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 TSA Harasses Traveler After 'Seeing Bitcoin' In His Bag

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PostSubject: TSA Harasses Traveler After 'Seeing Bitcoin' In His Bag   Sun Mar 02, 2014 8:08 am

TSA Harasses Traveler After 'Seeing Bitcoin' In His Bag

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Feb. 27, 2014, 1:10

The TSA attempted to "screen" airline passenger Davi Barker for the virtual currency Bitcoin.
Barker is co-founder of BitcoinNotBombs, a Bitcoin advocacy group that gets donation-based organizations and social entrepreneurs set up to handle the currency. He's written a very detailed telling of what happened right here. After going through security (he opted out of the body scanner but was successfully cleared through the checkpoint), two people stopped him, and it got uncomfortable quickly.

I was about to ask for my attorney, who happens to be my wife, when [the person wearing] the orange shirt said, “What about Bitcoin?” I was flabbergasted. This was above and beyond any scrutiny I had ever received from the TSA, and a little frightening that they were looking for Bitcoin. I said I didn’t understand the question. He continued, “We saw Bitcoin in your bag and need to check.” I was incredulous, and asked, “Do you have a superior officer because I don’t think you know what you’re talking about.” The blue shirt replied by repeating that they were “managers,” but if I didn’t answer his questions he could call law enforcement and have me taken into custody. I asked, “Aren’t you law enforcement?” and he replied, “No we’re with the TSA.”

If this sounds weird to you, it's because it is. Bitcoin is digital and doesn't exist in the physical world — to "see Bitcoin" in a bag would be like seeing email in a bag. What the agent more likely saw, says Barker, is the orange Bitcoin logo sweatshirt Barker was wearing at the time, promo material for his organization's annual "Hoodie the Homeless" drive. It looked like this:

Barker also travels with lots of Bitcoin-themed lapel pins that he sells at conferences. It's reasonable to assume that the agent was talking about these pins, but that would require a gross misunderstanding of what Bitcoin is.

It's illegal to leave the United States with more than $10,000 cash, so the TSA is likely interested in Bitcoin as a means of sneaking money around for nefarious purposes. But Barker was traveling domestically, from Manchester, N.H., to San Francisco, and discloses that he didn't have nearly that much, Bitcoin included.

Whatever your involvement in the virtual currency, it may be wise not to mention anything about Bitcoin during your next airport security check.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/bitcoin-tsa-screening-2014-2#ixzz2uoQbXN2Y


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PostSubject: Re: TSA Harasses Traveler After 'Seeing Bitcoin' In His Bag   Sun Mar 02, 2014 8:41 am

Interesting.  I had to read it, because my first thought with the title was... how can that be if bitcoin is virtual.  Thanks for the post !

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PostSubject: Re: TSA Harasses Traveler After 'Seeing Bitcoin' In His Bag   Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:46 am

Guess I better not take my Santa suit with me when I fly.  Can't wait to see what would come of THAT!!   Also better forget the "niblets" I take for my reindeer, I really don't think they would understand them.  In fact, I don't think I will recite the names of my reindeer either, come to think of it.  That might be taken as conspiring with others.  Also better not pack any ornaments with me - can't imagine what they would classify those as.  Mercy and then some.

Are you serious?  Bitcoins, the dude actually thought they were physical?  Guess that goes to show us the caliber of employee the TSA hires.  I bet they believe in Batman, the Easter Bunny and Elvis too!

TSA - hmmmmmm, why does it not surprise me - in fact why does anything they do not surprise me. 

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