I'm not sure if I've posted here about ACTA or not, apologies if I have. This treaty could have an effect on what goes on at airport checkpoints - and not in a good way. Here's a link to the wikipedia page on ACTA - the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. The big concern with ACTA is that it will restrict civil rights, and violate the constitution in a whole host of ways. As it relates to airport security --- from the wiki page covering border searches -- Border Searches Potential border searches are covered by the "Border Measures" proposal of ACTA. As of February 2009, and according to University of Ottawa law professor Michael Geist, there is significant disagreement among countries on this topic: "Some countries are seeking the minimum rules, the removal of certain clauses, and a specific provision to put to rest fears of iPod searching customs officials by excluding personal baggage that contains goods of a non-commercial nature. The U.S. is pushing for broad provisions that cover import, export, and in-transit shipments." Newspapers reported that the draft agreement would empower security officials at airports and other international borders to conduct random ex officio searches of laptops, MP3 players, and cellular phones for illegally downloaded or "ripped" music and movies. Travellers with infringing content would be subject to a fine and may have their devices confiscated or destroyed. I'm concerned about the phrase 'airports and other international borders' and that the TSA may feel that they have much more leeway to search a passenger's electronic devices. Also - Michael Geist is the expert on ACTA. Oh, and let's not forget - this treaty was negotiated in secret.