DHS/TSA blink: Real ID is a bust

As I wrote in this post on January 7, 2016, Edward Hasbrouck is a consistently reliable source of information on all things security -- and faux security. His excellent website, PapersPlease, is a breath of fresh air in the hothouse atmosphere of the travel blabbosphere. So it's no surprise that he has been predicting from more »


Sai tests legality of TSA’s new scanner policy

TSA activist and friend of the blog Sai, about whom we've written many times (plug "Sai" into the search box to get caught up), has already done so much to try to fight the abuses of the Transportation Security Administration. And here he is doing more. This guy, like Jon Corbett, is indefatigable. Because I'm a more »


TSA logic: If you show it to us, we can’t check it

On July 4th, we celebrate our freedom from the British government, which forced its American colonists into violent rebellion by subjecting them to such unthinkable practices as the warrantless search.  If you're flying somewhere today, happy Independence Day, and raise your hands to be scanned, or groped, or scanned and groped. (Hold extra still while the more »

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TSA again denies ID, denies disabled woman

Yet another person, a disabled person in this case, has been abused by the TSA. In Los Angeles last week, Sherry Wright was traveling with her disabled, wheelchair-bound sister Heidi when they approached the checkpoint at LAX. Heidi had a stroke 10 years ago and can no longer speak. When Sherry presented their ID documentation -- more »

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TSA announcements about jokes — still bogus

Well, I've said it before and I'll say it again, and I don't care how many times the TSA tries to refute it with their lies: There is no law saying you can't crack a joke at the checkpoint. There is no law saying you can't crack a joke at the checkpoint. The TSA constantly tries to intimidate more »


Air travel is a right

Ladies and gentlemen, now we have it. On December 20, 2012, Judge William Alsup ruled against the TSA. But before you get your hopes up, this is a case about the No-Fly List: Rahinah Ibrahim v. Department of Homeland Security et al. (The case is covered in layman's terms here.) The Department of Justice had filed for more »


TSA thumbs its nose at the law, courts say OK

Over a year ago, the TSA was ordered to hold a public comment period on the use of the strip-search scanners. The agency ignored that order. The response of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia was to give the TSA a stern talking-to -- "naughty, naughty, now straighten up and fly more »


How the TSA preys on ignorance — and what you can do about it now

For those of you with a legal bent, or those who've simply wondered what the law says about TSA searches and what your rights are, here's a brief overview. The 4th Amendment requires reasonable suspicion or probable cause before a search can be conducted. But in 1973, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals created a “special more »