Meow the 37 pound cat gets TSA pat down

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Monica47, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. Monica47

    Monica47 Original Member

  2. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Morons. The lot of them.
     
  3. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

    I'd take this opportunity to mock the TSA, but I can't help but remember that my childhood companion Peppermint Patty could smuggle a live baby bunny into the house and terrorize it under the living room sofa while the entire family was forced to listen in horror to its pathetic squeals of terror. She'd meow to be let in, then grab the catatonic victim between her jaws, drop her chin to her chest and trot into the house when an unsuspecting human opened the door for her. All her dupe would see was her beautiful mass of white and black Persian fur. An hour or so later the gladiatorial spectacle would commence and my family, tenderhearted milquetoasts all, would frantically attempt to rescue the traumatized victim. Pandalerium every time!

    Yes, pandalerium is a word. It's the only word that describes the type of family hysteria that occurs when normally good house pets go very, very bad!
     
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  4. Seriously? They're patting down cats now? Is this just because he was so big (like, maybe he was wearing a fat cat suit)?

    When I flew with my cats out of SFO back in 2005, I had to take them out of their carriers so the carriers could be run through the x-ray. That's okay, except that I had to do it in the middle of the check-in area, out in the open, where, had I been timid about scruffing them, they would have been off across the airport. The screener was impressed by my cat-scruffing skills (I'd been working in pet shipping just before that), and he said more than once he'd had disasters with cats freaking out and running away. So that was stupid enough procedure, but now screeners are patting cats down?? Do they have special training on how to deal with cats? Because if not, boy howdy, that's a recipe for disaster, escape, and lots of scratches. If that happens, does the cat get a fine for refusing to complete the screening? Does the owner get to chase the cat down, or would that make them suspicious that the cat passed a weapon to the owner? I have many questions. I do believe they have not thought this one through.
     
  5. Monica47

    Monica47 Original Member

    I have some questions also. I have a cat - he's 11 pounds. He has no pockets, or anywhere to carry anything unless it's inside of him. Can only think of a few ways that could happen...... If what the TSA was checking for was internal the scanner wouldn't help and unless you were a vet what exactly were they hoping to feel especially with a cat that is so obese? I have a feeling this was done as a Kodak moment and nothing else.
     
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  6. RB

    RB Founding Member

    TSA Screeners don't have any special training on dealing with humans so why should they get any for cats?
     
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  7. FaustsAccountant

    FaustsAccountant Original Member

    I'm sure they do, it's simply SSI.
     
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  8. RB

    RB Founding Member

    It's all just a show so people think TSA is doing something.
     
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  9. Doober

    Doober Original Member

  10. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    TSA has the franchise on stupidity.
     
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  11. A Kodak moment, this makes the most sense. But wasn't there a story about a guide dog getting a pat down a while back? And there was a delay because, no kidding, they had to look around for a same sex screener? I almost hope that one was fictitious, but I have a sinking feeling that it wasn't.
     
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  12. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

    When Dan and I were first married we had a rescue kittie named Tonka who was (expletive deleted) on Wheels. She used to trash veterinarian's offices and rake veterinary assistants to ribbons. I would capture her for vet visits by putting a pillow case over my arm as if it were a long glove, sneaking up on Tonka while she was asleep and grabbing her by the scruff, quickly reversing the pillow case off my arm and over the cat, tying a loose overhand knot and gently tossing the pillow case and the cursing cat into the carrier, securing the door before she broke out of the pillow case. I would then transport her carrier in the back of our small pickup truck. This sounds mean, but the things she did to me before I toughened up weren't pretty either. The first time I transported Tonka I put her carrier on the bench seat of the truck. She cursed a blue streak for the first half of the trip, then abruptly decided I wasn't taking her seriously enough. Tonka snaked her long forepaws out of the carrier nearly 12 inches so that she could sink her claws into my thigh. With one good heave she dragged herself and her carrier over to me and did her best to dig a hole in my leg with her razor sharp claws. Seconds later we were on the shoulder. 10 seconds later Tonka and her carrier were riding in the back.

    Tonka used to steal food right out of my hands by taking a running leap at the kitchen counter while I was preparing dinner. She never broke stride between leap, strike and gettaway. Before you wonder: no, we did not starve that cat! She was feral, pure and simple. Tonka and I made peace near the end of her life, but in the beginning she was strickly Dan's cat.

    The TSA is no match for a real terrorist. A cat on a tear definitely qualifies. I rather relish the thought.
     
  13. RB

    RB Founding Member

    No franchise, TSA owns STUPIDITY outright. Just take a look at what TSA puts on the TSA Blog for proof.
     
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  14. Tonka sounds like my dear departed Bubba. She was evil, and a genius, that cat. The TSA would rue the day they tried to pat down Bubba.
     
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  15. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    We could do much better if TSA became an ARC jobs project.

    (That's not "American Red Cross", that's "Association of Retarded Citizens")
     
  16. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    The cat would be arrested for assault. Then the owner. And then said owner would be strip-searched just to be safe.
     
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  17. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

    Yep. My family never gives up on an animal, but we do get firm from time to time. Some of the animals we've rescued have been a bit psycho. That's why our current pet is a good-natured golden retriever whose greatest desire is to please her people. At this stage in our lives we couldn't handle the kind of "pets" we've lived with in the past. One comes to love the fuzzy terrors at least as much as the sweeties, but the odd psycho rescue pet does wear on a family's nerves.
     
  18. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Don't forget the man with a colon cancer surgery scar that extended from crotch to sternum. Two TSA agents poked and prodded the scar "to see if you had anything sewn inside your stomach."

    This is in the Master List. It happened two years ago, right after the Reign of Molestation was implemented. I wrote about it then. Thought maybe a story like that would get through to the naysayers and apologists and give others, such as the clueless, an idea about what we were dealing with.

    Nope.
     
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  19. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

  20. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    We used to transport assistance dogs as part of the corporate giving program. This way the dogs traveled in the cabin, instead of cargo as on other airlines, and the transport was also, therefore, free to the organization. It was a win-win for everybody. We'd use our flight benefits to travel to the breeder's home airport, pick up the dogs, then transport them to the airport of the raiser whose job it was to teach the dog basic things like bathroom on command, table manners, sit, stay, etc.

    Not every time, but most times, TSA insisted on patting down the dog. And, yes, they asked the sex of the dog and would find the appropriate same-sex screener. It was ridiculous beyond measure.

    On a side note we just took in a feral rottweiler mutt. She is the most loving, docile dog when we are giving her attention. But when she is ready to play, look out! Just this morning she accidentally tried to eat one of my toes. You see, we feed her on a regular schedule, she also gets copious amounts of peanut butter (we have to bribe her back into her kennel), as well as several marrow-filled bones, pig snouts, beef knuckles, you name it. She's put on 15 pounds since she's been in our home, which is good because she walked into our office out of a cotton field, barely able to stand she was so weak and literally skin and bones. She's now a fat and happy little tank. Nevermind. Every morning as we take her out, the only path out of her quarantine (she's being treated for heart worm) is directly past our much older, docile golden's food bowl who mostly refuses to eat. So the stray makes a habit of cleaning up what the other dog leaves behind. This morning my foot apparently was in the way.
     
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