There’s not a lot of TSA action right now, not with everything that’s happening across the globe. But that doesn’t mean we should forget about things that are happening in our own back yards. Here’s some of the incidents I’ve kept in my feed reader, just for this occasion.
“The evening of the 20th of February 2011 started with relief, as I was anxious to get back to the important work of the Alaskan Legislature. Heading into security after time with the line of passengers, I felt upbeat. I’d blocked out the horror of three months earlier, but after the pleasant TSA agent checked the ticket and ID, I suddenly found myself directed into scanning by the Seattle Airport’s full-body imaging scan. The horror began again. A female agent placed herself blocking my passage. Scan results would again display that my breast cancer and the resulting scars pointed a TSA finger of irregularity at my chest. I would require invasive, probing hands of a stranger over my body.
Memories of violation would consume my thoughts again.”
Abuses of Power
This isn’t the TSA’s fault, but the fault of the no-fly list: Immigration officer fired after putting wife on list of terrorists to stop her flying home
He used his access to security databases to include his wife on a watch list of people banned from boarding flights into Britain because their presence in the country is ‘not conducive to the public good’.
As a result the woman was unable for three years to return from Pakistan after travelling to the county to visit family.
TSA cheat sheet: know your rights! (boing boing)
Flier beats TSA video recording charge in court (boing boing)
$100 Bribe to Ticket Agent Allows Unknown Package to Fly on JetBlue (ontd_political)
The Hidden Costs of Extra Airport Security (NY Times)
TSA is sad that we don’t want them to touch our junk (boing boing)
Stupidity (There’s no nice way to classify this)
Airport officials declare tiny toy gun a safety threat (boing boing)
TSA bans bikini woman for ‘unusual contour’ around buttocks (ontd_political)
Tom the Dancing Bug: A Security Issue at the Office (boing boing)
The Inevitable Taiwanese News Animation about the TSA’s Touching of Junk (boing boing) NSFW