Want To Grope People At Random In Airports (Not Just At Security)? Join The TSA!

from the well,-you-look-kinda-cute... dept

The TSA's sexual assault-as-security theater continues. The latest involves reports from a woman, who, despite having already cleared security at LaGuardia airport, was approached by a TSA agent near the gate for her flight, and told that he had to give her a pat-down on the spot, ordering her to drop her things and assume a spread-eagle position against the wall, at which point, he "patted her down," grabbing her breasts, thighs and crotch. The woman claims that two other women were given similar "security treatments," which to most people would sound like a public sexual assault. The TSA was asked about this and said it could not comment "because of security concerns." Yes, so apparently, if you want to sexually assault women at will, the TSA is the place to be and they'll cover it up for you, due to "security concerns."


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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 29th, 2011 @ 8:43am

    Start filing criminal complaints. This shit is ridiculous.

     

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    Marcus Carab (profile), Mar 29th, 2011 @ 8:54am

    Who would have thought that if you take a bunch of people, put them in uniforms and give them guns, x-ray vision and discretionary groping powers that they would get up to no good?

     

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    Mike42 (profile), Mar 29th, 2011 @ 8:58am

    Great Employment Opportunity!

    I'd change jobs now, but it's too long a walk afterwards to smoke a ciggarette.

    Damn that airport smoking ban!

     

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    Hiiragi Kagami (profile), Mar 29th, 2011 @ 9:01am

    It's done.

    It took a while to fill out the security questionnaire. I'm hoping to receive a call ASAP.

    The wife drove to New York a few days ago and it's getting... desperate.

    On topic now: Hey, don't forget! The TSA has the power, if it so chose to use it, to have each and every person strip naked to board that plane!

    Personally, I wish they'd go ahead and do it. One view with a naked grandma and TSA agents wouldn't even wait the two weeks for prior notice, thus ending this charade.

     

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    Steven (profile), Mar 29th, 2011 @ 9:03am

    Did I read that right?

    Did it say "he" groped the woman? I'm betting there is a solid law suit there. I also suspect this may be somebody operating outside his instructions assuming he can get away with it.

     

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      SomeGuy (profile), Mar 29th, 2011 @ 9:12am

      Re: Did I read that right?

      No, it was a female TSA, but it's 2011, what's gender got to do with anything?

       

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        SomeGuy (profile), Mar 29th, 2011 @ 9:12am

        Re: Re: Did I read that right?

        Also, the passenger was violated, what's it matter if the agent enjoyed it or not?

         

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        Steven (profile), Mar 29th, 2011 @ 9:16am

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        I went and read through the source articles. It was a woman. My thought was TSA policy is definitely that same gender does the pat downs, and if it was a guy it might not be an official action.

        However after reading a bit more it looks like standard TSA incinerating the constitution with little to no oversight. As sad as it is I'm not overly surprised by it.

         

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          SomeGuy (profile), Mar 29th, 2011 @ 9:20am

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          I hold my stand that gender doesn't matter. It doesn't matter in terms of agent intent (is the TSA *admitting* they don't hire homosexuals? That's illegal, isn't it?). It doesn't matter in terms of how passengers are affected (a woman who's assaulter this was is going to feel violated regardless of whether they were assaulted by a man or a woman). And it doesn't matter in terms of our Constitutional rights (it doesn't say we're protected from unreasonable searches conducted by a member of the opposite sex).

           

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            Steven (profile), Mar 29th, 2011 @ 9:27am

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            I agree to some extent. It's 'more okay' in the mind of most people that same gender does the groping, especially when it's to somebody else. It's more of a social mental state.

            Probably doesn't make this woman feel any better about it.

            Of course none of this makes it actually okay in the first place.

             

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          btr1701 (profile), Mar 29th, 2011 @ 1:20pm

          Re: Re: Re: Did I read that right?

          > My thought was TSA policy is definitely
          > that same gender does the pat downs

          Most men would find it *more* offensive and uncomfortable to be intimately groped by another man than by a woman.

           

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            Anonymous Coward, Mar 29th, 2011 @ 8:10pm

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            I dunno. I think the pulled out of line and put up against the wall and physically searched in public view thing might outweigh the gender of the searcher thing no matter which restroom you use.

             

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 29th, 2011 @ 9:05am

    Need some visual aids for this one. Let's see some photos of these women..

    Hot == Harassment
    Not Hot == Valid security concern?

    Seriously though, the TSA is shady shady.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 29th, 2011 @ 9:09am

    "Life, liberty, and the pursuit of a penis!" - New American Motto

     

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    Meek Barbarian (profile), Mar 29th, 2011 @ 9:18am

    The TSA (Theater Security in Action) only gropes you cause it cares! *


    * the above statement need not apply to unattractive females, those with a penis, or any dangerous individuals whom we should have stopped but are too idiotic to catch

     

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    weneedhelp (profile), Mar 29th, 2011 @ 9:35am

    Wenn Sie nichts haben sich zu verstecken, haben Sie nichts sich zu fürchten.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 29th, 2011 @ 9:37am

    I hate to say it, but there appears to be more to the story than just that. I doubt very much that the agent "grabbed" her breasts, the actual inspection of the area isn't a groping or grabbing, but actually a rub along the outlines of the bra, particularly on the bra strap. Second, the agent was apparently responding to an alarm in the area, perhaps this person accidentally leaned on a security door and set it off, or was seen trying to enter an area that was not open. The TSA agents are not wandering around the airport looking for people to grope.

    Seems like there is a whole other side to this story. Want to bet the "victim" is a blogger or professional complainer looking for some media attention?

     

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      techflaws.org (profile), Mar 29th, 2011 @ 9:42am

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      "but actually a rub along the outlines of the bra, particularly on the bra strap."

      Which, I'm sure, makes it a much more pleasant experience for the woman being groped.

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Mar 29th, 2011 @ 9:50am

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        Hey, I don't make the rules. Drug smugglers and terrorists both have used the genital areas to hide things, and it is very common for drug smugglers to put things into the band of a woman's bra. You can get a whole lot of drugs like heroin into a single bra strap, more so on a padded bra.

        Don't blame the authorities, blame the criminals who use these methods to commit their crimes.

         

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          Anonymous a-hole, Mar 29th, 2011 @ 9:58am

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          Don't blame the authorities, blame the criminals who use these methods to commit their crimes.

          BULL FUCKING SHIT!

          Blame the assholes that think their lead star gives them free fucking rein to do whatever the hell they want, no matter how vile, disgusting and unconstitutional.

           

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            Anonymous Coward, Mar 29th, 2011 @ 10:34am

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            Hey, they're just doing their jobs and that's a valid excuse no matter where you are. Criminal scum! Always ruining it for 99.9997% of the population.

             

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              The Devil's Coachman (profile), Mar 29th, 2011 @ 10:37am

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              Adolph Eichmann tried that excuse. Still found himself at the end of a rope at the end of his day, didn't he?

               

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              Anonymous Coward, Mar 29th, 2011 @ 11:30am

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              That's because your awesome government insists on punishing innocents for what the criminals do. Blame your fabulous govt, not the criminals. The "criminals" exploit the loopholes, like the hackers, of things badly designed or operated. Your gov is a prime example of badly designed or operated.

               

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                Anonymous Coward, Mar 29th, 2011 @ 12:48pm

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                WARNING PDF: http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/documents/FactSheet.pdf

                From 1976 to today, more than 1200 offenders have been put to death in the United States. During this same period, almost 140 convicts on death row have been exonerated of their crimes. These figures are troubling. The number of individuals on death row that have been exonerated is almost 12% of the total number of offenders executed.

                It's better to execute 100 innocent people than to have 1 guilty person go free.

                 

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          jackwagon (profile), Mar 29th, 2011 @ 10:07am

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          Let's name things criminals use to commit crimes.

          guns, knives, cars, phones, the internet... I'm forgetting something, oh yeah, the TSA. Lets ban them all.

           

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          Anonymous Coward, Mar 29th, 2011 @ 10:17am

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          I blame authorities for pursuing inefficient policies that not only have no real results it also encumbers normal citizens.

          I also blame any enforcement agent that thinks those things help, when clearly, clearly they don't.

          Look what even law enforcement officers have to say about it.
          http://leap.cc/

           

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          Beta (profile), Mar 29th, 2011 @ 11:03am

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          "...it is very common for drug smugglers to put things into the band of a woman's bra. You can get a whole lot of drugs like heroin into a single bra strap, more so on a padded bra.

          And what does that have to do with protecting the aircraft and its passengers?

           

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          SomeGuy (profile), Mar 29th, 2011 @ 11:30am

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          I blame the authorities for enforcement measures that infringe on the rights of the citizens. The ends don't justify the means, and I'd rather live with the risk of exploding airplanes than under the fear of my own government.

           

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      Anonymous Coward, Mar 29th, 2011 @ 9:43am

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      Wanna bet none of that matters in the least?

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Mar 29th, 2011 @ 10:02am

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      "Want to bet the "victim" is a blogger or professional complainer looking for some media attention?"

      She is an urban planner, from her linked in:
      Current:
      Program Officer at Local Initiatives Support Corporation
      Past:
      Program Coordinator at openhousenewyork inc, Research Associate at Center for an Urban Future, Cafe Manager at Drench Kiss Media / Vox Pop, Fellow...

      She has a very tiny online persona, and no blog. Turns out this is old news too I found stories about her from August '10.

      Looks like i win the bet, whats my prize?

      Although I do agree that people like to attach scarier words to the pat down, like grope and grab where more gentle words like rubbing and lifting would work. However I don't think semantics really matters. If I rubbed somebodies bra line on a train they would feel violated, no more or less so if I put a good solid squeeze in there too, the fact that TSA is getting paid to do it doesn't make people feel less violated. The question is do the security concerns > peoples feelings of being violated. Personally I would say no.

      The strawmen your reaching for, she leaned on a security door or strayed into a restricted area are pretty weak. From the four reports I read on it would seem she was walking from security to her gate. If there was a reason she was never given one. And 2 other women were searched in the same area so I doubt the all leaned against the same door. Also the reports all mention people walking by and watching which was part of why she felt violated. If she was somewhere she shouldn't be there wouldn't be a bunch of other people walking around.

      I agree there is another side to this story, unfortunately I disagree that "The TSA agents are not wandering around the airport looking for people to grope," because apparently they are. Either this TSA agent was doing her job as instructed, which is fucked up, or she was going beyond her duties and just groping women for the hell of it, which is also fucked up.

       

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        Hoth, Mar 29th, 2011 @ 10:02am

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        ^ Me

         

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        Anonymous Coward, Mar 29th, 2011 @ 10:42am

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        First, you lose, because when you look at her resume, it is clear she is in the left wing socialist "public" complaining business. You only need to look a the "Drench Kiss" website to find:

        "Drench Kiss is a multi-media attack that includes print publishing, new media, and innovative projects in television and film. Drench Kiss publishes books that are so truthful, so powerful, other publishers are frightened of them."

        and:

        "Drench Kiss Media Corporation has a solution: The Truth Destabilizes Tyranny."

        thanks for your reasearch, you have actually helped to debunk the story. This woman sounds like a professional complainer and activist.

         

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          Steven (profile), Mar 29th, 2011 @ 10:47am

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          Damn those complainers and activists for not just bending over and letting the government do whatever they want. Of course they should be harassing her!

          If you can't argue against the message, try to destroy the messenger is that it?

           

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            Anonymous Coward, Mar 29th, 2011 @ 10:58am

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            If you can't argue against the message, try to destroy the messenger is that it?

            Not at all, but nice attempted deflection. My point is that certain types of people will take something minor, and convert it into a whole song and dance. We end up with words like "groped" getting used, and of course the whole "I was in tears" routine. It is hard to imagine that an activist type wouldn't be trying to expand the truth to make a point.

            Considering her involvement with Vox Pop, which appears to be run by a "9/11 truther" (someone who thinks that the government did it), you really have to wonder about how this person sees reality.

            It isn't a question of denying her claim. Rather, I wonder how much of the story has been "enhanced" for her benefit, and now I really do wonder if she did something overt to try to cause an issue in the first place.

             

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          Anonymous Coward, Mar 29th, 2011 @ 11:23am

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          Prove this was part of a "publicity stunt" - perhaps by proving WHY she was pulled over, ALONG WITH TWO OTHER WOMEN, for additional groping when she had already cleared security - or STFU. You have no case. GTFOI.

          What she does for a living doesn't justify what happened, nor does it justify the continued erosion of civil liberties in the US in the name of some mirage of security. (And FYI: it's because of "professional complainers and activists" that you HAVE ANY RIGHTS IN THE FIRST PLACE, from minimum wage and safe working conditions to the right to spout idiotic BS on the internet. So I guess... you're welcome?)

           

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          Killer_Tofu (profile), Mar 29th, 2011 @ 12:47pm

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          clear she is in the left wing socialist

          This right here destroys anything and everything you have to say. Hard core republicans / conservatives / whatever the hell you call yourselves, just as much as the hardcore liberals / democrats / whatever they call themselves are all such very close minded individuals. They only see what their party masters holding the chains that bind them want them to see. Facts and truth be damned!

          God you people are stupid.

           

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            Anonymous Coward, Mar 29th, 2011 @ 1:25pm

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            Yet they run your government.

             

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            Anonymous Coward, Mar 29th, 2011 @ 1:27pm

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            Wow, talk about drawing a conclusion where none is. I am not a republican, nor am I a conservative. In fact, I would be best described as moderate center left. But even from a moderate to center position, it isn't hard to see the extremists far off to either side.

            The validity of facts and truth (especially when they are only a single person's account of a story) have to be weighed against their own credibility in the issue. For me, she is the perfect candidate to be complaining about this sort of thing. I have no doubt at all reading her story that the truth is rather far from how she is portraying it. I don't think she is intentionally lying or anything, I just think she is adding greatly to the story in order to try to create outrage where none is merited.

             

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              Anonymous Coward, Mar 29th, 2011 @ 1:43pm

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              That is why everyone should now start filming the TSA agents in action so there will be no doubts about what those people do or do not do.

               

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              The eejit (profile), Mar 29th, 2011 @ 2:35pm

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              moderate center left

              For the US, maybe. For almost everywhere else, that's far right.

              (Note: that does NOT mean Far Right as in Combat 18 or White Wolves)

               

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              Killer_Tofu (profile), Mar 30th, 2011 @ 11:45am

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              If so you would be the first person I encountered who was moderate center left that did not understand the meaning of the word socialism. I usually attribute that lack of knowledge to any republican who uses the word, because they all very clearly have no idea what it is when they use it.
              Your response actually smells very much more like just a bit of "I will say this to try to make this guy look wrong, even though he was right", but I will give you a benefit of a doubt here.
              IF that is the case, then you can simply replace the "yourselves" with "themselves" where I refer to republicans, and you still fall under that category by labeling this woman as a far left socialist complainer. Like it is some sort of group. You can label her a complainer, but tossing the rest in there still makes you appear very close minded.
              You are welcome to bend over for the TSA but the rest of us won't.

               

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          Togashi, Mar 29th, 2011 @ 6:26pm

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          Cafe Manager at Drench Kiss Media / Vox Pop


          You're right, managing a cafe at a media company's office definitely makes you deeply responsible for the content of that company's media.

          Seriously, I am completely at a lack of words to explain how thoroughly you have made me dismiss any point you may at one time have thought you were making.

           

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            Anonymous Coward, Mar 29th, 2011 @ 8:30pm

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            Perhaps you want to investigate what Vox Pop and Drench Kiss Media are about. Then you might want to reconsider.

             

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      The Devil's Coachman (profile), Mar 29th, 2011 @ 10:33am

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      I guess you can't realize how totally stupid your comment is. However, everyone else does. You're just another TSA shill, so why don't you just back away from your government issued keyboard and STFU. Mmkay?

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Mar 29th, 2011 @ 10:47am

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        Everyone who doesn't agree with you is a shill.

        Your life must be so boring.

         

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          The Devil's Coachman (profile), Mar 29th, 2011 @ 11:21am

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          Doesn't hold a candle to the pathetic state of boredom you seem to be locked into, considering that you probably out-post everyone else here by multiple orders of magnitude. You're the only one shilling here, Zippy, and you seem to relish every wasted minute of your life doing so. So why don't you just sod off into the sunset and stop wasting everyone else's time having to scroll past your screeds? Mmkay? Good boy!

           

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          Anonymous Coward, Mar 29th, 2011 @ 11:26am

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          "Your life must be so boring."

          Thats funny im pretty sure Mike says this to you on a weekly basis.

          I agree, as i think I stated earlier, that news stories and Ill even go so far to agree the sometimes victims may even blow things out of proportion. That doesn't change the fact that getting felt up while just trying to go about your life shouldn't be normal. Its called my bathing suit area, I was taught when i was 6 that I don't have to let anyone touch me there, and if they do tell a responsible adult, like maybe a government official. I could bring a bomb on a train, to the mall, to the federal court house, to Mcdonalds, or into the Sears tower. Do i have to be fondled to go to the mall? Are my chances of getting blown up similiar, yeah, do I want everyone to be searched to guarantee my safety? no. What about banks? Those get robbed all the time we should start doing random strip searches there.

          "You are 11,000 times more likely to die in an airplane accident than from a terrorist plot involving an airplane"*
          So maybe they should be spending this money making sure less planes crash instead of buying their scanners and employing more feelers.

          "You are 12 times more likely to die from accidental suffocation in bed than from a terrorist attack"
          Can I get a TSA agent to come inspect my bed for safety hazards before i sleep? Maybe they could make sure I am in the proper mental and physical state to sleep too, for my safety.

          "You are 87 times more likely to drown than die in a terrorist attack" Can we get some gov agents near every body of water and faucet please!

          The best part is the new security doesnt really make you any safer. Its already been reported that the TSA fails its own tests on the system regularly. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/security-fail-loaded-gun-passes-through-tsa-screening/

          So lets lay this out.
          We are violating peoples privacy and physical space (If anyone but the TSA was doing this it would be a crime)
          We are doing this for safety
          What we are doing doesnt actually make anyone safer
          So why are we doing it? For fun, for theater, to say we are doing "something" none of these are a legitimate excuse.

          *http://newsblaze.com/story/20090221100148tsop.nb/topstory.html

           

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            Anonymous Coward, Mar 29th, 2011 @ 1:30pm

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            As always, figures don't lie, but people can use figured to lie all they like.

            You are significantly more likely to die on the way to the airport than in an airplane. It does not in any way make an airplane more safe.

            While you are much more likely to die in a crash than a terrorist act aboard a plane, one would have to wonder if those numbers would be different if there was no security check points and no action taken to screen flyers. Perhaps you aren't old enough to remember a time when it seemed every other plane was being hijacked to Cuba. Perhaps you don't remember terrorist acts against flights from Israel, which only stopped when they started doing extensive screening and scanning.

            The rest of your rant is a rant, meaningless as it comes. Are you truly that bored?

             

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              Anonymous Coward, Mar 29th, 2011 @ 1:39pm

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              Do you also remember that there was no groping involved ever after those incidents?
              Also did you know that the Israeli agent responsible for security in airports there called American stupid for using those scanners?

               

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              Jay (profile), Mar 29th, 2011 @ 10:18pm

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              *sigh*

              One year odds are approximated by dividing the 2000 population (275,306,000) by the number of deaths. Lifetime odds are approximated by dividing the one-year odds by the life expectancy of a person born in 2000 (76.9 years)."

              In one year (circa 2000) your odds of dying by:

              Assault by firearm----25,489
              Drowning and submersion---- 1,191,801

              Firearm discharge ---- 1,196,983
              Contact with venomous animals and plants ---- 3,441,325

              Falling, jumping, or pushed from a high place ---- 5,005,564

              Struck by lightning (2010) ---- 1 in 500,000

              Odds of dying by terrorism ---- 1 in 25 million
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              And if I remember, TSA has yet to catch ONE terrorist. ONE in the last few years, hence the name of security theater. You do NOT need to grab a person's private parts for security. They react to things happening OUTSIDE of the US, as if to make people safer.

              Now, if you haven't done your research also consider that the body scanning machines caused a HUGE stink because the (former) CEO of TSA profits from them directly. The "security protocol" has a lot of detractors because it's too invasive on personal liberties and the airplane industry is suffering all the more for it.

              Also, your last statement seems more anecdotal. I remember one terrorist flight in 1972 regarding the Olympics and Israel. They have less security (also, smaller airline) and didn't have a problem.

              Let's also consider that BEFORE the TSA's inanity, there was no problem with the airline committee and passengers stopping terrorists. The passengers have FAR MORE to gain by stopping a terrorist (their FRIGGIN LIVES!!!) than the TSA.

              Of course, if a terrorist really wanted to commit, they'd just blow up in the line to the plane. Not something to condone, it is something to consider when trying to say someone doesn't think about all the possibilities.

               

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      Gordon (profile), Mar 29th, 2011 @ 6:08pm

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      You can't seriously be defending this.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 29th, 2011 @ 10:10am

    One can only hope that at some point they grope a real bombshell and get blown away.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 29th, 2011 @ 10:34am

    yah, really, everyone should fly nude. fat people would get their folds and dewlaps examined. no telling what they might be carrying.

    this would actually be a green measure. imagine the drop in air travel, the savings in fuel, the decrease in carbon emissions, the decreased middle east funding of extremists and terrorists.

    why travel, anyway? take care of thing by video-tele-conference. and if subtle body language cues aren't really discernable, ask that everyone use emoticons to make things easier.

    so I'm waiting for the first pedophile hired by TSA to be exposed patting down kids. They're always pushing on security doors.

     

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    inforwars, Mar 29th, 2011 @ 10:43am

    Suckers

    I don't know why these suckers don't stand up to these tyrants. I personally don't fly anymore because of these TSA fools so I can't really do anything myself. But all these sheepal out there just folding at the slightest whim of some TSA hard-leg.. Screw that man, you have to stand up to these fools. But hey, I'm just a dirty little citizen, what do I know..

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 29th, 2011 @ 10:46am

    Career Change?

    Can't quite cut it as a Catholic Priest? Try the TSA!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 29th, 2011 @ 11:52am

    This thread is worthless without pics.

     

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    V, Mar 29th, 2011 @ 12:04pm

    Stare...

    Stare too long into the abyss... and you'll realize it's actually a mirror.

    We have become the thing we despise. Seeking security, we have lost of freedom.

    Terrorists - 1, America - 0

     

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    Overcast (profile), Mar 29th, 2011 @ 12:12pm

    .. I'd rather live with the risk of exploding airplanes than under the fear of my own government.

    Yes indeed.

    I'd rather live with any amount of 'issues' as long as my rights are intact. Rights trump all.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Mar 29th, 2011 @ 1:35pm

      Re:

      Do Americans even still have rights? Oh yeah...

      - The right to be groped by unqualified "staff" (oh yes, again!)
      - The right to have their x-ray taken (and possibly exposed)
      - The right be jailed for taking pictures of farms (moooo)
      - The right to be mass-sued by bullies (the american dream!)
      - The right to NOT investigate disasters (Ok, CNN doesn't count).
      - The right to vote for 2 retarded parties that will drive their country further into the ground.

      - Etc...

       

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    slacker525600 (profile), Mar 29th, 2011 @ 12:15pm

    happened to me at midway friday afternoon

    I assume there was some heightened state of security this past weekend.
    A guy in my row commented to me that he would have gotten pissed if it had been him.

     

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      slacker525600 (profile), Mar 29th, 2011 @ 12:31pm

      Re: happened to me at midway friday afternoon

      I guess I should clarify, Im a guy, didnt get my chest groped, had the inner part of my leg felt, and had to lift up my shirt so the guy could check around the inner part of my belt loops.

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Mar 29th, 2011 @ 12:49pm

        Re: Re: happened to me at midway friday afternoon

        Well your probably some activist or public complainer. What did you do to make them do that to you?

         

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    Overcast (profile), Mar 29th, 2011 @ 12:16pm

    "You are 11,000 times more likely to die in an airplane accident than from a terrorist plot involving an airplane"*
    So maybe they should be spending this money making sure less planes crash instead of buying their scanners and employing more feelers.

    "You are 12 times more likely to die from accidental suffocation in bed than from a terrorist attack"
    Can I get a TSA agent to come inspect my bed for safety hazards before i sleep? Maybe they could make sure I am in the proper mental and physical state to sleep too, for my safety.

    "You are 87 times more likely to drown than die in a terrorist attack" Can we get some gov agents near every body of water and faucet please!


    And you are probably 40,000 times more likely to die in a car accident than any of those... easily.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Mar 29th, 2011 @ 12:52pm

      Re:

      Instead of sitting on a car seat we should all be sitting on a TSA agent. For our own safety!

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Mar 29th, 2011 @ 12:55pm

      Re:

      Only
      "You are 1048 times more likely to die from a car accident than from a terrorist attack"

      according to the site i linked, I agree though I actually was looking for car accident comparison when i found that site, and had a number in my head around 40,000x.

      My favorite though is
      "You are 9 times more likely to choke to death on your own vomit than die in a terrorist attack"

      or this one
      "You are 6 times more likely to die from hot weather than from a terrorist attack"

      The us government beings "the war on hot air" today with "operation fan old people"

      I hope are next war on "intangible unstoppable enemy" is "the war on vomit" or "the war on foods that are not liquid thin mush"

       

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        The eejit (profile), Mar 29th, 2011 @ 2:40pm

        Re: Re:

        the war on hot air

        Does that mean we can kill all political types? After all, they expel a lot fo it, but don't actually do very much about the whole situation.

         

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 29th, 2011 @ 2:39pm

    I have 3 trips I need to take over the next month or two, can I request a woman (I am a guy) to do my pat down?

    If they say no, I could tell them I am gay so kind of need a woman so I won't get excited?

    Will have to try to find some hot female TSA agents first though, that could be difficult.

     

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    trish, Mar 29th, 2011 @ 4:42pm

    scanners

    You forgot about the nifty superpowers they will acquire after years of exposure to the x-ray vision scanners.
    I just got a great idea! They should just make glasses with the scanning technology, then the TSA agents will be able to 'scan' passing 'threatening' looking people at their pleasure. I mean, leisure.

     

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    trish, Mar 29th, 2011 @ 4:51pm

    oops

    forgot to mention this. I am seriously disgusted beyond belief at this horrific, indecent treatment american fliers are being put through. I vow to never fly to the US, or to take a flight that connects in the states, or even to fly over American airspace. ever. Halfway-raped in front of who knows how many strangers, and you can't even kick the guy in the face. WTF.

     

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    Ashley, May 6th, 2011 @ 4:03pm

    Airports

    I'm a female traveler and opt out of the body scanner at least once a week. I understand going through the search is uncomfortable but a lot of women just overreact.

     

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