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Published On: Sun, Jul 11th, 2010

Transportation Stupid Agency

Once again, the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) has distinguished itself as guardians of our security for airline travel.  Certainly, in a post-9/11 world we have to expect that there will inevitably be some level of security to guard against terrorism.  But you have to wonder what the “S” in TSA really stands for.  Consider these two news stories from late June.

First, it seems that TSA needs to learn a lesson or two in common courtesy when it comes to airline passengers who are amputees (although some might say that’s true more generally).  According to amputee Peggy Chenoweth who was flying with her 4-year old son:

“I had just been put in the plexiglass screening booth – which I expected.  My 4-year-old son was made to sit across from me, crying because they would not let him touch me. Everyone was looking at us. Then the TSA agent asked for my prosthetic leg. I knew they could wand my leg, but he insisted on taking it from me. And if that wasn’t humiliating enough, he asked for the liner sock that covers my residual limb, saying I had to give it to him. I felt pressured to give him my liner even though it is critical to keep it sanitary. I was embarrassed to have my residual limb exposed in public.”

See the rest: http://original.antiwar.com/pena/2010/07/07/transportation-stupid-agency/

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