(Graphic courtesy of this place)
We are living in a dystopian novel. Continue reading “TSA: clinging to “front lines” instead of frontal cortex”
My ex-wife made up a game to play at the airport. She called it “Make Up A Life.” It was a simple game: one person picks a fellow traveler out of the crowd and the other must spin a plausible background narrative.
Continue reading “If you look away from this, you’re probably a terrorist. Maybe.”
TSA Administrator John Pistole was called on the carpet again this week by the House Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Transportation Security, this time over the agency’s squandering of nearly one billion dollars on its ineffective behavior detection program. After Pistole suggested that the program was affordable at 50 cents per passenger screened, Rep. Mark Sanford replied, “Or you could say it in the reverse. You could say a billion dollars with no result.” Continue reading “John Pistole defends indefensible behavior detection scam, makes threats”
In its never-ending quest to expand the strategy of Divide-and-Conquer, the TSA has announced a new partnership. Continue reading “DOD and TSA: a match made in hell?”
Not crazy about the idea of walking through an untested, high-false-positive-rate, strip-search scanner at the airport? Well, lucky you, help — or another boondoggle — is on the way. Continue reading “Scan yourself instead of having the TSA do it?”
The TSA has decided to stop staffing airport exit lanes, saving the agency $88 million a year (out of an annual budget of $8 billion). It’s passing on the responsibility to airports. And the airports aren’t happy. Continue reading “TSA tussles with airports over security at exits”
Sometimes, I don’t know why we bother. Continue reading “Washington Post blows it again re the TSA”
Recently we received an email from a woman who’s been trying to get compensation for several thousand dollars’ worth of jewelry that was stolen from her luggage by, she believes, the TSA. The TSA rifled through her luggage, which she knows because they left a note behind. You might have seen those notes; not as clever as “Kilroy was here,” but they get the point across. (Then again, TSA agents also leave other kinds of notes, admonishing people for their vibrators or for their marijuana.) We have permission to use the woman’s name: Michelle Trimmell. Here’s her story. I have edited somewhat for length: Continue reading “Jewelry worth $6,000 stolen from luggage – by TSA?”
I should have seen this one coming.
Continue reading ““I wish you had taken a less confrontational view of the TSA””