UPDATED BELOW. Of course the TSA is getting PR mileage out of its recent (forced) decision on the strip-search scanners, and the credulous media are only too happy to play along. Continue reading “TSA milks scanner story, scanners still in airports, our rights still violated”
This story has been all over the news recently. (Ashley Jessica’s heart is in the right place, even if her use of anatomical nomenclature isn’t. I’m putting that out there right at the top to head off the inevitable criticism. -Editor) Continue reading “Watch this TSA grope and tell me it has anything to do with security”
If you’re afraid a TSA agent might bungle your screening when you fly somewhere this summer, maybe you should do what John Klapproth did when he was traveling from Seattle to Anchorage recently.
Continue reading “How to tell the TSA how to do its job – and how to get it to listen”
Novelist Nathaniel Rich has written an op-ed for the New York Times on his refusal to go through the strip-search scanners (although it strikes me as inappropriate that the op-ed appears as part of the “Anxiety” series, as if it’s about some quaint neurosis instead of an important civil liberties concern). Continue reading “Nathaniel Rich in the NYT on scanners, TSA’s coercive tactics”
With only a few weeks left to leave your comments about the TSA’s controversial passenger screening methods, here’s a question worth asking: Is anyone listening?
Continue reading “Is anyone really listening to your TSA complaints?”
More than a year after elderly travelers Omer Petti and Madge Woodward claimed that TSA screeners stole $300 from them during the course of what they described as “extreme pat-downs” at the San Diego International Airport, it appears that the TSA has reimbursed Mr. Petti. The agency continues to deny culpability, claiming the surveillance video was too blurry for them to be able to identify the thief. Continue reading “TSA’s theft problem: money, iPads, meds, lies, and blurry videotape”
As long-time readers know, when I say I refuse to submit to (and thus tacitly support) the TSA and its unconstitutional search-and-seizure policies, I really mean it: I refuse. I haven’t traveled anywhere by airplane since the summer of 2009; neither have my husband and sons. Continue reading “Planning a No-TSA Summer: Forsaking skies for purple mountain majesties”
Travelers love to complain about the TSA, and even though the agency assigned to protect America’s transportation systems claims to listen, most of us know better.
Continue reading “It’s time to tell the TSA what you really think of it – and for it to listen”
Private security firms are licking their chops over a potentially high-dollar government contract to conduct background checks on thousands of frequent fliers.
Continue reading “Third-party background checks + TSA = big trouble?”
With the frenetic summer travel season just around the corner, here’s a little warning about a road hazard you might not expect: a checkpoint staffed by Transportation Security Administration workers.
Continue reading “Summer road hazards your government won’t warn you about”