Category Archives: Airport searches

CA3: FTCA doesn’t apply to TSA screeners

TSA screeners are not “investigative or law enforcement officers” for purposes of the Federal Tort Claims Act. Therefore, they are covered by the discretionary function exemption. Pellegrino v. United States Transp. Sec. Admin., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 18821 (3d Cir. … Continue reading

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Daily Mail (UK): TSA to start going through books and magazines under new security measures – but critics claim procedure could be used to target people with foreign or religious reading material

Daily Mail (UK): TSA to start going through books and magazines under new security measures – but critics claim procedure could be used to target people with foreign or religious reading material by Hannah Parry:

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The Hill: TSA sued over full-body X-ray scanners

The Hill: TSA sued over full-body X-ray scanners by Keith Laing: The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is being sued over the controversial full-body X-ray scanners it uses at airport security checkpoints across the country. The lawsuit, from the Competitive Enterprise … Continue reading

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WaPo: Judge: No-fly list procedures were — and still might be — unconstitutional

WaPo: Judge: No-fly list procedures were — and still might be — unconstitutional by Matt Zapotosky: A federal judge on Thursday ruled that the way the United States implemented its no-fly list was unconstitutional years ago when it was used … Continue reading

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Vox: Filmmaker Laura Poitras has been detained [at airports] 50 times. Now she’s suing to find out why

Vox: Filmmaker Laura Poitras has been detained 50 times. Now she’s suing to find out why by Timothy B. Lee:

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NY Times: Airport Security Advances Clash With Privacy Issues

NY Times: Airport Security Advances Clash With Privacy Issues by Ron Nixon: BOSTON — At a mock airport in an underground laboratory here at Northeastern University, students pretending to be passengers head through a security exit in the right direction, … Continue reading

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The Hill: How the TSA spots terrorists

The Hill: How the TSA spots terrorists A confidential checklist reveals a point system employed by the agency.

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AP: Traveler sues TSA after 20-hour detention

AP: Traveler sues TSA after 20-hour detention: PHILADELPHIA – A traveler detained for more than 20 hours after a search of energy bars and a sports watch in his carry-on bag at an airport has sued the Transportation Security Administration … Continue reading

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CA1: TSA patdown searches because of metal body implants still reasonable on totality

Plaintiff has a metal hip implant, and she sets off TSA’s screening machines. This results in her getting a patdown. The court concludes that, on the whole, a patdown is reasonable under the Fourth Amendment and the ADA even if … Continue reading

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D.V.I.: Post-flight x-ray of bags was unreasonable

CBP x-rayed bags of passengers flying between St. John’s and St. Thomas VI during Carnival between 7 am and 5 pm. A gun was found in defendant’s carry-on bag. It was not a flight involving Customs, as flights from and … Continue reading

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ABAJ: Nursing mom wins $75K settlement from TSA over airport incident; at PHX, of course

ABAJ: Nursing mom wins $75K settlement from TSA over airport incident by Martha Neil: A California woman who says airport security screeners working for the federal Transportation Security Administration violated the agency’s own rules and prevented her from traveling with … Continue reading

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D.Ariz.: Airport TSA “screenings” are “searches” within the Fourth Amendment and the FTCA

Airport TSA “screenings” are “searches” within the Fourth Amendment and the FTCA because they can search people and their belongings and then seize things. Here, however, plaintiff doesn’t state a claim. Armato v. Jane Doe 1, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS … Continue reading

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