Flying out of ORD today

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by AngryMiller, Jun 29, 2011.

  1. AngryMiller

    AngryMiller Original Member

    No problems with document checker other than why are they there?

    Barker in place. She attempted to move my belongings from one bin to another. Always thought that nothing but the laptop was supposed to be in the bin. Called her boss over. She got her hands slapped and was told to back off.

    Opted out of AIT. Got the enhanced pat down. Contact made with my penis (albeit through clothing), scrotum, and perineum. Suspect it was purely retaliatory. There is absolutely no reason for a checkpoint pat down to be this intrusive. Not happy about this at all.

    Disgusting behavior on the part of people who are old enough to know better. Oh well, they hover around the x-ray machines adding to their lifetime exposure account.
     
  2. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    I would try to apologize for the behaviour of the Terrorists Searching Americans, since I know they'll NEVER apologize for their disgusting and unjustifiable acts, but apologies can lead to forgiveness and we definitely don't want TSA to be forgiven for anything.

    Instead, write your elected officials. If ORD is your home airport then we're both Illinoisians and it may help to coordinate our letter-writing so the IL Congressfolk get a one-two punch of "shut this (expletive deleted) down, and shut it down NOW."

    Let me know what you want to do but just so you're aware, I am trying to take advantage of the 4th and all the nationalistic connotations it has to get my message across, so I'd ask that you not wait too long.

    Best of luck to you, whatever you decide. And I hope your groper winds up with multiple malignant cancerous masses from the BKSX boxes at its checkpoint.

    EDIT: This felt so much longer while I was writing it. CELL PHONE, Y U TYPE SO SLOW?
     
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  3. AngryMiller

    AngryMiller Original Member

    Cell phone typing? 35th circle of hades.

    No need for an apology, this was business travel and sometimes for business you've got to do unpleasant things. The TSA sycophants would all say that the pat down was done per procedure. Suspect it was or it might qualify as per procedure.

    ORD is the company airport. Was there on a business trip and got called out to fly to California to put out some fires at a customer site.. The TSOs who both know and love me are at MSP. Haven't seen any run away when I go through the checkpoint but after turning several of them in for violations of their SOP and bad attitudes they know that they had better behave.

    Got mixed feelings on TSOs getting cancer due to on the job exposure. As a survivor myself it isn't something that I would wish on anyone else. They do merit punishment, but will let the higher power decide on what to do with them.

    Wonder if the TSOs posting here and at that other site do the posting at the behest of their employer or if they are self prompted to post? I know that if I posted things that could be taken as embarrassing, my employer would call me on it. Let's say someone posting as TSODork, who we know really is a TSO working at Timbuktu, Ark. began making threats, was abusive towards others, etc. how would his/her employer take that?

    If they are doing the posting at the behest of their employer then it would appear that their employer sanctions their behavior. If they are doing posting on their own while representing themselves as an employee of TSA then TSA tacitly approves of their employees being rude and obnoxious to people, both on and off duty.
     
  4. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    They work for the federal government. The first amendment protects them just like the rest of us:

    Unless they are divulging classified information, their internet activities on their own time are constitutionally protected free speech. In fact, they have constitutional protections that workers for a private employer don't have.
     
  5. AngryMiller

    AngryMiller Original Member

    Have no problems with free speech, but if a person says something that identifies their employer and their employer takes exception to what was said and slaps them down for it aren't they putting their job at risk by identifying their employer?
     
  6. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Private employer, yes.

    Federal government as employer, no (well, not in theory).
     
  7. FriendlySkies

    FriendlySkies Member

    I'm not surprised about your treatment @ ORD. I've opted out there four times, and two of the times had me calling over a supervisor to deal with the bull crap the A.S.S was spouting. He even told me that ORD has some of the worst scores for pax treatment... :rolleyes:
     
  8. lkkinetic

    lkkinetic Original Member

    ORD/MDW are also my home airports. I've only flown 4x since the atrocity escalation, twice through MDW and twice through ORD (and I used to be Platinum on American ...). I've gotten the WTMD all 4 times, one time thanks to my husband's "take one for the team" opt out that enabled me to bypass the scan/opt out process. Only frisk I've experienced was in CMH, on return to MDW in January.

    I've also written to my Congressional so-called representatives, and have only gotten a response from Durbin, albeit a form response. Will do so this weekend to coordinate with you CelticWhisper & leverage the 4th.
     
  9. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    Thanks, lkkinetic. I'm just about done spiffing up my letter and will post the "release candidate" version in the Political Action forum under the topic I started.
     
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  10. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Here's the first letter I wrote to my senators, rep, in November 2010. I've since written, emailed more, but of course all they ever send back is a canned response. Again, hate to plug this blog, since the reason I left was because I got tired of being shouted down by my supposed compatriots over there, but that's where the link is, so c'est la vie:
    http://www.cogitamusblog.com/2010/11/my-letter-to-senators-congressman-about-the-tsa.html
     

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