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Nobody’s happy

23 Nov

Some TSA officers aren’t happy about the enhanced pat-down’s either.

They say they hate dealing with obese (as in fat) travellers and those with personal hygiene problems. Them that stink.

You know there’s already been an angry passenger backlash against the frisking introduced by the Transportation Security Administration.

After being contacted by a travel blog, 17 TSA officers offered their own unhappiness after the policy was put in place last month. They said that they hated having to carry out the body searches, with one claiming that it was worse for him than the passenger.
We believe it.

Can you imagine having to poke around the clothes of a couple hundred people every day?

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Easing up a bit

22 Nov

Courtesy of Politico this morning.

Everyone’s up in arms about the TSA’s new screening procedures (or not at all…), and the whole uproar has certainly led to some notable quotables.

Some highlights:

1.) Whoopi Goldberg:
“No, it’s not comfortable and it’s not the way I would like to live, but if it’s going to keep me from getting blown out of the sky, you can check anything you want. And if you feel something you like and squeeze it, what am I going to do?”

2.) Hillary Clinton (asked whether she’d want a pat-down):
“No, I mean, who would?”

3.) An anonymous TSA officer:
“Do you think I want to go to work and place my hands between women’s legs and touch their breasts for a few hours? For starters, I am attracted to men, not women, and if I was attracted to women, it would not be the large number of passengers I handle daily that have a problem understanding what personal hygiene is.”

4.) Governor Bobby Jindal, on “Meet the Press”: “We all know that the grandmother who’s being body-searched doesn’t really pose the threat.”

5.) TSA’s iPhone app, which includes a now-humorous feature: “Can I bring my [blank] thru security?”

We give #3 the prize for yuckiness.

Time to profile

21 Nov

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal – who’s suspected of eyeing a run at the WHite House someday – is jumping into the airport security controversy.

He’s putting the blame at the feet of President Barack Obama for failing to communicate the changes that were accompanying the full-body scanners.

“You’re so worried about the rights of the terrorists. What about the rights of the innocent American travelers?”

Jindal says it’s time to use a form of profiling in airport security lines.
“They’re not using common sense,” he says. “They’re not using intelligence. There’s no reason for them to be doing body searches of 6-year-old, 12-year-old girls traveling from Louisiana to visit their grandparents. We’re not talking about profiling, but use the information. Don’t let political correctness stop them.”

Sorry Bobby, that is profiling. Call it what it is. You’d be surprised how many might support it.

Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, says she wouldn’t go through a pat-down if she could avoid it. She is promising that security would become “less intrusive and more precise” as the government’s security experts look for ways to “diminish the impact on the traveling public.”

“I mean, obviously the vast, vast majority of people getting on these planes are law-abiding citizens who are just trying to get from, you know, one place to another,” she said on “Meet the Press.” “But let’s not kid ourselves. The terrorists are adaptable. They start doing whatever they can to try to cause harm. And when you have people who are willing to die in order to kill Americans and others, you’ve got folks putting explosives in their underwear. Who would have thought that? So striking the right balance is what this is about.”

As for the President, asked about the policy at the NATO summit in Lisbon, Barack Obama threw out a hint the pat-down policy could be adjusted.

“You have to constantly refine and measure whether what we’re doing is the only way to assure the American people’s safety. And you also have to think through, are there ways of doing it that are less intrusive.”

The head of the TSA says – no changes are planned.

So, as usual, there’s no agreement among the players and nothing changes.

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