Valet-parked cars at the Greater Rochester International Airport are subject to search by your valet if the Transportation Safety Authority (TSA) so orders. There is no notice given to the vehicle owner at the time of parking. No notice until after the snooping has happened and the car owner returns to the vehicle. Laurie Iacuzza found the following note on her return.
A reporter from WHEC-TV Rochester asked a valet if they were forced to do the search. Valet attendent Frank Dettorree is quoted saying “I have to do it.” The searches in Rochester started about one month ago. No doubt these searches are wide-spread or will be soon.
TSA has given no reason for searching Iacuzza’s car, but did say short term and long term vehicles self-parked inside the garage will not be searched.
John McCaffery, TSA, said, “No, those vehicles that are in the garage, short term long term parking, even if they carry pretty large amounts of explosives, they would not cause damage to the front of the airport. But for those who use the valet, the car could be there for a half hour or an hour so there is a vulnerability.”