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Despite Cries Against Unwanted Touching America Won’t Protest TSA


Diana Ross spoke out against the Transportation and Security Administration on Sunday, claiming to have been “treated like shit” at a New Orleans airport.

Stressing that she wasn’t complaining about Delta Airlines, she said, “BUT TSA… was over the top !!”

“Makes me want to cry !!!,” she wrote in a series of tweets.

The iconic singer, who performed at the city’s jazz festival on Saturday, wrote in a follow-up post that her experience with a female staffer left her “feeling violated,” and that she could “still feel her hands between my legs , front and back.”

“WOW!!really mixed emotions I always like to see the good things but not feeling good right now,” Ross added.



Ron Paul: Shut Down the TSA


Hard as it is to believe, airline travel recently became even more unpleasant. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees being required to work without pay for the duration of the government shutdown resulted in many TSA workers calling in sick. The outbreak of “shutdown flu” among TSA employees forced some large airports to restrict the number of places mandatory TSA screenings were performed, making going through screening even more time-consuming and providing one more reason to shut down the TSA.

Airline security should be provided by airlines and airports. Private businesses, such as airlines, have an incentive to ensure their customers’ safety without treating them like criminal suspects or worse. Security personnel hired by, and accountable to, airlines would not force a nursing mother to drink her own breast milk or steal a stuffed lamb from a wheelchair-using three-year-old and subject the child to such an intensive screening that she cries “I don’t want to go to Disneyworld.” Those who claim that the TSA is necessary to keep us safe should consider that the Department of Homeland Security’s own studies show that TSA’s screenings and even the intrusive pat-downs are ineffective at discovering hidden guns, explosives, and other weapons.


Federal Workers Beg For Cash on GoFundMe as Shutdown Drags on


Amid a government shutdown that’s reportedly halted pay for 800,000 federal workers, hundreds of folks are turning to GoFundMe to beg for cash to cover their living expenses, and then some.

GoFundMe spokeswoman Katherine Cichy told CBS more than 700 accounts have popped up since the shutdown started on Dec. 22, raising a collective total of about $50,000 as of Wednesday.

The pleas for financial help come from federal employees, contractors, small business owners, and others that rely on the government for their livelihood, including campaigns from single mothers, TSA workers, and IRS employees and others looking for a handout.

Some of the campaigns aim to raise the bare minimum necessary to cover bills or medical expenses, while others are asking for $5,000, $10,000, $15,000 or even $50,000. A few want to raise hundreds of thousands or millions to help those temporarily unemployed.

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TSA Finds Another Way to Expand in Airports Despite Over a Decade of Ineffectiveness


The Transportation Security Agency will expand its 3D carry-on luggage scanning program it originally launched in more than a dozen airports this July.

The agency originally estimated the program would be rolled out in 145 airports by 2019, but now raised that projection to 200 scanners, David Pekoske, the agency’s administrator, told lawmakers Wednesday.

In contrast to traditional 2D scanners that take photos from just a couple of angles, 3D scanners will use computed tomography (CT) to take hundreds of images per second with a spinning X-ray camera. With a more granular picture of each bag, the CT technology can build an interactive image that can be rotated and analyzed from 360-degrees by screening staff.

“They are a significant enhancement in security effectiveness,” said Pekoske in an open hearing at the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. “And I’ve also watched passengers actually self-align behind the CT machines because it’s a better passenger experience.”

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TSA to Install 40 Luggage CT Scanners in Airports This Year


WASHINGTON — The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced its plan to test computed tomography scanners (CT), a state-of-the-art 3-D technology at select U.S. airport checkpoints. As the agency continues to raise the baseline for aviation security, the new technology intends to enhance critical explosives and other threat items detection capabilities at airport checkpoints.

The system applies sophisticated algorithms for the detection of explosives and creates a 3-D image that can be viewed and rotated on three axes for thorough visual image analysis by a TSA officer.

“TSA is committed in getting the best technology to enhance security and improve the screening experience. Use of CT technology substantially improves TSA’s threat detection capability at the checkpoint,” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske. “By leveraging strong partnerships with industry, we are able to deploy new technology quickly and see an immediate improvement in security effectiveness.”

Checkpoint CT technology should result in fewer bag checks. In the future, passengers may also be able to leave laptops and liquids in their carry-on bags.

TSA plans to have up to 40 units in place at airports around the nation by the end of the year, along with 16 units at federal testing facilities. More than 145 will be in airports by the end of fiscal year 2019.



Domestic Surveillance Being Conducted on Americans by TSA


Federal air marshals have begun following ordinary US citizens not suspected of a crime or on any terrorist watch list and collecting extensive information about their movements and behavior under a new domestic surveillance program that is drawing criticism from within the agency.

The previously undisclosed program, called “Quiet Skies,” specifically targets travelers who “are not under investigation by any agency and are not in the Terrorist Screening Data Base,” according to a Transportation Security Administration bulletin in March.

The internal bulletin describes the program’s goal as thwarting threats to commercial aircraft “posed by unknown or partially known terrorists,” and gives the agency broad discretion over which air travelers to focus on and how closely they are tracked.

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Ron Paul: Why the TSA is Above the Law


When I was in Congress and had to regularly fly between DC and Texas, I was routinely subjected to invasive “pat-downs” (physical assaults) by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). One time, exasperated with the constant insults to my privacy and dignity, I asked a TSA agent if he was proud to assault innocent Americans for a living.

I thought of this incident after learning that the TSA has been compiling a “troublesome passengers” list. The list includes those who have engaged in conduct judged to be “offensive and without legal justification” or disruptive of the “safe and effective completion of screening.” Libertarian journalist James Bovard recently pointed out that any woman who pushed a screener’s hands away from her breasts could be accused of disrupting the “safe and effective completion of screening.” Passengers like me who have expressed offense at TSA screeners are likely on the troublesome passengers list.

Perhaps airline passengers should start keeping a list of troublesome TSA agents. The list could include those who forced nursing mothers to drink their own breast milk, those who forced sick passengers to dispose of cough medicine, and those who forced women they found attractive to go through a body scanner multiple times. The list would certainly include the agents who confiscated a wheelchair-bound three-year-old’s beloved stuffed lamb at an airport and threatened to subject her to a pat-down. The girl, who was at the airport with her family to take a trip to Disney World, was filmed crying that she no longer wanted to go to Disney World.



TSA Confiscates Freddy Krueger Glove, Has Fun on Instagram

TSA agents at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport got quite a surprise when someone attempted to board a flight with a replica of the glove worn by Freddy Krueger, the main character in the “A Nightmare on Elm Street” movies series.

The glove was found inside a carry-on bag of a passenger at a TSA checkpoint.

The TSA posted a picture of the glove on their Instagram account with the caption, “It’s safe to sleep on Elm Street again. Freddy lost his glove at the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL).”


Woman Fined $500 For Possessing a Free Apple Delta Gave to Her


Take your Apple (AAPL) iPad out of your luggage when you pass through security. And declare your apple when you go through U.S. Customs. Otherwise, you could face a hefty fine.

Crystal Tadlock was traveling from Paris to Denver last week on a Delta Air Lines (DAL) flight. During the flight, attendants passed out apples. Tadlock wasn’t hungry, so she put the apple in her carry-on to eat later. That was her first mistake.

Her second mistake was not declaring it. She was randomly searched at the airport and, because she hadn’t declared the apple, was fined $500. “It’s really unfortunate someone has to go through that and be treated like a criminal over a piece of fruit,” Tadlock told local station Fox 31.

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