The Transportation Safety Administration has caused a raging debate over privacy versus safety with a new policy it is reportedly considering.
According to reports, the TSA is considering asking airline passengers to remove books from their carry-ons before boarding airplanes, The Hill reported.
The TSA started testing the program in California and Missouri at the beginning of the month, according to This Week.
New TSA policy may require you to remove books from carry-on bags pic.twitter.com/XZZShK4t6D
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) June 26, 2017
Testing began in Kansas City, Mo.in May and had passengers remove all reading material and paper from their carry-ons, but it was not a success and was stopped after mere days, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Some might wonder what harm books can do, but, as the TSA has noted on it’s Instagram page, it has found weapons hidden inside of books.
Books can also make it tough for screening equipment to adequately see into a bag.
In an interview on “Fox News Sunday” in May, Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, said it was likely that the program would be instituted nationwide.
“What we’re doing now is working out the tactics, techniques, and procedures, if you will, in a few airports, to find out exactly how to do that with the least amount of inconvenience to the traveler,” he said.
But the American Civil Liberties Union is not on board with the idea.
“[B]ooks raise very special privacy issues,” Jay Stanley, a senior policy analyst for the ACLU, wrote on its website. “There is a long history of special legal protection for the privacy of one’s reading habits in the United States, not only through numerous Supreme Court and other court decisions, but also through state laws that criminalize the violation of public library reading privacy or require a warrant to obtain book sales, rental, or lending records.”
The debate was intense on social media.
Soon I’m thinking we’ll have to empty our entire carry-on for ’em ?but I don’t care if they see what I’m reading! If it keeps us safe, do it
— Patriot26 (@Patriot261) June 26, 2017
That would chap my everlovin’ hide. What reason do they have for this ridiculousness?
— Pollyanna (@Sonshinelolly) June 26, 2017
That’s not too steep a price to pay for safety.
— Jim (@DejiGreat) June 26, 2017
Wow, I hope everyone notices we have become the most scared country. Our freedoms we once knew are being stripped away. Stand up… Resist..
— Zach Holliday (@Zach_Holliday_) June 26, 2017
if you are reading on a PUBLIC plane then everyone will see what you are reading, who cares if the agents do?? books can block view in bags
— Wendy Dunleavy (@WDun5) June 26, 2017
ACLU would best serve our rights if they allowed the TSA to protect our safety, removing books from a bag for screening is not a big deal.
— Mary (@maryhcam) June 26, 2017
— Harry Tucker (@HarryTucker) June 25, 2017
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