Senator Tweets About 'Very Uncomfortable' TSA Pat Down: 'OMG'

from the love-pats dept

A few years ago, we wrote about how many elected officials in Congress get to skip through airport security when they fly -- which might explain why they're not so concerned with the intrusive nature (and lack of effectiveness) of today's security theater at airports. It turns out that this only applies when they travel with law enforcement. At other times, if they're traveling alone, they do, in fact, have to go through the standard TSA process, and it appears that Senator Claire McCaskill was not too happy about her latest experience:
She later said that this sort of #veryuncomfortable and "OMG" experience is something she's gone through frequently due to the fact that she has a metal knee.

Of course, the real question is whether or not this will actually change anything at all. As some have pointed out, Senator McCaskill has been criticizing such pat downs for years (while also arguing in favor of "full body scanners") and it hasn't changed much. In some ways, it just feels like another piece of the theater act.


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    Ninja (profile), Mar 12th, 2013 @ 10:04am

    She got lucky. She didn't get a cavity exam. Maybe metal knees aren't a turn on for TSA agents?

     

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    Josh in CharlotteNC (profile), Mar 12th, 2013 @ 10:47am

    "test on my hands was positive."

    The test for explosive residue was positive? And all she got was an aggressive pat-down? They still let her board?

    Sounds like she still got the VIP treatment.

     

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    Mark Harrill (profile), Mar 12th, 2013 @ 11:10am

    The real reason the TSA doesn't work

     

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    gorehound (profile), Mar 12th, 2013 @ 11:10am

    Nothing but a Theater Act to get more Votes.I await their actions in reigning in the losers at the TSA.
    When the Politicians truly do something real then I will believe it but until then it is business as Usual.

    I fly very rarely and would rather take a train or rent a car.I have cut many plans.............things I could of done.
    I hate the TSA !

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 12th, 2013 @ 11:12am

    Okay, which lobbyist's gear was she smuggling?

     

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    TasMot (profile), Mar 12th, 2013 @ 11:16am

    But where are the terrorists

    After 12 years of "travelers are criminals" treatment at the airport, they still haven't caught any terrorists. They've thrown away lots of toothpaste, water and soda pop (I can still see the trash can full of these hazardous materials right next to the screening area where it makes me feel so much safer). But no terrorists! There are plenty of stories of airports being emptied after someone self-reports that they brought in a gun, but no terrorists. Oh wait, I know "See its working, no terrorists". But they still don't seem to be able to catch the people who "accidently" have a gun and aren't even trying to hide it. How are they going to catch the ones that are trying to hide them. Its actually quite easy to break down a gun into pieces and hide the pieces in the clutter of a regular suitcase. Never mind, I remember now, "Just trust them, they know how to grope every ones' genitals without my help".

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 12th, 2013 @ 11:20am

    Actually, the real question is: Why do you allow cyborgs into the senate!?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 12th, 2013 @ 11:26am

    Look at me, I'm one of you! I'm relatable!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 12th, 2013 @ 11:27am

    Re:

    She just won reelection, so she doesn't need to publicity to get more votes, not for another 6 years.

     

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    That One Guy (profile), Mar 12th, 2013 @ 11:29am

    So one of the nobility almost got treated like one of the commoners... you'll excuse me if I not only fail to sympathize with her 'suffering', but hope the same happens to all the others in power who 'see nothing wrong with TSA procedures' due to never having to experience them themselves.

     

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    Bergman (profile), Mar 12th, 2013 @ 11:46am

    It's surprisingly easy to false-positive an explosives detector

    They don't actually scan for the complex molecules of the actual explosives, just for key components that are far easier to detect.

    A good example of this, is that they scan for nitroglycering, dynamite, etc by detecting nitrates and glycerin. Someone who has both on them will false positive the detector.

    Blow bubbles with your grand children, then change a diaper, and you have enough nitrate and glycerin residue to set off the detector even days later, even if you wash your hands.

     

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    Liz (profile), Mar 12th, 2013 @ 11:47am

    Re:

    Even though there is a "Social Conservative" struggle here in the United States, this country does remain fairly progressive with regards to the individual. There are openly gay and transgender people holding public office, as well as a number of cyborgs in government positions. Even though some have elected to have minor modifications such as pacemakers, artificial hearts, and hearing implants (ocular implants are in development). There are a few who are on their way to full cybernetic conversion.

    However don't let this idyllic vision of our country direct your focus away from the darker side. Artificial Intelligence (AI) has yet to gain a reasonable foothold within our system. In fact, it appears that any measurable form of intelligence seems to be lacking on a grand scale.

     

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    JEDIDIAH, Mar 12th, 2013 @ 11:52am

    Born on the ides of March.

    Military service has always been a good prelude to entering the senate in the Republic. The fact that your military service may have made a cyborg out of you only adds to your perceived patriotism.

     

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    JEDIDIAH, Mar 12th, 2013 @ 11:55am

    Re: It's surprisingly easy to false-positive an explosives detector

    Nitrates? What about sausage?

    Will Hans get the 3rd degree from the TSA if he's recently made a batch of homemade bratwurst?

     

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    Lord Binky, Mar 12th, 2013 @ 12:13pm

    In some ways, it just feels like another piece of the theater act.

    Everything feels the same to the TSA.

     

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    Mr. Applegate, Mar 12th, 2013 @ 12:14pm

    If highly trained guards in a semi-sealed environment can't keep prisoners from smuggling contraband around in prisons (where they do body cavity searches), how can the TSA possibly expect to be effective in an Airport with a line in a hallway?

    /rhetorical question

     

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    DogBreath, Mar 12th, 2013 @ 12:17pm

    Re: It's surprisingly easy to false-positive an explosives detector

    Blow bubbles with your grand children, then change a diaper

    Key lesson learned for today. Do not have grandchildren or babies. Too dangerous. Even the TSA thinks so:

    http://i.imgur.com/roNfT.jpg

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 12th, 2013 @ 12:26pm

    OMG, I do it anyway

    I always opt-out of the scanner and go for the patdown.

    Sounds to me like this lady is going to even more strongly push the scanners, cuz OMG, she doesn't want another patdown.

     

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    ShellMG, Mar 12th, 2013 @ 1:26pm

    Re: OMG, I do it anyway

    I have to go for the patdown (or in my case a prod-down *ouch!*) because of a medical implant. I have a medical card but TSA screeners just blink at it and move on.

    I do a lot of driving these days.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 12th, 2013 @ 1:42pm

    That's probably the closest she'll ever get to "getting laid". She's the ugliest troll on the face of this planet.

     

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    jd2112 (profile), Mar 12th, 2013 @ 1:51pm

    Re: cybogs in the Senate?

    Easy. In her last election her opponent was Todd "legitimate rape" Akin.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 12th, 2013 @ 2:34pm

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    I'd give her a cavity exam... probably twice

     

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    AzureSky (profile), Mar 12th, 2013 @ 2:41pm

    Re:

    not really, that test detects many brands of lotion as explosives and the people doing the tests know it, they once took away the airport wheel chair i was using(sever arthritis) and made me use another because it had "explosive" residue on it....ROFL.....

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Mar 12th, 2013 @ 4:26pm

    Pat-downs vs body scanners

    Senator McCaskill has been criticizing such pat downs for years (while also arguing in favor of "full body scanners")


    Which bemuses me, as I consider a pat-down to be much less intrusive than the body scanners.

     

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    nasch (profile), Mar 12th, 2013 @ 4:46pm

    Re: Re:

    There are openly gay and transgender people holding public office, as well as a number of cyborgs in government positions.

    Indeed, even this guy got elected.

    (come on, it had to be done!)

     

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    nasch (profile), Mar 12th, 2013 @ 4:53pm

    Re: Re: It's surprisingly easy to false-positive an explosives detector

    Not to mention that soil and vegetables contain nitrates. I don't know if the concentration is high enough but theoretically you could test positive for nitrates after gardening or cooking. Combine with hand lotion and voila, free hand job.

     

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    special-interesting (profile), Mar 13th, 2013 @ 1:35am

    Where is the basic trust we shared as Americans gone? What lovable societal meem was lost when the TSA entered the scene.

    Degrading into conspiracy theory: A direct result of DEA policy of supporting foreign suppliers of drugs.

    If one was really against terrorism then they would remove all the laws regulating drugs including prescriptions. This would remove any monetary support for gangs, hoodlums, most terror cells, gangsters, motivation for many bank robberies and the development of new drugs based on societal use. (don't laugh as many current drugs were first found by individual use and its success as such)

    In all that we consider the feelings of an elected representative's feelings about being searched with the scrutiny to find even a hidden jump drive.

    -two page rant tossed into campfire-

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 13th, 2013 @ 4:40am

    Re:

    the tests they use are actually extremely sensitive- they are tripped if the bag in question has been used in the past to transport drugs/explosives ( they are that sensitive because the same level of drug residue can indicate concealment of drugs). Hence why you are subjected to further scrutiny- it's to check why the test turned up positive. If you simply used the bag to transport drugs during a trip to the Netherlands, for example, the test would trip, but it doesn't block entry into the US. Similarly, at the border, they are less bothered by if you've used explosives in the past as to if you're going to blow up the plane. ( Immigration might care, but that's not the TSA's problem)

     

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    Vox Populus, Mar 13th, 2013 @ 6:53am

    Smoke and Mirrors

    If they really wanted to increase airline flight security, they'd use bomb and drug sniffing dogs at the security checkpoints instead of the "random" pat downs and body scans.

     

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