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Military Blogger Michael Yon , Handcuffed by TSA in Seattle Airport

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posted on Jan, 6 2010 @ 07:24 AM
I am all for TSA security however, this incident alludes to some serious training flaws and the hiring of underqualified individuals for the job. This also sounds like a personal vendetta against Yon. You decide.

Award winning war correspondent Michael Yon was detained and handcuffed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Yesterday by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) personnel.

Yon was returning to the United States from Hong Kong to visit family when TSA officials stopped him during a routine security checkpoint. “Officials asked me what was in my bag—nothing wrong with this question,” Yon said in an interview with “I told them it was normal stuff, clothes and toothbrushes.”

At this point the TSA officials escorted Yon to a designated screening area where they examined the contents of his bag. “Then they asked me how much money I make,” Yon said. Yon suggested to the TSA officials that the question was inappropriate and unrelated to transportation security. The award-winning blogger noted another TSA officer approached Yon: “he asked who do I work for.” ”I did not answer the question which clearly was upsetting to the TSA officers.”

Yon was escorted to a room elsewhere in the airport where he said he remained silent during much of the questioning. According to Yon, “they handcuffed me for failing to cooperate. They said I was impeding their ability to do their job.”

Yon described the TSA officials as noticeably frustrated by his refusal to answer their questions: “I always assume everything is being recorded. I was trying to be professional.”

Yon continued, “They said I wasn’t under arrest, but I’m handcuffed. In any other country, that qualifies as an arrest.”

Yon was later released by Port Authority Police officers.

A taste of the potential back story of his detainment.

In January of 2009, Yon’s article “Border Bullies” detailed a Homeland Security officer coercing a friend to give up her e-mail password so that he could read private email correspondences between her and Yon.

Regarding the incident in Seattle, Yon was adamant the TSA agents had overstepped their bounds: “If I am the guy on that passport and I don’t have any contraband in my luggage, it is a matter for the FBI, not the TSA.”

We have all dealt with TSA agents that seem like they have something to prove. However, I have also dealt with those agents who are professional and courteous. Needless to say, I still have concerns regarding the integrity of some these people that are being hired for these high profile positions. It would appear that the Seattle office may have been scraping the bottom of the barrel to fill positions.

posted on Jan, 6 2010 @ 08:02 AM
Many of the TSA workers would have fitted right in with the Gestapo.

In my opinion.


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