Human Rights

TSA objectives
A specific phrase in the official documentation "Permitted and Prohibited Items" linked from the TSA site from a couple of the articles (to avoid possible legal problems?): http://www.tsa.gov/interweb/assetlibrary/Permitted_Prohibited_5_16_2005_v3.pdf and here: simply to ensure one copy is available.

"The prohibited and permitted items chart is not intended to be all-inclusive and is updated as necessary. To ensure everyone's security, the screener may determine that an item not on the prohibited items chart is prohibited [*1]. In addition, the screener may also determine that an item on the permitted chart is dangerous and therefore may not be brought through the security checkpoint [*2]."

[*1] N.B. note that the wording does not require explicitly that the item be necessarily a threat to security, only that it becomes instantly prohibited...
[*2] N.B. thus potentially generating new fine-based revenue...

So it doesn't really matter whether something is accidentally or intentionally brought to the security checkpoint, only whether the screener considers that the object could be a threat or not... Guidelines are provided, but screeners have no obligation to be held by them? When do we start seeing minimum quotas for fine-based revenue to justify the presence of the screeners?

Sent to Jerry Pournelle's original blog by James Siddall jr.

And, see another side of USA border controllers concerning the chain-saw