Retards @ Work: Cat escapes carrier at JFK, remains missing

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Corning Leader: Cat escapes carrier at JFK, remains missing

    Xiaohwa bolted from her crate as a TSA officer was inspecting her crate at Terminal 4. Yu's boyfriend says he's afraid the tabby can't survive long without care because she has the feline version of HIV. The TSA said in a statement that its agents screened the pet and its carrier properly. It reminded passengers they're responsible for their pets throughout the screening process.
     
  2. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Becky Akers @ LRC Blog: Rulers to Serfs: ‘It's ALWAYS Your Fault’

    Those bungling cretins at the TSA have now lost a cat ... When a Transportation Security Administration officer [sic for ‘busybody’] at Kennedy International Airport inspected Xiaohwa’s crate just before departure, though, the cat darted and disappeared into the bowels of Terminal 4.” And what is the TSA’s response? An abject apology? A vow to quit prying into “crates” where government has absolutely no business going in the first place? Nope. As usual, it blamed the victim. One of its multitude of spokesliars “said in a statement: ‘T.S.A. officers screened the pet and its carrier properly. It is unfortunate that the pet is missing at the airport. But, as a reminder, passengers are responsible for their pets throughout the screening process.’”

    Meanwhile, as ABC News continues to document the Thieves and Sexual Assailants’ robberies of passengers, the agency “offers several tips to travelers to reduce the chances of thefts.” ... Take that, all you victims mourning the loss of iPads, money, jewelry and cats: it’s your own fault.

     
  3. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

    Am I to understand the cat did not complete the screening process and is loose in the airport? O MY GAAWD!! :td::eek:^

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  4. Wow. What jerks. If this is proper procedure, proper procedure is totally insufficient, and is in fact asinine. If you are required to take a cat out of it's crate in a frightening situation, it should be in a secure room with a door that closes. IT'S A CAT, for godsake. They claw and scratch and escape. That's how they roll.

    I have also heard reports of smurfs patting down cats and dogs, so I would question whether the passenger is responsible in those situations, if it is the screener's hands on the pet. I can imagine you get screamed at if you try to touch your cat during a cat patdown, in the same way you do if you reach over to comfort a child while they're being sexually molested.
     
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  5. Frank

    Frank Original Member

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  6. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    TSA Rule #1. It is always the passenger's fault and never TSA's fault.
    TSA Rule #2. When in doubt about an incident or procedure see Rule #1.
     
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  7. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

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  8. In that big FOIA document dump of complaints about scope & grope there was a heartbreaking letter from a woman who was taking her two cats as carry-on. She was rushed through the WTMD so quickly by a big meanie smurf before she got a chance to take off her cats' collars. They alarmed, and the same smurf was so harsh and threatening with her that she was terrified her cats would be taken away from her and she would go to jail. Then a nicer smurf came along and did the cat patdowns. (Seriously, are they trained on this? What do they even think they're looking for?) But I can imagine, after being berated and humiliated by a blue-shirt, many people would be in no condition to calmly and securely remove a nervous cat from a carrier, especially in the middle of a crowded checkpoint.

    But, of course, all of it is the passengers' fault, for being so silly as to think they live in a decent country, and gullible enough to believe that the current state of air travel is safe for them and their pets. :rolleyes:
     
  9. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    You are correct, Caradoc. I believe the PC term is "Mentally Disabled" or MD if you prefer. ;)
     
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  10. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    I prefer "Don't have two brain cells to rub together, which is a good thing because all they'd do is start a fire."
     
  11. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    I can speak with authority on this subject.

    We used to help transport assistance dogs using our flight benefits.

    Smurfs would pat them down, head to toe. Now, assistance dogs are super well behaved. But, man, would those fat morons freak out with a pet they'd have to pat down: "Do I use the wand? Where do I wand it? And then do I need gloves to pat it? Oh, I'm not supposed to rub it? But it's a dog..." And on. And on. And on.

    And heaven forbid you try and do anything ANYTHING to help. Only a terrorist would move, or try to get the dog in a better position, or try and move everybody to unblock the WTMD path. Seriously. Idiots. (expletive deleted) morons.

    I have a picture of the whole thing going down. As soon as I can figure out how to crop out my face, I'll post it.

    And, yes, to answer the question you're formulating in your head, they asked the sex of the dog, and went and found a female A.S.S. to perform the pat down.

    You can't make this stuff up.
     
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  12. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    For a moment I thought I was lost in the other place. Yes, we can call them retards here, with all due apologies to the mentally challenged, especially the ones who give their best shot in life.
     
  13. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    I consider it an insult to people like John Franklin Stephens, the kids I work with at the Special Olympics, and the folks I work with at Goodwill Industries to compare them to the soulless, unethical, and dishonorable dregs of humanity wearing the blue shirts of the TSA.

    TSA employees don't even aspire to the levels of goals those kids have.
     
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  14. RB

    RB Founding Member

    The people you work with are mental giants compared to TSA fluffers.
     
  15. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    The "R" word is NEVER appropriate.
     
  16. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Only inappropriate with regard to people who are actually mentally challenged. Beyond that, I don't cater much to individuals' particular sensitivities.

    I once got called out for using the expression "gate rape" (coined by UA pilots 10 years ago) because it's purportedly insensitive to those who've actually be abused sexually. Tough noogies, the English language is a very flexible and expressive creation, and I decline to be constrained.
     
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  17. N965VJ

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  18. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    I'm with you on this 100%, Mike. All the Bull:poop: about politically correct speach is designed to make us into sheep that agree with everything the government, or the "political powers" that be, promote as "correct." Freedom of speach and expression are one of our nations most treasured, God-given, inherent, inalienable rights. I'll be damned if I will follow their rules of what is "appropriate" and what is not. As long as it's not "fighting words," it's ok to say it. Heck, I call myself a "retard" when I do stupid stuff, but I would never call someone who is mentally disabled a "retard," even in jest.
     
  19. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Would it matter if they were trained on it? No TSA employee has ever managed to retain anything they've been "trained" to do, remember.
     
  20. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    And don't even get me started on "they" as a singular pronoun. I refuse to use it that way. :D

    There's probably a diganosis for this -- Linga-Confrontational Affective Disorder or some such.
     
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