Friday, July 16, 2010

Talk to TSA: I Want To Hear From You

Talk to TSA BannerWhat better way to start my first blog post than to let you know I am very interested in what the public has to say. My top priorities include improving TSA's counterterrorism focus through intelligence and cutting edge technology, supporting the workforce, and strengthening our relationships with stakeholders and the traveling public.

I've seen firsthand that strong counterterrorism efforts include an engaged and informed public and it’s imperative that we listen.

Talk to TSA StickerBecause I think the public’s voice is so important, I am launching “Talk to TSA.” It works the same as “Got Feedback?” did. You go to the web page and you can leave detailed feedback for a specific airport’s Customer Support Manager. The new and improved part of this process is that I will also be regularly reviewing your input along with the comments that are made here on the blog.

I commit to you that I will utilize “Talk to TSA” to address some of the more commonly asked questions and themes. I’ll be addressing those concerns right here on the blog. So send us your ideas, suggestions, and feedback. I’m listening.

John S. Pistole
TSA Administrator

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Anonymous said...

Why is the TSA and Mr Pistole not answering people's legitimate questions. He promised it would?

For the SEVENTH time:

(1) When is the 2010 WBI PIA due, or expected, to be published?
(2)Why are body scanners considered too graphic for Dubai, but not too graphic for the US?
(3) Why will the TSA not allow a public consultation on body scanners?
(4)Does the TSA intend to install body scanners on all forms of public transport (train stations, bus stations), as Italy has already done?

RB said...

Still trying to hide the ELP story?

Why did/is the El Paso FSD not honoring WBI Opt Outs?

LTSO with Answers said...

Why has the US Marshall Service violated the promise TSA made regarding not keeping, storing, saving, the pornographic and privacy violating full body scans?

The US Marshall Service does not answer to TSA. They are a different agency using the technology in the way the USMS wants. The machines may be capable of storing and transmitting but it has been said many times that TSA does not use them in this capacity. You can say its all a lie and such but all you have is the word of the agency. There is no way to prove this.

Anonymous said...

Anon said
Why has the US Marshall Service violated the promise TSA made regarding not keeping, storing, saving, the pornographic and privacy violating full body scans?
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Why don't you ask the US Marshals on their blog since they fall under the DOJ.
Oh wait they don't have a blog

Anonymous said...

"Why has the US Marshall Service violated the promise TSA made"

Because it is a different arm of the federal octopus not under and not bound by the TSA's promises maybe?

Anyone got an org chart showing their relationship?

Anyone know where US Marshall's are on this one?

http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/DHS_OrgChart.pdf

Anonymous said...

"Why has the US Marshall Service violated the promise TSA made regarding not keeping, storing, saving, the pornographic and privacy violating full body scans?"

Ohh. Ohh. I think I got it!!!

Becasue they didn't?

Because US Marshall Service is in an entirely different branch of the government than the TSA?

TSA is under DHS.

Marshall's are under DOJ.

amidoinitrite?

RB said...

Apparently someone needs to tell the new Administrator that his "Talk to TSA" doesn't work since ELP has failed to get back to me on why they are not allowing Opt Outs of the WBI Strip Search Machine.

Ah, never mind, I have his direct email.

Isaac Newton said...

Just one more puppy post and this whole Talk to TSA thread can conveniently slip off the front page, without Mr Pistole ever having come back to respond to the questions.

So much for a new approach to communicating with TSA...

RB said...

That El Paso thing that TSA is still trying to ignore.

Don't plan on it going away.

Anonymous said...

Mr Pistole,
For the EIGHTH time:

(1) When is the 2010 WBI PIA due, or expected, to be published?
(2)Why are body scanners considered too graphic for Dubai, but not too graphic for the US?
(3) Why will the TSA not allow a public consultation on airport body scanners?
(4) Does the TSA intend to install body scanners in bus and train stations, like Italy has already done?

Brad said...

Seeing the lack of any response from the Administrator who supposedly wrote the first post, which was submitted by Blogger Bob (does the Administrator not know how to type on a computer keyboard to submit his own messages?), I suspect that there will be no responses forthcoming from said administrator.

Sad really, I was able to read through the entire thread of responses in a reasonable amount of time, surely the concerned administrator could do the same and provide a little feedback, even if only to say that he had read and was contemplating his navel in anticipation of the inspiration for a reply.

Anonymous said...

again RB, guilty until proven innocent as far as the TSA goes

RB said...

Bob, you stated on Flyer Talk that you had a call in to El Paso questioning the story about Opt Outs being refused.

Can we take you silence on this matter as proof that El Paso was in fact not allowing Opt Outs of Whole Body Imaging?

RB said...

70% in NBC New York poll ‘furious’ at arrival of airport body scanners

http://www.prisonplanet.com/70-in-nbc-new-york-poll-%E2%80%98furious%E2%80%99-at-arrival-of-airport-body-scanners.html


TSA, seems time for a little bit of reflection on what the public will put up with from your antics that debase the public.

Anonymous said...

This weekend I was returning from Haiti and inadvertently left all my personal items including money in my neck pouch on the conveyor belt, rushing to catch my plane. I want to know if anyone have successfully rec'd all their items from lost and found......Thanks...PJ

Anonymous said...

Seems like you want to hear from us, but not answer. Sad, but not surprising.

Anonymous said...

Mr Pistole, or anyone else at the TSA,
For the NINTH time,

(1) When is the 2010 WBI PIA due, or expected, to be published?
(2) Why are body scanners considered too graphic for Dubai, but not too graphic for the US?
(3) Why will the TSA not allow a public consultation on airport body scanners?
(4)Does the TSA intend to install body scanners in bus and train stations, like Italy has already done?

Is Mr Pistole, or anyone else at the TSA, ever likely to respond to the questions on here? I think sadly we all already know the answer to that question.
What does the TSA possibly have to gain by alienating and disengaging with the general public in the way it is doing?
Anyone have any suggestions, because it is simply beyond comprehension?

Anonymous said...

anon says:
"Until there is some evidence that people are fabricating these stories I will believe there is truth in them."
i feel the same way about UFOs

Anonymous said...

kim,
i am curious as to where you traveled? is it possible that you went to a climate that is different from where you live? i get a rash when i go to certain parts of the country do to climate change. sometimes its bedbugs in the hotel i stay in. are you positive that it came from the tsa?

Anonymous said...

I noticed that the naked body scanners are not in every airport.
Why are there no planes "falling out of the sky"???
I would have thought a couple hundred terrorists would have blown up planes by now.

Anonymous said...

Why is the TSA and Mr Pistole not answering people's legitimate questions. He promised it would?

For the EIGHTH time:

(1) When is the 2010 WBI PIA due, or expected, to be published?
(2)Why are body scanners considered too graphic for Dubai, but not too graphic for the US?
(3) Why will the TSA not allow a public consultation on body scanners?
(4)Does the TSA intend to install body scanners on all forms of public transport (train stations, bus stations), as Italy has already done?

Anonymous said...

So let's look at how truthful the TSA has been so far:

(1)Mr Pistole promised he would reply and respond to this blog. He has not bothered.
(2)All body scanners store and transmit naked images.
(3)Body scanners are now being mandated as primary screening, not just secondary screening.
(4)The option of a pat-down is being slowly removed.
(5)The scans penetrate dangerously deep inside the body to show bones and internal structures.

Lisa U said...

I think having better trained, intelligent, and better qualified agents are far more effective than rigid regulations (which are always one step behind the bad guys) with lazy and incompetent agents that is it currently. I'm sick and tired of doing the security check point dance. Any dangerous being with half a brain will find a way to get past security with any number of potentially dangerous items. No amount of rules will ever fix that. The smarter method would be background checks (I often hear about the one that slipped past the supposed checks)and competent screeners. Can you please address this?

Anonymous said...

Mr Pistole,
For the TENTH time:

(1)When is the 2010 WBI PIA due, or expected, to be published?
(2) Why are body scanners considered too graphic for Dubai, but not too graphic for the US?
(3)Why will the TSA not allow a public consultation on airport body scanners?
(4) Does the TSA intend to install body scanners in bus and train stations, like Italy has already done?

I shall keep asking these questions, several times a week, until I have asked for ONE HUNDRED times, or until I receive an answer. I wonder which will come first? Yeh, I know the answer as well!

Anonymous said...

The man just got the job and I doubt many of you could take over a convenient store and he has a 60,000 man nationwide operation. He said he would answer questions. Not all questions and especially not questions from somebody who keeps reposting them and demanding answers over and over and over again. 100 times. What are you a 4th grader? Grow up. I know what I would do if I were him I would ignore you.

M Jones said...

There are some other countries which also have very detailed search methods - Paris and London airports require passengers to take their footwear off.

Anonymous said...

"Paris and London airports require passengers to take their footwear off."

ALL passengers, or just those coming to the US?

RB said...

Anonymous said...
The man just got the job and I doubt many of you could take over a convenient store and he has a 60,000 man nationwide operation. He said he would answer questions. Not all questions and especially not questions from somebody who keeps reposting them and demanding answers over and over and over again. 100 times. What are you a 4th grader? Grow up. I know what I would do if I were him I would ignore you.

August 11, 2010 9:17 PM
.................
Are you speaking for or on the behalf of Pistole?

Anonymous said...

Could the TSA please explain why it has allowed a post which has made a personal attack on me for asking perfectly legitimate questions.
Anonymous said, 'what are you a 4th grader? Grow up'.
Why does it clearly state in your leave a comment box above that:
'we expect all contributors to be respectful. We will not post comments that contain PERSONAL attacks OF ANY KIND'. Really? Well you just have. Yes I have repeatedly asked the same four questions because they are repeatedly going unanswered. It may be irritating, but then so is being completely ignored. Please could you justify why you have allowed this personal attack on a perfectly legitimate post?

Anonymous said...

when will TSA be able to collectively bargin?

Anonymous said...

The form isn't working. I selected "Illinois" for the State field and there are no airports available for me to select from in the Airports field which is preventing me from submitting my complaint.

Anonymous said...

So the TSA has not bothered to answer why it allows personal attacks on people who post perfectly reasonable questions.
Will it allow other personal attacks? Let's see.

For the ELEVENTH time:

(1) When is the 2010 WBI PIA due, or expected, to be published?
(2) Why are body scanners considered too graphic for Dubai, but not too graphic for the US?
(3) Why will the TSA not allow a public consultation on body scanners?
(4) Does the TSA intend to install body scanners in bus and train stations, like Italy as already done?

Will the TSA permit more personal insults against me and others that post perfectly legitimate, if somewhat insistent, questions?
This is a serious discussion forum, not a playground.

Anonymous said...

So this particular and important blog has been effectively removed, with Mr Pistole addressing only one question. I repeatedly asked four questions. No answers were given, so here's what I believe:

(Q) When is the 2010 WBI PIA due, or expected, to be published?
(A)There will be no more WBI PIA's because privacy is not important to the TSA, so why bother with the pretence of a new PIA.

(Q) Why are body scanners considered too graphic for Dubai, but not too graphic for the US?
(A)Because Dubai knows they are extremely graphic and is being honest about it. The TSA also knows body scanners are extremely graphic, but is being dishonest about it.

(Q) Why will the TSA not allow a public consultation on body scanners?
(A) Because it knows that the objective evidence about just how privacy invasive these scanners really are, presented in the public arena, would be really damning.

(Q) Does the TSA intend to install body scanners in bus and train stations, like Italy has already done?
(A) Body scanners will be mandated in all public spaces from shopping malls to bus stations and court houses to sports venues in the very near future. The world of Bigbrother is just around the corner.

It is sad that the TSA will not answer my, or other people's questions, but this speaks for itself.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous repeated their question again...

"For the [gazillionth] time:"

Is anon aware of the quote by Al?

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

-Albert Einstein

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
'Insanity:doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results'.

I was not expecting different results - I was expecting the same result EVERYTIME. I knew my questions would be ignored. That is what the TSA does. Just wanted to prove a point.

Is anonymous aware of another Einstein quote?
'Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding'.

I thought not, since both you and the TSA are lacking in the understanding department.

Will the TSA allow this post? You are happy for others to insult me, calling me a 4th grader and someone who is insane. Is it someone at the TSA that is making these insulting remarks?

Ranger11 said...

"I commit to you that I will utilize “Talk to TSA” to address some of the more commonly asked questions and themes. I’ll be addressing those concerns right here on the blog. So send us your ideas, suggestions, and feedback. I’m listening."
John S. Pistole TSA Administrator

So....he stated that he will utilize Talk to TSA (not this blog)to address the more common concerns and then post them at some time, here on the blog.. He did not say that he was going to address the questions that were asked on the blog.

Pay attention to what was written. I don't expect Mr. Pistole to read the blog, and his e-mail, and Talk to TSA and whatever else he receives and respond to everything. He very clearly stated that he would utilize Talk to TSA and respond to those more common concerns on this blog (in a post I would surmise) at a later date. I am sure that he is quite busy at this time just trying to get around to various airports and meet with the FSD's and management as well as his leadership teams and get a better feel for what he is looking at. Or,.... he could be just sitting in his office hanging on every word written in this blog and formulating responses. Waddayathink??

Anonymous said...

"I was not expecting different results - I was expecting the same result EVERYTIME."

"I knew my questions would be ignored."

So, you know they would not be replied to. Anyone who has been here a while knew it. Anyone used to TSA non-responses knew it.

So, outside of lowering an already bad signal to noise ratio...

Why do you want to see your unanswered questions every couple of posts?

What's your point anon?

Yes, you can do what you want.

Just wondering why you have picked posting those questions repetitively, frequently and apparently ceaselessly, as your fight?

You do not expect a reply so...

What benefit is it?

Who benefits from it?

Anonymous said...

The point I was making is fairly obvious - by not answering my perfectly legitimate questions and understandable concerns, the TSA has shown itself to be totally uninterested in working WITH the public - it would much rather work AGAINST them by being ignorant, insulting and dismissive. The TSA will not answer my questions, it will only insult me instead. This is pathetic. The nation really is safe in such mature and considerate hands!

Anonymous said...

anon:
The point I was making is fairly obvious - by not answering my perfectly legitimate questions and understandable concerns, the TSA has shown itself to be totally uninterested in working WITH the public - it would much rather work AGAINST them by being ignorant, insulting and dismissive. The TSA will not answer my questions, it will only insult me instead. This is pathetic. The nation really is safe in such mature and considerate hands!

look another post to answer questions by pistole
i know we live in a microwave society where everything has to be done at your speed but they are getting answered, sorry its not at warp speed

Anonymous said...

With regard to my and other people's questions not being answered, anon wrote...
'I know we live in a microwave society where everything has to be done at your speed, but they are getting answered.'
Five weeks and counting. I usually put things in a microwave for five minutes, not five weeks! I know the TSA are good at cooking the books, this this really takes the biscuit.

RB said...

Sent a question to TALK TO TSA a couple of weeks ago in response to the news article that El Paso were not honoring WBI Opt Outs.

NO RESPONSE AT ALL.

What purpose does Talk to TSA have?

Anonymous said...

AMAZING! I have read 30 or 40 of these comments. I am just another traveler, but I have seen why rules and regulations have to be in affect. Most everyone in these responses think that the rules should be set aside just for them. Quote: Why does TSA reuse to ppulish pictures from its strip search...? What difference does it make unless you are a pervert.
Shoes: Maybe TSA checks shoes because of the infamous shoe bomber apprehended a couple of years ago. Again, What difference does it mak...unless you have a dying wish to be blown up on an airplane.

RB said...

Anonymous said...
AMAZING! I have read 30 or 40 of these comments. I am just another traveler, but I have seen why rules and regulations have to be in affect. Most everyone in these responses think that the rules should be set aside just for them. Quote: Why does TSA reuse to ppulish pictures from its strip search...? What difference does it make unless you are a pervert.
Shoes: Maybe TSA checks shoes because of the infamous shoe bomber apprehended a couple of years ago. Again, What difference does it mak...unless you have a dying wish to be blown up on an airplane.

August 24, 2010 7:37 PM

...................
The WBI images are important to the public since TSA stated that the images are ok for children to look at and safe for the cover of Reader's Digest.

If these statements are really true then why would TSA object to showing the images?

Do you think it is ok for government to lie to the public?

That is apparently what TSA has been doing in not only this but many other statements.

TSA claims that Backscatter X-Ray Whole body Imagers are safe but that claim has been challenged.

WBI cannot store images yet the contract requires the ability to store images.

WBI does not have Network capability yet the contract requires network provisions.

As far as the shoe bomber, a failed on off attempt, that has not been repeated anywhere. Few other countries obsess on shoes like TSA and do not require shoe removal at checkpoints. Funny that their aircraft are not falling out of the sky, eh?

No one wants all the rules set aside, just rules that are effective and reasonable.

Electronic Strip Searches and Open Handed Pat Downs are not reasonable unless something occurs to raise suspicion.

TSA needs to take its procedures back to zero and start over. What is being done today is ineffective and unnecessary.

carp said...

> First of all this is america not
> another country they migh not make you
> take 10 seconds to remove your shoes
> but we do and that probably won't
>change. Secondly you should appreciate
> the wbi for making your flight safer.

Why? What evidence do we have that our flights are any safer?

I guess we will just have to take it on faith because, like most issues of faith, it completely defies any manner of logic.

First off, there is the question of danger. The threats are entirely blown out of proportion. Every second of time spent trying to foil all of these non-existant terrorist plots is... an utter waste of time.

Every dollar thats been spent on "counterterrorism" in the past decade has been utter waste. Why? because its just not that big of a threat. Period.

This is theater at best, and its all that it ever will be.

If there were an airline where I could get on the plane, with no checkpoint at all, pay for my ticket in cash, with no id AFTER sitting down in my seat.... I would fly that airline EVERY TIME.

I would GLADLY choose to fly without all of this pointless waste of time security theater. I would, literally, bet my life on the fact that there is no threat worth even wasting the time to discuss.

-Steve

RB said...

Mr. Pistole, when will TSA add the "Squat and Cough" to the screening process?

Surely being former Law Enforcemenet you know how much contraband can be inserted in an anus.

Anonymous said...

TSA is a made up agency...we spend millions of taxpayers moneys...They do not provide security, infact their SOP is joke as well as their leadership........

Voters should have the right to disband this ridiculous agency......collective bargining rights...ha...most TSa can not spell collective

Anonymous said...

While I would have liked to use your "Talk to TSA" feature it is limited to a particular airport and this is a general complaint about the recent TSA ad campaign. As a photographer I am APPALLED and OFFENDED by your recent ad that equates photography of airports and airplanes with terrorism.

In the 1960's and 1970's we used to heavily criticize countries such as the Soviet Union that restricted and attacked photography. We thought that such an attitude would never prevail in the United States. It is absolutely inexcusable that the culture we so abhorred is now a cornerstone of your ad campaign.

Photographers and airplane enthusiasts are already suffering from a decade of harassment by overzealous police and other authorities. Your ad campaign will only serve to make things worse for us.

The ad is highly provocative and INSULTING and should be removed immediately. Photography is NOT a crime and we should not be treated as criminals.

cc:ACLU

Andriena said...

Can I opt out of the full body scan for an ‘enhanced search’ at any US airport?
I fear the T-rays from the scanner. Here is why: “Boian Alexandrov, of the Center for Nonlinear Studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory, tells us that T-rays tear emitted from the full body scanners literally tear apart human DNA.
Alexandrov, and his team at Los Alamos, say that although the forces that T-rays exert are small, their resonant effects can "unzip" DNA strands, tearing them apart, thus creating bubbles in the strands that significantly interfere with gene expression and DNA replication. And whatever that means, it doesn't sound good.
Moreover, it seems these T-ray scanners will be operated by non-healthcare, hourly wage-earners, not trained in radiation medicine or imaging. And who is to prevent massive radiation overdoses? PLUS radiation exposure is 'cumulative', meaning no matter how small of a dose you get, once your body absorbs it, it never goes away it just gets added to each time you get more. What protection will be offered to pregnant women, children, or our reproductive organs? “
Thank you and I hope you do read this and look into this. I am all for tight security, but I do not want to subject myself to this machine that will ruin my DNA.

Anonymous said...

Are TSA agents required to give their names at a traveler's request so that the traveler is able to effectively follow-up with a Complaint? Thanks

col said...

I don't really mind the idea of hand swabs, but like an earlier commenter mentioned, I got a bit of a rash from the hand swab. It wasn't as bad as the other commenter's and went away after about an hour, but it does seem that there should be some sort of way to deal with people who might have sensitive skin by perhaps using a different kind of swab even if it's more expensive (for example, the preservatives in eye drops also give me a rash, as does most jewelry).

However, even with the rashes, I can live with hand swabs. It's the scanners (whose pictures we now know DON'T get deleted) and TSA-mandated sexual assault if you refuse that sickens me. It seems TSA has insured that the terrorists win with this decision.

Anonymous said...

TSA SCREENING:

This CLEARLY violates HUMAN RIGHT 12, THE RIGHT TO PRIVACY. --- "No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks" (Human Rights are universal, inalienable and apply to ALL.)

It also interferes with the Fourth Amendment (Amendment IV) to the United States Constitution which guards against unreasonable searches and seizures.

We are all for effective profiling and searching of criminals and terrorists, but such invasive "methods" for honest, law abiding citizens and residents.....??

One has to seriously question what the true (hidden) objective of such invasive "methods" may be...?

Come on...get real!

Anonymous said...

I'm a semi-frequeny business traveler. I'm utterly appalled and disgusted at the use of the AIT body scanners. This is one of the most personal degrading, privacy-stripping techniques our government has come up with. I hope others will see that this is a serious impediment to our way of "free" life as Americans. I also wish that many others will continue to state their dissatisfaction at the TSA for this decision and demand that these machines be immediately removed from service. Of course, security is paramount, but this has crossed a line that makes travelers victims.

Anonymous said...

It seems that the TSA is creating its own version of the "no fly list," that is, people who have randomly had to undergo the advanced TSA screenings. Many of us will never fly again due to this invasion of privacy. Count me in on the class-action lawsuit to be compensated for this humiliating treatment, if it ever gets filed. Oh, and by the way, this is also devastating to the commercial airline business in this country, as well as the US economy in general. Even though it is infrequent, I now have to figure out how to do my personal and business traveling without flying, even if it is half way across the country. Is anyone telling me to do this? No, but as a law-abiding citizen of this country, I am not going to put myself through this privacy invasion again. Guess what? As someone else has mentioned, this means that the terrorists have won.

Ron said...

I dont under stand why they just dont use a dog they can detect anyting that they are train to and they coud find stuff that none of machines nor people could it would take the dog about 10 secounds to know if you had anything on you if thay are such sercurty experts they sould know this they could use a dog and just walk down a line and know if anybody had anything on them weather it be metal exslpsive drugs or what ever and a dog would know if thay had it in their body cavity and then they would not have to exspose the public to radiation or malisation tsa then tsa would not be humiliating the public just a simple walk around with a dog at the metal detector would be more sercurty than is in place now they would not spend tax payer money on equpment or resorses that is not near as secure as a simple K-9 just think what do you use now if you think there is exsploives on a air plane or bus or in a building answer K-9

Joseph Serafin said...

Mr. Pistole,

How can you continue to allow your department to pursue such blatantly misguided and downright dangerous policies such as using full-body scans and "pat-down" screening?

These methods do not make Americans any safer. Your screening methodology is flawed and useless. Any determined individual would be able to bypass these so-called "defenses."

I demand that you immediately cease and desist from wasting taxpayer dollars and sacrificing American liberties for the sake of providing an illusion of "security."

The use of full-body scans and "pat-downs" by the TSA are a disgrace and reflect poorly on our nation. Americans do not deserve to be treated this way. Mr. Pistole, the Transportation Security Administration and you should be ashamed of yourselves for continuing to allow these disgraceful methods of screening to be employed.

You disgust me. I will contact my legislators and recommend that they enact legislation cutting the TSA's budget as well as disbanding the department over the next few years.

Anonymous said...

I was on an American Airlines flight from JFK to Washington DC, and I was asked to face the black x-ray screener which emitted heat. I was wearing a thin suit and no metal accessories that could set off anything. After going thru the high tech screening, I was also asked to step forward on the 2 black foot-print like image. I am short so I had to extend my legs apart to be able to do this. The lady screener started to describe what she needed to do with patting down my chest area/body, but I interrupted and asked her that since I already went thru the screener, why was I being subjected to an additional pat-down? I had nothing on my person to cause an additional patdown or whatnot. If the high tech screener didnt screen anything suspicious, it's because there was nothing. The lady amended herself and said that there was something on my arm (watch), and that there could have been a metal something on my waistband. I was wearing a regular office suit which only had the usual closure in the pants and nothing else. She proceeded to work around my waistband and of course she didnt find anything. Is it a combo of both high tech screening and patdowns now? One or the other is enough; a combo of this is too much for an ordinary American domestic traveler!

Anonymous said...

How many terrorists have the TSA prevented? Please respond with a whole number (cannot be less than 0).

Anonymous said...

I find the present passenger security screening procedures and attitudes of TSA people (we're criminals until proven otherwise), without reasonable suspicion or probable cause - and particularly for regular travelers who have traveled for years without posing any risk - unconscionable: we are supposed to have constitutional rights inside this country. And before anyone says, well you have a choice - you don't... it's either "nude and irradiated" or "assaulted" if you want to fly. The purpose of my commenting is to suggest that surely, a more palatable, easier alternative - fully recognizing that establishing each individual traveler doesn't pose a security risk is necessary - would be for us to pass through security checkpoints that could establish our risk factor through data available on each traveler by computer (fewer staffing requirements too), as do the passport/immigration checkpoints. All it takes is cooperation between agencies that already have the information on us. As it is, I will not be traveling by air except when I deem it necessary. Knowing what I have to go through, unnecessarily where I personally am concerned, affects me negatively for far too long, before during and after, and it simply isn't worth it to me. Without being privy to all the information you have, the procedures as they are now, seem much more about power, control and intimidation than they do about security.

Anonymous said...

It will lessen my resentment for the insane 'quart bag' liquid restrictions when Ms. Obama, Ms. Pelosi, Ms. exPresident's wives, et al big named females have to travel on a commercial airliner and deal with the same stupidity. Who came up with the 'quart bag' restriction anyway? Wouldn't a 'gallon bag' suffice so at least I could travel with a decent sized can of hair spray?! They must be in cahoots with the 'travel sized' manufacturers of personal care items! Twice the price for a fraction of the procuct. YIKES!!

charles jacobsen said...

Dear John S. Pistole

I’m sure you have received several emails and letters every day. I would hope you will take time to read and take into consideration of my concern that I have about allowing pocket knives onboard are planes.

I am applaud to hear that You are allowing pocket knives on planes, I understand your argument that all threats have been Bomb related, and I will say that you have done a great job in stopping those threats from going any further. Do you really have to be reminded that (911) had nothing to do with Bombs at all? (911) accord because number 1 our defense measures were down and we allowed pocket knives and box cutters onboard are air craft. How Many lives did we lose in that one HORRIFING DAY? How many families lost their loved ones that day? We cannot allow such a Horrifying event to threaten the US again. I BEG you please Listen to the VOICE of the People listen to the cry of those that lost their loved ones of (911)

If it is your job to protect are airlines, (MORE EMPORTENLY THE PEOPLE) and to make our air travel a save and pleasant experience for everyone. Then I ask you to do Your JOB and make flying safe for everyone. Do not play in the hands of the Enemies’ By allowing this measure to pass, You are doing exactly what the enemy wants us to do, ( you’re playing in the hands of the enemy). The enemy is looking and keeping their EYE on us and waiting for that time when we drop are GUARD again. We cannot allow are security measures to be dropped now.

I’m sure I’m speaking for millions out there. When I say do you job and protect are air craft and the people that fly.

Thank you Mr. Pistole .
Charles Jacobsen

Anonymous said...

TSA: Thanks for the broken jar of honey in my luggage today. It was very carefully packed before my bag was inspected by one of your agents.

Anonymous said...

I fly frequently for my job. Hands-down, Milwaukee TSA agents are consistently the friendliest and most helpful that I encounter. I always forget to grab a yellow paper feedback form at the Milwaukee airport, so I wanted to pass my kudos along here.

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