The TSA is starting to sweat now that a case against it has come all the way to the Supreme Court.
The case of Linlor v. Polson is based on the argument that the TSA is the only authority that should be allowed to review the conduct of their employees. Furthermore they pose that they should get to decide what evidence should be allowed in such a review and that civilians should be prohibited from being allowed to sue their employees, no matter how severe the offense.
In the case of Linlor v. Polson, the defendant alleges that one TSA screener deliberately “rammed his hands” into a passenger’s genitals as punishment for opting out of naked imaging at the Washington Dulles airport.
The reaction that the TSA has had, claiming its employees can’t be the target of a lawsuit and basically allowed to violate civilians as they see fit, is highly disturbing.
While the Supreme Court may realize that the TSA is largely out of bounds, it is equally likely that they will continue to empower the government agency to abuse its power over the people. Time will tell as the case unfolds.