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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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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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Shoshana Hebshi settles lawsuit against TSA, Frontier Airlines

Shoshana Hebshi, the Ohio woman who was handcuffed, hauled off a plane at gunpoint, and strip-searched in a jail cell -- all without probable cause -- has settled her lawsuit against the TSA, Frontier Airlines, and other government agencies. We've written about Shoshana Hebshi several times, in 2012, 2013, and 2014. It's taken all these years ...read more »

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Another year, another “terror” “crisis”

Yeah, I have to keep using scare quotes, because they're a reflection of this country and its insistence on finding a terrorist around every corner.  The latest "crisis" is that, like last year, the Department of Homeland Security is in faux-danger of not being funded. Congress, as usual, is fighting. The whole brouhaha is fake, of ...read more »

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Another cremation debacle thanks to TSA

Actually, debacle is too tame a word. Crime is more like it.  Not for the first time, the TSA has desecrated someone's remains. From the New York Daily News, we have this report: When a Cleveland man boarded a flight bound for Puerto Rico with his mother's ashes secured in his luggage, he planned to fulfill her dying ...read more »

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The TSA Losers Stole His Belt Buckle — For “Safety”

TSA News readers will be well familiar with the following scenario. Sean W. Malone writes at Logicology that the TSA at LAX took his favorite belt buckle because they claimed it was a "replica" of a gun.  Photo at link: What kind of a gun, you might ask? A 1950s Flash Gordon-style RAYGUN!! A fictional weapon. A child's ...read more »

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Jetsetting Terrorist flies right into our hearts

"I'm a convicted terrorist. I fly a lot. And the TSA won't leave me alone."  That's the opening statement from new friend-of-the-blog Jetsetting Terrorist, who's being added to our list of fun-loving, snarky, witty civil liberties provocateurs similar to our buddy Jason Harrington at Taking Sense Away. Sorry it's taken me so long to publicize this guy's ...read more »

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TSA: rude, arrogant, abusive, and not listening

"Your response is a clear indication that YOU DON'T CARE and NOTHING WILL IMPROVE!" This is not what any well-run organization wants people to think of its response to their complaints. But complaint records obtained through a FOIA request show that this is exactly what travelers think of the TSA's responses. Today, the second part ...read more »

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Weeks before Dallas Ebola case, OIG slammed DHS, TSA for ineffective pandemic preparedness

In August 2014, the Office of Inspector General severely criticized the TSA and DHS for lousy preparedness.  OIG issued a 33-page report entitled DHS Has Not Effectively Managed Pandemic Personal Protective Equipment and Antiviral Medical Countermeasures [pdf.] The paper begins by pointing out that in 2006, Congress appropriated $47 million in supplemental funding to DHS so that they ...read more »

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