As I wrote the other day, just when you think the TSA can’t get any more stupid or abusive, they prove you wrong. The agency is reliable: there’s always a new low.
In the latest round of self promotion, the TSA announced that elite US Airways passengers at Sea-Tac (Seattle) are now eligible to participate in the premium program called PreCheck. PreCheck is an ostensibly elite program that, for a fee, sometimes allows some passengers to get through security more quickly. It is not, however, all it’s cracked up to be, as we’ve noted in the past and as more recent news reports confirm.
Timing was never the TSA’s thing.
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As we’ve reported numerous times, the TSA, despite its claims in public and on its website, routinely harasses passengers who have medical conditions and/or who are carrying prescription medicines.
A San Diego man, a citizen of Somali descent, is stuck in Bahrain indefinitely. I can only imagine how terrible it must feel to not be allowed to come home, not go back to work, stuck in a foreign country, running short on cash, with little recourse. Talk about feeling like a Man Without a Country.
In a rare victory for a citizen who’s been injured by the TSA, a Washington state attorney settled a lawsuit against the agency for $225,000. Considering the injuries the man suffered, I’d say the TSA got off easy.
Please head over to the Progressive News Network to listen to my 15-minute segment on their Focus on Human Rights show that aired Sunday July 1. Click the play button to start the show. My segment lasts from 37:30 – 53:00.
PR disasters are nothing new to America’s least-loved federal agency. But after a particularly bad week, it’s worth paying attention to how the agency reacts when things go horribly wrong.