I've gone back and forth on creating this thread for a while. On the one hand, it's TSA-related so it should fit in, but on the other, it seemed a little frivolous. But then I suppose that's what the "What's On Your Mind" forum is for - a touch of frivolity to keep spirits up. So...my goal here, being that art and fiction often highlights moral quandaries and serves as a tool for taking the temperature of the public consciousness, is to track portrayals of DHS/TSA in popular media - TV, movies, music, commercials, etc. Hopefully we can get an idea of how (un)favourably everyone's dear beloved TSA is viewed by the producers and consumers of our dear beloved popular culture. Without further ado, I'll start: -As mentioned previously, Eureka had this in a late season 5 episode. Doug Fargo, while trying to backtrace a military order to erase precious (and how!) information from a storage device, says to the DHS official on the phone "What's the matter? Is Homeland Security too busy groping people to make a simple phone call?" and hangs up in frustration. He follows it with "Great, now I'm going to get strip-searched on every flight I take for the rest of my life." While I can see the followup line being put in to dissuade would-be copycats (or am I just reading waaaaaay too much into that?), the original accusation was said with a definite tone of anger and without playfulness or mirth. -Another previously-mentioned Eureka example - a DNA scanner that would allow the local authorities to track anyone, anywhere, anytime sparks a debate over civil liberties versus safety with a subtle but unmistakable undercurrent of "civil liberties should win out" running through the arguments. Also, the device itself is eerily reminiscent of a NoS. -Dexter, S05E05 "First Blood" was scarily prophetic. The episode aired in Nov. 2010 at the dawn of scope-n-grope, when most of the nation was still in denial. A character who was the victim of repeated brutal rape is provided with a plane ticket back home to try to move on with her life. TSA has other plans and the ensuing grope causes her to relive her trauma at the hands of her attackers and ultimately spurs her decision to remain in Miami to seek revenge. It's essentially a milder version (as the character didn't wind up in the hospital) of the events reported in TSA News Blog's "Rape Survivor Assaulted by TSA" article. The portrayal of the groping was hard-hitting and personal (my heart was threatening to burst out of my chest just watching it - kudos to the director for making it that immersive) and TSA, while not the focus of the scene story-wise, received no (expletive deleted)-covering and I can easily see the scene sparking discussions by audience members over "can that really happen?" Maybe a bit of a wakeup call. So...anyone else notice any memorable cameos by our blue-shirted airport thug squad in media? Were they positive or negative, and what sort of themes were presented? Oh, before I forget, there's also the TVTropes page (Time-sink alert! Productivity factor dropping!) for Overreacting Airport Security. A few of the Real Life entries are compliments of Yours Truly. I debated editing previous usages of the word "agents" to "screeners" or "clerks," but that runs the risk of starting a debate and having a mod decide that because the agency uses the false-legitimacy term "Officers," so shall their page until an official change is made. Knowing moderation trends on that site as I do, that's one sleeping dog that's best to let lie.