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    Quote Originally Posted by nikuman View Post
    Bingo. I'm sure there are isolated incidents, but my experience is that the people who have crappy experiences are the ones who are unprepared and then are belligerent and rude about it.
    Yeah, people should enjoy getting their testicles caressed or their labia * touched when they go to the airport. Just sing "God Bless the USA!" while the TSA guys are at work.

    Wonder what the Founding Fathers would say about these wanna-be Brown Shirts.

    * typo on original unless it is a group TSA thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobinFinderson View Post
    How many of y'all opt out of the full body scan? I'm a big radiation-phobe, which is why I opt out every time. TSA tells me that the radiation from the scanners is less than you receive just from being outdoors under the sun. Maybe that is right, and maybe it is wrong. I feel better letting others be the guinea pigs.
    And you trust the word of a guy who probably couldn't land a job with 7-11?

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    Quote Originally Posted by edward777 View Post
    Yeah, people should enjoy getting their their labia's touched:
    I know I do.

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    Finally, a book to help your kids feel good about the scary things they see at the airport...



    From the book...

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    Lose your iPad at the airport? Check the homes of TSA employees...

    ABC News Tracks Missing iPad To Florida Home of TSA Officer

    In the latest apparent case of what have been hundreds of thefts by TSA officers of passenger belongings, an iPad left behind at a security checkpoint in the Orlando airport was tracked as it moved 30 miles to the home of the TSA officer last seen handling it.

    Confronted two weeks later by ABC News, the TSA officer, Andy Ramirez, at first denied having the missing iPad, but ultimately turned it over after blaming his wife for taking it from the airport.

    [...]


    According to the TSA, 381 TSA officers have been fired for theft between 2003 and 2012, including 11 so far in this year.
    http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/abc-ne...7#.UGXIRGjVFSb
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    Last month they tossed all my handicapped kid's dietary foods and formula at security. Like in the trash.

    When I started to protest, the agent said, "You look awfully anxious for someone who's traveling. Do you care to explain why?"

    I suggested that it might be better if I did not explain why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Babs View Post
    Last month they tossed all my handicapped kid's dietary foods and formula at security. Like in the trash.

    When I started to protest, the agent said, "You look awfully anxious for someone who's traveling. Do you care to explain why?"

    I suggested that it might be better if I did not explain why.
    This kind of stuff makes me furious. This is the United States of BY GOD AMERICA. What happened to you should not be happening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Babs View Post
    Last month they tossed all my handicapped kid's dietary foods and formula at security. Like in the trash.

    When I started to protest, the agent said, "You look awfully anxious for someone who's traveling. Do you care to explain why?"

    I suggested that it might be better if I did not explain why.
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    You may be a terrorist based on the watch you wear...

    Man With Strange Watch Arrested at Oakland Airport

    A Southern California man was arrested at Oakland International Airport after security officers found him wearing an unusual watch they said could be used to make a timing device for a bomb, authorities said Friday.

    [...]
    I wonder if it was a Casio F-91W...

    Al-Qaida's Watch of Choice
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    TSA is (indirectly) killing more people than died in 9/11...

    There is lethal collateral damage associated with all this spending on airline security—namely, the inconvenience of air travel is pushing more people onto the roads. Compare the dangers of air travel to those of driving. To make flying as dangerous as using a car, a four-plane disaster on the scale of 9/11 would have to occur every month, according to analysis published in the American Scientist. Researchers at Cornell University suggest that people switching from air to road transportation in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks led to an increase of 242 driving fatalities per month—which means that a lot more people died on the roads as an indirect result of 9/11 than died from being on the planes that terrible day. They also suggest that enhanced domestic baggage screening alone reduced passenger volume by about 5 percent in the five years after 9/11, and the substitution of driving for flying by those seeking to avoid security hassles over that period resulted in more than 100 road fatalities.
    But the good news is we are safer from terrorists...

    The attention paid to terrorism in the U.S. is considerably out of proportion to the relative threat it presents. That’s especially true when it comes to Islamic-extremist terror. Of the 150,000 murders in the U.S. between 9/11 and the end of 2010, Islamic extremism accounted for fewer than three dozen. Since 2000, the chance that a resident of the U.S. would die in a terrorist attack was one in 3.5 million, according to John Mueller and Mark Stewart of Ohio State and the University of Newcastle, respectively. In fact, extremist Islamic terrorism resulted in just 200 to 400 deaths worldwide outside the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq—the same number, Mueller noted in a 2011 report (PDF), as die in bathtubs in the U.S. alone each year.

    Yet the TSA still commands a budget of nearly $8 billion—which is why the agency is left with too many officers and not enough to do. The TSA’s “Top Good Catches of 2011,” reported on its blog, did include 1,200 firearms and—their top find—a single batch of C4 explosives (though those were discovered only on the return flight). A longer list of TSA’s confiscations would include a G.I. Joe action doll’s 4-inch plastic rifle (“it’s a replica”) and a light saber. And needless to say, the TSA didn’t spot a single terrorist trying to board an airline in the U.S., notes Bruce Schneier.
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    In DFW this morning, our youngest ran through the security x ray machine as we turned our backs for a split second. The TSA ding dong said, "y'all need to watch your kid".

    I said, "you're the one keeping the terrorists out? try keeping random three year olds out first."

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    In response to talking to someone about putting some titanium in their femur:

    "Ya know those cards you give out to let the airport know you have metal in your leg? They don't prevent them from searching your whole body. I guess if you were a little gay it wouldn't be too bad."
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    http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/06/travel...ml?hpt=hp_bn10

    Screener busted for stealing two iPads that were planted in a sting. Take that TSA! I've been victimized by them before (stealing, not molestation!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bo Diddley View Post
    http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/06/travel...ml?hpt=hp_bn10

    Screener busted for stealing two iPads that were planted in a sting. Take that TSA! I've been victimized by them before (stealing, not molestation!)
    Maybe TSA employees should be subject to random searches, x-ray machines, and "pat downs" themselves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Ted View Post
    Maybe TSA employees should be subject to random searches, x-ray machines, and "pat downs" themselves.
    Yes. Who will police the police?

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    [YOUTUBE]eF25j-VSzzU[/YOUTUBE]

    Clearly this little girl is a terrorist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Ted View Post
    [YOUTUBE]eF25j-VSzzU[/YOUTUBE]

    Clearly this little girl is a terrorist.
    I saw that video this morning. It makes me very angry.
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    No more naked body scanning...

    The US Transport and Security Administration (TSA) will remove all 174 of OSI Systems Inc. (OSIS)’s Rapiscan body scanners from airports, following serious concerns over their inability to protect the privacy of passengers.

    The $5 million contract Rapiscan had with the TSA will come to an end, leading to the removal of the invasive machines from all US airports. The contract has been terminated as a result of the company’s inability to meet TSA requirements that their machines develop software to produce less invasive images of passengers.

    The need for a speedy adjustment intensified in November 2012, when Wired reported that Rapiscan may have been manipulating the results of tests on integrated privacy software that they were supposed to have been implementing. In a letter quoted by Bloomberg, Rep Mike Rogers (R-AL) claimed that Rapiscan “may have attempted to defraud the government by knowingly manipulating an operational test.”

    As a result of the outcry that followed these accusations about the then-current software, the TSA ordered the manufacturer to adjust the machines so that an avatar of a miscellaneous body was displayed in place of the individual being searched.
    [...]
    I am going to miss being scanned multiple times and being told how great of a body that I have.
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    Man With 4th Amendment Written on Chest Wins Trial Over Airport Arrest

    http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/201...t-chest-trial/


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    Beware of what your t-shirt says:

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    Quote Originally Posted by tooblue View Post
    Man With 4th Amendment Written on Chest Wins Trial Over Airport Arrest

    http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/201...t-chest-trial/


    According to the opinion by Judge Roger Gregory:

    Here, Mr. Tobey engaged in a silent, peaceful protest using the text of our Constitution—he was well within the ambit of First Amendment protections. And while it is tempting to hold that First Amendment rights should acquiesce to national security in this instance, our Forefather Benjamin Franklin warned against such a temptation by opining that those ‘who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.’ We take heed of his warning and are therefore unwilling to relinquish our First Amendment protections—even in an airport.
    Cool. Can we get rid of the TSA now?
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    Top cellist's bow is damaged

    Alban Gerhardt calls airport security staff ‘brutal and careless’

    A rare Heinrich Knopf bow belonging to Alban Gerhardt was damaged by security officers as he entered the US. In what the cellist called ‘an act of brutal and careless behaviour’, the bow stick (left) was snapped in two, over the bridge of the cello, by air security staff at O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, as they examined the case’s contents.

    According to Gerhardt, ‘The bow must have somehow moved halfway out of its cover (the tip was still in the cover), and when it was halfway out, [Transportation Security Administration workers] forced the case shut and the bow broke.’ The incident occurred on 6 February, a day before Gerhardt was due to perform Prokofiev’s Symphony–Concerto with the Madison Symphony Orchestra in Madison, Wisconsin.

    Gerhardt had also brought a Baroque bow in the case, for a subsequent concert in New York, but for the Prokofiev he was obliged to borrow a bow from Uri Vardi, a cellist and teacher at the University of Wisconsin School of Music.
    Of course, this is not the first time the TSA has damaged/destroyed priceless instruments...

    Zimerman has had problems in the United States in recent years. He travels with his own Steinway piano, which he has altered himself. But shortly after 9/11, the instrument was confiscated at JFK Airport when he landed in New York to give a recital at Carnegie Hall. Thinking the glue smelled funny, the TSA decided to take no chances and destroyed the instrument.
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    "Land of the free and the brave" is a red herring.
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    Sounds like that Krystian Zimerman is a bit of a jackass. If he's mad about his piano getting destroyed just say that. Don't blow the issue up into a misguided boycott of an entire country because you don't agree with aspects of their foreign policy.

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    Important tip... Don't mention the "bomb" around the TSA.

    Using slang at an airport could get you in trouble with the TSA: after a 29-year-old airline passenger described his lunch as “the bomb” – thereby indicating the deliciousness of his sandwich – he was detained, questioned and missed his flight.


    His lunch was “the bomb,” but the security process was not: Jason Michael Cruz was at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport last Thursday when the Transportation Security Administration came after him.


    A TSA officer had overheard the young man talk to a friend and describe a deli sandwich he bought as “the wrong kind of bomb.” Cruz was referring to a 12-inch sandwich that a local Astoria deli calls “The Bomb” – a slang term that indicates both the excellence of the sandwich and the ‘explosively’ jam-packed ingredients between the bread. The sandwich was fully packed with cold cuts, cheese and toppings, but a nearby TSA agent didn’t know the context of the conversation between Cruz and his friend, Matthew Okumoto.


    Cruz said he wanted to bring “The Bomb” aboard the plane in his carry-on luggage, which a TSA official interpreted as a discussion about an explosive device, the New York Post reports. Paranoid that the men planned to detonate an explosive weapon on their plane to Los Angeles, the official reported the conversation to her supervisor, Robert Haddock.


    Officers then detained the pair at a security checkpoint, subjected them to questioning in a holding area, called the airport police and caused the men to miss their flight.
    http://rt.com/usa/sandwich-bomb-airport-tsa-971/
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    TSA screening works only 'a little better than chance,' according to government report

    The Transportation Safety Administration has long relied on singling out airline passengers that agents believe are behaving suspiciously, even as outside groups like the General Accounting Office maintain that these behavioral indicators are unreliable. But today, the GAO has science on their side, with a new report giving a comprehensive look at the TSA's the Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques or SPOT program. And the results aren't pretty.


    The most damning info comes from a broad analysis of the program in 2011 and 2012, which found wildly different techniques and rates of success. The report also highlights the extensive scientific literature on the human ability to identify deceptive behavior. Summarizing 400 studies over the past 60 years, the report concludes that humans perform only "the same as or slightly better than chance." Given that the TSA has spent almost a billion dollars on the program, that's a pretty poor record. As a result, the GAO is requesting that both Congress and the president withhold funding from the program until the TSA can demonstrate its effectiveness.
    http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/13/5...e-according-to

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    My recent flight to Wisconsin was the easiest security experience I've had in years. I was somehow selected to go through the minimum security line. All i had to do was put carry-on and cell phone on the belt, and I walked through scanner with shoes, belt, and hat.

    If anyone is interested in building a bomb, after clearing security. Supposedly this is a quick tutorial how:


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