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$11,000 fine arrest possible for some who refuse airport scans and pat downs


If you don't want to pass through an airport scanner that allows security agents to see an image of your naked body or to undergo the alternative, a thorough manual search, you may have to find another way to travel this holiday season.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is warning that any would-be commercial airline passenger who enters an airport checkpoint and then refuses to undergo the method of inspection designated by TSA will not be allowed to fly and also will not be permitted to simply leave the airport.

That person will have to remain on the premises to be questioned by the TSA and possibly by local law enforcement. Anyone refusing faces fines up to $11,000 and possible arrest.

"Once a person submits to the screening process, they can not just decide to leave that process," says Sari Koshetz, regional TSA spokesperson, based in Miami.

Koshetz said such passengers would be questioned "until it is determined that they don't pose a threat" to the public.

Palm Beach Sheriff's Office spokesperson Teri Barbera said PBSO deputies stationed at the airport would become involved when requested by the TSA.

"We will handle each incident on a case-by-case basis," she said.

No one will be forcibly searched or arrested "just because they refuse to go through the security procedures," Barbera said. "That may rise to the level of suspicious behavior for the TSA, but it wouldn't rise to the level of suspicious behavior for a deputy," she said.

But Barbera said that if a person is judged to be a possible threat, deputies are legally permitted to detain and search that individual.


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Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

Airports have become an extension of the prison system

They have built jail cells in the airports now, and now with the strip-searches they are really just an extension of the prison system. It's a sad day to be an American. I used to enjoy flying, and now it is an option taken away from me. I don't mind driving to travel, at least until they make checkpoints and start doing random strip-searches there. I guess at that point I'll have to quit traveling all together.

Bring on the lawyers.

Need to have people start suing TSA for illegal search and seizure or better yet, stop traveling by plane.

contact is rescinded

the moment TSA does anything not explicitly listed in the alleged "agreement" anyway.

in less you are giving forewarning that you will be groped and will be x-rayed, then they are the ones who have broken the contract.

even if the contract expressly defines groping and xraying, then there is still another problem.

no contract can overrule state, federal and Constitutional laws.

Consent Under Duress

Consent with a threat of $11000 fine, no fly and arrest equals consent under duress. In jurisprudence, duress or coercion refers to a situation whereby a person performs an act as a result of violence, threat or other pressure against the person.

The right to travel is not in the constitution but has been determine to be a fundamental right. The fourth amendment protects us against the search. The fifth protects us against being "questioned"

The TSA poses the threat to the public.

They are the real "terrorists", and they are proving it right now.

modern highway banditos

modern highway banditos

It sounds like the local sheriff

isn't saying they won't provide any support, but that they'll come in and use local standards to determine whether to be concerned on a case by case basis. In other words, if the entirety of "probable cause" is that they refused a search, the sheriff's department cannot provide support for that. But, if they have a pack of C4 in their shoe heel, then, yes, their case by case evaluation would be to get involved.

Also, the TSA saying they'll hold someone until they are sure they are not a threat? Prove a negative?

That's either an empty threat since the person was never really under suspicion of being a terrorist or a serious threat of indefinite detention as it's impossible to prove you're innocent of a future crime.

Defend Liberty!

I'm pleading the Freakin Fifth

Get a chip-in-fund together for legal expenses.

Find some lawyers. Snap still raging, maybe they could get some lawyers together?

Lets all support anyone who is doing proper civic disobedience!

Get a chip-in-fund together for legal expenses.

Cold Snap Legal Collective


we have to fight this crap

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