A Full Decade of Litigating Against TSA

When you do something for long enough, it’s hard to remember life before you did that thing.

Now 10 years after young me — with no legal education — brought the first complaint against TSA body scanners, it’s hard to imagine a time when going into an airport was a comfortable experience before which you didn’t ponder what variety of molestation or harassment you’d encounter. Or a time when the sounds of metal detectors didn’t generate the same emotional response for me as nails on a chalkboard. But it’s also hard to imagine a time when I didn’t serve the public as an advocate for the privacy of humans as they move from one place to another.

I’ve learned that it matters not whether an “R” or a “D” appointed the administrator of the TSA: both sides are quite capable of authoritarian policy. While I’ve not been shy about being pleased to see Trump go, I promise to keep Biden’s appointee in check just as I did Trump’s, and just as I did Obama’s. Our system of government, and especially our system of justice, requires representation of both sides of any issue. Now with proper legal education and a decade of learning how to hold the government responsible, I look forward to continuing to represent those who have been wronged by poorly planned or executed government policy (or as I’ve bluntly referred to it in the past, government assholery), as well as continuing to pressure the government to create and implement prudent policy to avoid those injuries in the first place.

To those who have been here with me since 2010, thank you, so much, for your continued support. To those who have just had their first negative encounter with the government, I am sorry, and welcome aboard.

8 thoughts on “A Full Decade of Litigating Against TSA

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  1. Have you ever thought where we might be if you hadn’t taken any action? Sometimes we think about what we did and the result but don’t think about the result if we did nothing.

    Looking forward to the day the TSA no longer exists. I don’t fly but I still don’t like them violating the rights of people either.

  2. Thanks for your amazing dedication to holding TSA accountable. I remember when you first started out, and I was concerned that you were perhaps being too harsh. But clearly your demeanor was warranted, and still the TSA is recalcitrant. It’s clearly the instrumentality of a police state now, and only would need a slight adjustment to totally control all personal travel in the US (it’s already tested control over Amtrak and bus services).

    Keep up the good work!

  3. If you recall, 911 was done with just box cutters. This week I had to do some extensive air travel. Before starting I noticed I had 2 forbidden items in the bottom of my carry on bag. I suppose I should have tossed them in the garbage but I was curious how effective TSA bag scanning was. So decided to just let them find them and toss them. To my shock, went thru baggage scanning at 3 different airports without a notice. So the reality is our baggage scannig is probably worse than before 911?

  4. With the current pandemic restrictions, I rarely fly…

    I agree that TSA is purely Security Theater – as mentioned above, they rarely catch prohibited items. There is an old saying “The best way to undermine your authority is to pass rules you can’t enforce”.
    For example, their “no blade” rule is crazy because they can’t find and catch small blades. To be smart, they should have a 1.5 or 2 inch maximum blade length, because anything under that they can’t reliably find…

  5. Hey I’m interested in talking to you about possible litigation on TSA… I’m a commercial airline pilot with clearance to fly in the cockpit of any commercial airliner. Yesterday I was flagged for some reason a SSSS and was told I was required to use the full body scanner. When I requested a pat down they said I don’t have a choice and it was required if I wanted to fly that day. Keep in mind I had already passed security once and had to leave to rescreen…

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