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Amy Alkon is an advice columnist and blogger who is just one of many people who has had a horrifying and traumatizing experience going through airport security lately. After being pulled aside for an "enhanced" search, she found the process to be so invasive and so in violation of her own rights that she was left sobbing. She wrote about the experience on her blog, noting that she didn't think the search was just "invasive" in the emotional sense, but flat out physically invasive:
Originally posted by MattNC
The article is sensationalized.
Like I said in the forum post about the boy in the body cast: It's the price of flying. Security procedures dictate anything out of the norm gets checked in addition to random checks. A wheel chair is not a norm when you factor in the number of people that travel without a wheel chair.
Unfortunate about the $300.
Michael Chertoff, while he was the Head of Homeland Security under Bush, advocated and pushed for installation and implementation of these new full-body scanners at our airports. Once he was out of "public service", Chertoff's consulting company (Read: Lobbying Company) landed as a client (Surprise!), Rapiscan, the company that makes the scanners. He is now a much richer person, I'm sure. There are multiple links to info about Chertoff and the scanner company.
The case of British cop killer Mustaf Jama shows why it’s necessary for Western societies NOT to tolerate the niqab and to force “women” to remove it. According to The Times UK, he fled Britain, using his sister’s passport and wearing the niqab to mask his identity. At the time, the Muslim Somalian was Britain’s most wanted man, but escaped scrutiny because he was wearing the full face veil:
The use of the niqab, which leaves only a narrow slit for the eyes, highlights flaws in British airport security. At the time, Jama was Britain’s most wanted man, while Heathrow was on a heightened state of alert after the 7/7 terrorist atrocities in London five months previously.
A passenger screener at Philadelphia International Airport is facing charges that he distributed more than 100 images of child pornography via Facebook, records show. Federal agents also allege that Transportation Safety Administration Officer Thomas Gordon Jr. of Philadelphia, who routinely searched airline passengers, uploaded explicit pictures of young girls to an Internet site on which he also posted a photograph of himself in his TSA uniform. Homeland Security agents arrested the TSA officer March 24, and he is being held without bail.
The spat apparently began when 54-year-old American Airlines pilot Steven Trivett was leaving JFK's Terminal 8 and overheard the screeners' conversation. The Post's sources say Trivett admonished the screeners, suggesting they behave more professionally while in uniform. Trivett also told the screeners he thought they should "not use profanity or the n-word" while on the job, one of the Post's sources said. That's when things escalated, according to the Post. One screener allegedly cursed at the pilot and told him to "mind his own business." When the pilot tried to grab at the ID badge of 30-year-old TSA officer Lateisha El, she pushed him and threw a full cup of hot coffee on him, according to the Post's unnamed sources. The pilot was not seriously injured. El now faces harassment and misdemeanor assault charges, the the Post says.
A TSA screener was busted for allegedly stealing $5,000 from a passenger who was going through a security checkpoint, the latest in a string of snafus by the federal agency at the city's three airports, authorities said. Alexandra Schmid, 31, of Brooklyn, was arrested after she was caught on surveillance cameras at Terminal 4 stealing the money from a Bangladeshi national, Port Authority police said. The passenger had placed his jacket on the belt so it could be scanned. After it was scanned, the passenger complained that his money was missing. Port Authority police spokesman Al Della Fave said Schmid was caught on camera taking the money, placing it into a latex glove and then going to the bathroom with it. Schmid was later arrested by Officer Joseph Opramalla and taken into custody. Schmid, who has worked for the TSA for 4 1/2 years, has been charged with grand larceny. She is awaiting arraignment in Queens Criminal Court.
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (WSVN) -- Police have arrested a TSA officer and his wife after authorities said they stole then tried to sell two iPads from a passenger's luggage. The victim, Steve, said he departed from Miami International Airport and traveled on a cross-country Christmas flight, when he discovered some very important items were missing from his luggage. "My gifts were outside the box, and we had gift wrapping torn everywhere," said Steve. Steve was missing two brand-new iPad 3Gs he had purchased for his brother and sister. Steve said he reluctantly packed the wrapped iPads in a brown bag, then he put the brown bag inside another suitcase and checked his luggage at the American Airlines counter. "I trusted the system, that they would take care of my bags," he said. However, Steve did not realize the electronics were gone until he arrived home in Los Angeles. "As I was re-wrapping the gifts, I opened up the iPad box," Steve said, "and I noticed that the iPads were missing." The iPad chargers remained in the boxes, however. Steve said, "You just don't go through someone else's luggage and take whatever you want to take. It's not like a free-for-all, you know?" On Thursday, Miami-Dade detectives arrested the alleged thief, TSA officer Michael Pujol, along with his wife Betsy. Pujol told police he slid the iPads inside a secret pocket in his uniform.
Originally posted by Gridrebel
How about July 1-7th, 2011? I'll bet a 100 people on ATS alone couldn't follow through on a boycott, in ANY one week stretch, let alone the rest of the US. And that my friends, is the problem. No unity, we're all just a divided bunch of ineffective complainers.
This was written by Franklin, with quotation marks but almost certainly his original thought, sometime shortly before February 17, 1775 as part of his notes for a proposition at the Pennsylvania Assembly, as published in Memoirs of the life and writings of Benjamin Franklin Source
Originally posted by TXRabbit
why is anyone shocked?
Have yo seen the types of people the TSA hires? One generation-removed from DOT employees basically