Derailment Bingo: TSA Abuse Edition

Have you noticed that comment board trolls are, well, repetitive and boring as they try to derail conversations about the abuse that TSA metes out to its victims? The next time you have to wade through a comment section full of TSA cheerleaders trying to score points by shouting "9/11" in response to the latest ...read more »

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John Pistole defends indefensible behavior detection scam, makes threats

TSA Administrator John Pistole was called on the carpet again this week by the House Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Transportation Security, this time over the agency’s squandering of nearly one billion dollars on its ineffective behavior detection program. After Pistole suggested that the program was affordable at 50 cents per passenger screened, Rep. Mark Sanford ...read more »

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20 pages of objections to the TSA’s body scanners submitted

Apologies for the length of this post, but there are so many good reasons to oppose the TSA's nude body scanner program, and we here at TSA News would not want to neglect outlining any of them! Here's a preview: 1. TSA’s body scanners are easily circumvented 2. TSA’s body scanners are less effective at finding weapons than ...read more »

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TSA screener slut-shames 15-year-old girl

Mark Fraunfelder’s 15-year-old daughter was at LAX yesterday, trying to board a flight with a group of other students on a trip to visit some colleges. Unfortunately, the U.S. government had decided ahead of time to hire tens of thousands of strangers to intimidate and abuse her (and others) as they blocked the girl’s safe ...read more »

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Tell TSA clerks to keep their hands to themselves

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 ...read more »

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The road to hell is paved with the good intentions of the TSA

I hear this sentiment frequently from TSA apologists: "The TSA's intentions are good, so we ought to support what the TSA does." I can actually appreciate this argument. It may well be true that every person working for the TSA sincerely believes that irradiating passengers, separating children from their parents and toys, confiscating shampoo, cupcakes, and ...read more »

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No, TSA, we do not all have the same parts

Tristan Higgins details in the Huffington Post how she was made to suffer for failing to conform to a TSA screener’s gender stereotypes. Tristan says, “I stepped out and waited in that spot where we all wait while some anonymous stranger decides whether we are a threat, whether our body scan matches up with expectations. ...read more »

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The TSA and people of privilege

It’s become a cliché among those who support the TSA’s unprecedented intrusions into and under the clothing of innocent travelers: “Flying is a privilege, not a right.” This cliché is contradicted by numerous court rulings. In Kent v. Dulles (357 US 116), the Supreme Court wrote these words, which appear three times in the decision: The right ...read more »

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Another senior TSA employee who abuses women

Several months ago, we reported on the firings of two men from the Dulles Airport TSA staff.  These firings came after police charged the TSA employees with various crimes of sexual misconduct. It seems the TSA still hasn't fixed its pervasive problem of hiring men who objectify and abuse women. The Miami New Times reports that ...read more »

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Some (solicited!) technology and engineering advice for the TSA

UPDATE BELOW. I was pleased recently to receive an email from Russell Wooten, the IT Strategy Branch Chief of the TSA. His email reached me through my membership in the Maryland chapter of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS). For the uninitiated, operations research is the discipline of applying advanced analytical techniques to ...read more »

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