, included a provision in aviation legislation strengthening the ability of airports to use private screeners. The law passed last month.