No, TSA, we do not all have the same parts

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Tristan Higgins details in the Huffington Post how she was made to suffer for failing to conform to a TSA screener’s gender stereotypes. Tristan says, “I stepped out and waited in that spot where we all wait while some anonymous stranger decides whether we are a threat, whether our body scan matches up with expectations. Well, it turned out that mine did not.” Continue reading No, TSA, we do not all have the same parts

On protecting children

I am re-posting something one of our writers posted here last year, because it’s important and because not everyone, obviously, reads everything all the time. The things we talk about need to be reinforced, the points we make need to be repeated, again and again. We have new readers all the time. It’s impossible for them to go back through the hundreds of archived posts, no matter how assiduous they are. So here is Richard Walbaum’s post from April 2, 2012: Why you must protect your children from TSA groping

TSA still harassing children

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Many readers reacted to the recent story of the crying three-year-old girl in a wheelchair who was searched and harassed by the TSA at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (after she had already successfully cleared the checkpoint) as though this were an uncommon incident. It should probably come as no surprise that in today’s 24/7 news cycle relatively recent incidents quickly fade into the past. Continue reading TSA still harassing children

Keeping score on civil liberties

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I stumbled upon a very disheartening piece written on WashingtonsBlog: a scorecard on the Bill of Rights v. the Government. Sadly, it appears that the Bill of Rights isn’t playing very well. In fact, one could say that at the moment, it looks like a rout. Continue reading Keeping score on civil liberties

Yes, there’s a better way to screen air travelers

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If you look enviously at the TSA Pre-Check line whenever you’re at the airport — where pre-cleared air travelers breeze through the checkpoint without having to be scanned, remove their shoes or face a humiliating “enhanced” pat-down — then join the club.
Continue reading Yes, there’s a better way to screen air travelers

TSA’s kinda-sorta apology to 3-year-old girl in wheelchair: par for the course

Lucy Forcke and TSA
In time-honored fashion, the TSA, once again, offers a weak, responsibility-avoiding apology to 3-year-old Lucy Forck and her parents Nathan Forck and Annie Schulte. Continue reading TSA’s kinda-sorta apology to 3-year-old girl in wheelchair: par for the course