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Does the TSA Open Packages?
12-26-2010 | self

Posted on 12/26/2010 3:08:24 PM PST by ottbmare

My brother sent me a carton full of beautifully wrapped and beribboned Christmas packages, most of them containing clothes but a few containing plastic model airplanes for my son. When I opened the carton I found that a number of the packages had been slit up one of the short sides and the side flaps of the box pushed in so that anyone could see what was inside. I could only imagine that this was done for security purposes. Is this standard, now--to slice open Christmas presents and check to see what's inside them? I was a bit shocked, especially since there was nothing electronic or chemical in the carton to trigger a sensor.

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KEYWORDS: searches; security; tsa; tsapeervs
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1 posted on 12/26/2010 3:08:26 PM PST by ottbmare
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The voyeuristic assholes feel free to open anything that tweaks their curiosity. My daughter and I both have had checked-through luggage that was opened. We knew because the dullwitted scum left little notes inside telling us so. I guess they thought that made it OK.
2 posted on 12/26/2010 3:14:17 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: ottbmare

They can do what ever the hell they want

3 posted on 12/26/2010 3:14:48 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom REMEMBER FREE REPUBLIC IN YOUR WILL. I DID)
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To: ottbmare

More information needed.

How were the packages shipped? UPS, USPS, baggage on an airplane, ...?

By the way TSA doesnt’ have anything to do with shipping — just passenger travel.

4 posted on 12/26/2010 3:14:52 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: ottbmare

Sent by FedEx? UPS? Post Office?

Ask the delivery service.

5 posted on 12/26/2010 3:15:33 PM PST by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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They ain’t touchin my package.

6 posted on 12/26/2010 3:16:27 PM PST by the invisib1e hand ("Three hostile newspapers are more to be feared than 200 swords" - Napoleon Bonapart)
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They open up luggage!

Upon returning from a trip with my grandson I noticed there was a card in his suitcase stating that they had opened and inspected the contents: a bunch of dirty smelly clothes.

7 posted on 12/26/2010 3:20:20 PM PST by Alice in Wonderland
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A friend son coming home from Afghanistan had a factory’s rep’s gift of a CH-47 Chinook ripped off from his baggage.He was going to present it to his dad.

No recourse as they claimed ignorance....

What do you expect from liars,sexual perverts and thieves, it starts at the very top of the DHS

8 posted on 12/26/2010 3:21:00 PM PST by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: ottbmare
Unfortunately, some terrorist might try and get a bomb aboard a plane via a gift wrapped package. That said, I can't condone gift wrapped toys being slit open and searched.

There's just no good answer for stuff like this.

9 posted on 12/26/2010 3:27:37 PM PST by Celtic Cross (I AM the Impeccable Hat. (AKA The Pope's Hat))
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Plot for a romance novel?

He grasped me firmly but gently just above my elbow and guided me
into a room, his room. Then he quietly shut the door and we were alone.
He approached me soundlessly, from behind, and spoke in a low,reassuring voice close to my ear. “Just relax.” Without warning, he reached down and I felt his strong, callousedhands start at my ankles, gently probing, and moving upward along mycalves slowly but steadily. My breath caught in my throat. I knew Ishould be afraid, but somehow I didn’t care. His touch was soexperienced, so sure. When his hands moved up onto my thighs, I gave a slight shudder, andpartly closed my eyes. My pulse was pounding. I felt his knowingfingers caress my abdomen, my ribcage. And then, as he cupped myfirm, full breasts in his hands, I inhaled sharply. Probing, searching,knowing what he wanted, he brought his hands to my shoulders, slidthem down my tingling spine and into my panties. Although I knew nothing about this man, I felt oddly trusting andexpectant. This is a man, I thought. A man used to taking charge. Aman not used to taking `no’ for an answer. A man who would tell mewhat he wanted. A man who would look into my soul and say ... “Okay, ma’am,” said a voice. “That’s it. You can board your flight now.”

10 posted on 12/26/2010 3:28:55 PM PST by Ev Reeman
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To: Nervous Tick

They made my wife unwrap a gift wrapped package of salad utensils

11 posted on 12/26/2010 3:30:24 PM PST by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat, they sh#t on)
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My daughter while flying home from Vermont to California had all her electronics from one bag stolen. Laptop, iPod, kids electronics, etc....everything. TSA or the airline would take absolutely no responsibility and their policies (fine print) even says so.
Luckily she had bought some od the electronics on my AMEX within the year. They asked that she file a police report and then sent me a check for most of it.
If she hadn’t purchased most of it with my AMEX she would have been sol.

12 posted on 12/26/2010 3:37:42 PM PST by sheana
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To: ottbmare; Dick Vomer; Ev Reeman; Celtic Cross; Robe; invisib1e hand; LibFreeOrDie; ...

So why fly at all if you can avoid it?

VOTE! By not flying.

13 posted on 12/26/2010 3:41:29 PM PST by Aroostook25
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To: ottbmare

Unless it’s a dire emergency or important, really important business travel why even fly?

14 posted on 12/26/2010 3:46:51 PM PST by ReverendJames (Only A Lawyer And A Painter Can Change Black To White)
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To: ottbmare
Did they fly and bring the gifts with them? We visited family last year for the holidays, and I believe the advice was to not carry wrapped gifts, as they might be opened for inspection.

The USPS will occasionally open a packaged to ensure that the mailer is not misusing the postal rates (using less expensive media mail rates for things other than books) nor misusing free packaging material (you are not supposed to turn Priority Mail boxes nor envelopes inside out and use them to ship items using a less expensive rate).

I have never had UPS nor FedEx open a package, but that may change since the recent parcel bomb attempts.

15 posted on 12/26/2010 3:47:00 PM PST by susannah59
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To: al baby

yes, they can do whatever they want, and what they choose to do speaks volumes.

how much do you think it would cost for them to put video recording equipment watching/recording THEM in that back room, and make that available to you when you make your claim?

as much as those fancy scanners?

i submit MUCH LESS.

how much back-room recording equipment is there vs fancy scanners?

they claim they’re there acting for your benefit. doesn’t take much to show that’s not true.

16 posted on 12/26/2010 4:08:24 PM PST by mreerm
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I have never had UPS nor FedEx open a package, but that may change since the recent parcel bomb attempts.
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When I was doing FEDEX Same Day deliveries, (as a private contractor) anything going by air we would have them leave open and then I would ‘inspect’, then have them seal the package.
I drove most of the stuff that I picked up, usually in the 1 day range, but when it had to go by air, my ID (company + something linking me to FEDEX) gave me fast service either at the check in line or ticket counter.
This was about 3 years ago and for this particular service, which utilized either airlines or drives, the shipper had to have been on FEDEX list, virtually no new customers.

I heard for a while someone was promoting shipping your baggage UPS or FEDEX (would probably really work best during the holidays)but I guess the down side there would be you will rouse suspicion at the airport by traveling with no luggage or carry on...

You (WE) are not going to win, they are fighting us with our own money, and, in typical Government fashion, have hundreds of ‘idea people’ sitting around thinking up new ways of ‘annoying’ us, in the name of our own protection.

17 posted on 12/26/2010 4:09:14 PM PST by xrmusn ((6/98) When you are right, nobody remembers, but when you are wrong, nobody forgets.)
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To: Ev Reeman

That made me feel so filthy that I have to go take a lye soap shower, now...LOL

18 posted on 12/26/2010 4:31:59 PM PST by Salamander (Can't sleep....the clowns will eat me.)
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To: sheana

I had to ask: was the bag “personal/hand carry’ OR “luggage’?

19 posted on 12/26/2010 4:36:55 PM PST by max americana
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I’ll be flying to canada on Tuesday and usually, I would instruct family members to pick me up in WA state border cities and just drive thru. I just dont want to burden them this time. It’s already enough I have to deal with canadian jackass border guards but they pale in comparison with the lazy, arrogant border morons from the US in canada.

No wonder foreigners hate us.

20 posted on 12/26/2010 4:39:12 PM PST by max americana
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