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84-year-old grandmother says she was strip searched by TSA

An 84-year-old Long Island woman says she was humiliated recently when a strip search by Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) agents strip search left her with a bloody leg. While passing through John F. Kennedy Airport on her way to Florida, 4-foot-11 Lenore Zimmerman asked if she could bypass the…

Teen detained by TSA over design on purse

A Florida teenager was detained by TSA officials because her clutch purse featured a tiny replica of an old western six-shooter pistol, according to Jacksonville’s Channel 4 News. The 17-year-old was returning from a holiday trip to Norfolk, Virginia when TSA officers held and questioned her, insisting that the inches-long,…

Cain says TSA profiling isn’t like ‘driving while black’

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain insisted Sunday that allowing the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to profile airline passengers was different than “driving while black.” During a CNN debate earlier this month, Cain proposed a policy which he called “targeted identification” to find terrorists at airports, something most people call racial…

Obama’s TSA pat-downs joke infuriates ACLU

WASHINGTON – During his third State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Barack Obama cracked a joke about TSA pat-downs – and earned an immediate rebuke from the ACLU. Hailing the benefits of high-speed rail, the president jested that it would allow travelers to avoid being subject to the…

Group probes TSA’s ‘manipulation’ of opt-out protests

The public interest group Liberty Guard filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Transportation Security Administration Monday to determine why many airport imaging scanners were reportedly shut down and roped off on November 24th, the day of a planned “opt out protest.” “We’d like to think that the…

False equivalence troops, attack!

With the recent TSA controversy, many right wingers who got full of themselves as warriors for liberty and justice, fighting the battle for white people’s civil rights to demand that only other people get man-handled at airport security. They would prove that they totally love liberty, and all that Tea…

TSA worker accused of assault did jail time for stalking, harassment

A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employee accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Georgia has also spent time in jail for stalking and harassment, an investigation by WTSB-TV has found. Randall Scott King, 49, was left in critical condition when he attempted suicide Tuesday evening after allegedly abducting, and sexually…

Junk touching

Due to traveling, I haven’t had much time to comment on the uproar over the TSA upping the game on security theater, to the point where people who are generally supportive of security theater—aka, conservatives—are getting upset. So upset, in fact, that some of the dumber ones were taunting me…

TSA responds to pat down of shirtless boy

The Transportation Security Agency attempted to explain a viral video clip of a young shirtless boy being patted down at an airport on their blog Monday. The video was posted by college student Luke Tait to YouTube on Friday and on Monday morning The Drudge Report displayed the video in…

Would Clinton submit to a pat-down? ‘Not if I could avoid it’

Count Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as another traveler who is not a fan of the new security procedures at airports. CBS’ Bob Schieffer asked Clinton Sunday if she would submit to a pat-down by a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent. “Not if I could avoid it,” she replied. “No.…

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