William Shatner, other celebrities also humiliated by TSA

In an apparent attempt to make light of the fact that an 81-year-old man was forced to stand in public with his pants around his ankles, the Toronto Sun reported that actor William Shatner was chosen for a “random” search at LAX (Los Angeles).

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TSA agent spills cremation ashes, laughs about it

Two Updates below.

We’ve had yet another incident of a TSA agent humiliating and disrespecting a passenger.

At Orlando airport in Florida, John Gross was transporting his grandfather’s ashes in an urn marked “Human Remains.” As he told the IndyChannel in his hometown of Indianapolis:

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At O’Hare, another TSA assault

A reader wrote to TSA News with the story of his assault at the hands of a TSA agent at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport on Sunday, June 24th. After verifying his identity, we agreed to tell his story but keep his name private.

Although many people, including TSA News writers Sommer Gentry, Amy Alkon, and Wendy Thomson, have written account of their assaults using their real names, many thousands more prefer to remain anonymous, either because they’re afraid of retaliation by the TSA, afraid of being ridiculed in public — an unconscionable but common practice, as other victims of sexual assault can attest — or simply because that’s their choice. We respect that choice.    Continue reading At O’Hare, another TSA assault

TSA admits not supposed to grope but does anyway


In an about-face from what the TSA has been claiming since 2010 — and from what hundreds of thousands of travelers have experienced — a TSA supervisor claimed the other day that TSA agents are, in fact, not supposed to use the front of their hands to grope passengers in a search, only the back of their hands, “unless there is a good reason to believe the passenger is hiding something.” Continue reading TSA admits not supposed to grope but does anyway

TSA bullies newspaper editor for leaving stuff in pocket

Ah, well, isn’t it nice to know that it’s not just the hoi polloi who get bullied, harassed, and abused by the TSA, but also Congressmen, Senators, state representatives, national journalists, and local newspaper editors?

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Prof. Taly Gilat-Schmidt responds

Yesterday and the day before TSA News had two posts on misleading news reports about the supposed safety of backscatter (x-ray) scanners. Both posts quoted a recent Los Angeles Times article.

As we pointed out, the LA Times headline (the work of a copy editor, not a reporter) was inaccurate and misrepresented the research of the scientist whose study was quoted. Continue reading Prof. Taly Gilat-Schmidt responds

TSA and scientific method — sworn enemies?

Over the weekend the Los Angeles Times featured a story with this headline: “TSA scanners pose negligible risk to passengers, new test shows.”

Aside from the propaganda aspects of the headline, consistent with other TSA “good news,” the story and its underpinnings are fundamentall flawed, as has been reported here and elsewhere in the media. Continue reading TSA and scientific method — sworn enemies?