Over the past few days rumours have begun running rampant that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has rescinded its policy allowing photography of its security operations and checkpoints … these rumours are false.
The main source for the rumor that the TSA eliminated its policy is due to the agency’s website change over. Many of the links from the old website are now dead links. As the TSA has changed over its new website the link to the photography policy can now be found under How To Get Through The Line Faster … all the way at the bottom.
The TSA’s policy on allowing photography also remains on the agency’s blog under this March 31st 2009 TSA post, Can I Take Photos At The Checkpoint And The Airport?
While the TSA has not altered its policy on photography of its operations and checkpoints, it still asks that photos and video not be shot of its monitors without permission, and reminds people that certain jurisdictions may have restrictions in place preventing photography and that some airports, or terminals within airports, may be privately held (even if by a government entity) that supersedes the TSA’s policy on photography.
So, if you want to document your way through the TSA checkpoint experience, have at it … just make sure you don’t slow up the line and be prepared to be questioned.
If you run into any problems photographing the TSA contact the TSA Ombudsman at +1(571)227-2383, if you are a journalist and run into problems covering the TSA, contact the Public Affairs Office at +1(571)227-2829.