TSA Searching Bags Ugh

Fourth Amendment? Buh Bye

I absolutely hate the sacrifice of freedom in the name of security. Benjamin Franklin once said, “Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

I believe in those words and wish we would keep those in mind whenever, without probable cause or due process, the TSA (the government) searches your belongings — like mine were this past week (both checked and carry on).

I do not like it on a plane. I do not like it on a train. I do not like it on a boat. I do not like it with a goat. I do not like being searched Uncle Sam I Am.

Opening my checked bag and finding this neither made me feel safe nor secure.

The Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

The TSA:

During the inspection, your bag and its contents may have been searched for prohibited items.

I don’t think Benjamin Franklin would be happy.

By Fred Posner

Fred Posner provides VoIP consulting services through The Palner Group and LOD.com. For ten years, Fred helped his wife, Yeni Monroy, run Bearkery®, a family bakery in Gainesville, Florida. The bakery sadly closed during the COVID19 pandemic. Contact Fred at qxork.com.


  1. Fred..

    My name is on some “list” of names tracked by the TSA- I am always stopped, pulled aside, and searched… Unfortunately I have learned to adjust to this “minor inconvenience”.


  2. Mini Rant- –

    Sorry you had that bad experience with our ever faithful federal government, but on a side note, and speaking from personal experiece, the fact that you can’t lock your bags anymore just makes it that much easier for the hood rats working the baggage loading station to take more of your stuff after it clears TSA without having to work for it. (reference my $400.00 driver that “disappeared” from my golf bag) “are you sure you didn’t leave it at home sir? it is odd that someone would only take one club out of your bag…” You call TSA to say your camera or God forbid checked fire arm is missing (rest assured you will get a visit from local law enforcement if that happens) and they will say….”but we put it all back….that’s what the paper says.” You can always go to the airline for a claim, but the nice thing about your ticket is that it has a limit of liability from the airline of about $100.00 no matter what you are carrying. You really have no recourse legally speaking and it sucks. Talk to my mother and father in law about that one and the fact that all their luggage for a 3 week trip to Europe got lost..clothes, art they bought, etc. They got $300.00 back for that fiasco…In any event, I guess security under the guise of “freedom” means we just get &!#$@# that much more. And oh, by the way, you “consented” to the search when you decided to buy your ticket and not take the wagon train…right.

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