Speaking Tomorrow at 2015 Airport Security Symposium & Conference

If you happen to be in the DC area tomorrow, I’ll be speaking tomorrow on the subject of “TSA Accountability” at the 2015 Airport Security Symposium & Conference, held by the National Association of Airline Passengers. For a very modest registration fee, you can meet myself, Rep. John Mica, Former AK Rep. Sharon Cissna, and many, many others who have been working since at least 2010 to protect your rights at the airport. The NAAP also accepts donations if you’d like to support from afar.

I’ll be publishing my presentation afterwards.

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  1. TSAWatch.org loves what you are doing for us! We’ll be there next year!
    Hope you make some progress. Please let us know if and when you have video available, so we can share it too!

  2. NYPD Is Using Super-Secret Mobile X-Ray Vans Scan The Public:

    “They’re not used to scan people for weapons, the devices we have, the vehicles if you will, are all used lawfully and if the ACLU and others don’t think that’s the case, we’ll see them in court — where they’ll lose! At this time and the nature of what’s going on in the world, that concern of theirs is unfounded” Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said.

    He declined to give more specific details about the devices themselves.

    “Those are issues I’d prefer not to divulge to the public at this time,” Bratton said. “I will not talk about anything at all about this — it falls into the range of security and counter-terrorism activity that we engage in.”

  3. Police x -ray vans can easily identify CASH, ALCOHOL, CIGARETTES and of course DRUGS…

    Police are using AS&E’s, “Z Backscatter” x-ray vans to scan people and cars.

    Their website brags about the ability of police to spy on targets that couldn’t be scanned before!

    According to AS&E, DHS has bought HUNDREDS of x-ray vans and more than 57 countries are using them.

  4. Court of Appeals orders TSA to publish “rules” for use of strip-search machines:

    The Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit today ordered the Department of Homeland Security to, within 30 days from today, “submit to the court a schedule for the expeditious issuance of a final rule” governing the TSA’s use of virtual strip search machines or body scanners (what the TSA calls “Advanced Imaging Technology “within a reasonable time”.

    The court didn’t say what it would consider “expeditious” or a “reasonable” time for the TSA to finalize rules for its use of body scanners. Nor did the court even consider what such a rule should say, or what it would take for such a rule to be Constitutional.


  5. No more cutting the line at TSA screening:

    You had just checked in, received your boarding pass and there it was –that little notation in the corner: “TSA Pre✓.”

    For travelers, who had not gone through the special screening process and paid the fee required to enroll in TSA’s expedited airport screening program, it was a serendipitous moment. One that meant you could keep your shoes on, your laptop packed and in most cases breeze through security without the take-the-shoes-off-empty-your-pockets routine to which we’ve grown so accustomed.

    Alas, such moments will be no more.

    According to a statement from TSA spokesman Mike England explaining the change:

    TSA routinely evaluates the effectiveness of airport checkpoint screening procedures at all U.S. airports to ensure the security of travelers. TSA has recently eliminated the practice of utilizing behavior detection officers and explosive trace detection sampling to direct certain passengers into TSA Pre✓ expedited screening lanes, a practice known as “Managed Inclusion II.”

    1. Eh, this article seems to miss the mark. If your boarding pass says TSA-Pre, then nothing changes. The change is that the TSA would sometimes randomly take passengers who did *not* have TSA-Pre and put them in the Pre line. That’s what’s stopping.

  6. DHS to Increase Gestapo Tactics at Airports Following Russian Airliner Disaster:

    The Department of Homeland Security is expected to call as soon as tomorrow for heightened security measures at strategic foreign airports that have direct flights to the U.S., aviation and government officials told ABC News, in the wake of the Russian airline tragedy.

    In addition to the requests to be made of last point of departure (LPD) airports, other security measures being discussed include more diligent baggage screening at major domestic U.S. airports — to also potentially include matching of luggage to manifest lists before takeoff.

    “What the Department of Homeland Security is looking at is beefing up all these screening procedures at the last points of departure, which would be overseas into the United States — the last chance, if you will, to catch something like a bomb put on an airplane,” Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee Michael McCaul, R-Texas, told ABC News.


  7. Paramilitary police in Miami force passengers to leave plane at gunpoint:

    On Monday evening, an American Airlines flight from Miami, Florida to Barbados was boarded by a paramilitary police unit wielding assault rifles, who demanded that passengers put their hands on their heads as they were forced off the flight.

    Large sectors of the airport were effectively placed under lockdown during the operation. The gates of terminal cafes and restaurants were closed, leaving patrons locked inside by iron bars as police SWAT teams decked out in body armor and toting assault rifles swept through the terminal.

    Photos and videos posted to social media documented the egregious violation of passengers’ constitutional right to be free of unwarranted searches and seizures. “There were very large machine guns, body armor, all of that,” one passenger told a local CNN affiliate. “Very, very frightening.”

    Some 70 flights were delayed and nine were diverted as a result of the lockdown, which shut down two concourses for almost three hours.

    Officials claimed the cause of the lockdown was a breach in procedure by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which allowed a passenger who had been flagged as having a suspicious carry-on bag to board the plane. A TSA spokesman added that “in the process of transitioning other passengers to an adjacent screening lane, standard procedures were not adhered to and the passenger was allowed to depart the checkpoint and proceed into the terminal.”

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation later admitted that the passenger was a dentist, and that the “suspicious” bag he had been carrying contained nothing more than fillings and other dental supplies.


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