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A journey through the security line at the Baltimore airport This past Wednesday, I showed up at Baltimore-Washington International for a flight to Providence, R.I. I had a choice of two TSA screening checkpoints. I picked mine based on the number of people waiting in line, not because I am impatient, but because the coiled, closely packed lines at TSA screening sites are the most dangerous places in airports, completely unprotected from a terrorist attack -- a terrorist attack that would serve the same purpose (shutting down air travel) as an attack on board an aircraft.
This is a letter from Captain Dave Bates, the president of the Allied Pilots Association, which represents 11,000 American Airlines pilots, to his members, in which he calls on pilots to refuse back-scatter screening and demand private pat-downs from TSA officers. Bates's argument is multifaceted and extremely cogent. He worries about increased exposure to radiation, of course (a big worry among commercial pilots) and he is eloquent on the subject of intentional humiliation: There is absolutely no denying that the enhanced pat-down is a demeaning experience.
Reagan National, 6:40 a.m. today. I opt-out of the humiliating back-scatter machine and ask for a pat-down. Once again, the TSA officers eye me suspiciously.
By NOAH SHACHTMAN In May, Transportation Security Administration screener Rolando Negrin pummeled a co-worker with his government-issued baton. The feud began, according to a Miami-Dade Police Department report, after Mr. Negrin's training session with one of the agency's whole-body imagers. The scan "revealed [Mr.
<img class="aligncenter" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/dangerroom/2009/12/tsa-release-images-2-050808-726403.jpg" alt="" width="660" height="374" /> In May, Transportation Security Administration screener Rolando Negrin pummeled a co-worker with his government-issued baton. The feud began, according to a Miami-Dade Police Department report, after Mr.
The biggest flying/airport outrages are a lack of markets in allocating scarce resources, and the resulting unacceptable airport and flight delay problems in places such as JFK and LaGuardia. Next come airlines which ruthlessly screw you over, repeatedly, and lie to you and mistreat you. I do understand the trade-off and prefer the lower prices and fewer quality assurances; still, you can object to their behavior at the margin — it's often unethical. Let's get worked up over these problems first. I view good scans as, in the long run, a substitute for patdowns. One option is to have very very good scans, nude "photos," fewer patdowns, and to have Americans shift to a more European attitude on nude bodies.
A TSA agent conducts a pat-down at the Denver airport John Pistole, the head of the Transportation Security Administration, has an important message for you as you embark on your Thanksgiving travels. TSA has new airport "pat-down" procedures and wants your help. "We just ask for the cooperation and the partnership from the traveling public," Pistole said Friday on Good Morning America . "The better prepared you can be to get to a checkpoint in terms of knowing procedures, the better off everybody will be and can have a happy holiday."