Campaign to opt out of pornoscanners & video TSA checkpoints at Thanksgiving

Dave sez, "The National Opt Out and Film Week, a new campaign designed to expose the abusive policies of the TSA, is set to launch during Thanksgiving, one of the busiest travel times of the year -- and the TSA might not be able to stop it."

Supporters of Opt Out and Film Week are encouraged to film TSA activities at their local airport -- even if they are not flying -- and upload the videos to Youtube and other sites. According to the TSA website, filming TSA agents and security checkpoints is not illegal, as long as it does not interfere with security procedures....

... "The reasoning behind a National Opt-Out Week is this: If the TSA decides to shut down its scanners in response to the protest, as it allegedly did in 2010, activists would have ample opportunity to document the action over a period of a week," Elliott wrote in an article for the Huffington Post. "TSA critics would then have more than enough evidence to prove that these scans and pat-downs are a false choice and do practically nothing to improve our safety."

Showdown with TSA set for 'Opt Out and Film Week' November 19-26 Special


  1. Even after following the link I don’t really get it. On the surface the last sentence (“TSA critics would then have…”) sums up the protest nicely, but, really, how does filming expose the “false choice” of either a scan or pat-down? I get that filming dissuades abuse by making TSA staff more accountable but what’s the likely outcome aside from making the screening process take longer? Is the idea that if lots and lots of travelers opt out of the scanners the TSA indirectly admits the scanners are unnecessary (so shouldn’t use them) because they readily provide an alternative?

    1. IIRC, the TSA denies that it took all porno-scanners offline for a brief period during the 2010 Thanksgiving travel season.

      Taking them offline means that they didn’t request that anyone go through them– No one had to opt out.

      The point is that if the TSA felt comfortable enough to take the scanners offline to accommodate the Thanksgiving crowd, then they aren’t really necessary for security to begin with.

      The aim of this campaign is to get the TSA to again take the scanners offline (by having lots and lots of people opt out and thus slowing down the security theater) AND to document that they are offline.

  2. I’m new here. Does TSA mean “turd slurping arse-face?” “totally stupid authority-type” “technically sentient, actually” I don’t know, I’m asking.

  3. Yes, this worked so well the last time, didn’t it?

    I believe the only way we get rid of the TSA is for the airlines to seriously get near to closing down due to lack of business.  Pressure from the civil liberties left and the libertarian right is obviously not enough.

    And knowing how we evacuate entire airports at the sight of an unaccompanied lunch bag, I would never recommend DDOS’ing the TSA with something like this.  Don’t even think about it, kids!

  4. I like this. I am often in favor in any project that “shines a light where a light is not welcome”; count me in.

  5. So, let’s see, I’m on my way to Grandma’s house for Thanksgiving and my main focus is on showing up the TSA, not, say, getting to the seat on my flight on the biggest travel day of the year.

    1. If I were headed to my family for a holiday, I’d do whatever it takes to get thrown in a cell for the weekend.

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