Posts Tagged ‘TSA’

TSA Collected $400K In Unclaimed Airport Checkpoint Money, Employees With Benefits

January 13, 2012

Airport travelers left $409,085.56 at security checkpoints across the country in 2010, simply by emptying the change in their pockets into those plastic bins and not picking it up again. The Transportation Security Administration says they collect all the unclaimed money in a jar that gets counted and sent to the finance office where it’s added to the general operations fund. (John F. Kennedy Airport in New York collected the most money; about $47,000, including some foreign currency.)

The TSA collects all documented unclaimed money as well as the undocumented  watches, cell phones, and laptops as part of the  federal mandated birthday benefits program.. 

TSA Inspects Diaper Of 95-Year Old Women. Angry Diaper Clown Says Come And Get It

June 28, 2011

The Transportation Security Administration has denied that its agents required a 95-year-old woman to remove her adult diaper last week before allowing her to pass a screening checkpoint at Northwest Florida Regional Airport.

“We have reviewed the circumstances involving this screening and determined that our officers acted professionally, according to proper procedure and did not require this passenger to remove an adult diaper.”

The woman’s daughter, Jean Weber, told CNN on Monday that the TSA agents acted professionally and never ordered the removal of her mother’s diaper. However, Weber said the agents made it clear that her mother could not board the plane unless they were able to inspect the diaper.

According to Weber, it was her idea to remove the diaper so it could be inspected and they could make their flight.”They were doing their job according to the instructions of the TSA and their policies,” Weber said, later adding that the options offered them were to remove the diaper or “she was not going to get on the plane.”

Angry Diaper Clown Said Come And Get It..

New TSA Security Measures Call For Better Runway Fashions

November 26, 2010

It was no crime of fashion, but Wendy Gigliotti’s bulky sweater and ankle-length skirt made her a target of airport screeners.

A female Transportation Security Administration officer at Sacramento International Airport told her, “We can’t tell if there’s something under your skirt.” She was then frisked in a way she said felt more intrusive than a physical exam.

“I felt not only like a criminal, I felt absolutely violated,” said Gigliotti.

Gigliotti is among the travelers feeling mortified or even outraged by the more thorough security pat-downs the TSA began using this month as the holiday travel season begins.

Travel experts say the new scrutiny underscores the need for better airport fashion choices that can help people breeze through screenings with their dignity intact.

New clothing line for airport runway fashions..


Tom Sawyer Tired of TSA Abuse, Wants No Part Of Their Fishing Trip

November 21, 2010

A retired special education teacher on his way to a wedding in Orlando, Fla., said he was left humiliated, crying and covered with his own urine after an enhanced pat-down by TSA officers recently at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

“I was absolutely humiliated, I couldn’t even speak,” said Thomas D. “Tom” Sawyer, 61, of Lansing, Mich.

Sawyer is a bladder cancer survivor who now wears a urostomy bag, which collects his urine from a stoma, or opening in his stomach.  “I have to wear special clothes and in order to mount the bag I have to seal a wafer to my stomach and then attach the bag. If the seal is broken, urine can leak all over my body and clothes.”

The security officer finished the pat-down, tested the gloves for any trace of explosives and then, Sawyer said, “He told me I could go. They never apologized. They never offered to help. They acted like they hadn’t seen what happened. But I know they saw it because I had a wet mark.”

Humiliated, upset and wet, Sawyer said he had to walk through the airport soaked in urine, board his plane and wait until after takeoff before he could clean up.

“I am totally appalled by the fact that agents that are performing these pat-downs have so little concern for people with medical conditions,” said Sawyer.

Sawyer tired of TSA fishing trips…

TSA Taking Heat From Passengers Concerned With Looking At Junk Instead Of What’s In The Trunk

November 17, 2010

The head of the Transportation Security Administration, John Pistole, today defended his agency’s new, controversial patdown procedure, one that has been described by some critics as sexual assault. The new procedure involves screeners running their hands up the inside of passengers’ thighs and touching around women’s breasts.

“There is an ever-evolving nature of the terrorist threat,” Pistole told a Senate committee holding a hearing on the safety of cargo.

Pistole said the government is not always ahead of the terroists and that his agency seeks “the proper mix” between passengers’ rights and protecting airplanes.

Passengers worried that their nude photos may end up on the Internet (or concerned about the radiation from the scanners) can opt to bypass the machines. Then, over the weekend, a 31-year-old software programmer was thrown out of San Diego International Airport after he got into an argument with a TSA screener about the new, more aggressive patdown.

“If you touch my junk, I’m going to have you arrested,” John Tyner told the male screener. Tyner recorded audio of the whole 30-minute incident with the TSA on his cell phone’s video camera, a video that has now had hundreds of thousands of hits on YouTube and been replayed on major television.

Less than 5% of cargo stored  in belly of plane is inspected. Maybe they should spend more time looking in the trunk than at peoples junk..