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First Amendment Audit: Chicago TSA Agent Claims Filming Airport Security Screening is Illegal, Calls Police

Ohare International Airport TSA Screening First Amendment Audit

A “First Amendment Auditor” was confronted by a TSA supervisor while legally filming security screenings at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and initially threatened with arrest.

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This video embedded below shows what is known as a “First Amendment Audit.” That consists of going out and filming government buildings and other public property. Oftentimes, the police, security guards, government employees, and even members of the public don’t understand that the First Amendment protects a citizen’s right to take photos and/or record video of anything that is within view of a public place.

This particular audit took place within the TSA security screening area at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. As you can see in the screenshot above, the TSA employees were getting fairly intimate with some of the passengers going through the screening. (And no, there in fact was neither a movie, nor a dinner provided by the Transportation Security Administration afterwards.) Soon after, one of the screening agents noticed the camera and alerted a supervisor, by whom the camera woman was then confronted.

He approached, (very incorrectly) stated that it was illegal to film the screenings, and even briefly attempted to physically block her camera. Next, the supervisor threatened to call the Chicago police and have her arrested. When that didn’t scare her into stopping, he attempted to make good on that threat by calling (presumably) the police.

In the meantime, while he was on the phone, she returned her attention to filming. During that phone conversation she was also approached by several other TSA employees and told that she was not allowed to film the screenings. However, it is in fact very legal to film the screening area of airports and the screening process itself. The only restriction upon that is a rule against filming (or photographing) the monitors displaying the NSFW images that they take with their body scanners.

The woman in the video (AKA “It’s That Magic You Crave“) frequently posts First Amendment Audits and other videos to her Youtube channel: “Pink Camera Magic.” You can support her by making donations to her via GoFundMe.

***Spoiler Alert***

In the original description for the video on YouTube, a “surprise ending” is mentioned. Whoever the TSA supervisor was talking to apparently informed him that he was wrong and they weren’t going to send any cops down to arrest her for legally filming in public. However, that’s actually not the “surprise.” (Not the biggest one, at least.)

The shocking plot twist is that he told her that and even apologized about being wrong.

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Former Las Vegas Metro Police Officer Arrested for DUI Car Crash Turned Bomb Threat in Arizona

Former LVMPD Officer Joseph Landrum shut down U.S. Highway 60 in the Phoenix suburb of Surprise, Arizona for several hours earlier this week. After getting sloppy drunk, Landrum caused a multiple car accident that resulted in at least two people being taken to the hospital. Then he, apparently, for some reason thought it would be a good idea to tell the Arizona Highway Patrol officers that responded to the scene of the accident that he had explosives in his truck. As anyone who wasn’t really drunk (and likely not very smart to begin with) could have predicted, that claim took things to a whole new level.

Via KTNV.com:

Arizona police arrested 41-year-old Joseph Landrum from Las Vegas on DUI charges after allegedly causing a 3-car crash in Phoenix.
The crash happened around 7:37 p.m. Monday.
Officials say Landrum made statements indicating there were explosives in his truck.
However, Department of Public Safety experts at the scene determined there were no such explosives. Landrum was booked on DUI and hoax charges.
Joseph Landrum was a former Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officer. He was released from the department after 14 years due to a “personnel issue.”

You do have to wonder just how incredibly bad the unspecified “personnel issue” was that got Officer Landrum fired from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. After all, Good Cops working for Metro have been known to get away with beating their wife, shooting people in the leg because they thought their hat was a gun, assaulting and falsely arresting people for legally filming them in public, and even murdering someone without getting fired or suffering any other sort of meaningful consequences.