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Saturday, November 20, 2010

TSA: A picture says 1,000 words

[Picture removed due to sleazy opportunistic Nevada lawyers]

The picture above in Thursday's Denver Post. Caption:
Transportation Security Administration agents perform enhanced pat-downs on passengers at DIA on Wednesday amid growing controversy about the screenings and full-body scanners, one week before Thanksgiving air travelers crowd airports. (Craig F. Walker, The Denver Post)
Hey guys - make sure you cough while he's doing that.

Here's one for the ladies:

I read somewhere that underwire bras get TSA agents all excited, so keep that in mind when you dress for your trip.

This is from Michael Totten in Friday's New York Post.
Terrorists have yet to use the same weapon twice, and the TSA isn't even looking for whatever they'll try to use next. I can think of all sorts of things a person could use to wreak havoc on a plane that aren't banned. Security officials should pay less attention to objects, and more attention to people.

The Israelis do. They are, out of dreadful necessity, the world's foremost experts in counterterrorism. And they couldn't care less about what your grandmother brings on a plane. Instead, officials at Ben Gurion International Airport interview everyone in line before they're even allowed to check in.

And Israeli officials profile. They don't profile racially, but they profile. Israeli Arabs breeze through rather quickly, but thanks to the dozens of dubious-looking stamps in my passport -- almost half are from Lebanon and Iraq -- I get pulled off to the side for more questioning every time. And I'm a white, nominally Christian American.

If they pull you aside, you had better tell them the truth. They'll ask you so many wildly unpredictable questions so quickly, you couldn't possibly invent a fake story and keep it all straight. Don't even try. They're highly trained and experienced, and they catch everyone who tries to pull something over on them.

Because I fit one of their profiles, it takes me 15 or 20 minutes longer to get through the first wave of security than it does for most people. The agents make up for it, though, by escorting me to the front of the line at the metal detector. They don't put anyone into a "porn machine." There's no point. Terrorists can't penetrate that deeply into the airport.
By the way, the profile that Michael fits is some of the visa stamps on his passport.

Read the whole thing.

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At 12:50 AM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

Well, that's me not going to the US! Israel here I come!

At 3:56 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

I never knew a security check could be so pornographic.

Does safe flying mean its necessary to touch our junk for explosives?

Count me out!

At 9:39 AM, Blogger Ken said...

There is a law outfit in Nevada called Righthaven. They are copyright trolls and they have obtained the copyright to the TSA image. They are actively suing bloggers that have posted the image without warning. They demand $150,000 plus your domain name for posting the image.

I found you by doing a Google search of the TSA image and it did come up high on Google so you are at risk of being sued. I am not affiliated with any lawfirm or group and this is not any kind of take-down notice. I just want to stop this victimization of bloggers by Righthaven.


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