TSA Reinstates Approval To Film Policy After Backlash

Steve Watson

Earlier this week, the TSA removed from its website all references to the right to film and photograph at checkpoints, just hours after it was announced that a national campaign was underway to encourage Americans to opt out and film TSA procedures.

Following a backlash from supporters of the campaign, scheduled to take full effect around Thanksgiving week in November, the approval to film section has now reappeared on the federal agency’s website.

In a page revision noted to have taken place on October 3rd, the section regarding photography has been re-added to the newly designed TSA website. It reads:

TSA does not prohibit the public, passengers or press from photographing, videotaping or filming at security checkpoints, as long as the screening process is not interfered with or slowed down. We do ask you to not film or take pictures of the monitors. While the TSA does not prohibit photographs at screening locations, local laws, state statutes, or local ordinances might.

Taking photographs may also prompt airport police or a TSA official to ask what your purpose is. It is recommended that you contact the TSA Contact Center to contact the Customer Support Manager at the airport to determine its specific policy. Or, if you are a member of the press, you should contact the TSA Office of Public Affairs.

On its blog, the TSA claims that the disappearance of the photography approval page was only temporary and was due to the agency’s website redesign.

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