The people we should be searching are the criminals hired by the TSA

If they scanned and groped the unskilled workers (hired with cursory vetting by the TSA) before they left the airports, think of all the crimes they’d discover. In yet another of so many TSA-worker-perpetrated crimes, an Orlando TSA agent was arrested after he took home the computer that some honest traveler turned in to him.

 Via WFTV in Florida:

An honest tourist found a bag sitting in Orlando International Airport and turned it over to a Transportation Security Administration officer. Police say instead of taking it to lost and found, the TSA officer took it home.

Police said that early this month, a teenager from Canada left his bag outside the Harley Davidson Store at the airport. His computer and passport were in the bag.

Police said a tourist turned it in to TSA Officer Keith McKnight. They said that McKnight took the laptop to a computer store in Pine Hills and asked to have it wiped clean. They said he used his real name when he dropped the computer off.

The store owner said McKnight claimed he bought it at a flea market on Colonial Drive for $150. The computer is worth $2,000.

Luckily, the people the TSA hires to root out terrorist plotters aren’t exactly the cream of the intelligence crop. The kid got an alert on his iPhone and tracked the computer back to the store.

Maybe if the TSA were scanning and groping its own employees, instead of us, they’d catch more criminals. Especially since A) there are so many criminals among them, and B) they haven’t caught a single Big Scary Terrorist in their history.

  • Susan Richart

    Here’s a PDF of the “proposed” rule:

    Please, all, read it and then let’s put our heads together to come up with comments.

    As you might expect, at lot of the above link is justification for using AIT, both kinds, as well as the usual insistence that backscatter and MMW are safe, yada, yada, yada. We’ve heard it all before.

    In reading through the document linked above, I note that the enhanced grope is referred to as:


    pat down


    TSA can’t even standardize the spelling of the terms they use, how can anyone expect them to do anything right?

  • I have lost count of how many times friends have told me about going through the scanner with inadvertently-forgotten knives (and even one pepperspray keychain) in their pockets, only to discover them when they arrived at their destination and unpacked. My brother-in-law had a small antique switchblade in the pocket of his cargo pants–the side pocket, against the side of the leg–that he’d bought at a vintage store and forgotten about. The scanner didn’t pick it up, just as it missed the metal objects Jon Corbett had in side pockets that time (rather, those times).

    The machines are a joke–an exorbitantly expensive joke that is quite likely dangerous, to boot. Especially for those who’ve had skin cancer. And as we know, they’ve been proven to deposit radiation on the organs, too–not just the skin.

    I hope that when the Public Comments session is open that people speak up about the enormous, irresponsible experiment DHS/TSA has been imposing on the flying public. In addition, of course, to the highly violative searches, whether by radiation or groping, blue-gloved hands.

    • I bet any comments about the backscatter scanners will be neutered by the fact that the TSA is now removing them. By the time the public comment period has ended, 60 days from now, they’ll all be gone. Replaced by the equally invasive, equally pointless, equally pieces of sh*t millimeter-wave scanners with their phony-baloney “privacy software.” So the TSA will be able to say: “What radiation? Those scanners are all gone.”

      • Susan Richart

        But we can still comment on MMW and the egregious opt-out pat downs (patdowns, pat-downs).

        • Yep. I’m all in favor of comments, as many comments as we can muster. I hope they get flooded with comments. I’m just predicting the spin that will be put on them.

          • frostysnowman

            Is there a link to where we can make these comments? I want to be a part of that.

          • Daisiemae

            Is there any limit on the number of comments a person can make? For example, I ‘d like to make a comment immediately. But then I’d like to make a more detailed and well-thought comment later.

            But if we are only allowed one comment, I’d like to take some time to think it out first.

          • Off the bat, I don’t know. Read through the Federal Register and PDF links. Highly detailed info there. Also great info about the amount of money the TSA has spent on the scanners and their removal.

        • I haven’t bothered to look yet as we are working on our Appeals Court attendance. BUT….

          The important points about ATR – even if they don’t see your naked body – are as follows:

          1) They still lead to pat-downs. A false positive rate of 3% on 350 million passengers forced through ATR generates 10 million searches annually, our estimate.
          This doesn’t include the millions of additional potential pat-downs on people who actually have some harmless object on their person.

          2) The machines still perform an inch-by-inch search of your body without a warrant. Even acknowledging the alleged administrative nature of the search, it is still examining your body everywhere. CONTRAST this to a metal detector which does NOT search your body, but uses physics to identify you are carrying metal somewhere.

          3) The Scanners DO NOT IDENTIFY ANYTHING – the ATR software can’t say “this is a gun, that is a package of chewing gum, this is a wallet, that is a bomb….” – scanners simply do not identify ANYTHING.

          4) The SCANNERS absolutely profile a subclass of passengers – those in wheelchairs or others who can’t walk. In short, disabled people – if the ‘security rules’ are followed correctly – must have their genitals and breasts examined. Period. Coercive touching of sexual organs is a crime in all 50 states.

          I honestly believe this violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. But, governments will pick on the weakest (not in spirit, FYI)…..I don’t see the government rounding up semi-automatic rifles by the millions. But they will assault disabled people without conscience.

          5) YOUR PRIVACY IS INVADED! If you have a medical condition – such as a colostomy bag, diabetic pump, and other well-documented issues – you are ALWAYS having your private medical condition coercively exposed to the government before you can freely travel. NAKED IMAGES are NOT THE ONLY Invasion of Privacy.

      • Once backscatter with atr works they’ll be back.

        • Ron, definitely. We’ve been hammering this for ages. But people still don’t want to believe it.

          (Oh, and for readers new to the acronyms:

          WBI = whole body imagine

          ATR = automatic target recognition, the supposed privacy software on the millimeter wave scanners (MMW) that is, in fact, a charade of privacy

    • Susan Richart

      Do you really think that Public Comment session is going to open? I think the TSA will come up with another excuse, i.e., we’re removing all the offending backscatter which is what the public was complaining about, therefore, it’s not necessary to have such a comment period.

        • Susan Richart

          Should we develop a comment that others could use in in whole or in part?

          BTW, I see Bill’s name as commenting to the Business Week article but I don’t see anything other than his name.

          • Susan, great idea. Freedom To Travel USA was thinking we should have a simple guide and template, which we would post on our site.

            HOWEVER, the important piece will be to publicize the comments so groups from 10th Amendment to Rutherford Institute to our friends in Texas can get people responding.

          • Susan Richart

            So let’s copy them with our responses.

            Next question: is it better to get comments in early or wait until closer to the deadline?

          • I don’t see how early or late makes a difference. In fact, I’d say flood them early and flood them often.

          • Daisiemae

            I like that plan.

      • TSA wiil allow comments and then ignore any they don’t like. Don’t ever believe this is being done to guage the public’s opinion of Electronic Strip Searches.

        • Ron, totally agree. But at least we can leave a public, written record. Otherwise, 30 or 40 or 50 years from now, when they finally end this insanity, people won’t be able to look back and say, “well, hardly anybody objected.”

          • Daisiemae

            Yeah, you know, when people look back at atrocities like the Nazi genocide, they always say, “well, why didn’t the people do anything?”

            Well, this way we are doing whatever we can, and like you say, there will be a written record to prove it.

  • Daisiemae


    I would not bet on it that TSA would find more criminals if it started scanning and groping its own employees. TSA has a spectacular failure rate in all testing that we know about.

    I mean, they couldn’t spot a teddy bear with obvious wires hanging out it. Or a stun gun being carried by a rapist.

    I don’t think we could rely on any TSA employee to find the stolen goods on his/her comrades…especially if he/she was in on the scam.