Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Lisa Simeone, Dec 19, 2011.
From TSA News:
Alaska Rep. Chris Tuck to holiday travelers: “All you have to say is, ‘I opt out’”
Good for him. My only quibble is that for some people 'all you have to say is I opt out' is not so easy. But I do get where he's going with this.
And for many people the grope that results can be even worse, still it helps to get the word out.
I'm impressed that he's putting it out there that the MMW/ATR doesn't guarantee a screener isn't looking at you naked. At least, that's how I interpreted what he said. I wonder if Alaska reps are gearing up for a battle here.
Yes, they are. Read the whole entry at the link (it's short).
Tuck wants to introduce legislation during the upcoming Alaska legislative session to mitigate the TSA’s invasive techniques against Alaskans.
De-funding TSA will mitigate TSA's ineffective invasive techniques in short order.
It ain't that hard Congresscritters.
Well, he's a State rep, not a Congressional rep.
And I hope people will go over and read the "class war" comment I left. We shouldn't be denigrating other workers just because they work in so-called "lowly" jobs! I don't care if you're a cleaning lady, a truck driver, a garbage worker, a pizza deliverer, a busboy, a mall cop, a whatever. There's nothing wrong with those jobs. TSA employees deserve criticism and opprobrium because of what they're doing, not because of their perceived or actual level of education. We shouldn't be trying to take other workers down a peg.
One benefit of opting out is that it taxes TSA's personnel, adds to the backup and increases the security hassle that people attribute to TSA.
Some folks are more opposed to allowing their naked image to be taken, which conceivably could stay in the system for decades, than to a few minute groping. Others are less troubled by notion of having a potentially unidentifiable nude image of them making the rounds than they are of being groped by a stranger. Both groups share a common opposition to Government intruding this far into their personal space.
If his issue is primarily with the scanners then I'm good with anything that increases opposition to TSA.
I emailed Rep. Tuck to thank him for his support and action.
I'm blue in the face from saying this. Used to write about it at the Cogblog. It would take just a small percentage of people willing to do this to bollux up the works. But as we know, most people won't. Won't take a stand, physically or philosophically. We're still a long way from mass civil disobedience.
Who made the gingerbread TSA men with the blue gloves?
I think part of that comes from TSA chest-thumping such as claiming that the Behavior Detection voodoo practitioners in BOS are college educated (we never did find out exactly in what), and the reality of screener jobs being advertised on pizza boxes and gas pumps. The policeman's costume and tin badge doesn't help, either.
Service sector employees are generally given a suitable appearance of authority. If a mall wants to attire their security employees in fancy LEO uniforms and have them conduct "investigations", that's fine by me, just be prepared to suffer the consequences of lost business. For example, if I have some time to kill in MSP, the Mall Of America is off my list. (I don't agree with the Mall turning over information to the government, though)
Aren't those awesome!?? Freedom To Travel USA, AK Chapter. They made them for "greeting" a scanner installation in Anchorage, mentioned in an earlier post.
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