Up close and personal with the TSA

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Monica47, May 16, 2012.

  1. Monica47

    Monica47 Original Member


    Jews are taught to question, and I have found that asking the right questions often leads to taking action. I have made a decision not to allow fear to lead my life, and I am committed to questioning any behavior that seems to have its basis in post-9/11 fear mongering. And that is how I came to find myself earlier this year in a face-off with a TSA agent at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). In that moment, I became achingly aware of just how critical — and difficult — it can be not only to ask the right questions, but also to do so even when asking those questions causes inconvenience. Still, simply doing what one is told, for me, is more transgressive and more destructive than inconvenience.

    In my case, we had to make a decision: insist on ethics and dignity and miss our flight; or accept the pat-down, board our flight, and reclaim our dignity on another day. I opted to fly and found myself standing before a line of 12 to 15 men and one female terminal manager. A female TSA agent began to explain the procedure. I asked her if she would be touching my genitals, and she confirmed that she would be touching my “labia.” I was told to raise my arms, and standing in front of multiple men, my long blouse (which I had worn over black footless tights) was pulled up, exposing my entire bare midriff as well as the bottom portion of my bra. I forced myself to look into the faces of all the men who stood there, bearing witness to my humiliation. I continued to look, as the TSA agent pulled my tights away from my body and ran her fingers around my bare waistline.
    Entire article is excellent.
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  2. jtodd

    jtodd Original Member

    Very good article.
  3. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    That's a very powerful article. It should be sent to every single congress person.
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  4. jtodd

    jtodd Original Member

    I've already sent it to my so called representatives.
  5. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    Eloquent piece about the damage tsa continues to inflict. The screeners in lax are admitting they touch genitalia purposely. Didn't Rugape deny this? Guess you just can't trust anyone these days.
  6. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Being honest and truthful would violate TSA SOP.
  7. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    A great article! Is anyone keeping a file of these superlative articles? We had one a couple of weeks ago but as usual I can't find it.
  8. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

    I've always thought Rugape's quote in his signature - "Fear profits a man nothing" should include this disclaimer:

    *(unless you're Michael Chertoff, or have security-industrial stock in your portfolio)

    This kind of thing still goes on, even years later.

  9. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    Great article. I added it to the list of abuses.

    Of course Feinstein fails to see that this is a problem.
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  10. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    ...or you work for the TSA, since "fear" is the only reason they're employed by anyone for anything, being entirely useless for real work.
  11. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    The several abuses detailed in this article added to my Master List as well. I also left a comment.
  12. Monica47

    Monica47 Original Member

    I found Monica Osborne's (author) blog and email address and invited her to visit our website and join in our discussion of her article.
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  13. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    I also invited her in the comment I left.
  14. Monica47

    Monica47 Original Member

    Received an email today from Monica Osborne the author of this article. She said she would come and check out our discussions here at TUG.
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  15. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    We need a "rock on" emoticon, like this guy.
  16. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    So cute. :)

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