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Posted on 11/21/2010 1:06:49 AM PST by nickcarraway
Just a few days before the busy holiday travel period, the Transportation Security Administration has decided to change the rules of flying - again.
At the beginning of this month, the agency began enforcing its name-matching requirements for airline tickets. Passengers must now provide their full names as they appear on a government-issued ID, their date of birth and their gender when they book a flight.
After a terrorism scare involving explosive devices shipped by cargo, the government banned printer cartridges from luggage.
And the TSA started implementing several new screening measures, including an enhanced "pat-down" protocol for air travelers who opt out of a full-body scan.
The agency appears to be phasing in these new procedures unevenly, leading to frequent confrontations with air travelers. At some airports, passengers are being randomly asked to go through the scanners, while at others, they must all be screened by the machines or by hand. At one airport last week, passengers were both scanned and frisked.
As a result, air travelers aren't sure what to expect when they fly. In a Consumer Travel Alliance poll conducted last weekend, more than half the respondents - 56 percent - said they were more confused than ever about the TSA's new rules. About 41 percent said they were about as confused as before, and only 3 percent said they were less confused.
Pat-downs are by far the biggest problem. When I first reported on these aggressive screening techniques in the spring, the TSA insisted that it hadn't changed the way it checks passengers and that it wasn't punishing air travelers who refused the scans. But it turns out that the agency was testing the controversial frisking procedures at several airports, after all.
The pat-downs, which are being introduced nationwide this fall, have been widely interpreted by
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What am I being billed for, and can you squeeze blood from turnips?
Actually, the TSA didn’t start the backscanners/enhanced grope just a few days ago—this has been going on for weeks. It wasn’t until Drudge posted phony pics & outdated videos that everyone went berserk on cue.
I still don’t understand why the TSA hasn’t banned wearing underwear...after the “underwear” bomber attempt.
In the same vein as the German (almost) nude protest perhaps those so inclined could drive their cars wearing little more than underwear. If stopped, just explain that you are on your way to the airport and are properly attired for the TSA. (Bumper sticker: TSA inspection ready)
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Posted on Sunday, November 21, 2010 9:49:06 AM by KeyLargo
I wonder what the response would be to someone pulling down their pants and removing their shirt for the search.
If anyone gets such a picture they need to send it to DRUDGEREPORT.COM!!
Your lack of outrage is unseemly.
Your attempt to silence the message by shooting the messenger (blaming Drudge) is clumsy.
Your acceptance of governmental supremacy is distasteful.
Any artists out there? We need a cartoon of Bill Clinton saying he wants a cute guard to pat him down.
A possible tagline for you...And yes, you can squeeze blood from a turnip...;-)
I seen it!!! Fo Sho!!!
Haven’t heard a word from the FDA on this. Hmmmmmmmmm?
the FDA has NO jurisdiction to comment on this device, based on some fairly specific comments I have read.
Thanks, I especially enjoyed your “Strip and Grope” article.
I followed the link to the TSA FAQ from the ACLU article.
One would think that the $10k fine for getting cold feet and refusing to allow yourself or your children to be molested would be worth mentioning.
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