So TSA always takes pics of me while doing their job! But wld u believe they just told ME EYE couldn't take pics???? Wow. #luckyIMsick— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) July 9, 2012
According to the TSA website, the agency does not specifically prohibit photography at security checkpoints, but it does ask passengers “to not film or take pictures of the monitors.”
The TSA has become one of the more unpopular government agencies in recent years, and regularly takes heat from both celebrities and politicians. Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulThe Hill's 12:30 Report Pot state Dems want federal regulation of marijuana Drudge praises 'America's best senator' Rand Paul after lunch in Capitol MORE (R-Ky.), who was detained for refusing a pat-down in January, recently launched an online petition to “end the TSA.”
TSA complaints frequently show up first on Twitter because the microblogging service makes it easy to publish complaints in real time.
The TSA is facing increased scrutiny this week with the House Homeland Security Committee planning to "challenge the status quo at TSA” at a subcommittee hearing on Tuesday.