After filming the screening process at a New Orleans TSA checkpoint, the boy is told to leave immediately, even though he is completely within his rights to film and he was only filming his father. According to CNET:
The teen explains that the TSA website says it's perfectly legal to film. This is, indeed, true. The site says: “TSA does not prohibit the public, passengers or press from photographing, videotaping or filming at security checkpoints, as long as the screening process is not interfered with or slowed down.”
There's no indication that the teen was slowing anything down. He didn't appear to be filming the monitors, which is a no-no.
When the dad explains that the officer was being disrespectful, he gets the answer: “I wasn't being disrespectful at all. I just told him he couldn't do it.”
When the grumbling continues, the TSA operative offers a possibly immortal: “You respect this badge right here.”
I contacted the TSA with respect to this incident. A spokesman told me: “We are aware of the incident and have initiated an internal review of the matter.”
The arrogance and attitude of the agent shows just how ineffective and obstructive bureaucratic agencies like the TSA are. All in the name of “safety” millions of people across the country have to go through invasive violations of privacy in order to travel. And this is all justified by that agent by saying “You should respect this badge right here.” Well, I have news for this man: badges do not grant extra rights.
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