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).
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:
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”
With the May 30th passing of Rep. Jackie Speier’s legislation allowing the TSA to share data with all manner of ground transportation, the question comes to mind, what’s next? Will we be assaulted every time we try to travel from point A to point B, no matter by what means? Continue reading “Amtrak and the TSA”
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”
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?
In rebuttal to Professor Gilat-Schmidt’s rebuttal, I would like to summarize my view of her response. And yes, it’s a bit strong:
“Garbage in, garbage out.”
Guess what? The TSA’s controversial full-body scanners are safe, after all.
The agency is working hard to repair its tarnished image, too. Not that it needs to; a vast majority of Americans are happy with airport security.
Continue reading “3 TSA headlines you thought you’d never see”
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”
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?”