TSA will not Grab Laptops…Customs, BP might
February 11, 2008 Leave a comment
An update on the Laptops at the border question. The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) has stated on their new blog site that they will not confiscate personal electronics. Below is excerpt from their blog and the web address.
“TSA does not and will not confiscate laptops or other electronic devices at our checkpoints. Our officers’ are solely focused on the safety of the traveling public and are looking for explosives and other prohibited items. Should one of our officers find something suspicious, we will immediately contact local law enforcement and potentially the local bomb squad. We will not ask for any password, access to any files or take the laptop from you for longer than it takes to determine if it contains a threat.”
“Should anyone at a TSA checkpoint attempt to confiscate your laptop or gain your passwords or other information, please ask to see a supervisor or screening manager immediately.” Blog is at:
However, US Customs or Border Patrol may do this if they want to. And they do.