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 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?”