Will you be flying this holiday season? The new TSA security procedures including full body scans and enhanced pat downs have been in the news for their possible privacy implications. The Fourth Amendment protects “the right of the people to be secure in their persons…against unreasonable searches.” What constitutes an unreasonable search?

Share this clip from the Today Show with students and ask them for their reactions:

What do you think? Try some of these strategies to discuss airport security and the Fourth Amendment with your students:

  1. Write the Fourth Amendment out on the board and brainstorm synonyms for “secure,” “unreasonable,” and “search”.
  2. Have a fishbowl debate on the constitutionality of the searches.
  3. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation will hold a TSA oversight hearing Wednesday, November 17. Have students call or email their Senators expressing their opinions on the constitutionality of the new procedures. Students should write out bullet points of their key constitutional arguments to prepare.

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