The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) is reportedly testing new safety procedures that would require airline passengers to remove books from their carry-on bags when going through security lines, according to The Week.
TSA started testing these procedures earlier this month in a number of cities. Passengers were asked to take all reading material and food out of their carry-on luggage and place it in a separate bin.Some frequent fliers are wary.
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said last month in an interview with “Fox News Sunday” that the department would “likely” expand the new carry-on policy 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,” Kelly said.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) raised privacy concerns for passengers.
According to the new policy, TSA agents could look through the pages of the books as part of the search.
The ACLU said passengers may not feel comfortable disclosing what they read and that the policy could violate their privacy.
Some agree with that notion.
I carry the Constitution in my purse, but I'll add 1984 to my carry on.— #TheGOPisCOMPLICIT (@Kaffe_Takk) June 25, 2017
The threats to privacy & security scare the shit out of me. In military I'd foresworn civilian expectations of privacy. This is different!!— 🇺🇸SJW🇺🇸 (@DaliDager) June 25, 2017