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‘tsa sucks’ Archives

TSA’s “behavior detection” is wrong more than 99% of the time

TSA’s “behavior detection” is wrong more than 99% of the time

Remember when the TSA rolled out its "behavior detection" system whereby slack-jawed, water-confiscating security officers would be trained to recognize your "micro expressions" and single you out on the basis of a twitchy eyelid or a sweaty upper lip? Turns out that over 99 percent of the IDs generated by the system are false positives -- less [...]

The TSA Will Not Like Your Luggage

The TSA Will Not Like Your Luggage

A set of carrying cases molded with a gun, an axe, or a knife, designed by PinkWolf, and I can't read French well enough to figure out anything else about these slick, screw-you-TSA suitcases. Source

New US RFID passports manufactured offshore at a huge profit and transported by unsecured couriers

New US RFID passports manufactured offshore at a huge profit and transported by unsecured couriers

You know those new, super-secure, RFID-enabled passports the US is issuing to its citizens? They're manufactured and assembled offshore, in sometimes-unstable regions, the blanks are shipped around using unsecured couriers, and they're sold to US citizens at an 85% profit. I feel safer already. Each new e-passport contains a small computer chip [...]

The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg tests airport security

The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg tests airport security

Mirthful story in the November 2008 issue of The Atlantic.... Airport security in America is a sham—“security theater” designed to make travelers feel better and catch stupid terrorists. Smart ones can get through security with fake boarding passes and all manner of prohibited items —- as our correspondent did with ease. [...]

TSA didn’t keep track of ex-employees’ badges and uniforms

TSA didn’t keep track of ex-employees’ badges and uniforms

A Homeland Security Committee investigation has found that the TSA was negligent in keeping track of former officers' uniforms and badges, so that an unknown number are now floating around, ready to be worn by anyone who wants to impersonate a TSA officer in order to bring a 3.1 ounce tube of toothpaste into a major US airport, thus causing every [...]

TSA screener ripped off hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of electronics from passengers and the TSA itself didn’t notice

TSA screener ripped off hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of electronics from passengers and the TSA itself didn’t notice

A TSA Screener, named Pythias Brown, walked off with hundreds of thousands of dollars of passengers' belongings without ever being observed by the TSA, and then selling the items on Ebay ...and apparently he was good about customer service. Pythias started small, stealing cameras, laptop computers, gaming consoles and eventually moved on to the [...]

US Customs: Sketching an SUV makes you a copyright infringer

US Customs: Sketching an SUV makes you a copyright infringer

"A woman stopped by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the border, over a drawing of an SUV in her notebook. They thought the artist and college professor was an industrial spy and copyright infringer." U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers told Zempel they suspected her of copyright infringement.She was released after more than [...]

Metal plates send messages to airport x-ray screeners

Metal plates send messages to airport x-ray screeners

One of my favorite artists, Evan Roth, is working on a project that will be released soon - the pictures say it all, it's a "carry on" communication system. These metal places contain messages which will appear when they are X-Rayed. The project isn't quite done yet, Evan needs access to an X-Ray machine to take some photos and document. If you [...]

Kevin Mitnick detained then released after Colombia trip

Kevin Mitnick detained then released after Colombia trip

Since being released from prison eight years ago, Kevin Mitnick's brushes with the law have consisted of a few parking tickets and a citation for driving without a front license plate--that is, until he returned from a trip to Colombia two weeks ago. After landing at the Atlanta airport for a security conference, Mitnick was detained for four [...]

“Fakeproof” e-passport is cloned in minutes

“Fakeproof” e-passport is cloned in minutes

New microchipped passports designed to be foolproof against identity theft can be cloned and manipulated in minutes and accepted as genuine by the computer software recommended for use at international airports. Tests for The Times exposed security flaws in the microchips introduced to protect against terrorism and organised crime. The flaws [...]

Strip searches are now called FREEDOM SEARCHES

Strip searches are now called FREEDOM SEARCHES

On June 21, TSA's primary operational hub was re-named the Freedom Center, symbolizing the agency's commitment to protecting the nation's transportation systems against terrorist threats. The name was proposed by Todd Fox, security manager at Philadelphia International Airport, through an agency-wide contest asking TSA employees to submit [...]

Propped up by a culture of fear, TSA has become a bureaucracy with too much power and little accountability. Where will the lunacy stop?

Propped up by a culture of fear, TSA has become a bureaucracy with too much power and little accountability. Where will the lunacy stop?

I've just brought in a flight from overseas. I'm wearing my full uniform, and have all of my gear with me. The plan is to run upstairs and leave my flight bag in the crew room before catching my commuter flight home. Unfortunately, this means having to endure "arrival screening," one of airport security's most irritating protocols. After [...]

TSA puts commercial pilots on no-fly and terrorist watch lists

TSA puts commercial pilots on no-fly and terrorist watch lists

Here are a couple of accounts of commercial airline pilots, one of whom has been put on the TSA's no-fly list and the other is on the terrorist watch-list, for reasons that no one will disclose. A Gulf War veteran and his wife say they've been unfairly placed on a federal list that limits their commercial flight access and threatens his job as a [...]

TSA Inspector Damages 9 Planes At O’Hare Airport

TSA Inspector Damages 9 Planes At O’Hare Airport

Nine American Eagle aircraft were grounded today at Chicago O'Hare after they were damaged by a TSA inspector according to ABC News. TSA spokesperson Elio Montenegro confirmed the incident occurred when an inspector was conducting an overnight security check and decided to see if he could climb on top of parked aircraft in order to gain entry into [...]

TSA adds 16,500 people to terror watchlist for forgetting ID, then reconsiders

The TSA maintains a list of "suspicious" fliers who do things like forget to take their sewing scissors out of their knitting bags before boarding a flight. To this list, they have added 16,500 fliers who forgot to bring ID to the airport, though they say that forgetting your ID will no longer brand you forever as a potential terrorist. Forgetting [...]

Laptop with data about 33,000 Clear card applicants lost at SFO

Laptop with data about 33,000 Clear card applicants lost at SFO

The TSA says a laptop with the personal information of 33,000 Clear card applicants was lost at San Francisco Airport on July 26. They need to check the sidewalks along Market Street... and bring crack to trade for it. The TSA has suspended new enrollments in the program, known as Clear, which allows passengers to pay to use special "fast lanes" [...]

TSA Proud of Confiscating Non-Dangerous Items

TSA Proud of Confiscating Non-Dangerous Items

This is just sad. The TSA confiscated a battery pack not because it's dangerous, but because other passengers might think its dangerous. And they're proud of the fact. "We must treat every suspicious item the same and utilize the tools we have available to make a final determination," said Federal Security Director David Wynn. "Procedures are [...]

Your Laptops, Please!

Your Laptops, Please!

Opening Statement of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold Hearing On “Laptop Searches and Other Violations of Privacy Faced by Americans Returning from Overseas Travel” Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Property Rights “If you asked most Americans whether the government has the right [...]

More TSA Stupidity

More TSA Stupidity

Nipple ring search procedures faulty, TSA admits LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- The Transportation Security Administration said Friday its officers at a Texas airport appear to have properly followed procedures when they allegedly forced a woman to remove her nipple rings -- one with pliers -- but acknowledged the procedures should be [...]

We want off the U.S. terror watch list

We want off the U.S. terror watch list

More than 15,000 people have appealed to the government since February to have their names removed from the terrorist watch list that delayed their travel at U.S. airports and border crossings, the Homeland Security Department says. The complaints have created such a backlog that members of Congress are calling for a speedier appeal system that [...]

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