Jury Says it's Okay to Record the TSA
The Seattle man who refused to show ID to the TSA and recorded the whole incident has been cleared of all charges:
[The jury] returned not guilty verdicts for charges that included concealing his identity, refusing to obey a lawful order, trespassing, and disorderly conduct.
Papers, Please! says the acquittal proves what TSA critics have said all along: That checkpoint staff have no police powers, that contrary to TSA claims, passengers have the right to fly without providing ID, and yes, passengers are free to video record checkpoints as long as images on screening monitors aren't captured.
"Annoying the TSA is not a crime," the blog post states. "Photography is not a crime. You have the right to fly without ID, and to photograph, film, and record what happens."
And a recent Dilbert is about the TSA.
EDITED TO ADD (1/10): Details and links.
Posted on January 31, 2011 at 6:56 AM • 70 Comments