Tag Archives: TSA

Well, that’s one way to make airline food taste better

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Almost Half of All TSA Employees Have Been Cited for Misconduct

At times like this, I’m reminded of former senator Tom Daschle’s remarks during the debates surrounding the formation of the TSA: “You can’t professionalize unless you federalize.”

Headline of the decade: MISCONDUCT AT TSA THREATENS THE SECURITY OF THE FLYING PUBLIC.

The Transportation Security Administration’s woes continue.

Source: Almost Half of All TSA Employees Have Been Cited for Misconduct

Marine placed on the no-fly list for 4 years — and still doesn’t know why

The no-fly list is inherently flawed beyond any practical application. It also stands in contempt of the 5th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. If we, as a nation, value freedom and liberty as we so claim this weekend, then we must eliminate this obscene and dangerous practice of secret lists and warrantless prosecution.

We need to fix the list before tying it to the gun control debate.

Source: I’m a former Marine who was on the no-fly list for 4 years — and I still don’t know why – Vox

Parents of baby who had all of his diapers searched sue feds

A seven-month-old baby was flagged quad-S by DHS. The TSA was compelled to search his diapers for chemical weapons. Surprisingly, none were found. Now the four-year-old child is suing the diapers off the federal government.

“Craziness of the case is proportional to the craziness of the government’s conduct.”

Source: Parents of baby who had all of his diapers searched sue feds | Ars Technica

TSA threatens to stop accepting driver’s licenses from nine states as of Jan 10

Government programs are only “voluntary” until the bureaucracy administering them decide otherwise. Never trust a bureaucrat. Also, interesting to note that states that pride themselves on subverting federal authority (I’m looking at you, Georgia, and The South in general) have signed up for this glaring security hole when so-called “liberal nutcase” states (California) are fighting for the citizens’ right to privacy.

When Congress passed the 2005 Real ID act — mandating easy sharing (and intrinsic insecurity) — of driver’s license data, they insisted compliance by states with the rules would be voluntary.

Source: TSA threatens to stop accepting driver’s licenses from nine states as of Jan 10 / Boing Boing

Three San Francisco International Airport Security Screeners Charged With Fraud And Smuggling Drugs

Three screening employees of a private TSA subcontrator are alleged in using their positions to allow passengers to smuggle cocaine through airport security. Yet another example of the incompetence of TSA and its ilk. Let’s drop this asinine security theater in favour of techniques and practices that really work.

Source: Three San Francisco International Airport Security Screeners Charged With Fraud And Smuggling Drugs | USAO-NDCA | Department of Justice

TSA airport screeners’ ability to detect weapons declared “pitiful”

Could we just get rid of this wasteful bureaucracy and go to using security procedures that actually work?

Security measures under “full system review.” Agency considering using dogs.

Source: TSA airport screeners’ ability to detect weapons declared “pitiful”