Exactly. They're as bad as the police!!! No accuntability and some high-ranking hack to cover their sorry butts at every turn. When people gain authority, it goes straight to their head. A nobody is suddenly somebody and "By dang people are going to listen and do as I say or else!!!"
Glenn that is what I have a problem with. For the most part people that work at the TSA speak foreign languages to each other that I nor my husband understand. And between the two of us we speak 6 languages and understand enough of several more. It is insulting to have people speak, about us perhaps? Which I used to believe before I learned my other languages. It is natural. Yet we allow ourselves to be violated by the same people. Besides that from what I understand, not a single terrorist has been detected by the TSA. Private citizens though have.
I fly a lot, and I can't recall ever being x-rayed by the TSA. My carry-ons and my luggage, sure, but not my body. I'm not sure what these products are supposed to do, other than cause someone to get even more attention from the TSA when they're trying to figure out what you have on you that is causing screw readings on their machines.
I hate the delays that the screening causes, for sure. I hate how ineffective the screening actually is. I've accidentally gone through with a razor-sharp knife in my wallet and didn't realize it until long after the flight, so they're definitely not catching what they need to. Other times, I'm singled out and end up spending 20 minutes waiting for someone to go through all of my carry-on items.
Meanwhile, I've seen someone build a surprisingly powerful grenade/bomb on YouTube with items that could all be purchased on the "safe" side of the security gates.
If terrorists truly wanted to attack the US in an organized way, we would have no defense. All of this security at the airport isn't stopping any terrorist attacks.
I don't travel a lot but I have to have a full body scan anytime I fly because I have a medical device implanted in me. Bad enough I have to get that XRay that shows everything but I don't appreciate being manhandled by a stranger in public. Any metal on your person sets off the scanner.
I would not buy these, because the search conducted by TSA is not unreasonable. The 4th Amendment protects against UNREASONABLE searches and seizures. We must keep our airplanes safe and in the sky, so therefore, these searches are reasonable and necessary. Also, travelers have a choice, go by train, bus or boat, if you don't like the TSA serch. As for calling the TSA workers who are mandated to conduct these searches "perverts" people who feel this is appropriate should get over themselves. TSA workers have as much loathing for looking at and touching others as the travelers have for being touched. It's a job and a necessary evil. It's unfair to castigate the workers doing their jobs, which keep all of us safe. Why don't people who think this underwear is a good idea, direct their anger where it belongs, against radical Islamic terrorism, which is the root cause of the need for these invasive procedures? I'm old enough to remember what airports were like before Cuban hijackings, which were the genesis for beefed up airport security. You could walk in and out and to and from the gates to see loved ones off, or welcome them, without all this security paranoia. It was a beautiful thing in the land of the free and the home of the brave. However, the idiotic Cuban hijackers crapped in our lunch box and the radical Islamic terrorists have taken it to the next level. Unfortunately, until we rid the world of every single Muslim and their sympathizers, we'll never get back to the halcyon days of free and open airports and the wonderful freedoms we enjoyed in this great land of ours before lunatics ruined it for everyone.
Spoken like a true socialist but in the history of bombing and terrorist attacks, Israel is king and they don't have a TSA, they make sure they profile and check you outside the terminal. I've never heard of anyone shooting up the Tel Aviv airport like they've done here. Israelis methods work that's why they help other countries with their airport security. The TSA missed 97% of the weapons that were used to check their efficacy proving they are worthless and just another govts paycheck and pension that is not merited.
Israel? Seriously? I'm guessing you've never actually been to Ben Gurion in Israel. They don't have TSA because they don't NEED the TSA. They have armed guards with semi-auto rifles and heavier security than most military bases. No cars get into the airport without being screened, and every person gets checked several times before getting anywhere near the gate.
Vincenzo needs to take this article to heart a read the fourth amendmen. You can't arbitrarily decide what's reasonable. The amendment go on to spell out when and how those searches must be done. Try and make it past the first line next time before you spout off and sound like an idio.
I agree with you in part about the need for security for the traveling public but why the heck spend all the money for those full body scanners when some of the TSA workers will pull someone aside anyway just to get their jollies on by intimidating small children and elderly people as well as the disabled who cannot use their "Peeping Tom" Machines? There are perverts in the TSA as well as most of the other LEO organizations who hide their perversions behind the authority of a badge, and if you don't care to play their "power-play" games, yes, do go by bus, train, car or boat, but there are some times when that method is too slow, like when you find out that your loved one is dying in another city across the country from where you are. And by all means, don't show how upset you are, or the airlines will order you off the plane or have you arrested just to keep up with their so-called "reputation" of only having happy people flying their "Friendly Skies."
I'd buy and wear that to protect my rights and not just to the airport. Yes, we need to get rid of the Jihadists and their sympathizers to help clean up the mess in the world, But we should not give up our rights in the process of doing so. As Franklin said," Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. "
This is an outstanding idea that I had over 5 years ago. The reality of it, though, is that the TSA idiots will now start doing ACTUAL strip searches of anyone wearing them. Prepare yourselves for the coming body cavity searches next.
The 4th amendment protects against unreasonable searches. Presumably, under the threat of coercion. By the government.
Simple fact is... you do not have to fly on an airline.
You may argue that there's no other reasonable option in most cases. However, that does not change the fact that airline travel is, by nature, voluntary. If you don't fly, you won't be searched. Or x-rayed.
And, when you participate in something in a voluntary fashion, on someone else's property, you are governed by *their* rules.
It's similar to the 1st amendment (which most people don't really understand). The 1st protects your (God-given or "natural") free speech right from the government taking it away. However, if you are on *my* property, I can stifle your free speech as I please.
Oddly enough, the 2nd amendment is the only original amendment that that seems to be "absolute".
Oh, believe me, I'd just as soon turn Syria into a smouldering crater as put up with ISIS for a second longer. I'd rather blow any country off the map that harbors and foments terrorism and be done with them altogether, however, I don't go through life with selective vision and ignore grave injustice just so people can feel safer.
I'd also love to see that slant-eyed freak in North Korea double-tapped by a Marine Corps sniper right between the eyes and then bomb the palace/ mansion where he lived and turn it into a crater as well with MOAB.
St. Jude Patient brutally assaulted by TSA Memphis, TN
Breast Cancer Patient Humiliated by TSA
Mother watches as teenage son with sensory processing disorder who passed through detectors without setting off alarms get pat down by TSA
You call this "REASONABLE"? Does everyone being scared of their own danged shadow justify incidents such as these?? If you're scared of any and everything, what's the point???? Just stay in your house and live a life sentence in the prison of your own mind.
TSA is a joke! The last time I flew, the TSA officer in charge of viewing the carry on material under X-ray was sitting there asleep In the chair! I couldn't get his attention to wake him. So, the passenger next to me stuck his hand inside the covered conveyer section to retrieve my lost boarding pass!!!!
Watch TSA separate young women from their families and friends to put through those machines. A friend who works for TSA has said the male TSA agents put attractive women through the machines for cheap thrills. Anyone else notice this?