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Friday, July 02, 2010
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I have long allowed off topic comments. However, after many complaints from folks who would understandably like to stay on the subject, I am providing this post as a place to comment things that are way off topic with the current post.

I’ve added a link to this post on our sidebar so people will know to post off topic comments here.

You now have the option of subscribing to posts, so you’ll be able to keep up with the comments here if you so choose. So it’s not as if your comment is being exiled to the land of forgotten comments. We’ll be paying attention, and you can stay up to date with an RSS feed.

As much as we’d like to hear about your synchronized swimming club, I ask that all comments posted here remain TSA focused and adhere to TSA’s comment policy.

Bob Burns
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Comments

Submitted by Anonymous on

"TSA is NOT there to inconvenience anyone, TSO's want to get the passengers through the checkpoint as quick as possible as well, but security is always top priority."

If this were true, TSA would dispense with the shoe carnival and war on some liquids carried by some people, since neither has anything to do with security.

"The images aren't as graphic as people think they are. I highly doubt any of those images would get your mojo flowing."

Then why does TSA refuse to post an accurate sample image that's the same size and resolution as that seen by the operator of the strip-search technology?

Submitted by George on

@Tim: The best way to loose a permitted item is by failing your secondary screening. The most common one you hear about on this blog is people loosing LGA's due to failing the liquid explosive test.

As usual, happily helpful response raises more questions than it answers. First, why should anyone have to loose [sic] a "permitted item"? It's either permitted or it isn't, and if one has to lose it it's obviously not permitted. Either way, it seems that whether an item is "permitted" is entirely at the whim and caprice of individual TSOs. I guess there must be some logic here that's comprehensible to the folks at Headquarters who are far wiser than I am.

And what is this "liquid explosive test"? Does it regularly generate false positives that cause passengers to loose [sic] liquids that aren't actually explosive?

On a side note, I would say the most powerful tool TSA has is TSA’s Office of Intelligence.

Do you really mean that an oxymoron is your most powerful tool, more powerful than maddening inconsistency or groped genitals? If that's the case, we're all doomed!

Submitted by George on

@Random Tso: TSA will never satisfy the flying public is what the consensus is. No matter what is done, people will find a reason to complain.

Actually, I think there is a lot the TSA could do to "satisfy the flying public." Some transparency and accountability would definitely help, particularly standards of knowledge and conduct to which TSOs are publicly held accountable. If we had reason to believe that what you were doing was necessary and effective (other than "that's classified, trust us") you'd probably get a lot more respect and cooperation that would improve whatever modicum of security mass airport screening can provide.

Apparently your bosses aren't interested in any of that. I have to conclude that they believe security is enhanced when the public hates and distrusts them. The only other explanation is that the entire TSA hierarchy from Headquarters on down is so incompetent that they don't know the difference. Both theories are equally plausible. Neither is acceptable given all the tax dollars the TSA is costing us.

TSA is NOT there to inconvenience anyone, TSO's want to get the passengers through the checkpoint as quick as possible as well, but security is always top priority.

The TSA is there to cover the government's posterior by reacting to past terrorist acts or attempts. Inconvenience is an important part of that reaction, since it shows that the TSA can provide security theater sufficient to convince many of us that you're doing something.

Before your travels, I suggest that you read tsa guidelines before arriving at the airport.....

And even if you read and obey the guidelines, you can never know whether the TSO who process you has read them, or how he or she chooses to interpret them. That inconsistency creates frustration that can't be avoided and probably does nothing to improve security. It seems the TSA can't do any better than that.

Submitted by TSORon on

George said…
I am increasingly convinced that TSA management is fully aware of the regard in which the public holds the TSA and its employees. But for some unfathomable reason they've determined that being reviled, despised, and feared by the public is beneficial to National Security and/or their agency.
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Your perception of how the public views the TSA is just that George, a perception. Yours. TSA has more than enough surveys and other instruments that tell us how the public perceives our organization which totally contradict your belief’s. The information has been posted before, but much like the issue about bottles of water the folks posting here refuse to believe the data and the experts. So, you are correct in that the TSA management is fully aware of how the public perceives our organization, its just not something you are going to choose to believe.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Anonymous Random Female Tso said...
Those machines use a technology called millimeter waves. It is pretty much equivalent to sitting in front of a television.

I have NEVER seen a person's bones as an image operator on the AIT machine. (whole body imager)

The images aren't as graphic as people think they are. I highly doubt any of those images would get your mojo flowing.

The only machine that does show bones is the castscope. This is used for people with a cast or prosthetic limb only. You can read more about it at the following link.

http://www.tsa.gov/approach/tech/castscope.shtm

Good day all.

-Random Tso

October 6, 2010 9:00 PM
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Yeah but the BXR images do show bones. Here is the link from the TSA website where bones are clearly visible:

http://www.tsa.gov/graphics/images/approach/backscatter_large.jpg

Here is a more accurate link to what the Rapiscan images look like. Again bones clearly visible along with everything else :

http://www.biyokulule.com/sawiro/sawirada_waaweyn/Airport%20scan3.jpg

http://epic.org/privacy/body_scanners/Body_Scan_Pic.jpg

Submitted by Anonymous on

Random Female Tso said...
The images aren't as graphic as people think they are. I highly doubt any of those images would get your mojo flowing.
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Do you think the LAX TSO child pornographer from Feb of this year would not get his "mojo" flowing looking at images of children?

http://www.examiner.com/la-county-libertarian-in-los-angeles/tsa-airport...

Submitted by LTSO With Answers on

Justan said...

I accidentally tossed my passport in the microwave when warming up a towel for my three year old. Now there is a big rectangular burn mark on the back of it (the rest of it is fine). Will this cause problems on my next overseas trip? Do I need to have it replaced?
Thank you!

Justan, to me the burn mark sounds like it should not cause issue when you use your passport as identity. If the burn does not ruin any information and it is the cover that was damaged it sounds good to go (for me in TSA). For CBP I can not speak for them.

Submitted by Random Tso Lady on

RB said...
You have never heard of BACKSCATTER WBIers?

That is the machine of choice for TSA and they do emit dangerous xrays.

If the images are not graphic then why is TSA hiding the images from the public?

October 7, 2010 10:44 AM
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Of course I've heard of them, after all I do work for TSA (the name is an obvious give away).

My airport does not use backscatter imaging but from my training and training material, again I've never seen bones. (or maybe I just need glasses, hmm)

These machines have been tested before being placed in the airports, they do not emit dangerous levels of radiation. You are exposed to more radiation during a flight than from one of these machines. (not an excuse, just putting it out there). Do you really think the DHS would want that kind of lawsuit?

As far as TSA keeping the images secretive, they have posted the exact images that we see.

A link as to how the images look is posted in the following blog:

http://blog.tsa.gov/2008/05/which-is-it-millimeter-wave-or.html

Since the machine I directly deal with is the one that uses millimeter waves I can only factually speak on that image. That is exactly how the image appears on the monitors to the officer.


If you still aren't comfortable proceeding with the scan. You can alway opt out for a pat down instead.

-Random Tso/Random Tso Lady

Submitted by Anonymous on

When is Pistole going to answer some of those questions he talked about.

Here's one. How long does it take to teach a TSA employee to recognize TSA approved ID's?

Submitted by Retrosurfer1959 on

I have a question about jewelry I was recently told in Phoenix that a necklace shaped like a bullet with a silver skull on the side was prohibited. WHen I complained and asked to know why I was told that it looked like a real bullet and as such could scare people and it was prohibited. When asked to see this policy in writing I was told the TSA regs are not shared because of security concerns and I just had to accept their interpretations.

I personally can't believe this and think it was caused by them getting angry after I laughed when they asked me if I could remove my artificial legs before the security detector.

Submitted by Anonymous on

retrosurfer1959:
I personally can't believe this and think it was caused by them getting angry after I laughed when they asked me if I could remove my artificial legs before the security detector.

why do you think that? perhaps the tsa person was doing their job. did they offer you any options for you to keep your item such as mail it to yourself?
ammunition is not allowed in carryons. check on tsa.gov and you see it in the prohibited items list. relistic replicas of guns are not allowed either.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Could someone from the TSA please explain why TSO's don't seem to know what they are talking about? How can we have any confidence in an organisation that does not know what it is talking about?
Random Female TSO says that x-ray backscatter machines do not show bones in the body. We all know this in UNTRUE. Bones near the skin surface are clearly visible. This must pose a risk to health.

Submitted by Bubba on

Bob,

Censoring my post exposing your censorship on this blog is the most disgusting form of censorship possible. Keep it up and soon you'll be fit to move to North Korea.

Submitted by TSM/West on

Retrosurfer1959 Said
I have a question about jewelry I was recently told in Phoenix that a necklace shaped like a bullet with a silver skull on the side was prohibited. WHen I complained and asked to know why I was told that it looked like a real bullet and as such could scare people and it was prohibited. When asked to see this policy in writing I was told the TSA regs are not shared because of security concerns and I just had to accept their interpretations.

I personally can't believe this and think it was caused by them getting angry after I laughed when they asked me if I could remove my artificial legs before the security detector.

October 8, 2010 7:14 PM
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It is true. Any realistic replica of weapons or ammunition are prohibited in the sterile area of the airport. You can not carry them on an airplane

Submitted by Anonymous on

"The information has been posted before, but much like the issue about bottles of water the folks posting here refuse to believe the data and the experts."

That's true, Ron; you do refuse to believe the abundant data and expert opinion that demonstrates water and shoes pose no threat to aircraft. Why is that, Ron?

Submitted by Anonymous on

Let's just get the facts straight here:
X-ray backscatter body scanners DO penetrate INSIDE the body to show bones.
They are DANGEROUS because they penetrate inside the body.
The evidence on how dangerous is contradictory and open to debate: some say it is completely safe, some say it may not be. Why is the TSA gambling with people's health?
If body scanners must be used ( though people should always have the right to opt for the full body pat-down ),then only millimetre wave scanners should be used, preferably coupled with ATR as they now do EFFECTIVELY in the Netherlands.

Submitted by Ayn R Key on

TSM/West wrote...
It is true. Any realistic replica of weapons or ammunition are prohibited in the sterile area of the airport. You can not carry them on an airplane

Not only is that true, unrealistic replicas are also forbidden, such as foam rubber swords from Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean ride. You can't be to careful.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Anonymous TSM/West said...
It is true. Any realistic replica of weapons or ammunition are prohibited in the sterile area of the airport. You can not carry them on an airplane

October 10, 2010 8:13 PM
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Yeah even if it is a child's toy bow and arrow it is prohibited. Apparently the TSA are the also "fun police" and not just a waste of tax dollars.

http://www.gadling.com/2009/12/25/tsa-snags-childs-christmas-present-thi...

Submitted by Bubba on

So Bob, why did you censor my other posts and allow the North Korean one? Could it be because some of them included a reference to that Nature article back in May saying there is no science behind the SPOT program that you have been systematically ignoring since then?

Submitted by Anonymous on

TSM/West said...
Retrosurfer1959 Said
I have a question about jewelry I was recently told in Phoenix that a necklace shaped like a bullet with a silver skull on the side was prohibited.
October 8, 2010 7:14 PM
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It is true. Any realistic replica of weapons or ammunition are prohibited in the sterile area of the airport. You can not carry them on an airplane

October 10, 2010 8:13 PM
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Realistic replica's like the Disney "Pirates of the Caribbean" toy plastic sword that TSA confiscated at Orlando?

TSA doesn't understand the words "realistic replica" or the little plastic GI Joe doll gun would not have been confiscated either.

Just another TSA Fail in a very long line of failures.

Submitted by Anonymous on

"As far as TSA keeping the images secretive, they have posted the exact images that we see."

This is absolutely untrue. Curtis "Bob" Burns has admitted that the images posted on this blog are not the same size or resolution as those seen by the operators of TSA's strip-search technology. Please tell the truth in the future.

Submitted by Anonymous on

"why do you think that? perhaps the tsa person was doing their job. did they offer you any options for you to keep your item such as mail it to yourself?
ammunition is not allowed in carryons. check on tsa.gov and you see it in the prohibited items list. relistic replicas of guns are not allowed either."

Has there ever been a any kind of incident involving a replica of a bullet? Even a live round, sans a gun, is hardly a threat. A knitting needle is more of a threat.

Submitted by Retrosurfer1959 on

It's truly sad when we consider jewelry and kids toys as threats and trained professionals cannot tell the difference between real hazards and jewlery. The concept of anything for the false sense of security is in conflict with so much of what we stand for as
Americans.

I'm sure the TSA has some dedicated, caring and professional individuals it's too bad they become almost invisible behind the arrogant the unknowing and uncaring.

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As to many of the comments on TSA and treaatment of amputee's

The American Coalition of Amputee's recently surveyed almost 7500 amputees and 75% said they were dissatisfied and had been treated with disrespect by the TSA. 75% is truly horrendous I doubt if 75% of that many people could agree on what day it was, but they sure recognized this treatment. I can sure understand the high % though after 20+ years as a amputee the TSA is the only group that discriminates against me on a regular basis.

Submitted by TSORon on

Anonymous said …
But not if it's poured into many <3.4 ounce containers, then poured into a big container once you're past security, I guess. Right?
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I have seen 3 people make comments similar to this in this thread, so I’ll take a moment to show them the obvious error they are making.

So, you combine your multiple liquids into one big container. Just how many people are going to see you do this? How many are going to run to the nearest airline employee, airport police officer, or TSA employee and tell them about your activities? OK, so you do this on an aircraft instead, right? Your row-mate is going to allow this? How about the FA’s? You think you can do something like that without being noticed?

The explosive is only one part of a bomb. One part does not make a bomb, it makes a part. You need at least 2 components to make an effective bomb, and 3 to 4 parts to make one that you are less likely to get caught fabricating on an aircraft. You are in an enclosed, crowded environment, trying to fabricate an explosive device, and you think no one is going to notice and say or do something about it?

Let’s put this inane comment back into the “stupid” cupboard folks and leave it there. Every time someone brings it out and writes it here they just look like someone who can’t form a complete concept on their own.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Anonymous TSM/West said...

It is true. Any realistic replica of weapons or ammunition are prohibited in the sterile area of the airport. You can not carry them on an airplane

October 10, 2010 8:13 PM
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If screening proves it to be a non-working replica and not real ammunition which means that it poses no danger to air travel.

Especially in the case or the "bullet" jewelery then why would it not be allowed?

Submitted by RB on

Bob, why has the level of censorship gone up here on PV?

I know for a fact that several items submitted have not been posted while complying with the illegal posting requirements.

Remember, this TSA Blog is funded with taxpayer monies and government cannot censor speech.

Submitted by Anonymous on

If SSSS is on your boarding pass are you allowed to opt-out?

from FT:

While I've managed to avoid the body scanners so far, my luck ran out this morning at BOS, when I got an "SSSS" BP, apparently for buying a one-way ticket.

When I reached the machine, I politely told the TSO I would opt for the pat-down instead. He yelled over to another TSO and they concluded that there is no "opt-out" allowed with an "SSSS" BP. (Perhaps I should have argued further, but I went through the scanner.) Along with the scanner came the full "enhanced" pat-down, complete with crotch check:

Submitted by Anonymous on

I read on this blog that netbooks do not have to be removed from bags for screening. So I didn´t. I got screamed at by an officer at SFO, who got even more annoyed after I told him I read that I did not have to remove it on this blog. Can´t you get your act together? Do I or do I not have to remove a netbook from a bag that otherwise contained only one pullover?

Submitted by Anonymous on

"So, you combine your multiple liquids into one big container. Just how many people are going to see you do this?"

None at all, if it's done in a bathroom stall or an airplane bathroom. But you already knew that!

Submitted by Random Female Tso on

Too many responses for me to respond to individually so I'll attempt to summarize. I DID NOT say that the backscatter images does not show bones. I stated that I have never seen a person's bones on a tsa xray image besides the castscope. Let's not quote incorrectly.

Again TSA HAS posted accurate images on the website. I even posted that link in my previous response.

...and I stick to my previous saying which is "I highly doubt any of those images would get your mojo flowing."

People can say TSA is nothing but security theater but opinions are just that opinions. Snatch security from the airport and greyhound stock would peak for sure.

For every 1 person that has a problem with TSA, I get 3 more that says "thank you for your service"

There's loads of people that travel regularly and NEVER experience issues. Then you have those that always have issues, which are normally the ones that think rules don't apply to them.
(how dare there be rules!)

If you're a seasoned traveler you should be familiar EXISTING airport rules. There will be times when something happens and a "reaction" response is ushered out. That's what happens with security. e.g. A murder happens in a neighborhood, so the police chief puts more officers on patrol in that neighborhood.

We have those individuals that come to the airport WAITING for the TSA and TSOs to mess up. We also have those who are rude because of a previous experience with a different tso, and feel because the uniform is the same so is the person. The saying "You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar" goes a long way.

If you have any issues while at the security checkpoint you can always ask to speak to a supervisor. The bottom line of it all is if you plan on taking a flight to where ever, you WILL be screened. There are no exceptions to that rule.

Submitted by Anonymous on
TSORon said...
So, you combine your multiple liquids into one big container. Just how many people are going to see you do this?

Zero, unless you think terrorists are too stupid to do it in private. Like, say, a bathroom stall.

How many are going to run to the nearest airline employee, airport police officer, or TSA employee and tell them about your activities?

Out of the zero people who saw it, how many will tell? Hmm... let me think.

Besides, it's not against the law or even the TSA rules to pour stuff from little bottles into bigger bottles. So, even IF someone saw, and told, there's nothing that could be done about it.

You are in an enclosed, crowded environment, trying to fabricate an explosive device, and you think no one is going to notice and say or do something about it?

A bathroom stall in an airport is "crowded"?

Let’s put this inane comment back into the “stupid” cupboard folks and leave it there. Every time someone brings it out and writes it here they just look like someone who can’t form a complete concept on their own.

And a 'security officer' who can't possibly imagine the bad guys hiding their activities is... well... you.

Insulting others because you don't have the necessary intelligence or imagination to see the possible flaws in the system is... well, lets just say 'counter-productive'. I'm sure you fit in well at the TSA.
Submitted by Anonymous on

"I have seen 3 people make comments similar to this in this thread, so I’ll take a moment to show them the obvious error they are making....

Blah, blah, blah, blah...."

by TSORon

Ever hear of a bathroom stall?

Submitted by Anonymous on

George said:
"That inconsistency creates frustration that can't be avoided and probably does nothing to improve security"
that inconsistency is there to stop from being predictable. There is always the option of checking the item that is not allowed. You may find that as an inconvienace but it is an option. Its just as likely to "probably improve security"

Submitted by Anonymous on

Anon said:
"When is Pistole going to answer some of those questions he talked about."
He has, perhaps its not the one you want, but he has started the process. Check out the previous topics.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Anon Said:
That's true, Ron; you do refuse to believe the abundant data and expert opinion that demonstrates water and shoes pose no threat to aircraft. Why is that, Ron?

Shoes need to go through the xray so that the tsa can see that nothing is concealed inside of them. Richard Reid showed that bombs could be concealed in shoes and that they can not be detected by the metal detector. So, tsa has chosen to have pax remove their shows so that they can see that this will not happen again. Even though other countries do not require it, it doesnt make it wrong.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Anon said:
Realistic replica's like the Disney "Pirates of the Caribbean" toy plastic sword that TSA confiscated at Orlando?

TSA doesn't understand the words "realistic replica" or the little plastic GI Joe doll gun would not have been confiscated either.

Just another TSA Fail in a very long line of failures.

I dont think that these items had to be confiscated as these items are permitted in your checked luggage. When such items come through the screening area the pax are given options on what they would like to do with them. i see it 100s of times a year as i travel. the pax can mail it to themselves or put it in checked luggage etc. so its the parents decision to turn it over...

Submitted by Anonymous on

Why are new comments and questions that people must be submitting not being posted by the TSA blog team? I think the TSA have given up even bothering to post new comments - after all they they never provide any answers anyway. Or perhaps the general public are so fed-up with not getting any answers to their legitimate questions and concerns that they have just given up?

Submitted by Anonymous on

" Even though other countries do not require it, it doesnt make it wrong."

The fact that no other country has a TSA-style shoe carnival -- and claims to the contrary by TSA notwithstanding, most overseas screeners couldn't care less if people getting on US-bound flights remove their shoes -- and that there has not been a single ill effect as a result, does in fact show that TSA is wrong. Specifically, TSA is continuing a years-long hysterical overreaction to a tactic that was tried once and failed and that no one, anywhere on the planet, has tried again in almost ten years.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Wow. My first read-thru of this section... I have a question, not for "Bob," but for the rest of you. Given these conditions: 1) It is unreasonable to expect 100% of TSA employees to never make an error at work (and by error, I mean even a rude look); 2) Terrorists DO exist and will use babies, old ladies, and fake Disney toys to cause mayhem; 3) No one MUST fly (there are other ways) and 4) Flying is not your God given right.
With those conditions, please tell us all what your solutions are. I fly a great deal for my company; I've been treated fairly, and treated rudely; I've been frisked, and I've been "whisked." I've had my luggage searched, lost, broken, and GONE.
I have yet, though, to BE KILLED WHILE FLYING BY A BOMB, so I am still smiling. Keep it in perspective, people. Screen me nude if necessary. Better yet, screen YOU nude, I don't feel safe otherwise.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Interesting that we are being asked to support an agency that does litmus testing of coffee that was purchased in the secure area of the airport. If they found something, who would really be the responsible party?! TSA, stop wasting my time; stop wasting my taxes!!

And in the headlines "summoned for concealed weapon, a tactical pen". Wow, I feel so much safer now that he does not have his tactical pen. Only need to be concerned with all those people with crochet needles now...

Submitted by RB on

Random Tso Lady said...
RB said...
You have never heard of BACKSCATTER WBIers?

That is the machine of choice for TSA and they do emit dangerous xrays.

If the images are not graphic then why is TSA hiding the images from the public?

October 7, 2010 10:44 AM
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Of course I've heard of them, after all I do work for TSA (the name is an obvious give away).

My airport does not use backscatter imaging but from my training and training material, again I've never seen bones. (or maybe I just need glasses, hmm)

These machines have been tested before being placed in the airports, they do not emit dangerous levels of radiation. You are exposed to more radiation during a flight than from one of these machines. (not an excuse, just putting it out there). Do you really think the DHS would want that kind of lawsuit?

As far as TSA keeping the images secretive, they have posted the exact images that we see.

A link as to how the images look is posted in the following blog:

http://blog.tsa.gov/2008/05/which-is-it-millimeter-wave-or.html

Since the machine I directly deal with is the one that uses millimeter waves I can only factually speak on that image. That is exactly how the image appears on the monitors to the officer.


If you still aren't comfortable proceeding with the scan. You can alway opt out for a pat down instead.

-Random Tso/Random Tso Lady

October 8, 2010 12:05 PM

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So are the images TSA posted exactly what TSA screening clerks see? I think not, or if they are then Blogger Bob lied when he stated this:

"You guys are killing me (and others) with this. These pictures were provided to TSA by the vendor. I have never claimed they are the exact size and resolution that our officers see. I have provided video examples showing what our officers see. I have requested the resolution and size and was told it was proprietary information that I could not release. I'm still looking into being able to get that info for you, but I can't promise anything.

Thanks,

Blogger Bob
TSA Blog Team
February 3, 2010 1:22 PM"


So now I am confused. You say the images are how they appear on your monitors and TSA's Blogger Bob says they are not exactly how they appear. Are you questioning Blogger Bobs integrity and suggesting that he is not telling the truth?

Oh, and if we Opt Out then we are subjected to a very invasive pat down of our genitals. And you would do this to children?

TSA is not protecting America but is actively destroying America.

Submitted by Anonymous on

I am traveling for work without my baby and am still nursing. Can I take my pump as a carry on item since I have a layover and will need it in-between flights?

Submitted by Anonymous on

The TSA is in court on 1st November 2010 fighting a legal challenge by EPIC against the naked body scanner programme. It has now been FIFTEEN MONTHS since the last Whole Body Imaging Privacy Impact Assessment - way back in July 2009. This shows just how little the TSA really cares about privacy and body scanners and just how unprepared they are for a serious legal challenge to their unconstitutional behaviour.

Submitted by Anonymous on

TSA Supervisor Accused of Stealing From Travelers
Updated: Wednesday, 20 Oct 2010, 12:12 PM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 20 Oct 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

By Chad Bray

NEWSCORE - A security checkpoint supervisor at Newark Liberty International Airport was charged with stealing from travelers and accepting bribes from a co-worker who allegedly stole money from passengers during screenings, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Michael Arato, a supervisory transportation security officer with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at Newark's Terminal B, allegedly looked the other way when a fellow co-worker stole money from passengers undergoing security screenings, receiving a kickback of a portion of the stolen money, prosecutors said. The co-worker is cooperating with the government's probe.

Arato, 41, allegedly accepted about $3,100 in bribes between Sept. 13 and Oct. 5, prosecutors said. He also allegedly stole money himself from passengers, pocketing about $400 to $700 a shift, prosecutors said.

In order to facilitate their scheme, Arato and the co-worker allegedly targeted predominately non-English speaking victims, prosecutors said.

Arato, of Ewing, N.J., is expected to appear in federal court in Newark on Wednesday.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Random Female Tso said...

There's loads of people that travel regularly and NEVER experience issues. Then you have those that always have issues, which are normally the ones that think rules don't apply to them.
(how dare there be rules!)
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Or the reason is because the rules are always being changed or ignored by TSOs. You guys brag about inconsistency being part of the layers of security. Then you blame passengers when that same inconsistency causes confusion. And you wonder why you are met with frustration???? So when there is a rule change on the fly that now causes an issue where it did not 5 days prior at a diff airport....how do you suppose the passenger should address it????

Submitted by Anonymous on

Great Idea to post off comments here it helps to improve concentration of the site.

Submitted by Blogger Bob on

RB –When we first posted the pictures, we were showing you what our officers see with the technology. The images we used were provided by the vendors. It’s what they gave us to use, not something we concocted in the bowels of headquarters to deceive passengers as you seem to believe. When people asked for full resolution pictures, I inquired about getting them, but as you know, I couldn’t. However, we’ve allowed reporters to videotape and photograph the monitors of what our officers see. We’ve posted these things on our blog and webpage. We are not trying to hide anything. I realize I’ve said all of this before, but since you continue to call me a liar here and elsewhere, I felt the need to say it again.

Blogger Bob
TSA Blog Team

Submitted by Blogger Bob on

Yes, your breast pump is fine.

Thanks,

Blogger Bob
TSA Blog Team

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