At Bush Intercontinental Airport (Houston), a periodic announcement includes the phrase "any inappropriate remarks or jokes concerning security may result in your arrest." Is this a breach of the First Amendment?
No I do to believe it is.
Not if it says "may" result in arrest. I am ok with that.
Your speech is protected, your sphincter is not.
No more a violation of your rights than it being illegal to yell "fire" in a theater when there is not one.
Look who it is!
I haven't gone anywhere...
I believe they are saying it more along the lines of:
"oh yeah spent all last night making the bomb... there's gonna be fireworks"
they are going to take a joke as a possible threat.
I can understand poorly thought out "jokes" such as this being verboten, but the lack of clarity in the announcement troubles me. I occasionally voice resistance to TSA overreach (eg, when asked if I opt for a pat-down, I have said things like "I
don't consent to this, but I will do as you tell me," that sort of thing - I think it is important to state my opposition to overreach) and once, I was threatened with being "written up" for doing so - supervisor came by and took my license & phone
number. I thought that was unlawful back then, and I think it is now. Telling us we can't even peacefully express objection to their draconian practices crosses a line imo.
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