910A
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TSA Screeners = meat inspectors

Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:19 am

Yep, that line was used in a appeals court ruling today.
The court also revisited the question of when a search should trigger Fourth Amendment protections and found that TSA screeners are more like federal meat inspectors than police officers.


The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit in Philadelphia held that TSA officers enjoy sovereign immunity because, despite their badges and titles as “officers,” they do not qualify as “investigative or law enforcement officers” who could be held legally responsible for abuses under the Federal Tort Claims Act.


The bottom line the result of this ruling, we as citizens cannot sue the officers directly for their bad behavior, but agency itself can be sued.

It was a spilt decision the minority opinion:
In a dissenting opinion, however, Judge Thomas L. Ambro argued that what the TSA does every day at checkpoints around the country is not much different than what police do when they conduct a traffic stop and then pat down the driver to see whether the person is carrying a weapon.

Ambro also noted that the majority’s opinion would bar passengers from bringing legal claims even in the most extreme cases, such as when TSA officers at Denver International Airport were accused of manipulating security procedures so that they could grope “attractive” male passengers.


More here. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/tri ... d231b72b76
 
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Re: TSA Screeners = meat inspectors

Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:47 am

The TSA (like ICE) needs to be gutted from the inside out. The entire security theater apparatus was a gross over-reaction to 9/11 and the thirst to "feel safe" everywhere we go.
They could have just banned box cutters in planes and installed the flight deck door upgrades and left it at this; instead we expanded the Federal gov't to obscene levels.
They can start by outsourcing the jobs of *all* TSA screeners.
 
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Re: TSA Screeners = meat inspectors

Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:19 am

It will be funny when these TSO officers try to pawn themselves off as law enforcement officers, and this court case will drag out with the famous quote.
 
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Re: TSA Screeners = meat inspectors

Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:48 am

KICT wrote:
The TSA (like ICE) needs to be gutted from the inside out. The entire security theater apparatus was a gross over-reaction to 9/11 and the thirst to "feel safe" everywhere we go.
They could have just banned box cutters in planes and installed the flight deck door upgrades and left it at this; instead we expanded the Federal gov't to obscene levels.
They can start by outsourcing the jobs of *all* TSA screeners.


Removing the TSA completely would probably be an over-reaction to the current issues with the agency.
 
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Re: TSA Screeners = meat inspectors

Fri Jul 13, 2018 3:14 pm

910A wrote:
It will be funny when these TSO officers try to pawn themselves off as law enforcement officers, and this court case will drag out with the famous quote.

But as already mentioned the TSA employees are NOT officers but just “normal” employees like the most of us.
Calling them officers show disrespect to real officers.
Please stop calling them something which they are not.

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