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‘tsa sucks’ Archives

Japanese TV mocks TSA security

TSA official slipped white powder into fliers’ bags, told them they’d been caught with coke and were under arrest

TSA official slipped white powder into fliers’ bags, told them they’d been caught with coke and were under arrest

A TSA bomb appraisal officer in Philadelphia International Airport repeatedly "pranked" fliers by slipping a bag of white powder (creatine, a nutritional supplement, being used in equipment testing) into their luggage and then threatening them with arrest. Though his colleagues saw him pull this stunt, he was not removed from duty or reported [...]

Travel author sues DHS to make it obey the law with its vast traveller databases

Travel author sues DHS to make it obey the law with its vast traveller databases

In a post from last August, author Edward Hasbrouck explains why he and the ACLU are suing the US Department of Homeland Security to force them to disclose traveler records in response to Freedom of Information Act requests: I'm suing the government because of the significance of commercial airline reservations and the DHS "Automated Targeting [...]

TSA warning poster upsets aircraft photographers

TSA warning poster upsets aircraft photographers

Carlos Miller reports that there's a new TSA poster which seems to suggest that people who photograph airplanes are suspicious. The TSA blog has responded saying that 1) the poster isn't new and 2) the pictures on the poster just show general things which happen around airports and are not meant to cast photographers as [...]

TSA digs through woman’s purse and flips out over $8,000 worth of checks

TSA digs through woman’s purse and flips out over $8,000 worth of checks

Kathy Parker, a 43-year-old woman from Elkton, MD, is unhappy about the way she was searched and questioned by the TSA at the Philadelphia airport on August 8. She says a TSA officer emptied her wallet and started going through the papers in it. When she asked the TSA officer what he was looking for, he answered, "Razor blades." The TSA [...]

TSA loses $24K watch at airport

TSA loses $24K watch at airport

TSA is a huge joke, they found a $24,000 watch but can't find a freaking terrorist when his names on a damn watch list. Showalter said the last time she saw her Rolex watch was when she removed for a screening by airport security. "She gets there and she participates in the secondary screening, all the while she's saying, 'My watch! My watch! [...]

TSA applesauce “assault” case thrown out

A 58-year-old woman who was arrested, strip-searched, and handcuffed last year for grabbing her cooler (filled with applesauce, milk, and yogurt for her 93-year-old mother) from a Burbank airport TSA employee finally had her case thrown out. (more…)

TSA to download your iTunes?

TSA to download your iTunes?

Federal security workers are now free to snoop through more than just your undergarments and luggage at the airport. Thanks to a recent series of federal court decisions, the digital belongings of international fliers are now open for inspection. This includes reading the saved e-mails on your laptop, scanning the address book on your iPhone or [...]

The TSA will be tracking you via your phone in the airport (for your own good)

The TSA will be tracking you via your phone in the airport (for your own good)

Today's smartphones and PDAs could have a new use in the nation's airports: helping passengers avoid long lines at security checkpoints. The Transportation Security Administration is looking at installing devices in airports that home in and detect personal electronic equipment. The aim is to track how long people are stuck in security [...]

TSA forces travelling policeman to remove his disabled four-year-old son’s leg-braces

TSA forces travelling policeman to remove his disabled four-year-old son’s leg-braces

Camden, PA police officer to remove his leg-braces and wobble through a checkpoint, despite the fact that their procedure calls for such a case to be handled through a swabbing in a private room. When the police officer complained, the supervising TSA screener turned around and walked away. Then a Philadelphia police officer asked what was wrong [...]

Naked airport scanner catches cellphone and misses bomb components

Check out this German TV clip highlighting the failure of the new, privacy-violating full-nude scanners going in at an airport near you. As Bruce Schneier notes, "The scanner caught a subject's cell phone and Swiss Army knife -- and the microphone he was wearing -- but missed all the components to make a bomb that he hid on his body... Full-body [...]

Has your laptop been searched at the US border?

Has your laptop been searched at the US border?

The EFF's Jennifer Granick is looking for people who've had their laptop hard-drives searched at the US border... In U.S. v. Arnold we fought for a requirement that customs agents have some reason before searching your computer and in our FOIA work on border searches, we have pushed the government to reveal its policies and practices in this [...]

Body scanners can store and send images

Body scanners can store and send images

A privacy group says the Transportation Security Administration is misleading the public with claims that full-body scanners at airports cannot store or send their graphic images. The TSA specified in 2008 documents that the machines must have image storage and sending abilities, the Washington-based Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) [...]

New airport scanners break kiddie-porn laws

New airport scanners break kiddie-porn laws

Privacy campaigners claim the images created by the machines are so graphic they amount to "virtual strip-searching" and have called for safeguards to protect the privacy of passengers involved. Ministers now face having to exempt under 18s from the scans or face the delays of introducing new legislation to ensure airport security staff do not [...]

Wanna fly in the USA? Here’s the latest hoop to jump through.

Yes, there's a "professional" that can see all your gadgetry... That part I don't personally mind, but just where is it gonna stop? This is incremental erosion of privacy and freedom, all in the name of the government protecting you.

TSA subpoenas bloggers and demands names of sources

TSA subpoenas bloggers and demands names of sources

TSA special agents served subpoenas to travel bloggers Steve Frischling and Chris Elliott, demanding that they reveal who leaked the security directive to them. The government says the directive was not supposed to be disclosed to the public. Frischling said he met with two TSA special agents Tuesday night at his Connecticut home for about [...]

Bruce Schneier on this week’s air-terror-scare and TSA’s response

Bruce Schneier on this week’s air-terror-scare and TSA’s response

Bruce Schneier... A voice of reason, as usual. Terrorism is rare, far rarer than many people think. It's rare because very few people want to commit acts of terrorism, and executing a terrorist plot is much harder than television makes it appear.The best defenses against terrorism are largely invisible: investigation, intelligence, and emergency [...]

Odds of being a terrorism victim on a flight

Odds of being a terrorism victim on a flight

Nate Silver of fivethirtyeight.com collected the data for this handsome infographic designed Jesus Diaz of Gizmodo. It shows your odds of becoming an airborne victim of terrorism. Maybe the new TSA rules will decrease the odds of being a terrorism victim from 1 in 10,408,947 to 1 in 10,408,948. Let's hope so! (more…)

New annoying restrictions added for airline passengers

New annoying restrictions added for airline passengers

God bless these brave men and women for keeping our planes safe. I always knew the secret to defeating terrorism was to introduce minor yet irritating inconvenience. But several airlines released detailed information about the restrictions, saying that passengers on international flights coming to the United States will apparently have to remain [...]

TSA can’t redact documents properly, releases s00per s33kr1t operations manual

TSA can’t redact documents properly, releases s00per s33kr1t operations manual

The TSA has published a "redacted" version of their s00per s33kr1t screening procedure guidelines (Want to know whether to frisk a CIA operative at the checkpoint? Now you can!). Unfortunately, the security geniuses at the DHS don't know that drawing black blocks over the words you want to eliminate from your PDF doesn't actually make the words go [...]

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