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Woman dying of leukemia abused by TSA

 

The TSA has a lesson to teach you. And by George, you’re going to learn it.

Read the rest at TSA News.

TSA mocks Breast Cancer Awareness Month by using pink gloves

Really, you can’t make this stuff up:

"According to TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein, during the month of October the 650 TSA officers at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) will be be wearing pink gloves instead of the more familiar blue gloves as a sign of their support in the fight against Breast Cancer."

Read the rest at TSA News.

DHS: the rot starts at the top by Deborah Pierce

Looking at the Department of Homeland Security’s response last week to a scathing Senate subcommittee report on fusion centers, it’s clear that the rot starts at the top. DHS is the TSA’s parent agency. Its shoddy operating procedures and defensiveness in response to questions and criticism mirror the way the TSA operates.

Read the rest at TSA News.

Is the TSA punishing us? by Christopher Elliott

Steven deForest is an experienced air traveler, but he says nothing could have prepared him for the confrontation he recently had with a TSA screener in Las Vegas.

Read the rest at TSA News.

TSA’s disability and multicultural problem by Bill Fisher

In September the TSA website posted an announcement noting that the agency hosted nearly 40 disability and multicultural organizations and federal agencies at its 10th Annual Disability and Multicultural Coalition Conference ”to discuss advances in security screening and issues of concern to coalition members and their constituencies.”

Read the rest at TSA News.

TSA agent admits to stealing cash from passenger as punishment

As we’ve noted several times, TSA agents often act out of petulance and pique. Because they have absolute power, they can abuse it. And they do.

The latest example of this is the guilty plea from TSA agent John W. Irwin. As Press TV reports, Irwin stole $520 from a passenger because the passenger wasn’t deferential enough to him.

Read the rest at TSA News.

Loews hotels partner with TSA

As we’ve noted repeatedly about the TSA program called Pre-Check, not only is it the embodiment of “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others,” but it doesn’t guarantee participants expedited screening. Nor scan-free nor grope-free nor hassle-free travel.

Read the rest at TSA News.

What TSA’s iPad theft problem means for your next flight by Christopher Elliott

TSA agents seem to have a thing for iPads. Apple’s tablet computers are easy to swipe from unwitting airline passengers and can be sold quickly online, as I noted earlier this year. You’d think the TSA would do something about the wave of thefts reported this spring. But instead, it has apparently done nothing.

Read the rest at TSA News.

TSA: Freeze, or else

We have another not-a-new-story but one that many people still haven’t heard yet and for which there’s a new video that’s making the rounds. And lucky us, we can see the TSA’s foray into Saturday morning cartoon territory.

Read the rest at TSA News.

TSA thumbs its nose at the law, courts say OK

Over a year ago, the TSA was ordered to hold a public comment period on the use of the strip-search scanners. The agency ignored that order.

Read the rest at TSA News.

You’re in Good Hands with Happy Hands Homeland Security

Political movements never succeed by one method or strategy alone. It takes many tactics, many plans, many approaches, many disparate–even at times conflicting–actions to get things done. And artists are always an important part of the effort.

Read the rest at TSA News.

How close are we getting to a “papers, please” society? by Christopher Elliott

America is edging closer to becoming a “papers, please” society, at least when it comes to travel.

Read the rest at TSA News.

TSA propaganda: sex, lies, and video clips by Bill Fisher

Despite overwhelming Congressional and public criticism of its personnel and policies, the TSA continues undaunted in its public relations program, which many have deemed a propaganda campaign. Instead of addressing the documented shortcomings within the agency, the TSA opts instead to waste effort planting spurious press releases and making false claims.

READ THE REST AT TSA NEWS.

Report on the TSA Aviation Security Advisory Committee by Wendy Thomson

Don't let the dry title fool you. Powerful post by Wendy Thomson. Read the whole thing at TSA News.

Frequent flyers rate the TSA: epic fail

Remember that TSA Gallup poll from a few weeks ago?

A few of our writers took it apart here at TSA News, most notably Bill Fisher and Phil Weber. They pointed out that of the people polled who claimed that the TSA is doing a good job, half of them hadn’t flown at all.

John Pistole’s victims are legion – and all are “one-offs”

TSA Administrator John Pistole is frequently heard to minimize the importance of devastating passenger experiences at the checkpoint by referring to them as “one-offs,” as in the quote below:

Read the rest at TSA News.

A review of recent TSA sex crimes by Bill Fisher

As reported here on September 13th, yet another TSA screener has been arrested for child pornography. While not a crime unique to TSA workers, it does raise the question of why the TSA is attracting a disproportionate number of criminals and pedophiles.

Read the rest at TSA News.

Yet another TSA agent charged with child porn

This is getting so routine I should keep a template so I can just fill in the blanks.

Read the rest at TSA News.

Patdown Assault Trauma Syndrome: fear, shaking, sleeplessness, nightmares, and flashbacks by Sommer Gentry

As one reads the letters from victims of TSA patdowns released last week, strong patterns emerge. Nearly every letter uses one of these turns of phrase: demeaning, degrading, dehumanizing, humiliating, violated, traumatized, sexually assaulted.

Read the rest at TSA News.

Even Congress can’t stop the TSA from assaulting passengers by Sommer Gentry

A FOIA request by governmentattic.org, which the TSA only answered after more than a year’s delay, has shaken loose some 200 pages of complaints about patdown procedures that TSA received between November and December 2010. Among these letters were several from members of Congress and congressional committees. The following excerpts give us a feel for Congressional sentiment towards the TSA.

It’s all your fault, you miserable, lying travelers by Philip Weber

Meet David Castelveter. David Castelveter works for the TSA, and he knows exactly what’s wrong with airport security. You.

Read the rest at TSA News.

TSA retaliation

Anyone who’s been paying the slightest bit of attention already knows the TSA retaliates against passengers who don’t toe the line.

TSA wants your drink redux

Several people have sent me a link to what they think is a new TSA story. In fact, it’s an old story, but it bears repeating (as so many do).

Read the rest at TSA News.

TSA: eliminating backscatter scanners? by Bill Fisher

While the press has been reporting TSA stories such as the multi-million-dollar shoe scanner debacle and the TSA’s denial of stonewalling a court order to take public comment on the scanners, one story has gone vi

Politics aside, what should we do about the TSA? by Christopher Elliott

American voters, who have felt powerless against the allegedly invasive screening methods used by an expanding TSA, got an unexpected gift from avery unexpected place last week.

Read the rest at TSA NEWS.

Austin Police to Start Enforcing 50-Foot Rule to Record Them in Public

Austin police are trying their best to deter Antonio Buehler from recording them in public, doing everything from arresting him, accusing him of “inciting violence” against them, and attempting to create a rule in his honor that would require citizens with cameras to stand at least 50 feet away from police officers.

READ THE REST HERE.

Tom Vellner, Boston Magazine: my cousin’s experience with the TSA

Tom Vellner writes in Boston Magazine about the experience of his cousin at the hands of the TSA.

Read the rest at TSA News.

Your pants may be cleared, but baggage still goes unscreened

As so many Americans love to say, "Meh, facts schmacts."

READ THE REST AT TSA NEWS.

De profundis clamavi

De profundis clamavi, or why we can talk till we’re blue in the face but until we put our money where our mouth is we won’t get rid of the TSA

Read the rest at TSA News.

What my father would have said about the TSA by Philip Weber

My father fathered the way they did on black-and-white TV, though not so much Ward Cleaver as Ralph Kramden (if he and Alice had had kids). He went to work, Mom stayed home. Every night we ate dinner together, but I don’t remember Dad ever saying much. When he did, it was so unusual that it stuck with you.

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