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Sunday, November 21, 2010

All Of Your Thanksgiving Plans Are Belong To Us
Posted by Jill | 11:38 AM
Don't want a low-wage TSA flack to zap you with x-rays of undetermined risk? Don't want to have your breasts and privates groped by TSA flacks?

Then stay home. Call grandma and tell her she'll have to live without you this year. Because once you enter the TSA Twilight Zone, you enter an existential nightmare from which there is no escape:
If you don't want to pass through an airport scanner that allows security agents to see an image of your naked body or to undergo the alternative, a thorough manual search, you may have to find another way to travel this holiday season.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is warning that any would-be commercial airline passenger who enters an airport checkpoint and then refuses to undergo the method of inspection designated by TSA will not be allowed to fly and also will not be permitted to simply leave the airport.

That person will have to remain on the premises to be questioned by the TSA and possibly by local law enforcement. Anyone refusing faces fines up to $11,000 and possible arrest.

"Once a person submits to the screening process, they can not just decide to leave that process," says Sari Koshetz, regional TSA spokesperson, based in Miami.

Koshetz said such passengers would be questioned "until it is determined that they don't pose a threat" to the public.

Palm Beach Sheriff's Office spokesperson Teri Barbera said PBSO deputies stationed at the airport would become involved when requested by the TSA.

By the way, I don't for one minute believe that flacks from private companies will make this any less humiliating, or any less of a violation of the 4th Amendment. Private companies are no hedge against government-sanctioned sexual assault.


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Anonymous mandt said...
Somebody touches my Turkey and candied yam, they're gonna get what am!

Blogger Barry said...
Agents of the U.S. Government are routinely subjecting the citizenry to invasive searches of their person without probable cause.

I wonder whether anyone would even try to dispute the veracity of that first sentence? And if not, how can they continue to justify the legality of this?

Blogger rjs said...
bee has a nice litany of the TSA abuses:


Blogger PurpleGirl said...
but, but, but... it will be better when privatized because the invisible hand of the market will make it so that if people don't like the product, they won't buy it and the company will go broke... and because, shut up.

Blogger Nan said...
Wasn't the reason TSA was created in the first place because it was private security contractors who let the 9/11 hijackers on to the airplanes?