Tell TSA clerks to keep their hands to themselves

anna gutermuth
Last Friday I told the TSA no. You should, too.

I stepped into a millimeter wave body scanner in the Baltimore airport, the kind that displays a generic outline rather than a detailed nude image. (A nude image is still created, but the TSA claims no one is looking at it.) The machine gave a false positive, flagging something on my back. Perhaps it was my bra fastener.

Then again, it could’ve been anything: as we’ve written repeatedly, the millimeter wave scanners have a 54% false-positive rate, so they alarm on people for no reason all the time.

A horrific sexual assault by the TSA at this very same airport a few years ago left me shattered. I can never and will never endure another TSA grope. So I told the screeners that I absolutely would not allow anyone to touch me. At first, they tried to push me into accepting a private room screening, but I replied that I would not allow them to molest me in private nor in public.

I asked for a second body scan instead, and received one. The second time, nothing was flagged. Everyone at the checkpoint could see from the green “OK” that the first scan was a false positive.

But then the big boss bully arrived, a woman in a navy-colored polo shirt labeled “TSA Inspector.” She was angry. She threatened me, telling me I was in real trouble now, that she was a federal agent, that I was testing their system, that I knew too much about TSA procedures, that she was going to pull an NCIS (criminal background check), et cetera.

As the TSA’s rottweiler yelled these accusations and warnings, she kept moving closer and closer to me. I kept backing up, telling her aloud that she was standing too close, that I wanted her to leave me alone, that she was scaring me. I told her to stop coming at me. She kept advancing, pushing me backward until I was comically wound up in the vinyl Tensabarrier they had caged me in.

I thought to myself, Wow, do they teach these tactics in bully-school or what? She’s trying to provoke me. It’s textbook TSA behavior.

I demanded that the police be called. At least police officers have had training in the Bill of Rights. When the police got there, they studiously avoided taking sides and claimed they were “just there to keep the peace.” One officer offered to help me obtain the checkpoint video.

The impotent bully in her ill-fitting TSA shirt huffed and puffed and threatened to fine me for refusing screening. I told her that as many times as that bogus $11,000 fine has been invoked, not one person has ever paid it, and that she wasn’t going to intimidate me. She protested that I was “over here making eyes at [one of the police officers], trying to get his sympathy.”

Yes, after insinuating that I was a terrorist, she tried to slut-shame me.

I told the police that I wanted to leave immediately. That I wouldn’t let the TSA assault me. That I understood it meant I would miss my flight but that my safety comes first. After about ten minutes I reminded them, “I don’t want to be here; I want to leave the airport. I want to leave now. Am I being detained? Are you detaining me? Why am I being detained?” This effort was rewarded within 30 seconds when I was escorted to the checkpoint exit.

I changed my flight from the 7:15 to the 9:35, and had an entirely uneventful second pass through security. At the later flight, all body scanners had ceased operation and I walked through a metal detector.

What do I hope you take away from my experience? First, the TSA’s body scanners have an enormous false positive rate that leads to patdowns. Scanner-versus-patdown is not an either/or choice. Often, passengers endure both. Please remember to mention that scanners cause patdowns that otherwise wouldn’t occur when you register your complaint about the body scanner program here: tinyurl.com/TSAcomment

Second, there is nothing to fear in telling the TSA no. Because the TSA has steadfastly refused to explain in plain English what their screening procedures are, it’s always possible you will be ordered to do something abhorrent or sexually exploitative (TSA’s sexist nonsense has a long history).  It’s possible you will be ordered to do something that you can’t do safely. Be ready to say no!

The TSA might try to strip-search you, assault you, confiscate your medical supplies, or damage your medical devices. The TSA might illegally question you, demand that you pump your breast milk for them (or drink it), or photocopy your credit cards and checks. Listen up, TSA bullies – the answer is no.

The worst thing the TSA can do is bar you from your boarding gate. No, strike that: the worst thing that the TSA can do is force you to participate in your own victimization. Missing a plane pales in comparison. There is always another plane, and since checkpoint experiences are so inconsistent, it’s possible that the next checkpoint visit won’t be objectionable in the same way.

The TSA’s clerks behave as though they have limitless power to abuse innocent travelers. It’s time we put a stop to it, and saying NO is a powerful message. Don’t let checkpoint bullies intimidate you into participating in your own defilement. Standing up for yourself and your safety is always an option.

(Photo: anna gutermuth/Flickr Creative Commons)

  • Rod Freeman

    What you did took a lot of courage. It is incredibly difficult for most of us to stand up to outrageous affronts to our going about our daily business. I wish you all the best in your travels.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=558690603 Mika Karvonen

    I was molested by a TSA agent in Orlando International airport and they told me that I would have to undergo the molesting pat down or they would ban me from the property at the airport and also then have my son taken by dcf, because I was simply there only to pick him up…
    I underwent the pat down and walked away from the humiliation like a rape victim… I was in a fetal position for 30 minutes before my son’s flight arrived after the “pat down.”

    • http://www.facebook.com/sommer.gentry Sommer Gentry

      I am so sorry about what happened to you. Neither you nor anyone else deserves to endure a sexual assault like the ones these TSA clerks are dishing out. These days, walking into an airport is like walking down a deserted street in a bad part of town after dark – we must be constantly on our guard against filthy criminals who might rob us, violate us, or harm us. That’s what it’s come to.

    • http://tsanewsblog.com/10061/news/tsa-finally-holding-long-overdue-public-comment-period-on-scanners/ Lisa Simeone

      Mr. Karvonen, I hope you have submitted or will submit a comment to the public docket during this public comment period:

      tinyurl.com/TSAComment

  • http://www.facebook.com/petunia.skrebble Petunia Skrebble

    Wow, how brave you are, especially againt the gargantuant bully that tried to physically intimidate you. I have been lucky, I don’t fly as much as I used to since I retired, so I have not had to endure such treatment, but if I ever do, your experience will help me to stay strong and free. I will refuse all FELONY CRIMINAL SEXUAL ASSAULTS AGAINT STATE LAW, ON MY BODY. And I will warm them that there are laws on the books, in every state that makes it a crime to sexually molest anyone against their will.

  • thetruthmaster1

    Tell them, if they touch you, you will have them arrested for Battery!! Or just tell them you have a bad case of AIDS, and start coughing on them.

    • http://tsanewsblog.com/10061/news/tsa-finally-holding-long-overdue-public-comment-period-on-scanners/ Lisa Simeone

      Not to get sidetracked here, but you can’t get AIDS by somebody coughing on you.

      • Susan Richart

        But Lisa, with the IQ of many of them, do you think they’d even know that? :-)

        • Daisiemae

          My thoughts exactly! The knowledge that Aids cannot be transmitted by coughing is right up there with the knowledge that Hawaii is part of the United States and the knowledge that pepper spray is dangerous and the knowledge that cupcakes are not bombs.

          You really cannot expect such a level of advanced education from pizza box recruits.

  • C. Rousseau

    There is a section of this report that’s a litte misleading. The reason “no one has paid the $11k fine” as you state is because TSA routinely knocks it down to a lesser amt, usually about a third and as part of the settlement prohibits the injured party from releasing the info. I work in that field. I know this first hand.
    A screener was body checked by a passenger at one of the local airports. 2 years later the person ended up settling for around$3500 after a protracted administrative appeal. A gag order as imposed.

    • Public_Man

      Hmm. Who imposed a gag order at an administrative hearing?

    • http://www.facebook.com/sommer.gentry Sommer Gentry

      I obviously don’t know the details of the case you are describing, but that $3500 was a fine for body-checking a screener.
      I do not believe any one has ever paid a fine for refusing screening. What the screener said to me was an empty threat and I called her on it. The fact that she just turned purple and dropped the subject tells me I was correct, that the TSA does not attempt to impose fines for passengers who refuse screening.

    • Susan Richart

      Oh, oh, did you just disclose something that’s “SSI?” :-)

  • oddysseus

    she actually made a big mistake: she backed up when the agent got in her face. if an agent-nay, ANYONE starts advancing on you, STAND YOUR GROUND!!! show no fear, show no weakness. look them straight in the eye, and don’t forget to speak clearly and forcefully. use your body language to prove that you won’t be intimidated.

    • Elizabeth Conley

      Normally I’d agree with you, but TSA bullies are better shamed than “stood up to.” It’s better if the video clearly shows how nonconfrontational the victim of TSA thuggery is. That way the TSA thugs have a harder time making up fables about their victim’s supposed “belligerence.”
      Ms Gentry kept her cool under circumstances which cause most citizens to make mistakes that see them off to jail. She’s to be commended. I doubt I could have done as well.

      • TSAisTerrorism

        Elizabeth is right here, unfortunately.

        TSA bullies are brazen. If you show any signs of belligerence or physically standing your ground, YOU are the one who has acted improperly. TSA holds all of the cards, and in TSA’s mind TSA is NEVER wrong. Ever. Never. Never.

        I was physically shoved by 2 TSA agents when attempting to move through the checkpoint. I’m now facing civil penalties for “interfering with the screening process” and for “intimidation of a Federal Officer” though I was the one assaulted. You’re through the looking glass with TSA. Anything you do, anything, will be interpreted in the worst possible light in TSA’s favor.

  • frostysnowman

    You are a good and brave citizen. Thanks for fighting the good fight. When I had a chance to quit my job last year I took it, and a big reason was because of how often I had to travel and how much I hated being treated like a criminal every time I went to the airport. We take as many driving trips as possible now to avoid the TSA. Our spring break trip was a cruise, and we were able to drive to the port. No flying involved.

  • Fisher1949

    This is an awesome account and a great lesson to all travelers.

    An excellent example of maintaining poise and exercising one’s rights in the face of government sponsored bullying.

    It is almost funny that the low life screener had the temerity and stupidity to challenge Dr. Gentry. She was so over matched that it almost doesn’t seem a fair contest.

    I’m bookmarking this one.

  • Chris Bray

    You’ve buried the lede. The 7:15 flight absolutely had to be protected by millimeter wave scanners, or it wouldn’t be safe, but the 9:35 flight could somehow be fully protected by just a metal detector.

    I’d really like to see the scumbag idiots at the TSA explain how some flights can be made secure with just the very same technology and procedures that were in use before 9/11.

    • Saul B

      Terrorists’ bedtime is 8 p.m.

      I thought everyone knew that.

  • Kitten

    Five years ago, I promised myself a special trip when I should be declared cancer free. God willing, that will be in another month. Unfortunately, I’m not sure I’m brave enough to be able to stand up to the TSA that way. I’m not sure I could keep my cool. And I know my husband would not tolerate such behavior, which would get him in trouble. (Although, strangely, when confronted with a mild-mannered professorial individual who looks at them and says, “Why?” they have a tendency to not bother me when he’s along. Single women are apparently more likely to be terrorists than married ones.) I haven’t flown in the last five years because of the TSA. Sadly, thanks to the TSA, I may have to give up the reward I promised myself for beating cancer.

  • d2arace

    saying NO is…NULLIFICATION……this is what must be done to all Unconstitutional laws..NULLIFY…and EVERYONE can and should do it…

    • Daisiemae

      I’ve always been in favor of the South Carolina Nullification Act. We definitely need a lot more nullification of all these unconstitutional decisions being made by the federal government these days.

  • Robert MacKay

    While traveling yesterday I refused to remove my shoes, the TSA agents head almost exploded then I explained I had injured my foot and it would cause sever pain for me to remove my shoe. They tried a second and third time to force but the crowd of angry passengers being delayed forced their hand, they swabbed the outside of my shoes for chemicals and let me go on through – this was after going through the scanner.

    Does this mean that their scanners cannot penetrate shoes – if your shoes cant be scanned but must be xrayed why do we have the scanners in the first place?

    I am making a stand – I will never remove my shoes for these creeps again.

    • http://tsanewsblog.com/10061/news/tsa-finally-holding-long-overdue-public-comment-period-on-scanners/ Lisa Simeone

      “if your shoes cant be scanned but must be xrayed why do we have the scanners in the first place?” Excellent question, which the TSA, of course, won’t answer. But I will: Conditioning. Obedience Training.

    • Susan Richart

      Good for you! More people need to do this.

    • TSAisTerrorism

      Well, the scanners can’t see the bottoms of your feet.

      If a bomb big enough to blow up a plane can be hidden under your scrotum, it most certainly can be hidden under your foot. And yet this gaping security hole is completely missed by the braniacs at TSA.

  • mark marchiafava

    Pffft, I walk away from TSA encounters every day. I don’t go there.

  • phantom_surfer

    Here is the complete list of terrorist attempts that have been thwarted by the TSA since 9/11:

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    • InnerCynic

      Wow! So many crammed into so little a space they’re microscopic.

  • phantom_surfer

    First, thank you so much! Secondly, thank you again for standing up to these bullies and refusing to bow down to their tactics! The more we actively protest against this invasive, rude and illegal behavior, the more ground we gain in putting this horribly mismanaged outfit in check. The TSA is a great example of how the Stanford Prison Experiment manifests itself in the real world. Again, thank you for assertively standing up for your rights as an American!!

  • http://twitter.com/amyalkon Amy Alkon

    Powerful and important piece. Thank you. And for your bravery in standing up.

  • Daisiemae

    All body scanners had ceased operation? Oh my God! The flood gates were open and hundreds of bomb wielding terrorists must have stormed onto planes in Baltimore. There must have been dozens of planes that fell out of the sky! The horror! The horror!

    Uh….it’s a week later. When is the media going to cover all those plane crashes?

  • Daisiemae

    Horrific! I am deeply ashamed that I am an American taxpayer supporting this disgusting system of terror committed against innocent Americans.

    So if you were an actual terrorist with a bomb, all you had to do is leave and then come back and try again and just waltz through on the second try.

    Oh yes, John Pistole’s crack team of “highly trained professionals” at work once again! Terrorists everywhere are quaking in their boots. Along with innocent American citizens.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=705915465 Deborah Newell Tornello

      Don’t forget layers, Daisiemae! Layers and layers of delicious security theatre, stuffed with pork and topped with slices of grilled Fourth Amendment.

  • 1amWendy

    From one who said no to another… Brava, Sommer. Bravissima.

  • Paul

    Did the airline make you pay again for a new flight ?

    • http://www.facebook.com/sommer.gentry Sommer Gentry

      No, Southwest Airlines was very understanding about the incident and they changed my flight with no penalties. Obviously, I can’t depend on that, but again, my safety comes first even if I had to pay a change fee. I have walked away from two TSA nightmares and in both of those cases (the other was on United) the airlines made it right.

      • Paul

        Thats great, I will definatley use Southwest next time I have the need. Air France are the worst airline ever.

      • ToriBlue

        Were the same screeners there the second time?

        • http://www.facebook.com/sommer.gentry Sommer Gentry

          No. Shift change appears to be around 8pm.

  • mark marchiafava

    Who, in their right mind, is STILL flying in today’s Amerika?

    • http://tsanewsblog.com/10061/news/tsa-finally-holding-long-overdue-public-comment-period-on-scanners/ Lisa Simeone

      Mark, many thousands of us have stopped. Though I love travel more than I can say, and am lucky that I’ve done a lot of it in my life, I stopped flying in/from this country in 2010. I’ve taken no end of shit for it from family and friends. But sooner or later, they’ll get it. Probably not until they’re molested or robbed, but c’est la vie. Some people only learn by experience.

      Economic boycotts work. They always have. But unless people are willing to sacrifice, even in a small way, nothing will improve. If all those who could stop flying would do so, for just a couple of months, we’d bring the airlines to their knees. Then things would change.

      In the meantime, I’m glad that people like Sommer are fighting back in other ways. Just as with people who refuse to go through the scanner and assume the position of surrender. They, too, are resisting in their own way.

      • mark marchiafava

        As you, I love to travel, but choose to do it on two wheels. You see SO much more scenery sans the criminal groping. Yes, economic boycotts DO work, but your average Amerikan just isn’t that smart.

        • http://tsanewsblog.com/10061/news/tsa-finally-holding-long-overdue-public-comment-period-on-scanners/ Lisa Simeone

          Mark, I know. Sigh.

        • Kitten

          Two wheels doesn’t allow transporting my dogs, and it also assumes that one is not disabled. I’m glad you’re able to travel the way you choose, but it’s not an option for all of us.

      • http://www.facebook.com/sommer.gentry Sommer Gentry

        I have switched as much of my travel as I can manage to Amtrak and driving. I love my train trips! But it’s too much; I can’t maintain my career and my relationships if I never fly. So I contribute partially to the boycott.

        • mark marchiafava

          I guess I must be the only one who puts his freedom before a career or relationships.

          • http://www.facebook.com/dennis.boylon Dennis Boylon

            Then you should respect other’s freedom to choose differently

          • mark marchiafava

            I’ve preached for years, I don’t give a flying flip if stupid people do stupid things and kill themselves, as long as it doesn’t affect me. This does. Quit flying.

          • http://www.facebook.com/dennis.boylon Dennis Boylon

            You work for the government don’t you? You have the personality for it

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Oline-Wright/772108468 Oline Wright

            so are you independently wealthy or what enabled you to do so? did you find another job?

          • mark marchiafava

            trade stocks.

        • Kfred

          Sommer, I support your partial boycott. For many years, I flew 90K+ annually for work. In 2010, I started cutting back with only 30K in 2012. I’ve told my favorite airline, the hotel chain I used to frequent why I no longer contribute to their bottom line. My employer, my elected officials, and all my friends and family also know why. We can’t stop until our Rights are restored. I strive to be as brave as you were on my next flight.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Oline-Wright/772108468 Oline Wright

      I left the country in 2007 and haven’t returned I missed having to go through one of those scanners though and wondered about why people were doing what some going through them were doing and why. I had been pretty out of touch for close to a year due to work and totally missed the news of the scanners.
      Personally I think America totally over reacted to the 9/11 attack. We should not have visibly increased our security at all. Many people seem to have come to the conclusion that at least one of the wars we entered into was wrong and the public was misled into believing it was necessary.
      We ended up with a war on terror (something that can never be won and the government becomes the terrorists and thus should be warring on themselves as well) instead of a war against the people who caused the attack. Now we have supposedly killed the person behind the attack and yet the soldiers are still out in other nations instead of home where they belong.
      We ended up with thieves and terrorists in the lines for planes and in some cases for trains in one case when leaving a train…um never understood that one.
      We are told the very act of buying a plane ticket is permission for someone to lay their hands on us and search our persons in a way that a police officer would not be able to do unless he/she were arresting us.
      If I do have to fly I will not go through a scanner I have a family history of cancer I don’t need to increase my chances in a non medical procedure with machines untested by anyone but their manufacturer. nor will I give consent to anyone touching me. My current plan is to state that I will not resist said pat down but i do not give consent. Especially if I am flying within the US. Not totally sure of the measures taken here in the country I am a legal resident of.
      Basically I will ask for a record of the security screening as well. Problem is I am not sure how anyone manages to tape some of the screenings when they take your possessions away from you. They claim not to separate you from your possessions but they do in fact do so. just the action of it going through the x-ray while you walk through does this. and when selected for further screening that allows persons unknown a bigger window of opportunity to get into your carry on luggage. My concern is that these person not only have an opportunity to take stuff out but they also have an opportunity to place something within. As evidenced by a scribbled note to one person who had a sex toy in her bag to get her freak on. Or another instance where a TSO showed a woman a bag of white powder and asked her what it was implying he found it in her luggage when she denied it being hers the TSO passed it off as a joke or test.

  • http://twitter.com/FamilyRotten Family Rotten

    Nicely done. I always like to wear this shirt on my way through TSA as well. https://twitter.com/FamilyRotten/status/304934340968714241/photo/1

    • Daisiemae

      I want one of those shirts! Where do you get it?

  • marlee

    Too bad most passengers do not know their rights while going thru TSA security.

  • Debbie Tolson

    Excellent, just say no. Thank you for yor bravery.

  • Susan Richart

    Second, there is nothing to fear in telling the TSA no. Because the TSA has steadfastly refused to explain in plain English what their screening procedures are,…

    Which is exactly why the TSA has been forced by the court to submit a rule proposal:

    “When the court found that the TSA was supposed to take comment from the public, it wanted a clearer articulation of what rules apply at the airport.”

    http://www.cato.org/blog/tsa-doesnt-even-try-justify-its-strip-search-machine-policy

  • http://tsanewsblog.com/10061/news/tsa-finally-holding-long-overdue-public-comment-period-on-scanners/ Lisa Simeone

    Par for the course. Thank you for writing about it, Sommer. Please post the name of your abuser if you were able to get it.

    I hope the many clueless wonders out there who still don’t believe the TSA is full of power-tripping tinpot dictators will read this. Then again, it probably won’t matter. They’ll still be in denial. “As long as it doesn’t happen to me!”

    • Susan Richart

      Should Sommer not have been able to get this bully’s name, a thorough description would do well also.

      Name/describe and shame.

      • http://www.facebook.com/sommer.gentry Sommer Gentry

        Description: about five feet tall and five feet wide. Light-colored short puffy hair. I thought her badge had the name Lynette on it, but I could be completely wrong.

  • Susan Richart

    What was her name, Sommer? I hope you got it and I ask that you post it here.

    • TSAisTerrorism

      Based on this story it’s these blowhards (the “Inspectors”) who investigate and then recommend the $11,000 civil penalty, which I’m pretty sure is why she was so brazen about it in this instance. From personal experience: if they took down any of Dr. Gentry’s information, this outrageous goon will be the one to send a letter demanding her side of the “facts” so they can then forward it up the chain and “propose” a fine.

      We’ll definitely know the assailant’s name as a result of that action, but Dr. Gentry should be ready for a fight in that case, too. Good luck.

  • http://elliott.org Christopher Elliott

    This is troubling on many levels. I’m so sorry this happened to you.

    • j

      All of you all sound so bitter and stupid. Who wants to be the one on a plane that is taken control of by terrorist and use to wreck havoc? Bet none of you stupid people would raise your hands. In other countries security is much worst than a simple pat down. Say thanks to all the previous terrorists that made everything about security as it is today. I know no one would want to experience anything about September 11, 2001. By the way, who is a terrorist? No one can say who exactly is a terrorist. It can be a child being used to carry something to an elderly person. Terrorism has no face, sexual preference, or race. When they instill there teachings and beliefs in someone from an innocent age and they have the hatred toward your kind, see if you will be exempt from their horrific acts.

      • Susan Richart

        You, sir, seem to be the “stupid” one as you cannot see through the sham that is the TSA and it’s “screening” procedures.

        • j

          I’m not a Sir, excuse you very much. So stay generally speaking when you don’t know.

          • Susan Richart

            ?????

          • Daisiemae

            How do we know what gender you are? You have “willfully” concealed any possible clue about your identity. I’m not even sure if you’re human.

          • Susan Richart

            Only a coward signs on to Discus in a manner that hides a profile. She, if she is a she, is truly a coward.

      • http://tsanewsblog.com/214/news/history-repeats-itself-with-tsas-strip-search-tactics/ Lisa Simeone

        “All of you all sound so bitter and stupid. Who wants to be the one on a plane that is taken control of by terrorist and use to wreck havoc? Bet none of you stupid people would raise your hands. In other countries security is much worst than a simple pat down. Say thanks to all the previous terrorists that made everything about security as it is today. I know no one would want to experience anything about September 11, 2001. By the way, who is a terrorist? No one can say who exactly is a terrorist. It can be a child being used to carry something to an elderly person. Terrorism has no face, sexual preference, or race. When they instill there teachings and beliefs in someone from an innocent age and they have the hatred toward your kind, see if you will be exempt from their horrific acts.”

        Normally, I don’t stoop to correcting people’s grammar/spelling, but when someone boasts his or her ignorance, all bets are off.

        First of all, it’s “wreak” havoc, not “wreck” havoc.

        Second, we know there are terrorists in the world (some of them populate our own government, but I digress). Terrorism is a fact of life, as is being struck by lightning, or being killed in a car accident, or getting shot by one of the many goobers with a grudge in this country — all occurrences that are more likely than being killed by a terrorist. Please explain to me how bullying, harassing, robbing, assaulting, and abusing passengers at an airport is preventing terrorism, given that in all the years before, on, and since 9/11, before the Reign of Molestation was implemented, planes weren’t being blown out the sky left and right. In other words, between September 11, 2001 and October 30, 2010, we weren’t being scoped and groped. So where were all the terrorist attacks in this country?

        You people never want to answer this question. I’ve asked it hundreds of times, at this blog, at news sites, in personal conversations, and all over the blabbosphere. Yet none of the TSA apologists have ever answered.

        Will you, j?

        Oh, and you’re wrong about security in other countries. I’ve traveled all over the world — I’m in Vienna as I’m typing this, having flown from Berlin — and the majority of other countries don’t engage in the paranoia, hysteria, and rank stupidity of the U.S.

        • j

          First of all, one simple word you choose to talk about grammar and misspelled words…oh please! You really think anybody want to just grope you as part of there job? It’s you all low minded mentality that want to think of it as that way so that’s what it is. I never agreed with the bullying, but the sick mentality you want to come with about groping is crazy. Probably if it was a male patting you down I would say patience, but it’s the same sex and you still complaining. The terrorists evolve their way of thinking and way of doing things all the time. Thanks to the underwear bomber TSA had to evolve the way of doing screening on people. If you think the terrorist are just sitting back and sipping tea, you’re wrong. It’s only a matter of time before they strike again and God only knows in what way. They are always planning and always trying to find how and where to make the next move. You don’t think they try to run test through airport security all the time? I’m sure they do, just to try find that loop hole to get something or someone through to create that fear in people lives once again. It may not be a plane, but why make yourself vulnerable for another attack in that area.

          • http://tsanewsblog.com/214/news/history-repeats-itself-with-tsas-strip-search-tactics/ Lisa Simeone

            “First of all, one simple word you choose to talk about grammar and misspelled words…oh please! You really think anybody want to just grope you as part of there job?”

            That would be “their,” not “there.”

            As for whether or not a TSA goon wants to grope me or anybody else, I don’t give a shit what he/she wants. It’s irrelevant. He/she is violating people’s rights.

            And as for all the other nonsense you write, we’ve addressed these arguments repeatedly at this blog. Not going to spell it all out for you again.

          • j

            Willfully misspelled that word to see if you would jump on it. This is so funny since I knew you would…so typical of you. You keep on blogging, as for me there is more to life than just this stupid blog that can’t help you with nothing. Go ahead and vent, I’m going about my life. I just came upon this blog and decided to shed some light in this dark and gloomy space.

          • http://tsanewsblog.com/214/news/history-repeats-itself-with-tsas-strip-search-tactics/ Lisa Simeone

            Oh, thank you for shedding light! How lucky we are to have been graced with your presence, however brief!

          • Susan Richart

            Sweetie, you “willfully misspelled” a word? What a grand laugh you’ve given me. “..that can’t help you with nothing.” Did you know that two negatives equal a positive?

            “One negative word in a sentence is fine, but if the Double Negative Team gets you to use two negative words in the same sentence then they’ve succeeded in tricking you into saying the exact opposite of what you mean. ”

            http://www.supergrammar.com/2010/12/double-negative.html

            Write another post, please, and keep us entertained!

          • Daisiemae

            Willfully misspelled that “one” word, did you? What about all the other ones?

            Did you willfully talk like an illiterate idiot also?

          • Susan Richart

            You’re an idiot and a troll.

          • Susan Richart

            “If you think the terrorist are just sitting back and sipping tea, you’re
            wrong. It’s only a matter of time before they strike again and God
            only knows in what way. They are always planning and always trying to
            find how and where to make the next move. You don’t think they try to
            run test through airport security all the time?”

            You know this how?

            You’re illiterate and stupid. But that’s your problem, not mine.

          • Daisiemae

            Actually, it is our problem because we are probably paying this person’s wages. He/she is probably a government employee.

          • Daisiemae

            “One simple word?” There were three errors in that same sentence. Plus an additional one in the rest of your rant.

            I’ve found eight errors in this ignorant and badly phrased post.

            Did you graduate from high school? If you did, you should immediately file a lawsuit against the school system there.

            Oh, I get it…you’re a TSA employee. I forgot that TSA employees are not required to have a high school diploma or even a GED.

          • Michael Landers

            “You really think anybody want to just grope you as part of there job?”

            Is that why people are “randomly selected” for additional screening? Because they don’t want to grope you?

            “Probably if it was a male patting you down I would say patience, but it’s the same sex and you still complaining.”

            So it’s okay for all of those male pastors to molest little boys? According to that perverse logic of yours, it is!

            As for the rest of your bullshit, I have only this to say: What? You thcared, wittle chicken shit? Afwaid of the wittle tewowiths gonna thteal your pwane and make it eggthplode? GROW A FUCKING PAIR! I would rather deal with the terror threat, than deal with these walking shit stains you trust with security! Besides, if a terrorist enters an airport, all TSA is going to do is cower in a corner and suck their thumb assuming it’s not in their ass! The chances of a terrorist attack is very slim, the chances of TSA saving you are even smaller! Now fuck off!

      • Michael Landers

        You’re another ignoramus who will never take in to account the amount of knives and guns that were allowed on board planes because the incompetent TSA did not see them using the AIT and enHANDSed pat-downs they are so fond of. I say again, if you believe the TSA is needed, it is you who shouldn’t be flying due to your overwhelming fear of terrorists and hijackers.