You already have to show your papers in order to fly. Now the TSA is testing having to show all your papers.
In Kansas City the TSA is running a test to have passengers take all pieces of paper out of their bags for separate screening.
When Don Buteyn entered the security line at KCI early Monday morning, he was asked by security agents to remove all paper products from his bag— including books, loose sleeve paper, Post-It Notes, documents and more.
…“They said this is a pilot program that’s currently being tested at Kansas City and that they are rolling it out nationwide,” he said.
…Another passenger said security dug through her “entire bag to find two blocks of Post-It notes. They were even in a separate bag within my suitcase. They put them in a separate bin and put them back through security.”
TSA Agents in Charlotte Watch News of the TSA’s Failure to Detect Weapons and Bombs, Instead of Searching for Weapons and Bombs (HT: Tocqueville)
We already have an electronics ban on flights to the U.S. from several airports that contributes nothing to security but at least we can imagine a movie plot involving explosives hidden in small devices. Paper though is usually super thin and hard to use as a disguise for weapons.
In a statement TSA implies that this new silliness is the fault of the private contractor who runs security at Kansas City airport, but in fact private airport security follows TSA procedures. I wouldn’t be surprised if the purpose of testing this in Kansas City is precisely that employees work for a private company and not the government agency, imposing additional requirements there that slow down the screening process will make private security look less efficient than TSA.
By the way most money in the U.S. is paper so we should certainly be concerned to see this ‘test’ spread. You know what happens when you take money out and put it through a machine where it’s briefly outside your view but being tracked by TSA employees, right?