Scanners arrive at another small airport

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Doober, Feb 7, 2012.

  1. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    As far as I can determine, this airport averages a bit over 13 commercial flights a day on small metal - and for this they need 2 scanners.:mad:
  2. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    This has to be one of the best suck-up pieces I've seen yet:

    (expletive deleted). The government doesn't rate non-medical imaging equipment for safety.

    Sometimes, yes. For those with false positives (54% according to the Hamburg trials), please skip to the next step.

    And for those those with false positives, a yellow mark appears where the imaginary item can be found.

    Which will be out of sight for a while along with the rest of your belongings, so as to allow our cadre of highly-trained, well-practiced thieves to filch your stuff.
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  3. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    Got my two cents in on this.

    I think the writer is auditioning for a job with TSA.

    Maybe Lisa should send her a nasty email about her lack of journalistic integrity. She has the journalistic credentials that the rest of us lack.
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  4. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    I like that idea, Fisher.

    I tried signing up but got an error on their registration page. I can only hope it was because their server got DoS'd by all the angry civic-minded freedom-lovers wanting to sign up to rip this "writer" a new orifice over their unconscionable defense of anything TSA.
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  5. Too bad they're not really standing on their heads. It would make it harder for them to stick their hands in people's pants.
  6. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    The new Blogger Bob?

    So what if we lack creds, we know a TSA spokesa** when we see one and she certainly fits the bill. Actually, one person did call her out:

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  7. LeeAnne

    LeeAnne Original Member

    I wrote this letter today to the columnist, Barb Ickes:

    Dear Ms Ickes,
    I am horrified at your utter lack of knowledge about the TSA, scanners, and what you so quaintly call "old-fashioned pat-downs". As a journalist, you have a responsibility to your readers to actually have some basic knowledge of the topics about which you write. In this case you have failed your readers miserably.
    Allow me to educate you as to what these "old-fashioned pat-downs" really are. Both my elderly, disabled mother and I have been subjected to offensive, demeaning and abusive assaults at the hands of the low-paid, poorly-trained workers hired by the TSA. What makes it worse is that people like us, who have medical implants, surgical scars or other physical anomalies, end up being targets of this abuse far more frequently than the able-bodied. In fact neither one of us appears able to get on a plane without getting pulled aside for a full "pat-down" - ever. That's 100% of the time...every single flight.

    Last year, 3 weeks after having undergone breast cancer surgery, my mother was subjected to just such an assault: her metal hip sets off the metal detectors every time she flies, so of course she was pulled aside for a pat-down. After informing the TSA worker that her right breast was very sore due to her recent surgery, the worker pressed in so hard on it that she cried out in pain. The worker then moved down her body, felt her crotch, and loudly began shouting "Whatchoo got in your pants?". Humiliated, my mother was forced to lift her shirt and pull her pants down IN PUBLIC enough to show that what she "had in her pants" was an adult diaper. She was not once offered the option of a private room - which she wouldn't have taken anyway, given the stories of unwitnessed abuses that seem to come out of those rooms.

    Why was she wearing an adult diaper? Because several months prior to that, my mother and I were stuck waiting in an airport security line that took over 90 minutes. By the time we got to the front of the line, my mother needed to use the restroom. When she (predictably) alarmed in the scanner and was pulled aside for a full pat-down, she begged the TSA workers to allow her to visit the restroom no avail. They refused, and left her standing in a roped-off area for more than 10 minutes. Finally a brutish TSA worker began the pat-down, but by that time it was too late - my mother's trousers were now damp. When the TSA worker began rubbing her hands up her inner thighs, she suddenly started screaming at her, "DID YOU PISS ON ME? DID YOU JUST PISS ON ME?" My mother began crying, but I was prevented from going near her to comfort her, my way blocked by two large TSA workers who refused to let me approach her.

    My mother now refuses to fly, which means that if she wishes to see her grandchildren, we must all fly to visit her. This is a significant financial burden on our family. But can you blame her?

    I have my own story of abuse. Last March, shortly after undergoing major back surgery, I flew to visit my son who had just graduated Army combat training. I was wearing a back brace, which my surgeon had instructed that I was not to remove, for any reason. When I attempted to go through the scanner, the TSA demanded that I remove my back brace. I refused, and reminded them that their own website states that medical devices such as braces do not need to be removed. I was then subjected to a clearly punitive "old-fashioned pat-down": every single inch of my body was roughly rubbed. When they got to my back, I asked them not to press in on my lower back area, where there was a large, fresh and still very painful surgical incision. Not only was this request ignored, the agent pressed so hard on the brace over it that I cried out in agony! At that point she refused to continue the pat-down and called over a supervisor. This woman began the process all over again, but for unknown reasons she spent an inordinate amount of time on my pubic area, running the back of her hand directly over my pubis and pressing in on it. I burst into tears. Why? Because I am a rape survivor, and I stood there, in public, feeling raped all over again. But there was nothing I could do: I was alone, I wanted to go see my son before he was sent overseas, and I knew that if I objected, I would be prevented from doing so.

    How can you NOT be horrified at these experiences? An elderly, disabled, cancer-survivor grandmother forced to urinate on herself, and reveal her adult diaper in public. The mother of an American solider, sexually assaulted for the "crime" of wanting to go visit her son before he shipped off to fight for our freedom. And these are just a few examples of the type of abuse that is happening in our airports on a daily basis...these are just what happened to MY OWN FAMILY. There are innumerable reports of similar and far worse abuses happening at airports all across America. A simple Google search would have revealed them to you, if you had any actual interest in writing a balanced piece.

    You should be ashamed of yourself. I implore you to do the right thing: do some research, learn what's really going on out there in our airports. And then come back and write an article that isn't just a propaganda piece for the most abusive, wasteful government agency in our nation's history.


    LeeAnne Clark
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  8. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    Great response LeeAnne, thank you.

    The only thing more despicable than those who commit these crimes against innocent travelers are those who defend them for personal gain or through their own ignorance.
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  9. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    While the rest of us ship her a pair of industrial knee-pads and a copy of Nina Hartley's Guide To Giving Good Blowjobs. With a lovenote saying "Good luck at your TSA job interview."
  10. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Looks like the overwhelming majority of commenters ripped her a new (expletive deleted).
  11. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    LeeAnne, did you ever get a response from her? Others who did indicated she was extremely defensive.
  12. jackonferry

    jackonferry Original Member

    This is a great letter. I will be interested in the response you get from her.
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  13. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    Yes. Thanks for posting the letter. The writer of that fluff piece is getting an excellent education.
  14. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

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  15. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    Cry me a river. When you whore for The Man, you deserve what's coming.
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  16. LeeAnne

    LeeAnne Original Member

    Yes I did, and yep, she's a whore for The Man, as you so eloquently put it, Frank. And of course I wrote her back. She never responded. Here's the whole exchange:

    So I wrote her back:

    After that, not a peep, of course.
  17. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    Wow. OWNED.

    I move to have LeeAnne nominated to the TUG Word Warriors' Guild.
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  18. LeeAnne

    LeeAnne Original Member

    LOL Garsh, thanks! :) I guess I was a little peeved....
  19. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    You probably shorted her last circuit.

    You're welcome to try a mind meld with one of my cats. As stupid as they are, it might work out better.
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  20. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

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