Tag: TSA

15Feb

Experts on the Job

A New York airport screener who removed two pipes from a traveler’s bag and set them aside Monday morning prompted a security scare six hours later when the next shift saw the pipes and feared they might be pipe bombs, local and federal officials said.

The incident at New York’s LaGuardia Airport began at 11:30 a.m. when a screener discovered unidentifiable items inside a passenger’s carry-on bag. The officer screened the item for explosives, determined them not to be a threat and cleared the passenger through the checkpoint, a Transportation Security Administration official said.

But the officer prevented the metal item from going through because of its “material and appearance,” a TSA official said.

When the next shift arrived, one officer saw the items and mistakenly believed they were test objects, used to check screener proficiency. When that officer later learned they were not test items, the officer alerted others, and the TSA contacted the Port Authority Police Department, responsible for protecting the airport.

CNN

The point of this posting this here is not to shower yet more shame on the TSA (though they deserve all the shame they get, generally speaking).

Rather, the point is that here we have the perfect example of experts at work.

An expert assumes that if there’s something out there he doesn’t understand, it must be dangerous, and it must be curbed, blocked, or otherwise controlled. From a completely secular government’s point of view, for instance, religious belief is something they can’t understand —so it must be irrational, dangerous, and it must be controlled at all costs.

The larger picture is this is the sort of society you should expect if you choose rule by experts.

29Aug

Who's Watching the Watchers?

A city officer arrested a Spring Creek man Wednesday morning at the Elko Area Regional Airport, where he works for the Transportation Security Administration, on a warrant charging six counts of lewdness with a child. The Elko County Sheriff’s Office was notified in July of possible sexual contact between David Ralph Anderson, 61, and a girl younger than 14. According to Elko Justice Court records, the victim told investigators that on seven to 10 occasions between 2010 and this year, Anderson allegedly taught the victim about various sexual acts and had sexual contact in the form of touching each other’s genitals.

Anderson, who is a TSA employee according to Elko County Jail records, is being held on $250,000 bail.

Elk Daily

When you pay people to look at others naked in a “scanner,” and to “pat them down,” in a way that would be considered sexual assault were you in a bar, well, what do you expect?

29Aug

Who’s Watching the Watchers?

A city officer arrested a Spring Creek man Wednesday morning at the Elko Area Regional Airport, where he works for the Transportation Security Administration, on a warrant charging six counts of lewdness with a child. The Elko County Sheriff’s Office was notified in July of possible sexual contact between David Ralph Anderson, 61, and a girl younger than 14. According to Elko Justice Court records, the victim told investigators that on seven to 10 occasions between 2010 and this year, Anderson allegedly taught the victim about various sexual acts and had sexual contact in the form of touching each other’s genitals.

Anderson, who is a TSA employee according to Elko County Jail records, is being held on $250,000 bail.

Elk Daily

When you pay people to look at others naked in a “scanner,” and to “pat them down,” in a way that would be considered sexual assault were you in a bar, well, what do you expect?

23Jul

Video: Find the Terrorist

I’m a white American male, and I feel discriminated against. Could they not find even one terrorist that actually fits the profile of virtually every terrorist attack in the world?

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11Jun

Video: This Should Make You Feel Safe

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Yes, this is really the head of the TSA, holding the microphone like a gansta’, and breathing out more ums than an entire class of school kids giving their first oral report. She’s oh-so-in-control, and yet… She wanders around the question, never quite answering it.

26May

Video: The TSA Pokey Pokey

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30Nov

Changing Minds, One Traveller at a Time

Those who made excuses for all of candidate Barack Obama’s long years of alliances with people who expressed their contempt for this country, and when as president he appointed people with a record of antipathy to American interests and values, may finally get it when they feel some stranger’s hand in their crotch. –Thomas Sowell

The comprehensive briefing of House staff, by a TSA deputy, covered everything – the threat from Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, screening procedures, pat-downs (standard and enhanced) – “the whole works,” one House staffer who attended the briefing told POLITICO. He said that several House staffers were uncomfortable and averted their eyes when the TSA demonstrated an enhanced pat-down in the room of 200 people. “The dumbest part: they did two pat-down demonstrations – male on male, and female on female,” the House staffer said. And they used a young female TSA volunteer “and in front of a room of 200 people, they touched her breasts and her buttocks. People were averting their eyes. The TSA was trying to demonstrate ‘this is not so bad,’ but it made people so uncomfortable to watch, that people were averting their eyes.” –Politico

Reaching into my pocket to pay, I found metal objects (keys and coins) that the pat-down had missed. Oh well. I exited the secure area, put a battery in my pocket to up the ante, and headed back to the tail end of the security line to see if a second inspector might be any more perceptive. Up ahead of me a family of elderly Hasidic Jews was preparing for a pat-down. The ancient-looking patriarch, in a wheelchair, was first. When a female security officer instructed him to remove his belt, he looked up, confused. So she leaned down and, unbuckling it for him, removed it. With his eyebrows raised in disbelief and his pants hanging half open, he was wheeled to the left for further inspection. His wife, meanwhile, standing unstably on her own two feet, was guided to the right, where in full view of everyone she was treated to the same humiliation techniques. … All told, I submitted to the security agency’s 10-fingered salutation eight times in one day … The inconvenience is worth it, of course, if it works — if it uncovers potential dangers before they board a plane. That’s what a spokesman for the T.S.A. informed me, afterward, the officers’ job was: to assess whether I posed a threat to aviation. He would not comment on whether that should have included checking out the objects hidden in my pocket. All I know is I went through the line eight times, and not a single inspector noticed them. –NYT

How about being forced to wait an hour in the “special inspections area” because you ask the TSA to follow their own guidelines?

Let us consider the various scenarios. A man takes his wife and three daughters ages ten, fourteen, and eighteen on vacation. To get on their plane—any plane—he must allow them all to be scanned or fondled. In either case, the TSA employees get to see or feel the stages of emerging and full womanhood. The father’s only choice is not to go on vacation or to throw away his manhood, his role as protector, in the security line along with the bottle of water he could not finish. Another man is going with his lovely bride on their honeymoon. Before the wedding night a bevy of TSA security personnel (who would never take an unchaste glance at the outline of a shapely twenty-something) have become far more intimate with her figure than her husband. He has a choice: not go anywhere exotic for their honeymoon or get in a fight and be thrown in jail for creating a disturbance at an airport. A third man, a little younger than the first and a little older than the second, is traveling with his wife the last time they can before the baby comes. She has just begun her second trimester and is definitely starting to show. This couple’s choice is between another ultrasound on the one hand or a probing of her lower abdomen on the other. We will all feel safer knowing that the “bump” is not a weapons stash. … There used to be a much simpler answer to questions of this sort. Men did not allow women to be treated in a way that compromised their modesty. … There is a very good reason to think (historians and anthropologists confirm this) that men’s protecting the women they love—the generous impulse known as chivalry—is the beginning of civilization, the beginning of some modicum of decency, the beginning of any chance at security in the world. There is also good reason to believe that nations begin to fall when their men no longer think it worth the effort to protect the women they supposedly love and “would die for.” Do men still live in America?Big Government

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