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A federal judge in June threw out seizure of three fake passports from a traveler, saying that TSA screeners violated his Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure. Congress authorizes TSA to search travelers for weapons and explosives; beyond that, the agency is overstepping its bounds, U.S. District Court Judge Algenon L. Marbley said.

3 Responses to “Can I get my nailclippers back now?”

  1. Phelps Says:

    Maybe now they will stop reading through my (attorney work product protected) notebooks every time they feel like it now.

  2. Kim du Toit Says:

    Hmmmmm I’m kind of ambivalent about this one. THREE fake passports? While I’m hardly a big fan of TSA, could they not have held the guy and called the Feds (for falsification of a federal document)?

    I know, I know… “weapons and falsification” and all that. Does this mean that they can no longer confiscate large sums of cash from passengers too?

  3. Robin Maxwell Says:

    I’m shocked that the judge made a ruling to at least restrict the TSA to their original authorization (unconstitutional as it is). Notice how thin the line is separating us from an outright police state. When the only probable cause needed for search is “traveling”, you don’t really live in a free country. And yes, that means letting some criminals escape capture.