Another GAO report on TSA incompetence and abuse

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The recent GAO report on the TSA criticizes the alarming level of misconduct and mismanagement within the agency. The report spawned a series of articles citing the failure of TSA management to reprimand abusive screeners. Many of those articles touched on some of the more publicized thefts while ignoring the depth and breadth of the abuses. Continue reading Another GAO report on TSA incompetence and abuse

TSA’s theft problem: money, iPads, meds, lies, and blurry videotape

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More than a year after elderly travelers Omer Petti and Madge Woodward claimed that TSA screeners stole $300 from them during the course of what they described as “extreme pat-downs” at the San Diego International Airport, it appears that the TSA has reimbursed Mr. Petti. The agency continues to deny culpability, claiming the surveillance video was too blurry for them to be able to identify the thief. Continue reading TSA’s theft problem: money, iPads, meds, lies, and blurry videotape

TSA’s Pre-Check is a bust

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The TSA recently announced that its Pre-Check program has expanded to five additional airports, bringing the total participation locations to 40 airports. While the TSA is celebrating this expansion, it’s ignoring the fact that Pre-Check is grossly inefficient and is actually imposing a burden on ordinary travelers. Continue reading TSA’s Pre-Check is a bust

Napolitano called out on lie about TSA lines

The New York Post has taken aim at DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano over her tall tale about fictitious delays at LAX and O’Hare supposedly brought on by the sequester. In this case the writer is not just another “phone it in” pseudo-journalist, but activist and author Becky Akers, who has written extensively on the TSA and has a near-encyclopedic knowledge of the agency. Continue reading Napolitano called out on lie about TSA lines

TSA still harassing children

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Many readers reacted to the recent story of the crying three-year-old girl in a wheelchair who was searched and harassed by the TSA at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (after she had already successfully cleared the checkpoint) as though this were an uncommon incident. It should probably come as no surprise that in today’s 24/7 news cycle relatively recent incidents quickly fade into the past. Continue reading TSA still harassing children

TSA’s exemption shell game


In a recent interview, TSA Administrator John Pistole acknowledged that his agency has been less than embraced by the public, and he again promised, as he has for two years now, to focus on improving passengers’ experience with TSA screening. In that interview Pistole said that it has become an adversarial relationship, “so what we’re trying to do through all these initiatives is change that paradigm and make this a partnership.” Continue reading TSA’s exemption shell game

Why are there so many TSA puff stories?


On any given day there will usually be several articles about the TSA in the media. This is typically a mix of stories on yet another arrested TSA screener or press releases fed to lazy reporters by the TSA announcing that they found a lighter in the shape of a hand grenade and protected America from secondhand smoke. Continue reading Why are there so many TSA puff stories?