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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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TSA snoops in passenger’s bag, finds money, calls DEA to take it

From the Washington Post comes this story of not only another instance of TSA abuse, but the TSA's bragging about said abuse. The headline reads: "Why the TSA posted a photo of a passenger's cash-filled luggage on Twitter." And the TSA tweeter in question is none other than PR flack Lisa Farbstein, about whom we've written ...read more »

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TSA idiocy and abuse: too much to keep track of

Twitter is alive with testimony from people witnessing TSA idiocy and abuse. But then such tweets have been going on for years -- there used to be a whole Twitter feed devoted to them, tens of thousands of them -- J.R. Salzman‏@jrsalzman 8:03 PM - 27 Jun 2015 I was on another trip where TSA literally stuck ...read more »

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Re TSA, WillCAD from FlyerTalk tells it like it is

I wish I knew this person's real name to give him/her credit for this comment he/she posted at the chat forum FlyerTalk (FT). In it, he hits every nail on the head in a discussion with another FT member about the TSA. All I know is that he goes by "WillCAD" and says he hails ...read more »

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TSA not okay by Bonnie Rain

I received this email the other day from a woman named Bonnie Rain. It's a letter she sent to the White House. She gave me permission to post it at TSA News: Dear President Obama, I just went on a trip with my boyfriend and had to go through the humiliating experience of passing through the TSA ...read more »

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Yet another report of TSA incompetence, Carraway re-assigned

In another repetitive story about the TSA's failings, a "confidential" DHS report shows what many previous DHS and GAO reports have already shown, have been showing for years: the TSA misses prohibited items all the time. As a matter of course. From the Chicago Tribune: ABC News first reported Monday that undercover agents were able to ...read more »

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