Archive for August 11th, 2007
Everyone seems to be of the same opinion that TSA regulations can be a bit bizarre even if they are not wholly effective. It used to be, though, that you could refuse the “intense” search by saying no and not flying and immediately departing (with escort) the secure area. Not anymore. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the circuit’s 34-year-old precedent that over time was evolving toward limiting when passengers could refuse a search and leave the airport after they had checked their bags or placed items on the security screening X-ray machine. Citing threats of terrorism, the court ruled passengers give up all rights to be free of warrantless searches once a “passenger places hand luggage on a conveyor belt for inspection” or “passes though a magnetometer.”
It should be noted that the 9th Circuit is located in San Francisco, not some evil bastion of Republican regimentalism.