TSA now searching parked cars at the airport



It can’t be said often enough: the TSA isn’t law enforcement. The TSA isn’t law enforcement.

This isn’t my opinion speaking; it’s a fact.

Yet the TSA has apparently started searching parked cars at the airport.

Laurie Iacuzza walked to her waiting car at the Greater Rochester International Airport after returning from a trip and that’s when she found it — a notice saying her car was inspected after she left for her flight. She said, “I was furious. They never mentioned it to me when I booked the valet or when I picked up the car or when I dropped it off.”

Iacuzza’s car was inspected by valet attendants on orders from the TSA. But why only valet parked cars? That’s what News10NBC wanted to ask the TSA director about.  We reached him by phone.

But hey, they left a nice note on the dashboard!

Anyway, in the end, Iacuzza doesn’t mind:

Iacuzza said she doesn’t mind the security measure. She just wants to be told if her car is getting searched.

Oh, well, what the hell? Fourth Amendment, Schmourth Amendment. We have no 4th Amendment anymore inside the airport; so, as some of us have been saying for years now, it was only a matter of time before we didn’t have it outside as well.

Just desserts, chickens coming home to roost, and all that. And the United Sheeple of America continue to yawn.

(Cross-posted at ABombazine.)

UPDATE, December 30, 2015:  Since WHEC at some point removed its story, with a “Sorry, the page you are looking for doesn’t exist,” here’s a link to another source that reported on it and quoted from it:


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  • Malena

    Its better to use services from Gatwick Airport Parking

  • FoilHatWearer

    I’ll bet Park’n’Jet and Diamond Parking are loving this story. No amount of advertising is as good as this story.

  • FoilHatWearer

    They call it an “inspection”. I call it car burglary.

  • The TSA, predictably, has gone into damage-control mode. Blogger Bob is claiming, by implication, that the valet service is lying, and that the photograph of the search notice left on the dashboard is lying:


    • TSAisTerrorism

      GAH! So predictable.

      According to TSA everyone is a lying liarface lying liar liar pants on fire liar! Do these people ever do anything wrong in their own eyes?

  • Here’s a disturbing thought: many of us who own firearms keep a holstered gun locked in the glove box for security purposes (i.e. being a woman arriving home on a late flight, knowing you’ll be returning to the parking lot). Let’s say you park in the long-term non-valet lot–the only affordable option in my town–and they suddenly decide they’re going to be doing car searches, and as you try to board the tram going from the lot to the terminal, they make you turn over your keys. You don’t have time to exercise any other option–like calling your spouse to come and get your car, and make arrangements to do so–because once you figure in the long TSA waiting times, you’ll miss your flight. Your car, and everything in it, including your legally-owned firearm, are accessible to anyone and everyone who gets his hands on your keys.

    Jeeez, we live in such a police state, it’s not even funny.

  • Crusso

    They search the valet cars because they have the keys! D’uh.

    • Susan Richart

      So that makes it o.k.?

      • Crusso

        Didn’t say it did or didn’t. Just answering a question which was brought up in the article. One of the reasons I don’t valet park is I don’t want anyone in my car but me. Even without this situation.

    • TestJeff Pierce

      The GeTSApo spokesperson said the cars are parked near the airport and that is why they search them.

      They do not search cars in short and long-term parking because if they had a bomb it wouldn’t damage the airport.

      Either way, it is BS. A suicide bomber (none have attempted anything in a US airport….ever) could just drive up.

      What’s to say they don’t park 10 car bombs in near-term parking?

    • TSAisTerrorism

      Oh, well that makes it ok then.

  • frostysnowman

    I guess since so many agents were caught stealing inside the airports, they needed to expand their “searches” to an area easier to steal from and even harder to get caught.

  • Dolt

    “Lacuzza said “I was furious. They never mentioned it to me when I booked the valet or when I picked up the car or when I dropped it off.”
    Lacuzza said she doesn’t mind the security measure. She just wants to be told if her car is getting searched.”

    Why is it in each and every story like this, the victim starts off upset, angry, outraged, but then suddenly by the end of the article they are giving qualifiers and passes to TSA and saying they understand or don’t mind? It boggles my mind every time. Either you are pissed about your rights being violated or you aren’t. There can not possible be an in-between grey area.

    • Because most people, still, believe the bullshit about Anything To Keep Us Safe! even when “anything” is pointless, idiotic, worthless, and abusive.

      One of the most pernicious effects of authoritarianism is that it engages its victims as complicit in their own abuse. And this country is full of them.

  • Susan Richart

    I wonder what the quid pro quo is?

    Are there any cars in which hood and trunk access are in a boot that can’t be unlocked with a valet key?

    • Sorry, I don’t understand. You give your key to a parking valet so that he can move the car. He has to be able to get in.

      Do you mean what is the valet company getting out of it by cooperating with the TSA? Why, being a Good American Citizen, of course. A Patriot. Fighting The Big Bad Terrorists. Etc.

      Going along to get along; it’s the same old story, throughout history. Power protects power. And business and the state are one and the same now, and they hold the power.

      • Susan Richart

        Not a valet key, which opens only the door and the ignition, not the trunk or the glove box. However, if the hood and trunk release are accessible from the driver’s seat then the secret squirrel spy can get access to both the engine and the trunk.

        I vaguely recall having a car with the hood/trunk access being in the boot.


        Not sure what I mean re “quid pro quo” but I’m sure somebody got something for going along.

        • I think cars are different now, but when I bought my current car–in 2005–you had both a regular, all-access key and a “valet key”, that would only open the door and start the ignition. The idea is that you should be able to keep your trunk, hood, and glove box fully locked and inaccessible to anyone but you, even if you hand your car over to a valet temporarily–and I’ve been to events where valet parking was mandatory. The valet company owned all the spaces in the lot across the street, and there was no way you could park five (or more) long blocks away and walk, in your heels and gown, to the event. Especially if it was raining or swelteringly hot, as it usually is in Florida!

          It would not surprise me to learn that new cars have done away with that simple thing, just as new cars are all GPS-equipped and computer-controlled, and can be hacked into. ::shudder::

          • Deborah, thank you. I had never heard of this before. We bought our car in 2000. There’s only The Car Key. No valet key.

    • RonBonner


  • Susan Richart

    TSA probably asked the valet parking company to do the searches so that they, TSA, wouldn’t get blamed for theft.

    Ron is correct: if the TSA requires the valet company to do a search, the TSA is ultimately responsible.

  • RonBonner

    I would like to understand just where TSA thinks they have any authority to search a vehicle outside of the sterile area without a warrant. Even then it should be a law enforcement concern not TSA’s.

    These TSA criminals need to be taken down a few notches and the TSA leaders need to be put in prison.

    • Apparently the TSA “ordered” the valet company to search the car, and the valet company complied. So the valet company, whom, presumably, Laurie Iacuzza paid to tend her car, is doing the bidding of the TSA.

      • RonBonner

        INAL but question the legality of the whole deal no matter who did the actual search. If under direction of TSA then TSA is responsible and if this is not a legal search TSA should be held accountable.

        • Agreed. But as we all know, they won’t be. And it sure doesn’t help when so-called private enterprise buckles under and does the government’s dirty work for them.

          • TestJeff Pierce

            Greyhound also allows Customs and Border Patrol agents to board the private Greyhound buses and ask for “papers” from … let’s fact it…”Mexican-looking” passengers.

            Of course, this includes actual American citizens who get abused in this ridiculous charade.

    • Susan Richart

      Haven’t I read that cars on searched on LAX approach roads? Who is in charge of that? TSA/LAPD/?

    • Crusso

      Signs are posted at almost every airport, certainly all large ones that clearly say “Vehicles on airport grounds are subject to search”.
      I know all NY airports have them in lights on all access roads and LAX as well as DC.

      • TestJeff Pierce

        Assuming one believes the car can be searched although law enforcement needs a warrant to open a trunk or get inside a car (unless they have probable cause), there is little right about this.