TSA Roundup

Woah. There’s a lot of links in my reader about the TSA and I haven’t really been doing anything in light of the fact that I’ve been submerged in Nano for the better part of November. I’m going to try to divide these articles a little bit, so it’s not just a list of links, but *damn* people… While this is far from everything out there, I think it’d take days to properly sort everything. Have fun storming the net people!

General idiocy:
TSA’s all a Twitter: Gizmodo article. Actual Twitter Account
TSA pats down Adam Savage from Mythbusters but misses the razors he forgot at the bottom of his bag. Boing Boing YouTube
Congress Exempts Themselves from Scanning. This is UNACCEPTABLE.
TSA Thinks Bodyscan Boycott would be a mistake (Just a note, the right to protest is *very* important. Even if you don’t think it will work, it’s important to support the idea of peaceful protest.)
TSA Confiscates Armed Soldier’s Nail Clippers. SERIOUSLY!

General Positive Experiences: (much smaller list – sorry, my snark got out of control there.)
Reentering the States with a passport, not a pat-down: Boing Boing Original Post
TSA Exempts Pilots (took them long enough. Union tells pilots to avoid scanners)
Ron Paul introduces Traveler’s Dignity Act

Great Round-Ups

Back-Scatter Tribulations:
Possible OCI Issues? Scanner CEO flew with Obama
Rep. Holt questions scanner safety: Boing Boing Holt’s Press Release
Odds of Cancer the Same as a Terrorist Plane Attack? (Boing Boing)
US Marshals Improperly Retained Scanner Images
NJ and ID ready to ban scanners
Lobbyists Convince Gov’t to buy scanners
Feds Admit to Storing Scanner Images

Pat-Down Horror Stories:
Woman using a Glad-Rags pantyliner subjected to invasive pat-down, after going through the backscatter:
Boing Boing and original article
Cancer Survivor Left Soaked in Urine Boing Boing MSNBC
Amputee Forced to Remove Prosthetic Amputee Coalition Calls for Changes
Cancer Survivor Forced to remove breast
MommyBlogger is suing for TSA sexual assault
If you Touch my junk, I’ll Have you arrested: ONTD Boing Boing Johnny Edge

Social Commentary:
Transgender Take on the situation. This is very important. The TSA should respect the gender that you identify as. Boing Boing
A list of things the common person suffers to “protect” them from terrorism: list
People with medical conditions find the new procedures humiliating. ONTD MSN Travel News
Does the TSA Get Results? Slate examination
How do TSA Agents feel about this new screening? Remember – the front line gets crap pay and crap taining: Boing Boing Flying with Fish
TSA Tipping Point ONTD
NOW talks about male privilege

Individual Takes:
Megan McArdle says goodbye to the airlines.
Seth Godin’s Take on the issue. Time to Market Air Travel Differently
Ex-Cop Asks, Do I Have the Right to Refuse this Search?
Ralph Nader: Naked Insecurity
Striptease Protest: It’s Too bad it doesn’t work like a brothel (Video NSFW) (Boing Boing)

Tips and Tricks:
It is possible to resolve things peacefully if you get detained for taking pictures. (It’s legal folks.) Boing Boing
Rules for those refusing pat-down: Flying with Fish More here Boing Boing Thread

Other travel options:
The train. I personally recommend the train if you have the time. It’s comfortable, fairly quiet, and a lot less annoying.
Treehugger article Don’t Get Groped Take the Train
Boing Boing article This Seems Like A Good Time To Talk About Trains

Do *not* blame the TSA for this:
I’m putting this article up here because I think these things should not be annoyed, but the responsibility for this falls *completely* on the agent in question, not on the agency. Are we clear? Good. TSA Agent Abducts and Rapes Woman

On a lighter note:
TSA Madlibs (via Boing Boing)
A great slide-show from the New Yorker, showing that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Before the Junk Jokes
SpinRemover subtitles John Pistole’s interview: Video
SNL’s TSA Ad: Video
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