TSA security looks at people who complain about ... TSA security

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  1. Infinite1K
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    More security theater: behavior detection officers now look for people who are arrogant and complain about the security procedures.

    ACLU thinks this is against your 1st amendment rights. Security experts think it is absurd that a terrorist would try to draw attention to themselves. But TSA knows best.

    Story and video from CNN here.
     
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    Winning the hearts and minds of travelers, one PR blunder at a time.
     
  3. flyingbrick
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    PR blunders have nothing to do with it. The TSA is a truly evil organization.
     
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    Blunder? No, I think this is a calculated bit of of social engineering.
     
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    Looks like it's gonna be a very long list ;)

    And keeping us safe in the war on terror one penis and two breasts at a time
     
  6. 2lovelife
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    Oh I can have LOTS OF FUN with this new policy. :D

    My trip home last fall, I beep in the WTMD, let out a comment that the machine is set too sensitive, buddy with the wand gives me the 'gonna have fun with you look.'
    I stop... and demand a superviosor before I proceed with the wandong. I look at him, and the crowd of 3 more that have gathered to see what the fuss is. "It's OK, calling the supervisor is good for me & good for you. I've got all the time in the world."

    By the time the search progresses, mister TSAttitude has too big of an audience to give me much retaliatory treatment.

    OH YEAH, I can see lots of fun with this policy!
     
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    Yes, this only gives us more opportunity to waste their time. They act all serious at first ("This is for your own protection!") but usually end up disappointed when they can't find any reason to detain me any longer. I don't think they should be patting me down, but at least I can say I usually mind the experience less than the TSOs who have to do the groping.
     
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    Has the TSA been so brain washed that they have their own freedom of expression but the traveling public does not?
     
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    A coping mechanism I have for myself for these TSA folk is one of pity. I take a look at some of these people and actually do feel sorry for them. Their job stinks, some of them were never called back after filling out an application at McDonalds and now they're stuck in this role. If there was a security issue requiring physical activity, some of these people would be challenged to cover 25 yards in 10 seconds. As much as the process of clearing security bugs the crap out of me, I stop and pause for a second. I agree that the TSA is disconnected with reality, but what helps me clear that security line without being a wise-a*s is the fact that I am going either somewhere really fantastic, with a great seat on the flight, or looking forward to getting back to a great home. Not to mention the miles that I earn doing it :D.
     
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    I'd rather they fix trails in the La Plata Mountains. It would be healthier too.
     
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    My job is to get to the other side of security as efficiently as possible. Especially if I am early and have time to kill in the club :) or running late and have to catch my flight.
    Why put anything in the way to delay you. Complain if you want but it is usually an argument you are not going to win easily. Although it may make you feel better.
     
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    I try to do the same. Pass through as speedily as possible, without being accosted that is :)
     
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    Here's your answer.
     
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    I love it!
     
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    I do not believe this is a good use of the TSA's resources.
     
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    If I thought the procedures currently in place were actually effective I would have a totally different opinion about getting through security. Why some things are banned is... just silly when I think of what I can safely bring on a flight compared to what I cannot. My carryon luggage could do more damage when swung at a person than a foil cutter or small scissors (my dielectric tester is heavy and solid). If I were to use a foil cutter (part of my cork screw) to attempt to slit an FA's throat I would be mobbed by my fellow passenger as has happened. But even if I were to succeed, I still could not alter the flight plan as the door to the cockpit is locked. (and of course all the passengers and the other FAs would let me try to pick that lock and defeat the security of that door-NOT) To me, what seems to be a potential real threat goes back to the bomb issue, I just do not see how hijacking can work anymore. So, getting equipment that can detect that would be in order but.. for some reason we ignore the obvious (dogs) and go with the ineffective body scans that just let you now if my bra is an underwire type or not. Of course, if I talk about this to people that do NOT travel frequently they think I am a liberal wingnut trading "safety" and "security" for an ideal that is not quite patriotic :(
     
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    This seems to be a pretty clearcut case of unconstitutional viewpoint-based illegal state action.
     
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    Welcome to MilePoint!:)
     
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    Exactly my thought. Every time I get ticked at security, I just think of the fact that part of the reason they are so angry is that they are stuck with that job.

    In regard to the profiling,

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    Let's face it, is there anyone who doesn't feel stress or fear as they are going through the metal detector, not to mention feeling deceived by the concept of security theater?

    Mike
     
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    Agreed, in fact I am more stressed about going through security than I am about mechanical malfunctions, pilot or ATC error, weather or even terrorists, because my chances of being accosted by TSA are nearly 100%...
     
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    Same with us -- that was why we started to curtail our air travel last July by eliminating several 100% optional trips, and since my wife Nov. 1 grope we've eliminated all air travel. The necessary trips (to St. Louis, mostly) are now done by car.
     
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    I am fortunate to be able to voluntarily reduce my client base so have chosen to limit my travel as my small protest.
     
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