TSA retaliation

by Lisa Simeone on September 6, 2012


Anyone who’s been paying the slightest bit of attention already knows the TSA retaliates against passengers who don’t toe the line. The punishing gropes, the pawing of every single thing in someone’s luggage, the magic wand “testing” passengers’ drinks, the deliberate destruction of property, the detention in the glassed-in gulag — all these things have nothing to do with security, everything to do with punishment.

But for those of you who still don’t get it, we have this little bit of proof on tape. Uploaded by a passenger to YouTube on September 1, 2012, with the following text:

This was inside the terminal at the Houston airport. I was not allowed to board a plane (even though I had already been through airport security) because I drank my water instead of letting the TSA “test” it. The TSA agent finally admitted that it wasn’t because they thought I was a security risk–it was because they were mad at me!
I was able to get on the very next flight out of houston-and even managed an upgrade! (thanks United)
Sorry for crappy phone video-but the audio is what I wanted to post.
I know this is not really news (it seems like the TSA is retaliating all the time against people), but it was a little satisfying to get that statement on video.

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