Developmentally Disabled Man Harassed by TSA

From MyFoxDetroit:

The family was going through security when two TSA agents singled Drew Mandy out for a special pat down. Drew is severely mentally disabled. He’s 29, but his parents said he has the mental capacity of a two-year-old, which made the experience that followed at metro Detroit’s McNamera Terminal that much harder to deal with.

“You have got to be kidding me. I honestly felt that those two agents did not know what they were doing,” Mandy told us.

Dr. Mandy claimed they asked Drew to place his feet on the yellow shoe line, something he didn’t understand. They proceeded to pat his pants down, questioning the padding which was his adult diapers. When the agents asked Drew to take his hand and rub the front and back of his pants so they could swab it for explosives, his dad stepped in and tried to explain that Drew was mentally challenged.

“They said, ‘Please, sir, we know what we’re doing,'” Mandy said.

(via Boing Boing)

TSA Forgets To Tell Police It’s Running A Bomb Test, Hilarity Ensues

From The Consumerist:

One of the keys to running a successful test of a TSA agent’s ability to detect a bomb in a traveler’s suitcase is to give the heads-up to the authorities that a drill is being run. That way, when — or rather if — the screener finds the device in question, their call to the police won’t have the cops drawing their guns in the middle of an airport.

And yet, that’s exactly what happened last week at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

An eagle-eyed screener at security checkpoint 2 noticed what appeared to be a bomb in a passenger’s carry-on bag. Following procedure, they immediately notified authorities. But because the police hadn’t been alerted to the TSA drill, they evacuated the areas around the checkpoint and circled the traveler with their guns drawn.

“I think a lot of people were alarmed,” a spokesman for the Metropolitan Airport Commission tells the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “There is always a danger that someone could have gotten hurt. It was unfortunate.”

Luckily, TSA officials who were aware of the test were able to defuse the situation. A rep for the agency tells the Star-Tribune that the problem can all be chalked up to a “miscommunication.”

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Texas House passes bill banning TSA ‘groping’ :

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas House of Representatives late on Thursday approved a bill that would make invasive pat-downs at Texas airports a crime, after a former Miss USA said she felt “molested” at the Dallas/Fort Worth airport last month.

Transportation Security Administration agents could be charged with a misdemeanor crime, face a $4,000 fine and one year in jail under the measure.

The proposal would classify any airport inspection that “touches the anus, sexual organ, buttocks, or breast of another person including through the clothing, or touches the other person in a manner that would be offensive to a reasonable person” as an offense of sexual harassment under official oppression.

And

In public statement, TSA lies about the Constitution:

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Pic of TSA Agents Searching Baby at KCI Sparks Outrage:

A picture of Transportation Security Administration agents patting down an 8-month-old baby at Kansas City International Airport has sparked controversy over what constitutes an actual terror threat on airplanes.

The picture was taken on Saturday at KCI by metro pastor Jacob Jester as he was waiting to board a flight to Albuquerque. According to an interview on Elliot.org, Jester said that the child’s mother was being cooperative, but he had never seen anything “quite that bad.”

TSA security looks at people who complain about … TSA security

From CNN:

Washington (CNN) — Don’t like the way airport screeners are doing their job? You might not want to complain too much while standing in line.

Arrogant complaining about airport security is one indicator Transportation Security Administration officers consider when looking for possible criminals and terrorists, CNN has learned exclusively. And, when combined with other behavioral indicators, it could result in a traveler facing additional scrutiny.

CNN has obtained a list of roughly 70 “behavioral indicators” that TSA behavior detection officers use to identify potentially “high risk” passengers at the nation’s airports.

Many of the indicators, as characterized in open government reports, are behaviors and appearances that may be indicative of stress, fear or deception. None of them, as the TSA has long said, refer to or suggest race, religion or ethnicity.

But one addresses passengers’ attitudes towards security, and how they express those attitudes.

It reads: “Very arrogant and expresses contempt against airport passenger procedures.”

TSA Gives 8 Year Old Boy an “Enhanced Patdown”

From KGW.com:

Everything was fine until it was Heather’s son’s turn to go through the security checkpoint at Portland International Airport.

“It didn’t buzz like a normal buzz,” said Heather. “It beeped like a beep you normally don’t hear.”

Just like that little 8-year-old Spencer found himself in the company of a TSA agent. Heather snapped photos to show Spencer going through a full pat-down.

“They went up his leg, into that area, down the next leg, up here (chest), felt all over,” she explained.

Heather thought it crossed the line. Spencer did, too.

“I was confused,” he said. “I did not know what they were going to do to me.”