Tuesday, April 14, 2015

'Touching Special Areas' is indeed a correct meaning for TSA

A CBS4 investigation has learned that two Transportation Security Administration screeners at Denver International Airport have been fired after they were discovered manipulating passenger screening systems to allow a male TSA employee to fondle the genital areas of attractive male passengers.
Although the TSA learned of the accusation on Nov. 18, 2014 via an anonymous tip from one of the agency’s own employees, reports show that it would be nearly three months before anything was done.
Yeah, not like this was anything important to check on.
According to the report, the TSA investigator then watched a male passenger enter the scanner at DIA “and observed (the female TSA agent) press the screening button for a female. The scanner alerted to an anomaly, and Higgins observed (the male TSA screener) conduct a pat down of the passenger’s front groin and buttocks area with the palm of his hands, which is contradictory to TSA searching policy.”
The good thing is that someone in the agency didn't like it and passed the word.  The bad:
THREE MONTHS to do anything about it.  Why?
And the big one: how many others?

Across the country other passengers have raised concerns over the years about TSA pat downs. But the recent case uncovered by CBS4 is more problematic for TSA since its own employee blew the whistle on the practice, a supervisor observed it happening, the agency fired the employees, and the female screener who was fired admitted to the fondling conspiracy.


Windy Wilson said...

Teatro de la Seguridad del Absurdo.

Security theater of the absurd (in the meaning here of 'valueless')

Evyl Robot Michael said...


Puhlease. You and I both know that this is not the only time this has happened. I would go so far as to say that anytime you've got an empowered group doing pat-downs, there will be some of this going on. Jennifer and I went to a concert with some friends once and they were conducting pat-downs at a check point at the door. The girls in our group got the requisite butt-squeeze, but the lady who checked me decided to take some extra time and be *ahem* shall we say, thorough. By the time I caught up with the rest of my group, I jokingly said to them, "I'm not sure, but I think I'm supposed to smoke a cigarette now."