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June 9, 2008

TSA implements policy with massive loopholes

Shocker, I know.

It seems that the TSA has found yet another way to violate the rights of passengers as they attempt to navigate through the overly restrictive security procedures.

Yes, I know that sentence just opened an FBI file for myself.

However, having flown 6 years under the policies almost every week, I feel I have seen enough of the randomness and arbitrary focus to comment.

While there was a possibility to move through security by refusing to show ID if you subjected to additional screening, that is no more.

If you refuse to show your ID, you will not be admitted to the boarding area. Period.

However, claiming it was lost or misplaced is still ok, and subject to the extra screening which was once available to those who just refused.

As boingboing points out:

This new rule seems to only apply to terrorists that are unable to lie, while at the same time, massively cutting into the rights of passengers.

My personal favorite is how TSA fully asserts its right to set policy without thinking for five minutes about how ridiculous that policy happens to be.

Now back to sitting with my tin foil hat on.

This entry is tagged: boingboing, FBI, government, policy, stupidity, TSA

Posted by bmiraski at June 9, 2008 3:59 PM