TSA Refutes ACLU Allegation That It Illegally Searches Electronic Devices

The Transportation Security Administration is denying allegations made in an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit saying that the agency illegally searches electronic devices on domestic flights. 

"We've received reports of passengers on purely domestic flights having their phones and laptops searched, and the takeaway is that TSA has been taking these items from people without providing any reason why," ACLU staff attorney Vasudha Talla told the Guardian. "The search of an electronic device has the potential to be highly invasive and cover the most personal details about a person."

Travelers on international flights can have their electronic devices searched by Customs and Border Protection agency, however TSA does not have the authority to conduct similar searches of passengers traveling domestically. 

The TSA told website TNW that it does not search the contents of electronic devices. 

The ACLU is suing to see TSA's records detailing its policies, procedures or protocols when searching domestic passenger devices. It's the second time the ACLU has filed a Freedom of Information Act request against the government agency. 

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