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  • May 27, 2011 | 1,033 (# of comments)
    ***Update: 5/27/2011 – Read this story in the Houston Chronicle for an update.***What's our take on the Texas House of Representatives voting to ban the current TSA pat-down? Well, the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution (Article. VI. Clause 2...
  • November 18, 2010 | 574 (# of comments)
    There are so many rumors floating around right now that it’s hard to keep them all straight. So, in an effort to get everybody on the same page with the facts, here goes...Pat-downs Myths & FactsMyth: All children will receive pat-downs.Fact:...
  • November 16, 2010 | 515 (# of comments)
    A recent incident in San Diego where a passenger opted out of Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) and also refused a pat-down has been raising some questions, so I wanted to help clarify a few things with this blog post.AIT is optional for everybody....
  • July 01, 2009 | 111 (# of comments)
    When one of our employees ends up in hot water for a serious crime, the first thing we hear is “Why didn’t you can that employee on the spot?” Well, I went to our lawyers and asked that very same question and they fired me! (Joking) They graciously...
  • April 14, 2009 | 173 (# of comments)
    Since the St. Louis incident blog post , we have received many questions about traveling with cash and whether or not you are required to answer questions about the cash you are traveling with. Francine Kerner, TSA’s Chief Counsel was kind enough...
  • August 11, 2008 | 95 (# of comments)
    This post is from TSA's Chief Counsel Francine Kerner . It was originally intended to be a response in the comments section to answer some ID questions, but we thought it deserved its own post. Thanks to Francine for taking the time to provide this...
  • August 04, 2008 | 156 (# of comments)
    Here are the top ten questions we received from our recent request. We tallied the number of times we received each question or a similar version of it and noted the total for each question below. Thanks to the Office of Chief Counsel, Privacy...
  • March 04, 2008 | 128 (# of comments)
    A number of readers have raised questions about TSA's legal authority to make a referral to other law enforcement entities when evidence of a crime unrelated to aviation security is discovered during the screening process. This post explains that...
  • February 21, 2008 | 202 (# of comments)
    Since there are no lawyers on the blog team, they asked me to weigh in on some comments that have come into the blog on legal and constitutional issues. I'm the Chief Counsel at TSA, Francine Kerner , and I hope I can provide some useful...
  • January 30, 2008 | 12 (# of comments)
    The purpose of this blog is to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on innovations in security, technology and the checkpoint screening process. We encourage your comments; your ideas and concerns are important to ensure that a broad range of travelers...
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