TSA Not Sure If It Groped Man Before Flight, Demands To Grope Him After Flight Is Over

from the he's-going-to-blow-up-the-plane-then? dept

Via Amy Alkon, we learn of yet another bizarre moment in the world of security theater known as the TSA. It involves a young man from Orono, Minnesota, named Kahler Nygard, who for reasons no one will ever explain, happens to be on a "selectee" list for flying. It's not quite the no fly list, but it's the list where you get four S's on your boarding pass ("SSSS"), and the TSA is then supposed to give you and your bags that extra level of privacy-destroying attention, including a full gropedown. Nygard claims he got the full groping in Minnesota, but the TSA (or potentially a Spirit airlines employee) apparently believed it was overlooked -- though, they didn't "realize" this until the flight was halfway to Denver. Frantic calls were made and the TSA was eagerly waiting for Nygard when he landed in Denver, leading him to be pulled off the plane first (that's a self-recorded video where he cheerfully announces to those on board, "No, I have not committed a crime!"), at which point the TSA demands to grope him again:
Yes, after he's already flown from Minneapolis (where he claims he was groped, though the TSA claims it was missed) to Denver, the TSA wishes to grope him (and search through his bags again). Apparently, they believe that he might magically reverse time and go back in time to blow up the plane or something.

The TSA agent, Andrew Grossman, first demands Nygard's boarding pass. Nygard points out that he no longer has it (you don't need it after you board), which stumps Grossman, leading him to have to make a phone call -- where he helpfully tells whoever he's talking to at the other end that Nygard is "pretty objectionable, filming me." Nygard keeps asking why they need to search him, and the TSA has no good answer, other than saying they need to do so. Nygard asks if he's being detained, and they don't answer. He asks if it's an order or a request, and the TSA's Grossman again doesn't really answer (other than to say that he's following orders). Finally, Nygard just walks away, saying that if he's not being detained, he's leaving. The TSA claims it's calling the Denver police, who apparently did not do anything to stop Nygard, who walked out of the airport without any further problems.

I'm curious if the TSA's Blogger Bob will step up with an explanation for why a passenger should be groped post-flight.

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    That One Guy (profile), 15 Sep 2014 @ 5:17am

    Three guesses

    It involves a young man from Orono, Minnesota, named Kahler Nygard, who for reasons no one will ever explain, happens to be on a "selectee" list for flying.

    'Refusal to respect TSA authority' and 'To show others what happens to those who don't respect TSA authority', though 'In possession of foreign sounding name' was likely the original 'reason' he was put on the list.

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Sep 2014 @ 5:55am

    It's a free country...

    Except that it is not.

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), 15 Sep 2014 @ 6:08am

    This shit needs to stop.
    We have sheriffs ready to stop the terrorists by arresting all the brown folks they come across.
    This is a fucking joke that funnels money into corporate sponsors pockets.

    This event should make it very clear they are failing at the theatre of security. They can only make empty threats, and someone DARING to question them and record the interaction with people who can, have, will, do violate peoples rights is objectionable. They can't fucking clue into the idea that he has already been on the plane, already been searched, but they have to do it again before he can go on his way.

    We need to stop blowing the ZOMG terrorists whistle, because everyone is deaf to what is happening now.
    A great nation destroyed by fear of the boogeyman.

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      Ramon Creager (profile), 15 Sep 2014 @ 7:32am

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      "This is a fucking joke that funnels money into corporate sponsors pockets."

      Yup. Just listen to Mother Jone's Shane Bauer tell about his visit to Urban Shield, where they can look at all the cool expensive new gear of repression (and find out how it can be funded by money stolen from those they mean to repress!), and live out adolescent fantasies about saving the world from brown "folks" and dangerous unarmed protesters. It's pretty brazenly about $$$. And when you can throw in authoritarianism with your crony capitalism, so much the better.

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        Anonymous Coward, 16 Sep 2014 @ 1:52pm

        Cool gear

        Not to put a conspiracy slant to this, but the Big G takes resources through taxation, and uses them to buy big cool guns so they can justify taking more resources from private hands, some of which they auction off to different people, and use that money to pay for more cool stuff, to they can take more stuff, so they can...

        It's the cycle of evil.

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      Anonymous Coward, 15 Sep 2014 @ 6:56pm

      Re:

      A great nation destroyed by fear of the boogeyman.

      This article is just another catalog of a long line of injustices we've inflicted on minority groups. War on drugs, jim crow, slavery...we were never great and we've learned all of shit since we were first founded...

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Sep 2014 @ 6:09am

    Wait, you mean to tell me this person didn't follow given instructions when "asked" to do so by an authority figure?

    Where is Whatever when you need that lovely appeal to authority or always ever present "if you can't do [insert item here] then you shouldn't [insert item here]" response.

    Either way, this young man did everything he was in the right to. Asked if he was being detained, to which they gave no response. Asked if he was being given an order or request, again given no response. And THEN legally went about his way.

    He did the equivalent of what should be done when stopped randomly by a police officer on the street. If you are not being detained you are legally under no legal obligation to answer their questions, comply with their request or even be in the general area at that point.

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      aldestrawk (profile), 15 Sep 2014 @ 1:37pm

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      I thought it was a lovely dance by the TSA agent. He doesn't have the authority to detain anyone and he knows that. He is forced by Nygard's lack of cooperation to run through all the plays in his book to convince him to submit to secondary screening. In this context, TSA doesn't have the leverage of refusing to allow him to board a flight. In the end, we have an instructional video showing the limits of TSA authority and all for the ridiculous effort of attempting to close what is just a bureaucratic loose end.
      Apparently, Nygard was never detained by the police, but I wonder if they were actually trying to find him before he left the airport. Good play by Nygard, but I wonder if that just ensures he is permanently quad-S or was he already?

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        Anonymous Coward, 16 Sep 2014 @ 11:36am

        Re: Re:

        You can't really call it running through all the plays in the book when all the poor TSA guy wanted was to cuddle Nygard's junk.....Being a TSA agent must get terribly lonely sometimes.

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      Anonymous Coward, 15 Sep 2014 @ 5:37pm

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      Where is Whatever when you need that lovely appeal to authority or always ever present "if you can't do [insert item here] then you shouldn't [insert item here]" response.

      Furiously jacking himself off is my guess.

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    Defence in Depth, 15 Sep 2014 @ 6:11am

    The Clear answer...

    Have TSA agents ON the plane in case the "forget" to do their simple jobs yet again, that way people can be groped mid flight and we can all feel safer. As a bonus the can deal with TMF Snakes!

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      Anonymous Coward, 16 Sep 2014 @ 11:38am

      Re: The Clear answer...

      This is your captain speaking.
      Ladies and gentlemen if you look at the left side of the plane you'll see the ocean, and if you look towards the right and front you'll see a first class passenger being jerked off by TSA security...BING BONG!

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Sep 2014 @ 6:17am

    I'm guessing this will change hids secret status from 4S to no fly.

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Sep 2014 @ 6:22am

    I wonder if this person is going to receive a special Grope Attendant on future flights. Someone to ensure he is adequately groped throughout his travel experience.

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      aldestrawk (profile), 15 Sep 2014 @ 1:58pm

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      Hmm..., Grope Attendant, sounds nice. That is, if it's the right sort of person (I have standards).
      Once, while going through the typical security check entering a rock-concert venue a woman placed her hand briefly right on my junk. This had never happened before so I was speechless for about half a minute and of course she was then searching other people and I had to get out of the way. At first, I couldn't decide if this was simply the realization of a male fantasy or it was a rather objectionable invasion of my privacy. I decided on the latter and that I would make a scene if it ever happened again. It hasn't.

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      John Fenderson (profile), 15 Sep 2014 @ 2:20pm

      Re:

      I'd pay extra for that if the Grope Attendant is both attractive and attentive enough.

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      Anonymous Coward, 16 Sep 2014 @ 11:39am

      Re:

      Does that cost extra?
      If not, sign me up...but make sure the attendant is extremely hot. (or at least has warm hands)

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Sep 2014 @ 6:23am

    United Fascists of America?

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    silverscarcat (profile), 15 Sep 2014 @ 6:27am

    Can this be used...

    To show why the TSA needs to be disbanded?

    What have they done?

    Other than wasting tax dollars, nothing.

    I don't recall them stopping any terrorists, I don't recall them finding any real bombs (the novelty cartoon bomb doesn't count), I don't recall them protecting anyone.

    So...

    Why the hell do they exist?

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      OldMugwump (profile), 15 Sep 2014 @ 6:48am

      Re: What have they done? Other than wasting tax dollars, nothing.

      Oh, no.

      They have taught us to respect their authoritah.

      That, I think, is the main point.

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        Anonymous Coward, 15 Sep 2014 @ 7:08am

        Re: Re: What have they done? Other than wasting tax dollars, nothing.

        Except that they don't realize that arbitrary displays of authority breeds contempt, not respect.

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          Richard (profile), 15 Sep 2014 @ 7:12am

          Re: Re: Re: What have they done? Other than wasting tax dollars, nothing.

          Except that they don't realize that arbitrary displays of authority breeds contempt, not respect.

          Especially when (as here) combined with extreme stupidity.

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          Oblate (profile), 15 Sep 2014 @ 7:34am

          Re: Re: Re: What have they done? Other than wasting tax dollars, nothing.

          > arbitrary displays of authority breeds contempt, not respect

          I thought that was their goal.

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          John Fenderson (profile), 15 Sep 2014 @ 10:06am

          Re: Re: Re: What have they done? Other than wasting tax dollars, nothing.

          I'm pretty sure that they're confused and believe that contempt is respect. Like all bullies do.

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            Anonymous Coward, 15 Sep 2014 @ 12:29pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re: What have they done? Other than wasting tax dollars, nothing.

            I think you’re right on that one.

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      Anonymous Coward, 15 Sep 2014 @ 6:54am

      Re: Can this be used...

      "Why the hell do they exist?"

      Security theater. It gives the impression of the government doing something for a problem that largely doesn't exist. (Anyone who is ready to argue that terrorism is a very real threat to daily American life be prepared to present citations proving as much. Otherwise, save it. I can present more proof of legitimate threats to human life, especially in America, if that's really the road you want to go down though.)

      Also as a means of establishing a new world in loose terms. The average person has gotten used to the TSA and their "security protection". It's an inconvenience, but one people have grown accustomed to. That's how you do things when you want more power. Small and annoyingly but to where people don't get upset and demand it stop. Then you expand it a little more and repeat as needed.

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      Uriel-238 (profile), 15 Sep 2014 @ 5:17pm

      Put it on the list.

      Can this be used to show why the TSA needs to be disbanded?

      Sure! To whom?

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    milrtime83 (profile), 15 Sep 2014 @ 6:38am

    Once he gets off the plane, he is still in a "secured" area and could potentially get on another plane without having been searched (if he really wasn't searched before his flight).

    At least that's the plausible explanation TSA could have given him instead of the no answers.

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      Just Another Anonymous Troll, 15 Sep 2014 @ 6:55am

      Re:

      Or, yknow, he could get on his target plane in the first place or just blow up the current plane because terrorists, although being jerks, are not complete morons.
      I thought it was funny that the TSA guy was confused that Nygard didn't have a boarding pass after the flight. Shows how much of a robot he is.

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        Richard (profile), 15 Sep 2014 @ 7:15am

        Re: Re:

        I thought it was funny that the TSA guy was confused that Nygard didn't have a boarding pass after the flight. Shows how much of a robot he is.

        Except that if he HAD had a boarding pass for another (connecting) flight then I suppose that the logic of the comment that you responded to would come in to play - not much of an excuse though.

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      Richard (profile), 15 Sep 2014 @ 7:16am

      Re:

      he is still in a "secured" area and could potentially get on another plane without having been searched
      Whenever I've been on a connecting flight I've had to go thorough security again - so maybe not.

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        TheTripper (profile), 15 Sep 2014 @ 7:29am

        Re: Re:

        Depends on the airport and if your connecting flight is in another terminal. The old Dallas, Detroit, and Newark concourses used to not be fully connected between the terminals, so if you changed airlines or just had to change terminals, you had to go out and back in.

        The better explanation could have been, "Sir, we didn't fully screen you as we should so we need to escort you out of the secured area if this is your final destination."

        The real surprise will be when he flies next. Will the TSA realize they created a PR disaster the first time or will they retaliate?

        BTW, the TSA is not a law enforcement agency (no arrest or detention powers) and cannot touch you without your permission. That's why they kept trying to get him to say yes.

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          nasch (profile), 15 Sep 2014 @ 12:49pm

          Re: Re: Re:

          The better explanation could have been, "Sir, we didn't fully screen you as we should so we need to escort you out of the secured area if this is your final destination."

          Exactly, there is no reason to search him. Just escort him beyond security regardless of whether he's staying in Denver or not, and he can go through security or not.

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      Anonymous Coward, 15 Sep 2014 @ 7:24am

      Re:

      I know you're just playing devil's advocate but they could have just asked him if he is leaving or boarding another flight. If he's boarding a connecting flight then yeah they probably have some sort of right to stop him from getting on another plane, but if he's leaving, they're wasting his time and their own time, plus they don't have the authority.

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      Steven, 15 Sep 2014 @ 8:47am

      Re:

      This is what I came to say. They probably wanted to maintain the integrity of their secure area. However, if that was the end of his travel day, then they could have been a lot less confrontational by simply walking him out of the area.

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      Anonymous Coward, 15 Sep 2014 @ 4:17pm

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      If they were truly worried about airport security they could have simply escorted him out.

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Sep 2014 @ 7:08am

    Hears Knock at the door , Hi My name is John TSA Gropeya, You were on a flight last year and we forgot to grope and prod you , do you mind stepping into our white rusty van outside.

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Sep 2014 @ 7:20am

    typical action of bullies! got no good reason to hassle and aggravate, but because they can, they do!!
    now pray tell me exactly what this behavior achieved, apart from pissing the public off even more and making them question even more what purpose they actually serve

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    ysth (profile), 15 Sep 2014 @ 7:27am

    To be fair, it is clear from the context that the the officer is simply misusing "objectionable"; he's trying to tell whoever's on the phone that Mr. Nygard objected when they tried to screen him.

    To be harsh, since the TSA agent qualifies that with "filming me", is he using that to explain why the screening wasn't carried out anyway?

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      Anonymous Coward, 16 Sep 2014 @ 11:40am

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      I'd object to as the TSA agent didn't even offer to buy him dinner before requesting to ram his index finger into his ass.

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Sep 2014 @ 8:03am

    That video is awesome! "I'm I being detained, or am I free to go?". "Under what statute or law am I being detained?" "If this an order or a request?".

    I love it!

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    wshuff (profile), 15 Sep 2014 @ 8:24am

    Maybe they thought he was Lester and needed to see if he had any news on Lorne Malvo.

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    Nurlip (profile), 15 Sep 2014 @ 8:29am

    maybe they just finished watching season 1 of Fargo during TSA recess and wanted to see if this guy was related to Lester Nygard.

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    ACasey (profile), 15 Sep 2014 @ 8:37am

    Why the hell would they think this guy is a terrorist in the first place? Morons.

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Sep 2014 @ 8:46am

    The TSA alleges to have found

    "42 Loaded Firearms and a Strange Item at Albany "

    http://blog.tsa.gov/2014/09/tsa-week-in-review-42-loaded-firearms.html

    and

    TSA Week in Review - 35 Loaded Firearms, Inert Grenades, Lipstick Knife, and More

    http://blog.tsa.gov/2014/09/tsa-week-in-review-35-loaded-firearms.html

    Fair enough

    People in the comments have asked if there were any arrest and the TSA doesn't really answer the question.

    As some people also suggest an interesting question is how many of these findings require the TSA to be made and how many would have otherwise been made with pre-TSA security? How many of them have stopped terrorist attacks? For the longest time we've had no TSA and, by and large, it wasn't a problem. Many other countries don't have a TSA and they don't have all the freedom restrictions that we have here in the U.S. yet it doesn't seem to be a problem.

    But, the mainstream media might argue, the U.S. is hated more than these other countries because we have more freedoms. So the solution is to restrict our freedoms so that they won't hate us anymore? Then what's the point?

    (Off topic)
    I also find it interesting how the mainstream media seems to credit the Snowden leaks for at least some of the 'success' of ISIS saying it gave them useful intelligence to help with their operations. What a joke.

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    Bri (profile), 15 Sep 2014 @ 9:12am

    I might have exploded!

    So I have two stories.

    I was flying out of Tucson, through LAX into Seattle. I went through Tucson security just fine, and landed in LAX. I was thirsty so I went to the soda machine that was right across from where I was going to board. I purchased a soda, saw the line starting to get on the plan, and dragged my bag and my soda over. While I was there I opened the soda and took a drink. All of a sudden two TSA agents pulled me out of line and told me they needed to check me for explosives. The took my drink out of my hand and started testing it with little swabs. My first reaction was "Oh god that better not explode I just drank that!", they swabbed down my hands, checked me over, and let me back in line with my soda. I threw it away immediatly.

    My second story was also a friend coming from Tucson, through someplace in California, to Seattle. She also went through security in Tucson just fine, got to the Cali airport, and was pulled aside while she was standing in line to board her next plane. Now, she is a tiny girl, but is very gifted in the bust area. They got a female TSA officer to start "checking" her chest because they insisted someone so tiny couldn't have a chest that big and not be smuggling drugs (AKA, they had to be fake). She was so pissed of she bounced up and down and was all "These bounce, DO THEY LOOK FAKE?!?" An older lady who had been standing next to her turned around and smacked the male TSA officer with her handbag and started yelling "For shame!" at them. Eventually they let her go.

    Why both of these happened in California, both within a month of each other is beyond me.

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      AnonyBabs, 15 Sep 2014 @ 9:55am

      Re: I might have exploded!

      But they took down the older lady, right? She was a clear threat.

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        Anonymous Coward, 16 Sep 2014 @ 11:42am

        Re: Re: I might have exploded!

        No..because the older lady didn't have big bouncy boobies so the male TSA agents could look&drool as the female agent slid her hand between them.....etc

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Sep 2014 @ 9:28am

    Good luck flying next time.

    TSA is stupid. I could see screening before you get on a connecting flight, but as your leaving the airport No way.

    I'm curious to see if he is on the no fly list now.

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    Personanongrata, 15 Sep 2014 @ 10:11am

    Petty Authoritarian Know-Nothings

    I'm curious if the TSA's Blogger Bob will step up with an explanation for why a passenger should be groped post-flight.

    The TSA attempted to grope the passenger after the flight because petty authoritarian know-nothing turds stains think they can.

    Only well conditioned serfs genuflect to specious authority figures.

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    Berenerd (profile), 15 Sep 2014 @ 11:02am

    He may have not been brought in by the poilice, but I am willing to bet he is on the no fly list now...

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Sep 2014 @ 11:04am

    Explanation of why the TSA gropes you AFTER the flight in 5.4.3.2.1..NOW!

    TSA Agent (on the phone): OMG this cute guy just came through security and he has the BIGGEST BUL..oh wait sorry, theres a disabled woman that needs throwing to the floor..speak to ya later!

    TSA Supervisor, after the flight: Theres our man...and from what Susie said on the phone he has an enormous package we need to get our hands on...GO GO GO!

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    AC, 15 Sep 2014 @ 11:29am

    This is another clear indication that you no longer live in a democracy, time for all the people of the world to overthrow their governments.

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Sep 2014 @ 11:32am

    Finally, Nygard just walks away, saying that if he's not being detained, he's leaving.


    And that quick, he just made it to the No Fly List. Because fuck everything, that's why. #freedom

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Sep 2014 @ 12:09pm

    TSA or DEA?

    They probably needed to check and make sure he wasn't smuggling drugs, or something similar, on his person.

    I'm guessing those stupid "sniff" machines that they test with are checking for more than just explosives.

    It's generally known that TSA turns people over to law enforcement when they find something illegal. I think TSA has more-or-less become an extension of the DEA at this point.

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    bshock, 15 Sep 2014 @ 12:12pm

    Government agencies desperate for home-grown terror

    If you treat citizens like terrorists and insurgents -- like the TSA does for everyone, like police departments do for peaceful protesters -- citizens will begin taking on more characteristics of these roles.

    It's so easy to observe and predict, the only conclusion can be that the TSA, FBI, and NSA want U.S. citizens to act more like terrorists.

    Why? I can only guess that the wealthy and powerful people who control these organizations are afraid, and their only way of dealing with this fear is ratcheting up oppression. Nothing justifies oppression to these people like the elusive (or perhaps "illusive") specter of terrorism.

    It's sort of like a slow-motion version of a false flag operation, where a government arranges for an attack on its own citizens, then declares war on another country based on this justification.

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    Uriel-238 (profile), 15 Sep 2014 @ 12:36pm

    The lack of clear answers...

    Other than a threat "if you don't cooperate then the police will arrest you." is particularly distressing.

    If you are a law enforcement officer of any sort and you need to pull someone from their normal walks, you need to be really clear as to the legal necessity for doing so.

    Otherwise it's intervention without cause. "I'm not going to argue with you" is also telling, essentially saying "I am not going to respect your need to be informed."

    The next step is to do as many cops have done, and rather than talking with someone, tasing them to secure their cooperation by force.

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    Uriel-238 (profile), 15 Sep 2014 @ 12:40pm

    I also still wonder...

    If passenger Nygard ever got arrested by the local authorities for contempt of TSA officer or being a suspected mule or whatever reason they make up for superfluous processing.

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    Dave Cortright (profile), 15 Sep 2014 @ 12:42pm

    Keep piling up the evidence

    I love the fact that everyone now has a hi-def video camera with them at all times. We all need to keep recording and publishing our interactions with authority figures. Sunlight is the best of disinfectants.

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    aldestrawk (profile), 15 Sep 2014 @ 1:19pm

    fox news identified initially identified him as Somali-American

    A Minneapolis-St Paul Fox news affiliate initially identified Nygard as being of Somali origin. So, in an area well known for having a lot of people of Nordic heritage, a local Fox news affiliate mistakes a common Nordic name for Somali? At least they fessed up to their mistake, but this just confirms my suspicion that fact-checking is a just a four letter word at Fox.

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    John, 15 Sep 2014 @ 2:49pm

    He will be on the real no fly list now

    I've never travelled to the US, but I dread the day I do. By comparison crossing China's boarder was a pleasant experience where you breeze through customs.

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    John85851 (profile), 15 Sep 2014 @ 2:55pm

    We need to end the "well, he could have" attitude

    Like I said in another article, we as a society need to stop worrying about the "well, he could have..." (remote) possibilities. This guy was on a plane, he did nothing wrong, so why does he need to be searched when he landed? "But he could have had a bomb" and "he could have gone onto another plane".
    Or, you know, "he could have walked out of the airport and gone about his business".

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    regularguy, 15 Sep 2014 @ 4:17pm

    another outrageous incident

    a few weeks ago, I flew to NY. as I was in the TSA line in Nashville, I treated the TSA folks politely and we cracked a couple of jokes about the lines. I was screened without anyone touching me and without incident. Then...on my return flight from NY I was astounded when the very same thing happened. Amazing, eh? The TSA sees thousands of people a day. Some are nice and take it with a smile, most tolerate the process, and some are dicks. It's the dicks that usually attract the attention. Life must be rough when you're in a continual state of outrage.

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      teka, 15 Sep 2014 @ 4:47pm

      Re: another outrageous incident

      So anyone who fails to bow to the capricious demands of an entirely unaccountable "security" force is a "dick" who must deserve the abuse ladled upon them? And everyone woman or man who is raped was askin' for it, right? Every homeless guy beaten into a coma by a half-dozen patrolmen, any of them outweighing him, was a deadly threat too.

      You might be ready, willing and eager to bow to any group that has matching shirts and special ID badges but not everyone is. Failure to humble yourself at the altar of security theater does not imply a nefarious drive or even a deep-seated hunger to be outraged, it might just be called being a CITIZEN who has even the barest knowledge of their rights and is unwilling to abandon them.

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      Anonymous Coward, 16 Sep 2014 @ 7:40am

      Re: another outrageous incident

      So if a terrorist is simply nice to a TSA agent they are more likely to get through security?

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      John Fenderson (profile), 16 Sep 2014 @ 9:00am

      Re: another outrageous incident

      "It's the dicks that usually attract the attention."

      If this is true (and I'm sure that it is), then that's a pretty large failure on the part of the TSA.

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Sep 2014 @ 5:05pm

    Maybe Nygard just had a really sweet caboose.

    Hey, gay TSA agents are human, too! I'm just sayin'...

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    Uriel-238 (profile), 15 Sep 2014 @ 5:23pm

    How about this version...

    Maybe they really wanted to inspect him after the fact so that they could check the little box on their paper saying that they inspected him.

    Because if that box continues unchecked then someone's ass is uncovered when the spankies come around.

    I think part of why USA is becoming a hyper-Orwell state has lot to do with how our consequences for minor tedious mistakes has become so immense that covering your ass is the most important thing you can do every day.

    It's also why our customer service sucks.

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    Coyne Tibbets (profile), 15 Sep 2014 @ 6:29pm

    Intimidation

    This demonstrates unequivocally that the selectee list is about intimidation, and only about intimidation.

    To protect passengers, searches must be conducted before flight, but intimidation can be done anytime.

    So if TSA stops passengers after flight, it must be about intimidation; otherwise we would have to assume TSA be searching charred remains.

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      nasch (profile), 15 Sep 2014 @ 6:36pm

      Re: Intimidation

      This demonstrates unequivocally that the selectee list is about intimidation, and only about intimidation.

      To protect passengers, searches must be conducted before flight, but intimidation can be done anytime.


      It could also be just straight up idiocy. It's kind of hard to tell.

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    Anonymous Coward, 16 Sep 2014 @ 11:43am

    TSA agent..I'm sorry I have to run my hand down the gap between your balls and gently stroke your asscrack ..in the interests of national security sir...

    Mr agent? I think I might be a terrorist because I just exploded in my pants!

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    Uriel-238 (profile), 16 Sep 2014 @ 12:26pm

    Sauciest Techdirt forum EVAR!

    ==no message follows==

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    AnonCow, 16 Sep 2014 @ 2:41pm

    I love seeing someone who understands their rights make full use of them.

    The "am I being detained" along with "am I under arrest" are two powerful questions.

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    armedinfidel, 26 Sep 2014 @ 10:16am

    tsa

    Give the slimy aclu the job. I'd sue the piss out of 'em

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    LD, 26 Sep 2014 @ 12:03pm

    TSA grope= Cain Offering

    Transnational corporatism is attacking Christianity, derailing the Constitution and replacing these with a policy play book identified with a charter of the UK AKA Luciferian mysticism. If you don't want this to happen, don't fly. Outrage isn't going to end this, albeit it appears that police are wising up.

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    David Eiland, 26 Sep 2014 @ 2:59pm

    TSO Gropes

    Just legal thugs working for our ever more out of touch federal government; while waiting to retire at hard-working, tax-paying Americans expense.
    Let's have a few more agencies added before 2016. It will probably balance the budget!!

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