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  1. Hey, if underwear is suspect, then wearers of underwear are suspect. Stuff your “ridiculous” is a sack buddy. Kids = Suspect. We all know the trrsts don’t care about children or women, anyway.

    (That’s right, ladies. Prepare for bra inspections.)

  2. Isn’t the use of cameras and/or mobile phones banned at airport security? They might be paranoid about the boy’s pants but clearly they’re not that much bothered about security.

    1. The rule against recording is probably more in self-interest than for security purposes. Theatrical Security Agents don’t want to be seen in a bad light, therefore the best option is to not be seen by the public at large.

      A proliferation of video cameras can only make things safer, Look at the bombing of the London Underground, and how the perpetrators were identified quickly because of the arsenal of CCTV cameras.

      Of course, it has been the case where authorities love to record the public at large, but detest being recorded themselves. Well, that’s one of the best ways to keep them in check. Who polices the Police? Someone with a camera…

      Besides, if a terrorist wanted to secretly record the layout of a security checkpoint, they would probably do it less conspicuously than walking around with an iPhone. (perhaps a buttonhole camera)

      Yes I’m for personal privacy. I also know that there’s a good chance that even if I am recorded by 100 cameras in a day, there’s a good chance nobody will ever pay attention to me unless something unusual takes place. We have 45 cameras running 24/7 and the only time they get checked is in the event of vandalism, theft, etc.

  3. After the last hundred or so posts on the TSA outrage, it’s very clear to all of us that this needs to drastically change. But I’d like to know what we can do to change the TSA’s standards, and hopefully bring them to justice for abusing their authority.

      1. You’d be amazed at the power of a handwritten letter. An envelope containing a missive from a constituent to a Senator or Congressman/woman still carries a great deal of weight. The fact that you took the time, looked up the address, and actually wrote something down says you mean business. I’ve sent dozens of emails and gotten nothing back but form letters. I’ve also sent many personal handwritten letters which have resulted in letters in the mail from my representative in return. I’m not saying that emails aren’t helpful, but a personal letter sure seems to get some attention.

    1. Nothing to be done. Amerika is fucked. Enjoy the ride down – and if you’re young enough to stick around for several more decades, learn Chinese. It will serve you well.

  4. Original video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSQTz1bccL4

    Quote from description:
    “Lets get the facts straight first. Before the video started the boy went through a metal detector and didn’t set it off but was selected for a pat down. The boy was shy so the TSA couldn’t complete the full pat on the young boy. The father tried several times to just hold the boys arms out for the TSA agent but i guess it didn’t end up being enough for the guy. I was about 30 ft away so i couldn’t hear their conversation if there was any. The enraged father pulled his son shirt off and gave it to the TSA agent to search, thats when this video begins”

    I’m against the TSA as much as you are, but sensationalising your cause will only hurt you.

  5. I know as a father I wouldn’t stand for this, I would have probably raised a shit storm and gotten myself thrown in jail. I’m just happy my family doesn’t have to fly anywhere, and being from the Midwest driving long distances is actually entertaining.

  6. This is one of the many reasons I am dreading having to go to USA on business in the future. Not particularly keen on trusting government with my finger prints etc too!
    Can understand why this is happening (although I’m sure its a false security) but certainly not taking the family on holiday to the USA while all this sillyness is still going on – its just not worth it.

  7. I got a idea! How’s about you just stop moving thousands of miles from your family and keep it in within driving distance?

    Your scrotum will thank you

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