Nothing makes you forget bad news faster than a little manufactured good news, a PR secret the TSA seems to have stumbled upon last week.
Continue reading “Will TSA’s new senior exemption make air travel safer?”
Let’s face it: the TSA — along with its inconsistent, unconstitutional policies and dreadfully incompetent staff, management, and press officials — deserve all the mockery they get.
And then some.
So the TSA will exempt those older than 75 from removing their shoes through security. It also plans to “reduce” pat-downs — whatever that means.
Continue reading “TSA throws crumbs to senior citizens”
Overhead Din is more like it. Continue reading “How to rat out your fellow citizens as terrorists”
A modern and stylishly whimsical website named Fast Company Design has posted an impressive graphic — for which it credits a site called Online Criminal Justice Degree* — that depicts all manner of TSA-related statistics in a single post. Continue reading “TSA graphic tells a thousand stories. Then again …”
From Gizmodo comes the story of this alarming cartoon implement that had the TSA agents in a tizzy. Naturally, they
confiscated accepted the voluntary surrender of it from the hapless photographer who owned it. Continue reading “TSA confiscates photographer’s tool”
If Jon Corbett’s viral video about how he outsmarted the TSA’s full-body scanners doesn’t end the controversial screening program, then it’s probably the beginning of the end.
Continue reading “Are we spending too much on the TSA?”
As I wrote on March 6th, engineer Jonathan Corbett easily slipped a small metal case sewn into a side pocket past the airport scanners, both MMW (millimeter wave) and BKSX (backscatter).
Since Corbett’s account appeared at TSA News, dozens of other media outlets have picked up the story. Not surprisingly, so has the TSA. And it’s not happy. Continue reading “UPDATE: Jon Corbett video and TSA response”
The TSA has been promoting further deployment of millimeter-wave (MMW) scanners at even the smallest airports, claiming that these will speed the painfully slow screening lines at airports. Unfortunately, these claims resemble deceptive public service announcements and fail to acknowledge some facts.
All of the scanners deployed new in the past year have been of the MMW variety, while the TSA continues to say that the backscatter (x-ray scanners) still in service are safe. This raises the obvious question: if the x-ray scanners are safe, why has the TSA stopped installing them? Continue reading “Time for a rational perspective on airport scanners”