This has been bugging me since it came out, but it looks like it will end up in the courts for a while.
An article describing the TSA’s new powers.
For a look at the actual verbage in the federal registry, go here .
For people who don’t look at links, the gist of the problem is that the TSA can declare any pilot a security threat. The pilot’s license is immediately revoked; the pilot has the option of appealing to the TSA. However, the TSA reserves the right to not disclose information it considers “sensitive”. Thus you can have your license revoked but can never be shown the information that the TSA used to revoke your license.
Since I earn my living with my pilot’s license, I’m a little concerned about this. Any lawyers out there (specifically constitutional types) who can comment on this? Is it legal for the TSA to suddenly declare that it has this power?