Posts Tagged ‘ TSA ’

TSA shakedown hike takes effect

July 21, 2014
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Newark Star-Ledger    

"The Transportation Security Administration fee that gets added to the cost of an airline ticket more than doubles today, with passengers now paying $5.60 each way to finance X-rays, pat-downs and other forms of airport screening. The increase in the fee, from $2.50 each way, will generate an estimated $4 billion in additional funds over the next 10 years to pay for airport security [theater]. Connecting flights of four hours or more will be treated as separate flights, at a cost of $5 each." (07/21/14)

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TSA to more than double security theater taxes on airline tickets beginning July 21

July 6, 2014
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ABC 7 News    

"Airline passengers are about to pay more for security [sic] screening. Following orders from Congress, on July 21, the Transportation Security Administration will raise the [tax] to $5.60 each way. That's up from $2.50 each way for a nonstop flight and $5 for a trip including connections. Trips with long stopovers -- more than four hours on most domestic travel -- will have bigger increases because each leg will trigger a new [tax]." (07/03/14)

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Our pathological fear of cutting federal budgets and agencies

May 29, 2014
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Lucy Steigerwald Antiwar.com
by Lucy Steigerwald  

"The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is the Platonic Ideal of a government entity, at least in these United States. TSA is oppressive, it subjects people to indignities, and its paranoid goal of keeping us safe from terrorists is being done -- by most accounts -- very poorly indeed. Okay, perhaps it’s not unique. Still, in spite of what feels like a general air of dislike and disrespect towards those gropers and scanners -- and in spite of suggestions to abolish it coming from such diverse entities as Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky) and Ezra Klein’s mostly painfully-progressive Vox outlet -- the TSA will inexplicably continue to exist. Why? Well, because it provides scores of thousands of jobs, because of lingering fears of terrorism, and simply because existence bias demands it." (05/29/14)

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The TSA is looking for Bitcoin

February 25, 2014
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Daily Anarchist Daily Anarchist
by Davi Barker  

"It seems like every time I fly I have an interesting interaction with the TSA. I make it a point to always opt out, and if possible always strike up a conversation with the man molesting me. But yesterday was by far the most frightening, as well as cautionary for Bitcoin users. I’m going to begin simply by relaying the facts as observed, including some that will seem insignificant at first. Then I will provide some analysis, as well as speculation what’s going on here. What’s absolutely clear is that the TSA is looking for Bitcoin, and Bitcoin users need to be conscious when they travel, especially internationally." (02/24/14)

http://dailyanarchist.com/2014/02/24/the-tsa-is-looking-for-bitcoin/  

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My excellent TSA adventure

October 14, 2013
posted by

Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Lori Heine  

"Sky Harbor is a huge airport. Tens of thousands of people pass through it daily, and everybody is too busy to hassle a vaguely Nordic-looking middle-aged lady. Nobody in his right mind would mistake me for a terrorist, but in any facility of such size, I would expect to encounter big government at its most oppressive. Santa Barbara’s airport, on the other hand, is small and rather quaint. Its sole terminal looks something like a high school building. I anticipated that my pass through security, on the way home, would be equally uneventful. I could not have been more wrong." (10/11/13)

http://www.libertyunbound.com/node/1141  

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TSA fires five, suspends 38 for failure to molest

June 5, 2012
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CBS News
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"In one of the largest disciplinary actions taken in its ten years, the Transportation Security Administration fired five screeners and put 38 on suspension last Friday after a large airport security lapse in Fort Myers, Fla. Dozens of TSA workers at Southwest Florida International Airport are accused of cutting corners and violating screening procedures. An internal investigation revealed that over a two-month period, 43 workers didn't perform secondary checks on as many as 400 people after the passengers went through security." (06/05/12)

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The terrible truth about the TSA

May 20, 2012
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JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille  

"Most head-shaking coverage of the TSA focuses on headline-worthy feel-ups of children and senior citizens, humiliating treatment of travelers, theft of or damage to valuables by federal agents, and the like. ... the inevitable comeback from the Feinsteins of the world is that these are relatively minor and unavoidable tradeoffs for saved lives and property. When you dig a little deeper, though, it's clear that year after year, the Transportation Security Administration not only engaged in these abuses, it has proven itself to be spectacularly bad at implementing programs it rarely makes any effort to demonstrate actually accomplish a damned thing." (05/17/12)

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TSA vandalism

May 17, 2012
posted by

David Friedman Ideas
by David Friedman  

"When we picked up our luggage in the Denver airport, one of the two checked suitcases was partly open, with a broken latch. Fortunately it also had a luggage strap on it which kept it from opening very far. It was a Zero Halliburton metal suitcase, the luggage equivalent of a tank, purchased long ago for transporting a personal computer in the days before laptops. Breaking it is not easy. I do not know whether TSA or the baggage handlers were responsible. When we unpacked the other suitcase, we discovered a second problem. It contained a note from TSA saying that they had searched it." (05/16/12)

http://daviddfriedman.blogspot.com/2012/05/tsa-vandalism.html  

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More TSA travesties

May 8, 2012
posted by

Downsize DC Downsize DC
by Jim Babka  

"The TSA is a typical government agency. It has no incentive to please the customers. If airline security was completely privatized, airlines would compete with each other to provide not only safety, but also a dignified process and a pleasurable trip. Customer satisfaction would be their priority. Don't 'fix' or 'reform' the TSA. Abolish it." (05/07/12)

http://www.downsizedc.org/blog/more-tsa-travesties  

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TSA abuses another disabled child “terrorist” suspect

April 29, 2012
posted by

Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"The latest incident last Monday involves the unreasonably aggressive screening of Dina Frank, a 7-year-old girl with cerebral palsy, at the hands of TSA thugs at JFK International Airport which caused her family to miss their flight to Florida. This little child is unable to pass through airport metal detectors without setting off alarms because she walks with metal leg braces and crutches. The condition puts her at the mercy of the TSA thugs who insist without reason or exception that she must undergo their patented pat-down assault and battery on a baby procedure." (04/29/12)

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CA: TSA pair accused of accepting bribes from drug smugglers at LAX

April 26, 2012
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Guardian [UK]    

"Two airport security employees have been arrested on drug trafficking and corruption charges, accused of taking bribes to allow large shipments of drugs to pass through the screening process at Los Angeles airport. The pair were arrested along with two former airport screeners. Authorities said on Wednesday the screeners allowed drugs to pass through X-ray machine checkpoints in five incidents in exchange for payments of as much as $2,400." [editor's note: Silly bureaurats! Don't they know that's what happens when top management doesn't get its cut of the take? - TLK] (04/26/12)

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TSA assaults and mugs another “terrorist” toddler at airport

April 26, 2012
posted by

Timothy J. Taylor Authority!    

"[T]he latest child victim is little four-year-old Isabella Brademeyer, of Missoula, Montana, on her way home with family after attending her uncle’s wedding, mercilessly set upon, targeted, mugged, manhandled and terrorized this week by a gang of uniformed gun toting TSA goons in Kansas at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport while her frightened and cowering typical American family looked on." (04/26/12)

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TSA tests new system for streamlining intrusive security theater

April 15, 2012
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USA Today    

"The Transportation Security Administration is testing a system that checks identification and boarding passes by machine rather than the standard visual check by officers. The tests began last week at Washington-Dulles International Airport and will start Tuesday at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston and April 23 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The review will last several months, gauging such things as how fast passengers move through the line and how accurate the machines are." (04/15/12)

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The TSA on [mock] trial

April 4, 2012
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LewRockwell.com
by Becky Akers  

"Nero fiddled while Rome burned. And Congress holds hearings on the TSA while the agency sexually assaults passengers, steals their valuables, torments children, the elderly and handicapped, and spits on the Constitution." (04/04/12)

http://lewrockwell.com/akers/akers182.html  

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Study: Metal detectors can detect, count your cash

March 27, 2012
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MSNBC    

"Think those TSA agents waving a metal-detecting wand at your pockets only know how many coins you're carrying? Think again. Metal detectors can tell how much cash is on you, too, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Washington's Applied Physics Laboratory in Seattle, the Daily Mail reported. The handheld metal detectors get signals from the magnetic ink dollar bills are printed with, and the strength of the magnetic signals increases when bills are stacked together. In other words, don't try smuggling big stacks of cash through airport security."

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TSA thugs threaten media outlets

March 13, 2012
posted by

Downsize DC Downsize DC
by Jim Babka  

"Jonathan Corbett is suing the TSA for its unconstitutional body scanners and pat-down methods. He's also demonstrating that the TSA simply doesn't work. ... the pornoscanners actually put passengers at GREATER RISK -- and the TSA knows it! Even worse, the TSA issued threats against mainstream media outlets that wanted to interview Corbett!" (03/13/12)

http://www.downsizedc.org/blog/tsa-thugs-threaten-media-outlets  

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Presenting PreCheck: Fascist and Furious

February 15, 2012
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LewRockwell.com
by Becky Akers  

"Permission to sometimes perhaps avoid Big Brother’s fondling comes with a price: $100. Since we’re dealing with Leviathan here, assume this is a yearly fee and that it will rise steeply as more passengers seek relief, even if partial, from the agency’s abuse. But here’s the real kicker, something that should have every American, Occupier or otherwise, screaming to abolish the TSA and indeed all government: PreCheck is unabashedly, openly fascist. It splits with corporations the power the Feds wield over us. Not just anyone can enroll in PreCheck, you see ..." (02/15/12)

http://lewrockwell.com/akers/akers178.html  

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Hassling the innocent is TSA’s specialty

February 1, 2012
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Gene Healy  

"Much has been made of the bizarre martial metaphors President Obama employed in his State of the Union last week, where he urged Americans to adopt the spirit of 'unit cohesion' animating SEAL Team 6: 'All that mattered that day was the mission. No one thought about politics. No one thought about themselves.' Yes, why can't America function as a highly trained military unit that obeys Obama's every command without questioning it?" (01/29/12)

http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=14062  

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US Senator Rand Paul detained after declining TSA sexual overtures

January 23, 2012
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CBS News    

"Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky on Monday found himself in a showdown with the Transportation Security Administration in Nashville, Tennessee after refusing to undergo a full-body pat down. Paul was later re-screened and booked on a subsequent flight. ... According to the Associated Press, Paul said he was 'detained' in a small cubicle in the airport, which is about an hour from his Bowling Green, Kentucky home, and missed his flight to Washington for a Senate session. The TSA disputed the characterization that Paul was 'detained.'" (01/23/12)

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TSA may apologize for sexually assaulting three women

January 18, 2012
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Chicago Tribune    

"Nearly two months after being subjected to what each called a humiliating strip search by TSA agents at New York’s Kennedy International Airport, two elderly Broward County residents and a woman from Boynton Beach may receive an apology. Maybe. Word that [the three victims] could hear a personal 'We’re sorry' was sparked by publication of a letter from Assistant Homeland Security Secretary Betsy Markey. It said TSA agents may have violated standard operating procedures in at least two of the incidents." (01/18/12)

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The bureaucratization of airport security

January 18, 2012
posted by

Strike The Root Strike the Root
by Alex Schroeder  

"A recent flight to a sunny Caribbean island unfortunately required interaction with our friends at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). While having my privacy invaded by these inconsiderate bureaucratic underlings, I began to contemplate precisely why airport security is so unpleasant and why it becomes more so subsequent to new security breaches." (01/18/12)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/bureaucratization-of-airport-security  

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Travel is a human right

December 22, 2011
posted by

Downsize DC Downsize DC
by Jim Babka  

"This holiday season, countless innocent air travelers will be screened, patted-down, and interrogated by the TSA. Let's make next Christmas merrier for them. Tell Congress to abolish the Transportation Security Agency." (12/21/11)

http://www.downsizedc.org/blog/travel-is-a-human-right  

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A costly epiphany

December 22, 2011
posted by

Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Gary Jason  

"It cost $1 billion to train the TSA’s 62,000 workers. Mica says he thinks that the agency should have only about 5,000 workers, and do what he originally intended it to do: gather intelligence in order to uncover terrorist threats and inform the airlines and airports. ... So, having learned firsthand about the Law of Unintended Consequences, Mica now believes the TSA should be privatized and focus on intelligence, not screening." (12/19/11)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/714  

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Airport sexual assault complaints prompt calls for on-site advocates

December 11, 2011
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Reuters    

"Two New York politicians urged the Transportation Security Administration on Sunday to provide passenger advocates on site at airport screenings after four elderly women complained of intrusive searches by security agents in recent months. ... several elderly women came forward in the busy travel weeks around Thanksgiving to complain they were 'strip searched by TSA agents ...'" (12/11/11)

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The USAPATRIOT Act is unpatriotic

December 1, 2011
posted by

Orange County Register
by Ron Hart  

"Americans should not be made to feel stress, shame and awkwardness while flying. That is what spending time with your relatives at Thanksgiving is for. Even with bin Laden dead, the TSA has become more intrusive than ever. Now I have to take off my belt to go through security. TSA screeners' pre-search routine has gone from putting on latex gloves to now applying lubricant to them. Should it not be going the other way by now -- less invasive instead of more? The TSA will handle more junk this holiday season than Sanford and Son." (11/29/11)

http://www.ocregister.com/opinion/government-329144-tsa-safety.html  

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