Eleven months after the deadline for their response set by the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), the TSA has finally responded to our request for the TSA “Standard Operating Procedures” referred to in December 2009 testimony to Congress by TSA Acting Administrator Gale Rossides.
There are no laws or published regulations defining what the TSA is permitted to do, and what travelers are required to submit to, in the name of TSA “screening”. As a result, the TSA’s “Standard Operating Procedures” — even though they aren’t binding on either the TSA or travelers — are the most detailed written documentation of what is “supposed” to happen at TSA checkpoints.
We are entitled to know what powers the TSA claims over us, and what rules they claim we have to follow.
If public-spirited leakers have access to any of these documents, we encourage you to make them public, directly or through us, through Wikileaks, or through other investigative reporters:
- Screening Checkpoint SOP
- Screening Management SOP
- Checked Baggage SOP
- Advanced Imaging Technology (WBI) [listed twice -- does this mean that there are 2 such SOPs?]
- Playbook SOP
- Colorimetric SOP
- Stand Off Detection
- Visible Intermodal Protection and Response
- Bomb Appraisal Officer