Transportation Security Administration screeners may be criminally charged if they deny passengers the right to record them as they conduct their searches under a proposed law in New Hampshire.
According to the Associated Press:
The House could vote on the bill as earlier as this week. It would require state law enforcement officers to document complaints and enforce the traveler’s right to audio or video record the search if needed. If the officers failed to enforce the traveler’s right to record the search, they would be guilty of the crime of official oppression.
There isn’t much information out there at this time, but this law can make things very interesting, especially considering how most TSA screeners tell passengers they are not allowed to record the checkpoints – even though it says the opposite on the official TSA website.
And especially considering how New Hampshire has become a haven for libertarian-minded people who would quickly put this law to the test if it gets passed.
In fact, I will be flying to New Hampshire in February to speak at the Liberty Forum, so that would be a perfect time for me to put the law to the test.
UPDATE: Federal legislators are also considering a law that would forbid TSA screeners from acting as if they have law enforcement authority, which they don’t.
It’s a new House bill that stands for Stop TSA’s Reach In Policy and would prevent Transportation Security Administration officers from wearing law enforcement uniforms and police-like badges and calling themselves officers unless they receive law enforcement training.
“Congress has sat idly by as the TSA strip searches 85-year-old grandmothers in New York, pats down 3-year-olds in Chattanooga, and checks colostomy bags for explosives in Orlando. Enough is enough!” said the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) “The least we can do is end this impersonation, which is an insult to real cops.”
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