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We laugh at naked bodies and take apple butter from old ladies': Ex-TSA agent confirms...
Daily Mail UK ^

Posted on 01/31/2014 2:22:26 PM PST by matt04

A former TSA officer has confirmed many of the worst suspicions about airport security screeners: they stop passengers for having an attitude, they confiscate snow globes from children and nail clippers from pilots, they profile passengers based on their nationality.

And yes, they do see travelers naked in the X-ray photos.

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‘I confiscated jars of homemade apple butter on the pretense that they could pose threats to national security. I was even required to confiscate nail clippers from airline pilots—the implied logic being that pilots could use the nail clippers to hijack the very planes they were flying,’ he wrote.

One of the most coveted rotations while he worked at Chicago’s O’Hare airport while Harrington worked there from 2007 through 2013 was the secretive Image Operator room where guards took turns sitting in the windowless room- that also lacked security cameras- viewing the pictures of passengers that the x-ray machines took.

‘Many of the images we gawked at were of overweight people, their every fold and dimple on full awful display. Piercings of every kind were visible. Women who’d had mastectomies were easy to discern—their chests showed up on our screens as dull, pixelated regions. Hernias appeared as bulging, blistery growths in the crotch area,’ he wrote in the Politico article.

‘All the old, crass stereotypes about race and genitalia size thrived on our secure government radio channels.’

The I.O. room turned into its own experiment in explicit behavior as agents would use it as a secret meeting point for mid0-work rendez-vous since the lack of security cameras kept them from being busted.

The TSA issued a statement in response to MailOnline, saying: 'Many of the TSA procedures and policies referenced in this article are no longer in place or are characterized inaccurately.'

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


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KEYWORDS: airports; tsa; tsapervs
Full title: 'We laugh at naked bodies and take apple butter from old ladies': Ex-TSA agent confirms your worst fears about airport security
1 posted on 01/31/2014 2:22:26 PM PST by matt04
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To: matt04

Classic TSA response, we didn’t know but it was only a few bad apples out of the thousands of TSA “officers.”


2 posted on 01/31/2014 2:22:33 PM PST by matt04
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To: matt04

TSA agents aren’t smart enough to realize they live local to those airports and not everyone are passers through.


3 posted on 01/31/2014 2:24:46 PM PST by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: matt04

ping


4 posted on 01/31/2014 2:27:05 PM PST by not2be4gotten.com
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To: matt04

“Public Servants”


5 posted on 01/31/2014 2:27:23 PM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: matt04

I’ve had three TSA agents get in my face.
I reported all three to their supervisors.
They probably got promotions.


6 posted on 01/31/2014 2:28:15 PM PST by Zathras
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To: matt04

“You can’t professionalize unless you federalize.” - Tom Dashole..................


7 posted on 01/31/2014 2:31:48 PM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: matt04

TSA, HSA and EPA.

What are they good for?


8 posted on 01/31/2014 2:31:55 PM PST by hadaclueonce (Because Brawndo's got electrolytes. Because Ethanol has Big Corn Lobby)
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To: matt04

Thugs


9 posted on 01/31/2014 2:31:58 PM PST by WriteOn (Truth)
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To: matt04

Any complaint against a TSA agent ought to be treated the same as an accustation against a catholic priest. It should be catalogued and fully investigated. When there is question, they should be treated the same as catholic priests and discharged. There are TSA agents abusing their stations. They need to be monitored more closely.


10 posted on 01/31/2014 2:36:18 PM PST by maxwellsmart_agent
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To: hadaclueonce
TSA, HSA and EPA.

What are they good for?

Ask the GOP presidents who signed them into law.

11 posted on 01/31/2014 2:42:07 PM PST by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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To: matt04

12 posted on 01/31/2014 2:47:31 PM PST by lightman (O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, giving to Thy Church vict'ry o'er Her enemies.)
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To: matt04

Yet, the American people pays good money to be treated like so many cattle. It’s never made sense to me.


13 posted on 01/31/2014 2:49:47 PM PST by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: matt04

Wait until the next time I travel by air ... the apple butter will be a little more “buttery,” if you divine my drift.


14 posted on 01/31/2014 2:50:27 PM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: OldPossum

Sloppy of me. That should be “pay.”


15 posted on 01/31/2014 2:51:00 PM PST by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: maxwellsmart_agent

Holder/DOJ has been actively recruiting ex-cons to apply for these and other federal jobs.

Clearly the goal is to make the travel experience (the hallmark of American freedom) as miserable as possible so as to discourage our desire to move about. What amazes me is how the airlines have gone along with this despite major financial hurt.

If the TSA were truly looking for dangerous people boarding planes, would this be the modus operandi, confiscating a pilot’s nail clippers ???


16 posted on 01/31/2014 2:52:57 PM PST by Sioux-san
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To: Zathras

I had one who wanted to do the explosives swab on my laptop bag for some reason. I asked him to change gloves, he reached into his pocket and pulled out a wad of gloves and some candy wrappers. I asked for glove out of the box, he called his supervisor and said I was “hostile.”

The supervisor came over and asked what the problem was. I explained, they called the Airport Police over. The cop asked what the problem was and I explained, the TSA “officer” concurred. The cop told them to get gloves form the box. They tested it, it came back negative and threw my bag on the table. I asked the supervisor for their boss, some suit came over. I explained the situation and was told they couldn’t comment on how I was treated as the was “a classified procedure for scanning potentially explosive items” and walked off.


17 posted on 01/31/2014 2:55:35 PM PST by matt04
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To: Zathras
I've got it. Maybe.

When encourtering the very rabid, rude TSA agent who has an attitude problem at the high end of the scale (we have ALL seen them and experienced them in cowered fear), and one who is clearly harassing both yourself and others around you, surreptitiously take a photo of the federal violator of our Rights, with the sound function off of your cell phone camera. Then upon approaching this cog in the wheel rentacop, take note of, commit to memory BUT NOT PAPER, and once clear of Reichsstatzione Checkpoint, write down that full name immediately, time, date and nature of inicident. Then, finally, combine the two. There is a thing called the Internet. Offshore the website overseas in a country and under a DNS for a nation which does not have any kind of bilatral treaty with the USA on these matters. Seizer people power bacck! Let them know in crystal clear terms they will be publicly exposed by name and face by a traveling public who will not take this power harassment anymore. That will then serve as a lesson to others to "walk it back, and take it down a few notches and get off their Gestapo high horses" when dealing with the average public whose only crime is to want to get from point A to point B in the domestic USA. Isn't that still a right? The right of free passage?

18 posted on 01/31/2014 2:59:45 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo
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To: matt04

Any uniformed officer with a beard should be excluded (referring to the photo).


19 posted on 01/31/2014 3:00:28 PM PST by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: matt04

And they wonder why they are treated like the enemy. Because they are!


20 posted on 01/31/2014 3:01:17 PM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

TSA...degenerate union goons without a useful purpose.


21 posted on 01/31/2014 3:02:14 PM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: matt04

Well, just have the TSA investigate itself. Problem solved. It’s the Obama way.


22 posted on 01/31/2014 3:03:30 PM PST by subterfuge (CBS NBC ABC FOX AP-- all no different than Pravda.)
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To: subterfuge

Yep. It never ceases to amaze me that the Obama Admin can NEVER find any wrongdoing/criminality no matter how many investigations they conduct on themselves! /s


23 posted on 01/31/2014 3:17:26 PM PST by originalbuckeye ("A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue;)
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To: originalbuckeye

No one ever gets fired or called to account in any way. They don’t get as much as a stern talking-to!


24 posted on 01/31/2014 3:22:27 PM PST by subterfuge (CBS NBC ABC FOX AP-- all no different than Pravda.)
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To: matt04

I have a friend who used to be a senior TSA guy who worked the DFW area, both DFW and Love Field...

He is a shooting enthusiast like me and we chat about issues on another website...So as far as I am concerned he is on the level when we have discussed ALL the issues pertaining to the TSA and his position there in that organization...

Nothing here surprises me, and it would not surprise him either...That being said, it is imperative that we the people keep up our vigilant observations and experiences with these sub-standard government employees...No matter where, or who they are...

If only EVERYONE who has an experience, wither good or bad were to document and or report these behaviors...We might really make an impact on the way it hires and fires people in the future...

If it is allowed to roll right over people, then NOTHING will be done...

The trick...

Even if it doesn’t happen to you, if you observe someone else being hassled, or given additional scrutiny for no real reason, then I would get as much info as possible and report it...

Everyone needs to step up to the plate and take a swing...


25 posted on 01/31/2014 3:30:11 PM PST by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: matt04

These aren’t “federal” agents, they really are “feral” agents.

At some point, they will lose their sugar daddy godfather, and they will have to answer to the public that they abused.

You WILL see a river of tears wide enough and deep enough to water all of Californication.


26 posted on 01/31/2014 3:36:46 PM PST by ConradofMontferrat ( According to mudslimz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: lightman

OR take a ship or boat, possibly a motorcycle or moped, anything but a plane.


27 posted on 01/31/2014 3:42:34 PM PST by Kackikat
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To: Ken H
TSA, HSA and EPA. What are they good for? Ask the GOP presidents who signed them into law.

You get my point, no more turds.

28 posted on 01/31/2014 3:47:35 PM PST by hadaclueonce (Because Brawndo's got electrolytes. Because Ethanol has Big Corn Lobby)
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To: Ghost of SVR4
TSA agents aren’t smart enough to realize they live local to those airports and not everyone are passers through.

The agents follow orders to keep their jobs. The problem is the organization, itself, not the employees. They have little discretion.

Abolish the TSA [another issue the GOP could lead on, but won't].

29 posted on 01/31/2014 3:48:11 PM PST by BfloGuy ( Even the opponents of Socialism are dominated by socialist ideas.)
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To: hadaclueonce

A R after their name does not make them any different than having a D.

Yet we vote like it does.


30 posted on 01/31/2014 3:49:56 PM PST by hadaclueonce (Because Brawndo's got electrolytes. Because Ethanol has Big Corn Lobby)
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To: matt04; Ghost of SVR4; not2be4gotten.com; bigbob; Zathras; Red Badger; hadaclueonce; WriteOn; ...
Classic TSA response, we didn’t know but it was only a few bad apples out of the thousands of TSA “officers.”

They learned from the police that there's a relatively high incident of isolated incidents required before the public begins to lose their trust.

That, and they probably read my brochure:
Stop, Drop, and Cower
[Direct Link]

31 posted on 01/31/2014 4:17:35 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: hal ogen
TSA...degenerate union goons without a useful purpose.

Ah, but there is a useful purpose: conditioning.
Just think what would have happened if the procedures/techniques used today were put in-place prior to 11 Sep.

32 posted on 01/31/2014 4:23:47 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Sioux-san
What amazes me is how the airlines have gone along with this despite major financial hurt.

What do you think the airline bail-out right after 11 Sep was really about?

33 posted on 01/31/2014 4:25:13 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: OneWingedShark

I forgot all about the airline bailout - just as all the bailouts, root cause/problems go ignored


34 posted on 01/31/2014 4:36:17 PM PST by Sioux-san
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To: OldPossum

We up here in the frozen North have a choice. Three or four hour flight from Anchorage to Seattle, or a 6 day drive. Add an extra hour for the flight from Fairbanks.


35 posted on 01/31/2014 5:02:06 PM PST by ArmyTeach ( Videteco eos prius (See 'em first) Sculpin 191)
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To: ArmyTeach

Well, you certainly don’t have much of a choice, and I can understand why you take flights. It’s the vast number of people who are willing to be groped and otherwise treated like naughty children so as to save a little time, those are the ones who puzzle me.

Luckily, I have no need or desire to ever take a flight again, and I won’t.


36 posted on 01/31/2014 5:09:55 PM PST by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: matt04

“If you have bad apples, make apple butter.”


37 posted on 01/31/2014 5:12:36 PM PST by cyn (Benghazi.)
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To: matt04

"Are we going to have to visit these masturbatory conduct allegations again?"

38 posted on 01/31/2014 5:15:25 PM PST by ErnBatavia (The 0baMao Experiment: Abject Failure)
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To: ErnBatavia

TSA:

Literally, Bush’s fault.


39 posted on 01/31/2014 5:23:23 PM PST by bicyclerepair (TERM LIMITS TERM LIMITS TERM LIMITS)
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To: matt04

Yea this sounds like how I was treated.
They are clearly under orders to try and get people upset so they can slap the cuffs on you.

My yahoo pulled me out of the line for a wand probe. I lifted my arms and he says “I didn’t tell you to lift your arms”


40 posted on 02/03/2014 8:08:30 AM PST by Zathras
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