Skip to comments.Getting Familiar With All-Too-Intimate Pat-Downs (Airline screeners accost passengers)
Posted on 11/10/2004 12:52:17 PM PST by icecold
Last week, I wrote about Rhonda L. Gaynier, a lawyer who said she was groped by a female Transportation Security Administration screener - given a breast exam is how she put it - at Tampa International Airport during one of those dreaded secondary screenings and pat-downs. On my desk right now are printouts of about 150 e-mail messages that arrived in response to that column.
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"On my desk right now are printouts of about 150 e-mail messages that arrived in response to that column."
Requesting photos, no doubt.
Male screeners are not permitted to do pat-downs on female passengers -- and vice-versa. Anybody who says differently is lying -- and therefore has an ideological agenda.
That is why I no longer fly anywhere --- if someone tried that on me I would have them on the ground wondering how they got there.
I REFUSE to give up my Constitutional Rights for morons and their ignorant masters.
I'd rather have a woman pat me down than a dude.
Thank you, that's a keeper.
I feel safe knowing the TSA is on the job. How about you?
See post #5 or drive a car, instead.
Rosie O'Donnel's next career?
Actually, I personally know of an instance at a really small airport where it was done due to the lack of a female screener. The pat-down was done by a supervisor and could hardly be described as groping (the backs of the hands were used).
I'm not sure that I would feel comfortable giving or recieving such a pat down. I do fly though, and would prefer the present security to no security at all.
It isn't a brave act to fly an airplane into a skyscraper or to attack churches, schools and hospitals.
Read the story before you post, professor. Who has tried to tell you different? This particular gropings were delivered to females by females. One of them, described in detail in the story, was a punishment for the lady being unwilling to take her blouse off in public.
Is it supposed to make it cool that she got groped and humiliated (quite deliberately, by the sound of it) by one of the TSA's Lynndie Englands instead of by a guy?
Everyone in the industry has seen how the TSA works -- hire the scum of the earth, and give them their head -- and knows it's one more version of the universal equation: A little man and a little power does not equal a big man. Or broad, as the case may be.
As far as safety -- these screenings do zero for safety, unless you count providing a fig-leaf, or illusion or safety, as the real thing. Any C student in terrorist school could still find six ways to wreck that aircraft (after which the short-school-bus and early-retired officers of the TSA will set up new restrictions that inconvenience everybody, cost money, and cost lives, and only prevent the terrorists from doing exactly the same thing exactly the same way -- as if they were as dumb as, for instance, the TSA).
And yes, this costs money, jobs (real jobs, not handouts for the welfareniks the TSA supports), and lives. Because every time the mongoloids at the TSA throw more restrictions on, more people say, "screw it, I'll drive" -- which is a thousand times more dangerous. By 2006-2007 the TSA will have killed as many people this was as Osama did.
The first head that HAS to roll is Mineta's. He's not really running the department, he's too senile, but he and the flunkies that bring him paper are all Clintonista holdouts who think nothing can be done unless the Government does it. That's how you have a two-year-old agency spending half a million dollars (!) on an awards ceremony where they gave one of the gropers a "lifetime achievement" award (remember, for this bureaucracy "lifetime" began in 2002). The agency has no idea what it's doing, no positive impact on the GWOT, and the fiscal discipline of a cokehead who just realised the car full of money he just stole belongs to the local Godfather.
This is the same crack outfit that found out that Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), Hamas suicide-bombing financier, was going to board a plane to the US -- while the whackjob was somewhere over Iceland already. Millions for tensile-testing teats, but not one cent for giving traveling jihadis the hairy eyeball. You Aunt Harriet could run a better agency, and you don't even have an Aunt Harriet!
These creeps have nothing to do with terrorism, apart from using it as an excuse to bloat their bureaucracy, and sucking up money that could be used by those actually fighting terrorism.
Criminal Number 18F
THE CHIEF: Her fingers were cold, the victim said. You know what this means?
AGENT 99 (earnestly): It could only be one KAOS agent, Chief.
AGENT 86: Chief, please don't tell me it's the --
THE CHIEF (resigned): Yes, Max. It's the dreaded EL KA-BOOB.
AGENT 86 (wincing): I told you not to tell me that.
Criminal Number 18F
If you think that we have any better security at airports now than before 9-11, can I interest you in some seashore property in South Dakota?
What a delusion you have!
But last spring, I had to.
On the way back, the TSA drones found something "suspicious" in my checked baggage and made me stand there while they opened up. The two cans of Las Palmas Red Chili Sauce that my sister-in-law had given me set of some kind of alarm.
So after dumping my stuff all over their table, they looked at the two cans, said "OK", and sent the luggage on it's way.
I was wondering how they knew what the contents of the two cans were. Anybody can put anything they want in a can and put a label on it.
If I can think of a lot of ways to do harm to an airliner and still get through security, and I'm sure others can, too.
Given two different airplanes with seperate boarding lines, one being unscreened and the other being screened, I would still opt for the screened airplane.
I also would welcome the low power X-ray that would "strip" me of my clothes. It is too bad that we have Bozo's in this world who think it is cool to kill innocent people...without them there would be no need for any of this.