TSA confiscates camera and deletes video shot at checkpoint

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.examiner.com/article/tsa-confiscates-camera-and-deletes-video-shot-at-checkpoint

    Here is a list of things that agents with the Transportation Security Administration have waved through airport security checkpoints: A passenger with no identification and a day-old boarding pass in someone else’s name, a stun gun, a dagger, a set of razor-sharp chef’s knives, and—pièce de résistance—two box cutters identical to the ones used to hijack four jetliners on Sept. 11, 2001.

    And here is a list of things they have prevented from making it through checkpoints and/or confiscated: A cupcake, insulin belonging to a diabetic passenger, a toy belonging to a mentally challenged adult and functioning as a security blanket, a handbag with a replica gun embroidered on its exterior, and a nursing mother with a breast pump in her luggage who has asked to demonstrate that the device was real.

    Add to the second list a video camera belonging to a passenger in Puerto Rico who had recorded the goings-on at the TSA checkpoint. The website Pixiq reports that agents not only unlawfully confiscated the man’s property but deleted the footage he had shot, this despite an unequivocal statement at the TSA’s official blog that reads:

    We don’t prohibit public, passengers or press from photographing, videotaping, or filming at screening locations. You can take pictures at our checkpoints as long as you’re not interfering with the screening process or slowing things down. We also ask that you do not film or take pictures of our monitors.
    However… while the TSA does not prohibit photographs at screening locations, local laws, state statutes, or local ordinances might. Your best bet is to call ahead and see what that specific airport’s policy is.

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  2. guberif

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    Add Cranky Flier's baby formula (and dignity) to the list
     
  3. uggboy
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    Photographers aren't terrorists, I wonder when people will learn!:mad:
     
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    Didn't we have this same thing happen in ABQ that didn't end well for the TSA also. And DEN?
     
  5. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    People know. TSA doesn't.
     
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    Yes with the ABQ thing, but the question remains about whether the TSA didn't fare well in the end or not. Mocek won the case in criminal court, and his case is still pending in civil. But the additional questions include whether it was worth it and was it a case of winning the battle but not the war.
     

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