Be aware that Transportation Security Agency (TSA) agents — which are part of the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) — are permitted to search you and your belongings without probable cause or a search warrant anytime you pass through a TSA security zone.

For what it’s worth, the TSA has a “Passenger Civil Rights” page, which includes information on filing a complaint if you believe your rights are violated. The TSA also maintains a blog, so feel free to post comments.

Clip from the DVD, BUSTED: The Citizen’s Guide to Surviving Police Encounters


TSA’s Mysterious ID Requirement

Many folks are concerned about the TSA’s requirement that passengers show a photo identification before passing through security. Of particular concern, is TSA’s persistent refusal to release the text of the law that it uses to justify that requirement. To learn more about this campaign, led by renown civil libertarian activist John Gilmore, visit And here’s an interesting analysis by security expert Bruce Schneier describing the policy’s sheer absurdity. Pharmacy Mall Review