Civil Disobedience and the TSA

TitleCivil Disobedience and the TSA
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsLeever, M, Althaus, RA, Anestidou, L, Brinkman, A, Connolly, P, Ladenson, R, Weigel, C
Pagination1 p.
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsCriminal Justice , Legal Issues , personal ethics
AbstractIn the name of civil disobedience, Nathaniel Heatwole planted box cutters, bleach, modeling clay and matches on two domestic airliners, and then emailed the Transportation Security Authority, identifying himself and giving exact details about the dates and fight numbers. The items were not discovered for five weeks, and his email was misplaced. Heatwole's contention that security screening of passengers and planes is inadequate and that the TSA is inefficient and blundering seems to have been supported. As expected, Heatwole was arrested and true to the tenets of civil disobedience, he admitted his deeds, acknowledging their would be penalties. Instead of the 10 years he would have normally received for carrying a concealed dangerous weapon aboard an airliner, a plea deal for two years probation and 100 hours of community service was later established.
NotesCase from the 2005 APPE National Ethics Bowl Championship. Copyright, Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, 2005.
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