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Old 05-03-2012, 12:22 AM   #1
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My 80 y/o parents and I just returned to L.I. from a Southwest flight from Tampa. When we went through the TSA security checkpoint my mother was singled out and declared a "hit". This was after we went through their detection equipment. After watching these agents unprofessionally milling around and bantering amongst themselves I grew increasingly disgusted and was once again reminded of what a politically correct folly this whole thing has become. Mind you, my mother has recently had her second knee replacement and they had her standing on the yellow "footprint" marking with her hands in the air. They had her in this position for quite some time until I heard a female agent say they needed to "search her". Being a NYS Trooper and understanding the whole safety issue, I respectfully inquired to a TSA agent that was standing by what was going on. He said something about "gunpowder" or "fertilizer" detected on her. He also said it might be "hand cream or lotion and that is was probably nothing". My mother was eventually led into a room and searched.

My father, in a wheelchair, was also singled out. He had a small carry-on duffel bag that was taken from his lap. The bag was taken out of his presence and the contents were x-rayed and rummaged through. It was returned to him. We eventually were all on on way to the gate and thankfully we allowed ourselves plenty of time for our flight.

Upon return home my father realized that his plastic soap caddy in his shaving kit (inside the duffel bag) was missing. Inside the soap caddy was his Army dog tags that he kept for the past almost 60 years. He always kept them with him and never went anywhere without them. There was nothing else contained in the soap caddy but the dog tags. NOTHING !

My father is heartbroken and PISSED! And so am I! When he called me this evening to tell me, he actually used the "f" word to describe his anger. I can count on one hand the times that I have ever heard him utter that word.
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Old 05-03-2012, 12:35 AM   #2
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The whole TSA office here recently got busted for stealing lots of stuff from passengers.
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We recently took a trip to Florida and my wife got "singled out" in a security check. They also made her stand in the scanning "booth" while they discussed what was next. They then did the "explosives tests" on her. They still couldn't decide what to do next as they were getting "unusual readings" on some of the tests. They had speculated that the "sparkles" in the design on her sweater were the issue, then they thought it may be "something else".
My wife is a Breast Cancer survivor, and has two implants (double mastectomy). She had to have one replaced recently, and when the TSA was told this, they speculated that the new implant had some sort of tracking or research chip in it that was being picked up. After nearly 20 minutes, they decided to pass her through. This didn't happen on the return trip...curious.
They also confiscated a small manicure kit that was allegedly "TSA approved", and my wife had carried through dozens of security checks over the last 4 years...it was almost like "we can't figure out why she sets off the security alarms, so we'll just keep her manicure set".
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That is disgusting. The TSA is a pathetic joke and in a sad way the terrorists won.

I'm sorry to hear about the stupid problems and the theft they went through.

I personally do not fly unless there is no other option and it's an emergency. I refuse to have these minimum wage dropouts get their power trip on me just because they have the opportunity.
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Old 05-03-2012, 12:46 AM   #6
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They need to privatize it. Anything the government does is a disaster.
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Old 05-03-2012, 12:46 AM   #7
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But TSA is here to protect you.
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Old 05-03-2012, 12:52 AM   #8
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That is disgusting. The TSA is a pathetic joke and in a sad way the terrorists won.

I'm sorry to hear about the stupid problems and the theft they went through.

I personally do not fly unless there is no other option and it's an emergency. I refuse to have these minimum wage dropouts get their power trip on me just because they have the opportunity.
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Old 05-03-2012, 12:57 AM   #9
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That is flat out wrong - to steal those dog tags is more than just a crime, it is a sin, and I can see why you would be outraged. Heck, I am outraged for you and your dad! Is there any recourse?
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Old 05-03-2012, 01:03 AM   #10
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Contact your State senators and congress members and tell them what happened. Hopefully one of them will do the right thing and you might even get them back.

Bastages...
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Old 05-03-2012, 01:18 AM   #11
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Youd think these guys would learn, so many getting busted for stealing. Guess if they were that bright they would have real jobs.

What happened to him, you HAVE to do something about that. Sure it was all on camera can you get it subpoenaed?
Sad....scumbag pos!!
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The TSA is a pathetic joke and in a sad way the terrorists won.
Those TSA fk's have got me to the point where, if I can't drive there, I'm not going. I really would like to make another trip to Europe, but there isn't a bridge.

Give some folks a uniform, they will immediately assert their "authority."
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If committing a crime against an officer generally results in a harsher sentence, then an officer committing a crime ought to result in a harsher sentence for the officer.
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The TSA are the terrorists..
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Download the FlyRight app to your phone and report the bastards on the spot.
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Damn.

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Old 05-03-2012, 08:07 AM   #17
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just flew out to Houston from Tampa and back...no issues on either end....didn't see anyone having any problems and things moved quickly despite all the clueless people in line who can't read or think the signs don't apply to them.

I went expecting some however
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That is disgusting. The TSA is a pathetic joke and in a sad way the terrorists won.
Absolutely right. The TSA & "Homeland Security" were the single biggest victories for the terrorists. Homeland Security significantly reduced our freedoms while costing us about $60 Billion per year and growing. A small country declaring war on us couldn't affect us in that way...but a handful of terrorists did it by taking advantage of our inept government.
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Absolutely right. The TSA & "Homeland Security" were the single biggest victories for the terrorists. Homeland Security significantly reduced our freedoms while costing us about $60 Billion per year and growing. A small country declaring war on us couldn't affect us in that way...but a handful of terrorists did it by taking advantage of our inept government.
Government may well be inept, but TSA/Homeland "Security" is all about power and control.

I'm usually in airports several times a month and I've seen far more elderly folks "singled out" than people who might actually seek to do harm.
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Government may well be inept, but TSA/Homeland "Security" is all about power and control.

I'm usually in airports several times a month and I've seen far more elderly folks "singled out" than people who might actually seek to do harm.
I would agree. It's almost like they're trying to go out of their way to prove they aren't profiling people. Except by picking the harmless elderly person, you're actually profiling!

The TSA folks certainly don't make me feel any safer and I'll be happy when the preferred traveller program is rolled out to more airports so I can skip most of the .
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