Help Expose! TSA Caught Covering Up Pat-Down Complaints, Lying in FOIA Response

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Affection, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. Affection

    Affection Original Member

    The "big" document dump of TSA pat-down complaints from the end of 2010, courtesy of, included 201 complaints, while in a subset of that time, the ACLU recorded 900 complaints.

    Suspicious? So was I. I checked my records, and I sent a complaint within the relevant time period, and mine somehow isn't among the 201.

    I'm trying to expose this at my blog, so if you wrote to the TSA (snail-mail only), DHS, or Office of the President in Q4 2010 regarding TSA pat-downs, please check the document dump and reply on my blog as to whether or not your complaint was among those released:


  2. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    So their "hit rate" for releasing complaints approximates that of their three-out-of-four failure rate at finding actual prohibited items?
  3. Affection

    Affection Original Member

    haha exactly :) Although a 25% success rate probably exaggerates the TSA's prowess. ;)

  4. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Even a blind pig occasionally digs up a truffle (cupcake?).

    It's just that the TSA's blind pigs are typically looking for acorns when they find the truffle (cupcake).
  5. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    Ok, so, let me get this straight.
    1. They failed to solicit public comment on their proposed rule change.
    2. They instituted the rule change without first soliciting public comment.
    3. After they instituted the rule change, they received numerous complaints about the rule change.
    4. When a record of the complaints about the rule change was requested under the FOIA, they did not produce all of the complaints that they received.

    Why am I not surprised by all this? :confused:
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  6. Affection

    Affection Original Member

    Because you're so smart, and I like that about my blondes. ;)

  7. 201 seems like an unlikely number, doesn't it? I can imagine a higher up decided, go ahead and release 200 of the several thousand documents. Then someone else said, an even 200 would be obviously not a real number, wouldn't it? So then, higher up number one said, okay, fine, make it 201.
  8. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    I recall that ACLU had a list of several hundred, far in excess of 200, and many mention complaining to TSA as well. There have also been other sites aggregating complaints such as Rutherford and EPIC that may be good sources.
  9. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I submitted a complaint via the TSA Got Feedback in February 2010. I pushed this incident as hard as I could. I was contacted by TSA people at DFW with no signs of any kind of action, I pushed on to OIG and the DHS Ombudsmen. I was never able to get any kind of resolution from anyone at DHS. Sounds like my issue was earlier than what you are looking at.

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