Even occasional readers of this blog will know that I’m a harsh critic of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). And rightfully so; the agency’s authoritarian attitude and relentless violations of travelers’ rights are legend. However that is not to say that the TSA can’t do anything right. In fact, its PreCheck screening program is a quantum leap in the right…Continue
Added by Ryan Lile on June 25, 2012 at 10:53am — No Comments
In crafting the legislation that created the Transportation Security Administration, then-US Senator Tom Daschle intoned, “You don’t professionalize until you federalize.” While airport security has been federalized to the maximum, the promised professionalization never happened. In addition to regular arrests for theft and…Continue
Added by Ryan Lile on May 25, 2012 at 12:12pm — No Comments
American Airlines will add a premium section with more legroom to its economy cabin
“American says the enhanced coach-class seats will first be offered beginning this spring on its new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. AA says the seating will eventually be rolled out through its mainline fleet of jets.
The Main Cabin Extra seats will be…Continue
Added by Ryan Lile on March 4, 2012 at 4:05pm — No Comments
The Transportation Security Administration has received nearly $8 billion in additional funding for 2012, and will continue to expand its presence beyond airports
“The Transportation Security Administration isn’t just in airports anymore. TSA teams are increasingly conducting searches and screenings at train stations, subways, ferry terminals and other mass…Continue
Added by Ryan Lile on January 6, 2012 at 5:03pm — No Comments
UPDATE: A second woman in her 80s has come forward claiming she was also strip searched at a JFK security checkpoint recently. TSA at JFK is apparently the Herman Cain of airport security.
On Tuesday, November 29, 85 year old Lenore Zimmerman was traveling from New York to Florida. At the security checkpoint at JFK airport she…Continue
Added by Ryan Lile on December 5, 2011 at 9:24am — No Comments
While not a total victory, this is good news for those of us who oppose governments conducting a virtual strip search of our person just to board an airplane.
The European Union issued …Continue
Added by Ryan Lile on November 16, 2011 at 11:41am — No Comments
The City Girls and I went to Hawaii (Big) Island last week. On our last trip together, a small bug created enough of a stir among a few of the girls for me to realize…Continue
Added by Kim Steutermann Rogers on August 29, 2011 at 10:07pm — No Comments
Love it or hate it, we are stuck with airport security. The best we can do is to go in prepared and armed with knowledge. Following is how the typical TSA checkpoint works, and my advice for navigating it with the least amount of hassle. Recommendations are mine, and will come as no surprise to regular readers of this blog.
The first step is research. If you actively avoid the scanners like I do, you should have an idea of what you’re up against before you get to the airport. The…Continue
For the last several years the acronym-loving Transportation Security Administration has been running a program called SPOT. This stands for Screening Passengers by Observation Technique, and is essentially a very low-rent attempt to do what security staff at Israel's airports do; that is, to detect people with mal-intent by reading their facial expressions and body language. You would be excused for thinking this has already been done on television. Welcome to the world of Dr. Cal Lightman…Continue
Added by Ryan Lile on August 2, 2011 at 3:48pm — No Comments
If George Orwell and Franz Kafka’s nightmares had a child, that child would probably be the TSA’s resident blogger, a hack I refer to as Bloghdad Bob. Bob seems to like the art of disinformation, which is a particular specialty of the TSA.
The Texas House recently passed legislation banning intentional touching of sexual organs, including through clothing. This act of…Continue
Added by Ryan Lile on May 25, 2011 at 6:43am — No Comments
Here are a few noteworthy news items about our dear comrades at the TSA from the last few days. I vomited a little in my mouth after reading the first and second ones.
Added by Ryan Lile on April 18, 2011 at 7:44pm — No Comments
Well color me shocked. Shocked!
The TSA – never big on transparency or truth-telling, will “retest” its whole body imaging scanners in light of the discovery that they emit far more radiation than previously stated. But of course the levels are still far below those harmful to humans, the TSA assures us.
Sometimes the story speaks for itself. I’ll only add that while the…Continue
Added by Ryan Lile on March 14, 2011 at 9:55am — No Comments
It’s an obvious statement, but the reactionary security practiced by the TSA isn’t working. While some might say that the absence of terrorist attacks shows that the TSA has done its job well over the last nine years, the far more likely explanation is that aggressive intelligence work overseas, along with some dumb luck and dumb attack attempts, are the real reasons why nothing has blown up at 38,000 feet.
But dumb luck won’t hold forever.
TSA has always been…Continue
Added by Ryan Lile on January 17, 2011 at 11:10am — No Comments
Added by The Globetrotting Texan on November 26, 2010 at 5:47am — No Comments
November 18, IdiotNewswire-
In a vigilant response to the constantly-evolving threats to aviation security, the federal Transportation Security Administration has banned airplanes from our nation’s airports in order to promote passenger safety this holiday travel season.
Said TSA Spokeshole Nico “Iraqi Information Minister” Melendez: “Airplanes are terribly dangerous objects. Just look at what happened on 9/11! Airplanes were used as bombs! Our…Continue
Added by Ryan Lile on November 19, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments
A LOT has been happening since late last week. There’s been a ton of media coverage about the strip search scanners and sexual assault gropes, and most of it is not going TSA’s way, to say the least. Also a big thank you to everyone who participated in the Congressional call-a-thon today. Several staffers I spoke to informed me that they were getting calls on this topic today, so we are getting our message to the people with the power to enact real change.
Next week the…Continue
Added by Ryan Lile on November 15, 2010 at 10:50pm — No Comments
Congress is returning for a lame duck session beginning tomorrow. Those of us active in the Travel Safety and Security forum over at FlyerTalk have developed a targeted list of Congressman to contact and voice our objections. This will have maximum impact if we do it on the same day. There’s also a TSA oversight hearing scheduled for Wednesday the 17th at 10:00am by the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety and Security (members listed…Continue
Added by Ryan Lile on November 14, 2010 at 3:35pm — No Comments
The holiday travel season is upon us. Between booking travel, buying gifts and organizing the family, who’s got time to even think about the latest airport security procedures? But if you’ve been hearing the word "pat-down" in the news -- yes, it means what you think it means.…Continue
Added by Carol Margolis on November 13, 2010 at 2:48pm — No Comments
Added by Ryan Lile on November 12, 2010 at 11:40am — No Comments