TSA Rants, we salute you

We received notice that an intrepid writer/observer, Patrick Seitz, took it upon himself to catalog one year of TSA complaints, primarily from Twitter.

His random testing found more than 23,000 complaints about the TSA, with a note that those complaints “barely scratch the surface . . . the actual number is easily several times higher than that.” The 23,000 were found by sampling a few hours of Twitter traffic a day, when Seitz’s schedule allowed.

The themes are common, and they’re in line with our own Master List of TSA Crimes and Abuses: the molestation of attractive women, racial profiling, mistreatment of the elderly and infirm, hair pawing, theft, vandalism and careless damage to property, confiscation of harmless personal products, flirting, and retribution to anyone who doesn’t meekly submit via making them wait and/or getting overly aggressive with pat-downs — this torte all iced with incompetence and laziness.

Seitz is leaving this endeavor, in part because this was his year of living dangerously, and in part because Twitter doesn’t easily lend itself to searches. Twitter is very good at immediacy but is a little difficult when it comes to history. It’s dependent upon the hashtags people use and/or one’s knowledge about who has a good handle on what’s going on with the TSA.

TSA News Blog salutes you, Patrick Seitz. You have done a great service to the significant numbers of travelers who are NOT interested in this “anything at any cost” approach to travel safety.

  • Bluto

    What a waste of time.

    • Yes, Bluto, documenting government abuse and civil liberties violations is such a waste of time.

    • CelticWhisper

      I agree. TSA screening is a complete waste of time. And that’s to say nothing of the unconscionable trading-away of rights and dignity for illusory safety.

      Saving lives by gutting the freedom that makes life worth even living at all is a total waste of time.

  • Rmulligan

    Keep it up! This is a massive large scale travesty.

  • TSA Rants will stay up for as long as Twitter will have it, but my one-year project is finished. Thanks for all your support.

    • Bravo, Patrick!! We salute you a thousandfold!

  • CelticWhisper

    “Seitz is leaving this endeavor…”

    To clarify, he’s abandoning his attempt to CATALOG all the TSA complaints, right? He’s not killing #TSArants altogether, is he?