Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Can you beat the TSA?
A video shot in November 2009 at the Albuquerque International Airport shows a passenger very politely refusing officers' request that he show ID and stop videotaping them.
“Is there a problem with using a camera in the airport in publicly – in publicly accessible areas?” the passenger calmly asks.
“Yes, there is,” an officer answers.
“I think you're incorrect,” the passenger replies.
As the confrontation continues, one officer tells the man: “You're pushing it, OK? You're really pushing it.”
Another officer says: “Buster, you're in trouble.”
And yes, the pasasenger was indeed in trouble. True, he was cleared of all charges but it took 15 months to do it. It appears that it has been declared legal to take pictures of TSA agents in an airport and also, that you can refuse to show them ID. But is it worth the hassle? What do you gain?
Check out http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/01/25/passenger_acquitted (mentioned in Bruce Schneier’s current newsletter) and decide for yourself.