Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

What are your thoughts on searches and confiscation of your electronic devices?

Posted Monday, February 3, 2014, at 8:11 AM
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  • I think they have no business confiscating anything I own, its not like I carry concealed weapons on me when I travel, but I guess you could use electronic parts or gadgets, like cellphones to explode something, yet it's highly unlikely a normal person would. I can only see then confiscating an item if one was on a no fly list or a known terrorist or something, other than that, keep your hands off my expensive toys.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Mon, Feb 3, 2014, at 8:54 AM
  • As you say, with reasonable cause, I understand that they want to protect safety but this judge has apparently decided in his own mind that people should not travel with sensitive information on their electronic devices.

    He also seems to think that this happens so infrequently that it is a non-issue. It happens infrequently because most law enforcement officers probably thought it would be illegal. Now that they have the "law" on their side, who knows the frequency that will develop.

    I do not carry banking information or any critically sensitive information, but it would be a huge inconvenience for my devices to be confiscated, detained, lost, etc. My devices are my office, so it would also mean lost revenue. For no reasonable cause?

    I doubt that this judge is so "retro" that he does not carry some type of electronic device when he travels, but how does this differ from his briefcase? Let's confiscate HIS information for an indefinite time, with no justification needed and see if his opinion changes.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Feb 3, 2014, at 11:46 AM
  • I thought the NSA already did that....covertly.

    -- Posted by mdstover on Mon, Feb 3, 2014, at 5:37 PM
  • I can see allowing the somewhat odious practice of locking away certain devices within specific times and places. Safer alternatives could be recommended or provided and personal property returned at the end of the flight.

    The rest just sounds too drastic and invasive.

    Whether it involves a teacher taking contraband Sweet Tarts or air marshals removing iPads,the illegal even deadly acts of a few should not deny the rest of us our own property on a permanent basis.

    (Now,where did I put my bar of Castile soap and those wee disposable toothbrushes with the dentifrice built in?)

    -- Posted by quantumcat on Fri, Feb 7, 2014, at 1:53 PM
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