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Please sign this fab TSA petition

Come on, folks, let's get this up to at least 150 signatures. If we do, it'll go live on the main White House petition site. It was written by our perennially creative contributor Chris Bray. You may recall that we've tried petitions in the past, including one that went nowhere thanks in no small part to ...read more »

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LaGuardia TSA agent arrested for sexual assault

UPDATE BELOW. A TSA agent at LaGuardia Airport in New York has been arrested for sexually assaulting a 22-year-old woman. The only reason he was arrested was because he molested her in a bathroom. If he had followed standard operating procedure, he would've molested her at the checkpoint, where it's usually done.  His name hasn't been ...read more »

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On-the-job training, TSA style

I received a troubling email from a Freedom to Travel member today. I have her permission to publish it. So, without further ado, please be informed of on-the-job TSA training. Wendy, Last week I flew for work, SMF [Sacramento] to LAX [Los Angeles] and then SNA [John Wayne Airport, Orange County] to SMF. Both times I had ...read more »

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BDOs in Motion, TSA back-slapping on display

The Intercept has another article about the lunacies of the TSA. Jana Winter is the reporter covering the TSA over there, and she has an inside track to agency employees who feed her bits of information, including this latest: glossy, bi-monthly newsletters that highlight the yuckety-yuk jokes, clever quips, heartwarming tales, and literary pretensions of ...read more »

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Morrissey alleges sexual assault by TSA

British indie rock musician Stephen Patrick Morrissey -- better known simply as Morrissey -- became well known in the 1980s with his band The Smiths. He's now 56 years old. And yesterday he filed a complaint against the TSA for sexual assault. Welcome to the club, Morrissey. Americans -- and visitors to the U.S. -- get sexually ...read more »

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Media continue to pamper the TSA

The more you read, the less you know. News coverage of the Transportation "Security" Administration routinely accepts premises that are ridiculously exaggerated, breathlessly framing stories around falsehoods and fantasies. And here we go again, with a story in the Tampa Tribune about the legal travails of TSA officers who are suing the agency over its supposedly unfair employment ...read more »

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Another day, another passenger screwed by the TSA

Almost every day I receive emails from people telling me about their TSA experiences. They often wonder if they could have prevented the abuse meted out to them by dressing differently, talking differently, acting differently, flying out of a different airport, you name it. As I always tell them, no. You have no power over ...read more »

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UK “security” just as clueless as US

A recent protest at Heathrow where people who objected to the expansion of the airport blocked a runway caused the cancellation of 13 flights. It took the authorities 7 hours to get the protesters off. How did they get on in the first place? By cutting through a fence and then chaining themselves to said ...read more »

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Neffenger to head TSA, nothing will change

The Senate has confirmed a longtime Coast Guard officer, Vice Admiral Peter Neffenger, to serve as the director of the so-called Transportation Security Administration. The change has no meaning or significance of any kind, and will do nothing to anything anywhere, at all, ever. The TSA status quo will continue to status quo itself, status quoistically. If ...read more »

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