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Eliminate the TSA
Townhall.com ^ | October 22, 2012 | Katie Kieffer

Posted on 10/22/2012 4:26:48 AM PDT by Kaslin

I’m reading the Constitution and I do not see a “Grope or Scan” clause. The TSA is unconstitutional. Let’s eliminate the TSA.

If you read my columns regularly, you know that I consider the TSA to be a carcinogenic petting zoo. I nearly always opt out. I object to the scanners on principle of their unconstitutionality. And I am concerned about the possibility of a scanner malfunction (thousands of service calls have been made to the backscatter X-ray machines)—which medical experts warn can result in extremely high radiation exposure.

Last week, I was traveling to New Jersey to speak at Americans for Prosperity’s Defending the American Dream Summit. I nearly missed my flight. And it was not because I overslept.

I arrived early to the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport and already had my boarding pass. I’m thinking, “I’m golden. I have some extra time to grab breakfast and then relax before my flight.” No such luck.

After placing my luggage on the conveyer belt, I informed the TSA agent (a female) that I would be opting out. She said: “OK, well, you’re going to have to wait a while. Step over there and wait.”

I waited approximately 10 minutes and she never called for an agent. I reminded her that I needed to opt out. Her supervisor came over to her and said: “We are short on female staffers. I need you to do the pat-down and I’ll have another agent take your place up here.” She responded: “No. I don’t want to. I want to stay up here. Can’t you get another female agent to do it?”

He did not reprimand her for refusing to do her job. (This is not the private sector.) Instead, he made me wait until a different female staffer became available, further delaying me.

After my pat-down, the agent’s gloves set off the alarm. So, she did a second, more invasive pat-down in a back room. Her gloves still set off the alarm, so she said they needed to take apart my luggage and individually re-send everything through the X-ray machine.

Two TSA agents and four supervisors (it takes a village) unfolded all my clothes and even tore through my undergarments. They slowly sent small piles of my things through the X-ray machine, using about 15 bins, even though I only had a carry-on suitcase, a purse and a laptop. This process took about 45 minutes and I kept looking up at the clock, thinking: “I’m going to miss my flight!” I asked a TSA agent: “So what happens if I miss my flight?” He said, “You’ll have to work that out with your airline.”

I asked a TSA supervisor to call my airline and let them know I was on my way and see if they could hold the plane a few minutes for me. He said, “They are a separate company and we don’t know their phone number and cannot call them.” I said: “So you’re in the same building and you don’t know their number? And you can’t find their number on Google?” His eyes bulged, like a child caught lying.

I literally had only five minutes to catch my flight when the TSA agents finished scanning my luggage. I threw everything into my suitcase, wrinkling my suit. Then I tossed my laptop and cell phone cables into my purse and started running full speed for my gate.

Clothes were peaking out of my half-zipped suitcase and cables were flying out of my purse. Everyone was staring at me. I don’t blame them; I’m sure I looked like a riot.

The only reason I made my flight was because I spotted a courtesy transport (they look like golf carts) and begged the driver for a lift to my gate. He saved my day.

I now know that “opting out” is only an “option” if you arrive insanely early to the airport or you enjoy tossing cash into the gutter.

If you are a businessperson rushing to make a meeting; a bride and groom heading to a destination ceremony; a parent with unruly young children or a caretaker traveling with an Alzheimer's patient, you cannot endure the hassle and delay of opting out.

And the TSA apparently does not take responsibility for re-booking flights missed due to its security delays. So, opting out could mean paying $500-plus out-of-pocket to rebook if the TSA delays you.

My story is just one among many. I’m sharing my experience in hopes that doing so encourages more Americans to publicly voice their own incidents. The squeaky wheel gets the grease; we all need to express our outrage at the unconstitutional and unhealthy treatment we endure from the TSA.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: airlines; invasivepatdowns; tsa; unconstitutional
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1 posted on 10/22/2012 4:26:51 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

I agree - it’s kabuki theater security and just an immense hassle, carried out by largely minimum-wage cretins and costs billions. But obama will never shut it down - yet another reason to vote Romney.


2 posted on 10/22/2012 4:36:59 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Kaslin

They also take extra time for people who speak up about how bad they are.


3 posted on 10/22/2012 4:37:49 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Kaslin
I now know that “opting out” is only an “option” if you arrive insanely early to the airport or you enjoy tossing cash into the gutter.

See? It was a good learning experience.

4 posted on 10/22/2012 4:40:20 AM PDT by Delhi Rebels (There was a row in Silver Street - the regiments was out.)
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To: Rummyfan
But obama will never shut it down - yet another reason to vote Romney.

Obama didn't start it, Bush did. You really think that Romney will do away with it?

5 posted on 10/22/2012 4:41:21 AM PDT by Delhi Rebels (There was a row in Silver Street - the regiments was out.)
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To: Delhi Rebels

and they STILL haven’t caught a single terrorist


6 posted on 10/22/2012 4:47:10 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Kaslin

Eliminate the TSA, DEA, BATFE, EPA, Dept. of Education, Dept. of Energy, Dept. of Health and Human Services, Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, Dept. of Labor, National Labor Relations Board, National Endowment for the Arts, NPR...

Purge the State Department.

Then everything remaining get its budget cut by 40%!


7 posted on 10/22/2012 4:49:27 AM PDT by Little Ray (AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: Kaslin
There's an influential book title An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution (Charles Beard, 1913) that outlines those duties and responsibilities that belong to the Federal gov't. In a nutshell, the Federal gov't is responsible for the policing of property rights (i.e., a legal system and a standing military) and the provision of social overhead capital (i.e., those things the private market won't provide, like a national highway system). Otherwise, the Feds should "butt out". There is no way they should be competing with private enterprise (student loans, SBA, bailouts, etc.). All of these additional area of interference are simply power grabs done to keep those setting policy in power.
8 posted on 10/22/2012 4:49:53 AM PDT by econjack (Some people are as dumb as soup.)
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To: Delhi Rebels

Bush started the TSA but not THIS TSA

For example when TSA was started it was agreed they NOT be unionized

Nor were they ever deployed to train stations sports stadiums political rallies and schools (next, shopping malls?) Imagine the massive growth in hiring that allowed this expansion. This is pure obama

Janet Napolitano started the TSA on its “leave no child’s behind” grope routine, when her butch advisors cooked up the scenario that angry white fundamentalist Americans who resist government authority are the real threat to America

Those radiation machines (now being quietly moved to small aiports) - cost is estimated to be 100 dead flyers per years, from cancers caused by the scanners.

Not Optimal if it is your family member or you, otherwise an acceptable level of collateral damage to Janet Napolitano and Barry obama who never ever will be subject to an invasive body search


9 posted on 10/22/2012 4:51:11 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: driftdiver
and they STILL haven’t caught a single terrorist

So we do away with the security screenings at airports?

10 posted on 10/22/2012 4:51:12 AM PDT by Delhi Rebels (There was a row in Silver Street - the regiments was out.)
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To: Rummyfan

During the Tokugawa Shogunate, the Japanese government prevented upkeep on bridges and didn’t allow large boats to be built. The intended purpose was PREVENT travel and reduce threats of uprisings etc.

IMHO, the TSA serves much the same purpose.


11 posted on 10/22/2012 4:51:59 AM PDT by Little Ray (AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: Delhi Rebels

Given the circumstances at the time, everyone was clamoring for the Feds to do something to protect them. The TSA is likely NOT what the public had in mind. Anyone who thinks the TSA has made them safer in the real sense of the word is kidding themselves. The TSA is an expensive, ineffective, attempt to protect air travelers. Yet, a simply knock on the head, grab that employee’s strip card, use it to walk through the employee gate and a terrorist has full access to the tarmac and everything on it. In terms of opportunity costs, the TSA is one of the most expensive, worthless, agencies the Federal gov’t ever foisted on the public.


12 posted on 10/22/2012 4:54:48 AM PDT by econjack (Some people are as dumb as soup.)
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To: Kaslin

I’m waiting for the sheeples:

“She would have reached her plane in plenty of time by striking a pose.”

“Certainly the TSA would never try and make life uncomfortable for those who opt out. The TSA is just doing its job.”

“Manual searches take a lot more time, waste TSA resources, and hold other travelers up.”

“This is about everyone’s safety, not just her. If she doesn’t like it, then don’t fly.”


13 posted on 10/22/2012 4:58:50 AM PDT by CitizenUSA (Why celebrate evil? Evil is easy. Good is the goal worth striving for.)
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To: Delhi Rebels

false dilemma


14 posted on 10/22/2012 4:59:27 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: econjack
In terms of opportunity costs, the TSA is one of the most expensive, worthless, agencies the Federal gov’t ever foisted on the public.

Which is why neither Romney nor Obama will ever do away with it.

Seriously, if Romney tried to do away with the TSA he'd be overwhelmed by charges that he's leaving the traveling public open to terrorist attacks. He doesn't have the spine to do that.

15 posted on 10/22/2012 5:01:22 AM PDT by Delhi Rebels (There was a row in Silver Street - the regiments was out.)
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To: silverleaf
false dilemma

How so?

16 posted on 10/22/2012 5:03:25 AM PDT by Delhi Rebels (There was a row in Silver Street - the regiments was out.)
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To: Delhi Rebels

So the only choices are give up all our rights or no security. yep thats rational


17 posted on 10/22/2012 5:03:25 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Delhi Rebels
...if Romney tried to do away with the TSA he'd be overwhelmed by charges that he's leaving the traveling public open to terrorist attacks. He doesn't have the spine to do that.

Your statement is more of an indictment of the voting public's stupidity than Romney's spine.

18 posted on 10/22/2012 5:06:43 AM PDT by econjack (Some people are as dumb as soup.)
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To: driftdiver
So the only choices are give up all our rights or no security. yep thats rational.

So what's your solution?

19 posted on 10/22/2012 5:07:26 AM PDT by Delhi Rebels (There was a row in Silver Street - the regiments was out.)
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To: Delhi Rebels

Yes...

do things the common sense and the israeli way..

profile, use dogs, make common sense decisions..

this would involve de-unionizing them so that the bad attitude would be removed...


20 posted on 10/22/2012 5:07:42 AM PDT by joe fonebone (The clueless... they walk among us, and they vote...)
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To: Kaslin

TSA flunkies are the people who read about the Stanford Prison Experiment in a psychology or history class and considered it an inspirational tale.


21 posted on 10/22/2012 5:07:43 AM PDT by relictele
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To: econjack
Your statement is more of an indictment of the voting public's stupidity than Romney's spine.

It's really a statement on the lack of both.

22 posted on 10/22/2012 5:08:50 AM PDT by Delhi Rebels (There was a row in Silver Street - the regiments was out.)
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To: CitizenUSA

They’re here already. See post #10.


23 posted on 10/22/2012 5:09:48 AM PDT by relictele
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To: joe fonebone
So it's not the TSA that's bad, it's the fact that they're unionized. And if only they weren't unionized then they would be magically transformed into an efficient, effective, highly skilled, security force. Come on.

BTW, I think the Israeli security people are unionized.

24 posted on 10/22/2012 5:11:45 AM PDT by Delhi Rebels (There was a row in Silver Street - the regiments was out.)
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To: Delhi Rebels

you imply there are only 2 choices in this argument-
this flawed security screening system
or no security screening system

false dilemma, logic error, commonly used to try to shut down debate rather than explore alternatives

look it up


25 posted on 10/22/2012 5:12:01 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: silverleaf

Then by all means outline the third choice. You do away with the TSA and the screenings, then what do you replace them with?


26 posted on 10/22/2012 5:15:19 AM PDT by Delhi Rebels (There was a row in Silver Street - the regiments was out.)
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To: Delhi Rebels

Keep the bombs and fire hazards off, let passengers take care of the rest.


27 posted on 10/22/2012 5:30:56 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Rummyfan

Bush started this madness. Do you honestly think Romney will shut it down?


28 posted on 10/22/2012 5:31:25 AM PDT by Daveinyork
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To: Kaslin

All this TSA nonsense is because the leaders of this nation do not have the testicular fortitude to call the enemy, the enemy.

Everyone knows who is responsible for the heightened security we all have to deal with in our airports, train stations, and soon to be every damn place. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visible_Intermodal_Prevention_and_Response_team)

Pssst....it ain’t Christians and Jews, kiddos.

But no, most of the US will go shuffling through the TSA lines in preparation for the coming muslim abattoirs.


29 posted on 10/22/2012 5:33:43 AM PDT by Molon Labbie (Prep. Now. Live Healthy, take your Shooting Iron daily.)
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To: Kaslin
I'm despise the TSA as much as the next person, but my daughter is a TSA agent in Boise and I need her to keep her job so she can pay for the car I just cosigned for. What's a father to do?
30 posted on 10/22/2012 5:34:27 AM PDT by Axelsrd
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To: Delhi Rebels

Then by all means outline the third choice. You do away with the TSA and the screenings, then what do you replace them with?

....since they haven’t caught a SINGLE terrorist, but have been caught stealing $$$ and expensive items, why replace them with anything? Train a few random inspectors to profile nervous types and give them the Isreali review... Nothing else needed. If you think it’s unsafe to fly, w/o TSA...drive.

ymmv


31 posted on 10/22/2012 5:36:24 AM PDT by ElectionInspector (Molon Labe...)
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To: Axelsrd

I am sure not all TSA agents are morons, and your daughter is not one of them


32 posted on 10/22/2012 5:39:49 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Delhi Rebels

Your reply makes no sense....

please reread what I wrote..

I did offer solutions to the problem that would work if not for politically correct morons in washington..

de-unionization is just one of the things I offered, but you seem to have jumped right onto that..

are you a tsa or union troll?

I see you are a recent sign up..


33 posted on 10/22/2012 5:39:54 AM PDT by joe fonebone (The clueless... they walk among us, and they vote...)
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To: joe fonebone
I did offer solutions to the problem that would work if not for politically correct morons in washington..

No you didn't, not really. The Israeli way of profiling, using dogs? Just who would you have doing the profiling? The TSA?

Israel has an efficient system. Israel also has, what? Three international airports and a tiny domestic airline system? The U.S. has dozens of international airports, hundreds of domestic airports, and thousands of daily flights. How do you staff up to do Israel-level security on all of that?

are you a tsa or union troll?

Nope. de-unionization is just one of the things I offered, but you seem to have jumped right onto that.

Unionization was what you identified as the problem.

34 posted on 10/22/2012 5:45:56 AM PDT by Delhi Rebels (There was a row in Silver Street - the regiments was out.)
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To: Delhi Rebels
So we do away with the security screenings at airports?

Screen for terrorists not devices, which is what the TSA does so ham-handedly. But we cannot have anyone screaming Profiling!.

35 posted on 10/22/2012 5:47:02 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Delhi Rebels
Goodness Delhi! I never thought I would find someone that thought the TSA were actually providing a service!

You do realize the TSA has never caught a single terrorist, right? You do understand that they are often very poorly educated. Many are guilty of theft and some are even sex offenders.

Just a few weeks ago a perfectly nice lady, not trying to hide anything accidentally boarded a plane with a gun. And the TSA fails every single “find the weapon” exercise it is given.

The fact remains that unless we begin submitting to gynecology / proctology exams, full body x-rays, and luggage searches there is no possible way to find all possible weapons.

However all this logic does not keep these mall cops with God complexes from forcing people to expose colostomy bags or mastectomy implants. They fondle children. They expect elderly in wheelchairs to get up and walk through scanners with no support.

And lets be very clear on this. A TSA agent will demand sharply that you give up your drink, your shampoo bottle, your lotion and any other item you have on their list. They then throw those “potentially dangerous” items into a large trash can less than 2 foot from them. What does this tell you? It tells you that the people that wrote the procedures knew they were accomplishing nothing and the people that enforce them know it to.

So, what is the solution? Private Companies. Why? Because the Gestapo like attitudes would not be tolerated. Employees would be better screened and trained. Standard Operating Procedures would need to serve an actual purpose or service. Like any private company, they would strive for excellence in their field and they would want to build customer trust.

36 posted on 10/22/2012 6:15:40 AM PDT by Casie
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To: Axelsrd

I fly several times a month. There are some good people working for the TSA, there are also some boneheads.

The system is run by boneheads who encourage big brother tactics on Americans. The system is broken and needs to be replaced.


37 posted on 10/22/2012 6:19:03 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Casie

“The fact remains that unless we begin submitting to gynecology / proctology exams, full body x-rays, and luggage searches there is no possible way to find all possible weapons”

There are reports of body cavity searches being proposed.


38 posted on 10/22/2012 6:22:18 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Casie

yep letting the public sector handle this is a step in the right direction.

lots of other goobermint jobs could also be privatized. when Romney does this I will take notice.


39 posted on 10/22/2012 6:38:46 AM PDT by Gasshog
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The gov’t is interested in your security. That’s why they keep the borders open, take naked body scans at airports and touch your child’s privates. It all makes perfect sense. After the next false flag, you’ll be looking back at these times as the good old days. Ordo ab chao.


40 posted on 10/22/2012 6:45:47 AM PDT by Hayride
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To: Kaslin
{this lamppost reserved for Michael Chertoff}


41 posted on 10/22/2012 6:45:53 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Kaslin
Look at the little demonstration flyer taped to the wall in this picture...

..It looks like it was put up there by a six year old. Details matter, and to me, the sloppiness and slap dash matter that flyer was put up with, knowing that it was there for the traveling public at large, says a lot about the attitudes the TSA has for those passengers.

42 posted on 10/22/2012 6:51:17 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Little Ray
Honey, I shrunk the IRS!
43 posted on 10/22/2012 7:13:28 AM PDT by carumba (The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made. Groucho)
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To: Joe 6-pack
What you have noticed is just another example of the complete lack of professionalism and respect for customers that DEFINES the TSA. Privatization is the only way to change that. Put someone’s reputation on the line and the quality will climb.
44 posted on 10/22/2012 7:18:41 AM PDT by Casie
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To: Delhi Rebels

Do away with the TSA and let the airlines pay for their own security. The customer flying should be the one to bear the cost burden for that security and should expect a quality product.
I will not fly because the airlines depend on the useless TSA and are glad to let the taxpayer pay for their business to operate. The market is perverted, and the product sucks.


45 posted on 10/22/2012 7:23:06 AM PDT by ExpatGator (I hate Illinois Nazis!)
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To: Delhi Rebels

Easiest would be to re-assert/re-allow the 2nd Amendment; but you must load with frangible ammo.

Problem solved.

I recently returned from an out of town, work required, conference where the TSA dip-shit was INDIVIDUALLY going through a tin of change. I bet there was 1/2 the gate sitting there, watching the stupid radiate from the checkpoint.


46 posted on 10/22/2012 7:49:03 AM PDT by i_robot73
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To: Kaslin
TSA = NAZIS w/union

end of

47 posted on 10/22/2012 8:00:02 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: Delhi Rebels
So what's your solution?

They've already reinforced the cockpit doors. Arm the flight crew, (and/or the passengers) and we could all get back on with our lives sans TSA.

48 posted on 10/22/2012 8:07:49 AM PDT by zeugma (Rid the world of those savages. - Dorothy Woods, widow of a Navy Seal, AMEN!)
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To: Rummyfan

[ I agree - it’s kabuki theater security ]

Maybe we should go through security dressed up as Kabuki actors?

Maybe then we could demostarte how dumb this kabuki thing is...


49 posted on 10/22/2012 8:13:38 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: Rummyfan
But we cannot have anyone screaming Profiling!.

Who would you have do the profiling if not the same TSA drones you're currently complaining about.

50 posted on 10/22/2012 8:25:23 AM PDT by Delhi Rebels (There was a row in Silver Street - the regiments was out.)
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