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TSA: Why get your bits groped when you can just row up with a warhead? by Amy Alkon

The 58,401 Stooges (aka TSA employees) are so busy pretending to administer security that they fail to actually do it. In New York, a jet-skier, stranded in Jamaica Bay, swam to shore and easily breached all the supposed security they have between the Bay and the terminal.

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Racial profiling by TSA

After repeated reports about racial and ethnic profiling by the TSA, from the “Mexicutioners” of Honolulu to the “Mexican hunters” of Newark, not to mention countless personal reports by passengers, finally we have a front-page story in the New York Times about this practice. And finally we have TSA employees themselves blowing the whistle. 

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White House yanks TSA petition

EPIC reports that the White House suddenly cut off the time period allotted for signatures to an anti-TSA petition that has been gaining steam and pulled the petition off its website.

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More thoughts on the TSA Gallup poll by Philip Weber

In the course of my lifetime I’ve had more than a passing acquaintance with ham sandwiches. To my knowledge, not a single one has ever committed a crime.

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Gallup TSA poll biased?

You want statistics? I've got statistics. Even though most people's eyes glaze over, empirical evidence is still important and always will be. Here's another of Bill Fisher's typically solid, evidence-based, statistics-laden posts on the TSA and its never-ending propaganda machine.

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TSA’s x-ray scanners: tests, lies, & radiation risks by Deborah Newell Tornello

The New York Times has an important post in its Well section entitled X-Ray Scans at Airports Leave Lingering Worries. I strongly recommend reading the whole thing. However, reporter Roni Caryn Rabin touches on certain issues that call for more detailed analysis and discussion, which happen to be among the main purposes of this blog and its comment sections.

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Rape survivor assaulted by TSA

At a travel chat forum called FlyerTalk, a member named “brennandunn” has posted a thread detailing his and his wife’s experience at the hands of the TSA in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  READ THE REST HERE.

Take cover, she has a purse! by Philip Weber

Recognize this?  To a fashionista it’s a “knuckle-clasp clutch.” To the TSA it’s a potential weapon.

Here we go again: TSA shuts down another terminal by Wendy Thomson

There must be something about Newark. Once again there was a shut-down due to the TSA’s realizing, after the fact, that someone had gotten through its vaunted “20 layers of security” without a “proper” screening. More than 100 flights were canceled because of a left-behind suitcase.

TSA: Who, us? People love us! by Philip Weber

TSA Deputy Administrator John Halinksi was called to Congress to testify before the Subcommittee on Transportation of the Committee on Homeland Security. 

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TSA: when the abnormal becomes normal

 Last December I wrote a post here at TSA News laying out numerous facts and distilling certain principles of what might be called moral philosophy and human behavior. The facts — aviation history, risk assessment, statistical analysis, logic, empirical evidence — remain the facts, and I say now what I said then: most people will ignore them.

TSA: causing air travel avoidance and leap in traffic deaths? by Amy Alkon

There’s a report that US traffic deaths in the first three months of 2012 jumped 13.5 percent — the highest number since 2008.  

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A federal court finally steps up by Wendy Thomson

Finally. That’s all I can say. Finally, a federal court ruled that it does, indeed, have jurisdiction over at least some TSA procedures.  It's about time.

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TSA harasses two disabled children in Philadelphia

Reader LeeAnne Clark has given us permission to reprint her account of watching the TSA harass two disabled children at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). As we’ve reported at TSA News many times, the TSA seems to have a penchant for singling out children, the elderly, the disabled, the sick, the weak, those least able to fight back — though they also heap plenty of abuse on other people, as well. 

TSA screener charged with domestic assault, terrorizing

Another TSA screener has been charged with a crime. Not only assault (which by now we’ve practically come to expect), but also “terrorizing.”

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TSA: Search your iPhone? Yes we can! by Jonathan Corbett

The TSA has been tasked with finding “weapons, exposives, and incendiaries” (WEI) and preventing them from making their way onto airplanes. See 49 CFR § 1540.5 (“Screening function means the inspection of individuals and property for weapons, explosives, and incendiaries”). To that extent, the TSA can lawfully conduct an “administrative search” for that purpose and that purpose only.

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The TSA and the First Amendment by Philip Weber

There was a lot of cheering last week when a Portland, Oregon judge found 50-year-old John Brennan not guilty of public indecency. Brennan is the software engineer who stripped naked to demonstrate that he was no threat when TSA agents started questioning him at a checkpoint last April.

Disabled elderly man detained by TSA, made to miss flight

There’s been so much abuse by the TSA over the past several days it’s hard to keep up.

TSA strip-searches another woman, messes with feeding tube

TSA agents have, yet again, strip-searched another woman. But that wasn’t enough. They also endangered her life by handling her feeding tube.

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For disabled fliers, TSA adds insult to injury by Christopher Elliott

If you thought the TSA’s reputation as America’s worst federal agency couldn’t get any worse — and after its recent PR disasters, I wouldn’t blame you — you might want to think again.

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Carol Jean Price convicted of battery against TSA

Carol Jean Price, one of the few people in this country who has fought back against the TSA at the airport, has been convicted of battery against a TSA agent. The jury took only 20 minutes to reach a verdict.

Anniversary: Andrea Abbott and the TSA

Just over a year ago, a woman did something that, in any normal society, would be considered good: she tried to protect her child.

But we aren’t living in a normal society. What was once good is now bad, and what was once unthinkable is now accepted. Not only accepted, but lauded, exalted, bragged about.

Make-A-Wish kid with cancer hassled by TSA

 This photo was posted on Reddit and has been picked up by other discussion boards on the web. Its caption reads:

TSA mocks deaf man, steals from him

As I wrote the other day, just when you think the TSA can’t get any more stupid or abusive, they prove you wrong. The agency is reliable: there’s always a new low.

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PreCheck: the 0.002 percent by Bill Fisher

In the latest round of self promotion, the TSA announced that elite US Airways passengers at Sea-Tac (Seattle) are now eligible to participate in the premium program called PreCheck.PreCheck is an ostensibly elite program that, for a fee, sometimes allows some passengers to get through security more quickly. It is not, however, all it’s cracked

Have a drink? The TSA wants some of that

Every time you think the TSA can’t come up with anything more stupid or abusive, they prove you wrong.

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TSA continues to harass passengers with medical conditions

As we’ve reported numerous times, the TSA, despite its claims in public and on its website, routinely harasses passengers who have medical conditions and/or who are carrying prescription medicines.

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Relegated to no-man’s land by Wendy Thomson

A San Diego man, a citizen of Somali descent, is stuck in Bahrain indefinitely.I can only imagine how terrible it must feel to not be allowed to come home, not go back to work, stuck in a foreign country, run

William Shatner, other celebrities also humiliated by TSA

In an apparent attempt to make light of the fact that an 81-year-old man was forced to stand in public with his pants around his ankles, the Toronto Sun reported that actor William Shatner was chosen for a “random” search at LAX (Los Angeles).

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TSA agent spills cremation ashes, laughs about it

We’ve had yet another incident of a TSA agent humiliating and disrespecting a passenger. At Orlando airport in Florida, John Gross was transporting his grandfather’s ashes in an urn marked “Human Remains.” As he told the IndyChannel in his hometown of Indianapolis:

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