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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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Sai receives TSA documents through FOIA

UPDATE BELOW. At TSA News we've written several times about an intrepid, indefatigable young man named Sai. He has been forced to tangle with the TSA more than once, when the agency's workers have bullied, harassed, and illegally detained him. Here's the first post we did on him, here's the second, and here's the third. In a ...read more »

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More Tweets about the TSA

We've featured tweets before from people who've been harassed by the TSA. There are thousands of them. Well, here's another. From a woman whose Twitter handle is Criminelle Law.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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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 hasĀ 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. Salzmanā€@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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