TSA Woes

And the Saga of the TSA Troubles Continues. I mean, I started watching this TSA BS years ago and it’s just getting worse. Seriously, intervention time. Rethink how you’re doing business. All it takes is a table of two people to come up with new and unusual ways to challenge them.

I think the practical study that was done on shoplifting that showed that branding the thief as mentally ill and treating them with compassion reduced shoplifting *much more* than increasing security is something we need to think about. Because the “harder” you make security, the more tempting you make it for people to try to break it. I’m just sayin’.

General analysis:
What the TSA hasn’t told us. The NY Times looks at that stats that have been released about the new procedures.

A man with a boatload of titanium in his bones discusses his experiences with airport security. (Boing Boing)

Security loopholes at JFK? A caterer discusses what he doesn’t see.

Please Remove your Shoes – a documentary

Pat Down Issues:
Rape Victim with Pacemaker triggered and treated like dirt in Michael Whitney’s article. (FiredogLake)

A gentleman who didn’t care to wait for the patdown drops his drawers. TSA WTF? (Boing Boing)

Homophobia starts echoing from the hills as men realize that they may get touched. Conservative VA idiot… oh, go read the counter-commentary, it’s really well written. (ONTD_Political)

An Indian Ambassador is patted down in public, despite her request for a private screening. (Um, guys, doesn’t this infringe on diplomatic immunity?) (Boing Boing)

Not freaking out kids is good and all, but getting them used to the idea of being touched in places they don’t want to be by using the same tactics as pedophiles? (Boing Boing)This might cause issues down the line.

There’s no regular testing system for the photoscanners (Boing Boing). That’s a problem. They may be safe, but that’s only if they’re working correctly.

What’s the use if they can be beaten by pancake-shaped explosives? (Boing Boing)

German photoscanner protester strips down. (video is NSFW, but the article should be OK) (Boing Boing)

Monitor Issues:
With the increasing pressure and increasing responsibilities of the front-line TSA workers, not to mention the insanely shifting regulations, it’s inevitable that these stories will show up more often:
TSA misses .40 handgun (Boing Boing)

TSA harasses a mother about breast milk (which was exempted from x-ray screening and fluid restrictions) (Boing Boing)

On the Lighter Side:
TSA Santa Shirt – Not even the old man can fly without a search.

Red vs. Blue TSA invades house party video (via Boing Boing)

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