Airport Screening Issues

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airport screening has quickly become the most important aspect of the pre-flight process these days because this is where all passengers are checked for banned items. If a banned item is located by a security figure, the item will either be confiscated or placed in the checked luggage instead of the carry on luggage. Every single passenger must pass through airport security screening and most airports will screen a passenger’s checked luggage, either in front of them or behind the scenes.

Requirements for Screening

When a passenger arrives at the airport, he or she should have all of their proper identification at the ready to show to any security personnel that asks for it. Proper identification includes the passenger’s boarding pass and their government issued photo ID. The government issued photo ID can be a driver’s license, a passport, a government employee ID and any other form of license with a photo on it. Airport security regulations state that the specific clothing and items that should be removed at a screening checkpoint include the following:

  • Jewelry
  • Cell phones, PDAs, beepers, loose change, keys
  • Shoes
  • Clothing with metal buttons, snaps, or studs
  • Under-wire bras
  • Belt buckles
  • Metal hair barrettes
  • Hidden items such as body piercings could set off the metal detector
  • Coats and jackets

Security officials recommend packing all coats and jackets in baggage because they too must go through airport x ray screening before a passenger is cleared for a flight. All jewelry should either be placed in the carryon bag or in plastic bags offered by the security checkpoint personnel until the passenger has passed through the metal detector.

Violations of Screening

There have been recent cases involving unlawful search and seizure in some United States airports that have resulted in lawsuits against not only the airports in question but also the TSA. TSA security agents are not permitted to conduct random searches of passenger’s bags prior to going through the screening process at an airport security screening checkpoint. At the checkpoint, if there is reason to believe an item in a person’s bag or on their body is dangerous then a further search is legally allowed to take place.

Legal Help

If you or a loved one has been screened illegally or profiled when going through a security checkpoint at an airport then contact an aviation attorney immediately. An aviation attorney will be able to provide expert legal assistance regarding the matter, including the filing of a lawsuit.  Although the TSA is given liberal rights to promote airport security, many tactics used by some agents have violated civil and Constitutional rights of everyday Americans.  Your rights may have been violated as well.