How people learn to despise TSA (another elder abuse story)

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Great example ...

    Mail Tribune: Please 'handle with care'


    I have vivid recall of accompanying her on her last big travel experience — it was her 90th birthday celebration on the East Coast. We started the trip by going through airport security in San Francisco. She was frail, as well as hearing- and vision-impaired, and the boarding experience on that particular day was traumatic.

    It started when well-meaning (I just have to assume) uniformed security officials took away her metal cane — quite abruptly, I thought. Perhaps she didn't hear them ask her if they could do that. She was such an agreeable little person that if people said something to her she didn't hear or understand, she would usually just smile and nod.

    I didn't hear them ask her about the cane either, but maybe because, by then, they had oh-so-firmly advised me to stand "way back" from her. They did that with stop-sign hand signals accompanied by a warning not to raise my voice.

    Yes, I had raised my voice and, yes, I was agitated, especially when I saw little tears struggle down my mom's cheeks as she endured an all-body pat-down and imperative queries she probably couldn't hear.


    There's good news. In the spring of this year, the TSA said it was "rolling out more lenient security procedures for travelers age 75 and older." Their goal is apparently to create an easier and "less stressful" traveling experience.

    Good luck if you think TSA's two-digit IQ's are capable of any meaningful improvement.
  2. RB

    RB Founding Member

    The TSA Sexual Assault Grope Down is as traumatic to an elder as well as any other sane person. It's not the public that has it wrong it's TSA and TSA employees who willfully assault travelers for a measly paycheck.
  3. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    Would love to see a pax grab the outstretched "stop sign" arm of a pedosmurf and twist until it dislocates. Maybe bend a few fingers back until they break too.

    Sure the pax would be raked over the coals in court, but that's one lesson a smurf-clerk would never forget.
  4. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    I'm really surprised there haven't been more physical confrontations, but it's actually better for us that there aren't. Smurf beatdowns would evoke sympathy and we'd have less of the continuing crescendo of complaints about TSA.
  5. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    Not in any town where a freedom fluffer has been arrested for kiddie porn or humping veal. Besides, you don't do the beatdown at the airport. You follow the fluffer home and do the beatdown when he ducks into a dark alley. Think "Maquis", not "indignant passenger".
  6. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Sounds good but the end result will place the anti-TSA movement at an extreme disadvantage.
  7. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    I'm of the opinion that we've pretty much lost the "reasonable recourse" battle, due to the large number of AFS/sheep out there, and the politicians who are too chicken-:trash: to actually do something useful. Every time a freedom fluffer steps over the line, there's a lot of outrage but the fluffer still has a job and usually gets an unofficial commendation.

    We aren't going to win the hearts and minds of the sheeple in enough time to do any good. So we need to go after the hearts and minds of the fluffers. Literally.
  8. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    As much as I hate it, RB and Mike are right. I would find it deeply satisfying to see a smurf-clerk badly injured as a direct result of carrying out its unethical mandate, but unfortunately things have to get REALLY BAD before vigilantism is smiled upon by the public at large. Like "French Revolution" bad.

    On the upside, am I the only one who senses the public antipathy toward TSA steadily picking up steam? I can't remember the last time a pro-TSA news article went unchallenged, there are rumblings of TSA moving scanners around and investigating dogs and other methods of screening, and we haven't seen a repeat of the TSA-at-Union-Station incident since that one grew legs and garnered public attention.

    I think the speedometer needle is climbing.
  9. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    No, it definitely is climbing, which is all the more reason to continue doing what we're doing.

    For a while a couple months ago they were flooding the media with fluff pieces about the gumby scanners and precheck, but that seems to have run out of steam. We're in a bit of a lull at the moment which will end as soon as they grope the wrong grandma or gate-rape the wrong celebrity.

    This is also traditionally a low-travel time that ends with a tremendous peak Thanksgiving week & slacks off again until Christmas.

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