TSA Confiscates Camera, Deletes Footage of Checkpoint…

Despite the TSA admitting on its own website that there is no law which prevents people from filming TSA checkpoints, a man traveling through San Juan airport in Puerto Rico had his camera confiscated and footage deleted.

The TSA lady reappeared with my camera, passport, boarding pass. I took it and started to walk away (pissed off) when I noticed the camera would not go on. I looked at the cartridge slot and it was gone. They had stolen it!

I showed the cop and said, “Look I want my cartridge (with 200 or so personal photos) back or I’ll call a lawyer and 911 to get more cops.

This is outrageous!” He seemed to be aware I was getting upset and the TSA ladies scurried off with the cop and came back 2 minutes later with the cartridge.

“It must have fallen on the ground” said the cop.

Yeah, right. Predictably all the videos of them giving me a hard time were deleted. The whole episode lasted about 10 minutes.

This story again reminds us that Americans are being harassed and in some cases arrested for filming either federal employees, in the case of the TSA, or police officers.

There is no law that forbids anyone from filming TSA workers or police officers. Every time a case goes to court over someone filming a police officer, the defendant wins. The First Court of Appeals ruled last year that filming police officers is not illegal in the United States.

In addition, the TSA admits on its own website that it “does not prohibit the public, passengers or press from photographing, videotaping or filming at security checkpoints.”

There is no expectation of privacy in a public place – that’s why the government can film us all with surveillance cameras.


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