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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Florida airport search that found porn upheld

From the MiamiHerald.com:
Evidence of crime not related to travel hazards that airport screeners stumble upon while inspecting luggage for weapons and explosives can be used against travelers in criminal proceedings, a Florida appeal court ruled Tuesday.

A three-judge panel said its unanimous decision involving child pornography found during a search at Pensacola Regional Airport is the first of its kind, noting the U.S. Supreme Court has not yet ruled on the issue.

The Florida decision is a setback for air passengers, said Charlie Leocha, director of the Consumer Travel Alliance, an advocacy group based in Springfield, Va., that also has opposed whole-body scanners.
The full text of the decision here:

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