April 25, 2012 Arlington VA
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is apparently up to its old tricks again, doing what it chooses without regard to either logic or common sense. her are some examples:
4-Year Old frisked twice while she and mother are hysterical.
Here's the mother's story -- In an interview with The Wichita (KS) Eagle on Tuesday, Brademeyer said she is telling her story, which has drawn attention from overseas media after she wrote about it on her Facebook page, “because other kids shouldn’t be treated like this.”
The 27-year-old said it happened like this: She, her 4-year-old daughter, Isabella, and her 6-year-old son, Oliver, were in the Wichita airport, headed back to Montana after her brother’s wedding at Exploration Place. The children’s maternal grandmother was taking the same flight on her way back to California. The children went through security screening with no problem, but their grandmother set off the alarm. Officers asked the grandmother to sit to the side and wait for a pat-down. That’s when Isabella saw her grandmother and “excitedly ran over to give her a hug, as children often do,” Brademeyer said. Their contact lasted a few seconds, she said. But the transportation security officers “responded to this very simple action in the worst way imaginable,” she said.
There is, of course, another side to the story. Here is the TSA Response: The TSA says its officers followed proper procedures, and the agency denies part of Brademeyer’s version of what happened around noon April 15 at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport.
The TSA wouldn’t respond to questions posed by the Eagle Tuesday, but did provide a statement, saying, “In this case … the child had completed screening but had contact with another member of her family who had not completed the screening process. While it was explained to family members why additional security procedures were necessary in this instance, TSA officers did not suspect or suggest the child was carrying a firearm,” the statement said. “TSA has reviewed the incident and determined that our officers followed proper current screening procedures in conducting a modified pat-down on the child.” End of statement.
My comment: What the TSA did, as usual with them, was to announce at the same time 'modified' procedures for working with children of this age to prevent future incidents. There is where the question lies--if the TSA was simply following procedures, why change them? If the change is one of their routine cosmetic changes that won't last, but will get the press of their back, that is one thing. However, what is more probable is that they recognized that they screwed up, but still want to seem to be in charge. Things like this, whatever the reason, should not be happening.
Then, there is the case of Congressman Canseco (R-TX) who says he was groped by a TSA inspector
Last week, a TSA agent at San Antonio International Airport patted down Francisco Canseco, who sits on the House Financial Services Committee. The agent, an aide said, was so aggressive that he hurt Canseco — so the congressman moved the agent’s hand away.
[ Reported by Politico] A freshman Republican from Texas says the TSA got a little too friendly during a recent pat-down in San Antonio — leading to an exchange where the congressman and the TSA agent both said they were assaulted. Both Canseco and the TSA agent claimed they were assaulted, and the San Antonio Police Department got involved. According to a Canseco aide, no citations were issued.
His side of the Story: "The agent was very aggressive in his pat-down, and he was patting me down where no one is supposed to go,” Canseco told KENS 5 in San Antonio. “It got very uncomfortable, so I moved his hand away. That stopped everything and brought in supervisors and everyone else." Earlier this week, Canseco was patted down again, the aide said. He asked the agent why he was being detained again so soon, feeling it wasn’t coincidental. But eventually he was allowed to board.
TSA's Response: The agency’s response, provided to KENS 5 (TV - San Antonio), was that the “TSA incorporates random and unpredictable security measures throughout the airport. Once a passenger enters the screening process, they must complete it prior to continuing to a flight or secure area."
The Rest of the Story: Earlier this year, he and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) sponsored a bill known as the STRIP Act, which seeks to prohibit TSA agents from using any trappings of law enforcement. For instance, it would prohibit TSA agents from being called “officer” and would forbid them from wearing uniforms or badges that resemble those worn by police officers.
Surprise, Surprise -- is this yet naother case of retribution by TSA for people doing things they don't like? I wonder.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0412/75588.html#ixzz1t46p2x7f
And then, there is the 'Note from TSA'"
Huffington Post Reports: Ross Berenson had returned home from Los Angeles when he noticed his luggage had been tampered with. After a calm conversation with TSA workers, he was offered a complaint form to fill out. But, once on the subway, Berenson noticed that it had already been partially filled out, with a message saying "Go to hellllllllllllllllll."
This is not the first time that TSA workers have left notes in luggage, or simply refused to get serious about complaints. When will they learn that this kind of stuff seldome stays private of quiet.