Thursday, September 09, 2010

A new TSA terror warning seems to be targeting photographers in hoodies as a national security threat.

That’s the way photographers are viewing a new poster distributed by the Transportation Security Administration to encourage airport employees to report suspicious activity.

The poster shows a man in a hooded sweatshirt pointing a telephoto lens at something on an airport tarmac. The object of his lens is unknown since it’s outside the frame — it could be an airplane or simply a drunken starlet stumbling toward her limousine.

“Don’t let our planes get into the wrong hands,” the poster reads beneath the picture, directing employees to report anything suspicious to law enforcement and airport managers.

Not everyone appreciates the implications.

“A lot of my friends like to take pictures,” writes Erin McCann, a blogger at WeLoveDC. “Sometimes, we even like to take pictures of things like airplanes. You might call us hobbyists, photo enthusiasts, or just photographers. But now, thanks to a new campaign from the Transportation Security Administration, there’s something else you can call us: terrorists.”