TSA Still Molesting At Warp Speed. Result: -0- Captured Terrorists, Many Freedoms Violated

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"I traveled to Hartford, Connecticut last week for a conference. It was the first time since the start of the pandemic that I had the pleasure of being pawed by TSA agents. Alas, since 2020, neither I nor the Transportation Security Administration have become corrigible.

Flying out of Washington National Airport on Thursday, I saw a special entry for the CLEAR program that enables people who pay $189 a year to skip TSA lines. I lambasted this program here back in December. Travelers stand in photo kiosks that compare their face with a federal database of photos from passport applications, drivers’ licenses ,and other sources. TSA promises that its new airport regime will respect Americans’ privacy. Fat chance: TSA previously promised no traveler would be delayed more than 10 minutes at TSA checkpoints.

I stood and watched semi-frazzled travelers enter a roped-off expanse to get TSA approval for their visage.

A skinny young woman with a CLEAR t-shirt and a clipboard was standing guard at the entrance of the biometric site. She looked like a cherub with long straight red hair and a welcoming smile. Who could suspect that, as The Washington Post warned, the new system could be “America’s biggest step yet to normalize treating our faces as data that can be stored, tracked and, inevitably, stolen”?

“How soon will they be making the biometric checks mandatory?” I asked her.

“I don’t know anything about that,” she replied, as if I’d asked about the surface temperature of the planet Venus.

“Do people ever complain about having to do the biometric checks?

“No, this is voluntary,” she replied with a smile wider than a Kamala Harris grimace.

She was a good Washingtonian: she could never imagine any federal agency flogging hell out of the Constitution. I considered peppering her with another half dozen questions but wanted to keep my sarcasm fresh for dealing with TSA agents. My hunch was that the redheaded cherub was not a regular reader of the Libertarian Institute."
SOURCE URL: https://libertarianinstitute.org/articles/tsa-still-molesting-at-warp-speed/

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  • Posted by mccannon01 1 year, 1 month ago
    The only reason I HATE flying is the TSA. For some reason unknown to me I was singled out for "special treatment". A couple of black female TSA "agents" DELIBERATELY held me up long enough to miss my flight because I was a white male. I overheard them snickering they "got another one, ha ha". Until I heard that I thought it strange at how slowly and idiodically I and my carry on were being searched as they kept looking at the clock - as though timing their bogus "search". If there was any way to prove what they had done to me I'd have sued for all I could. I always watched the TSA agents very carefully after that. I only flew for business when I absolutely had to and never took a carry on. I was close to retirement and cut back greatly on taking contracts that required flying. There was a time I enjoyed flying, but since the TSA took over, the airlines can kiss my ass.
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  • Posted by $ katrinam41 1 year, 1 month ago
    Agreed. The last time we flew was to a family reunion. In Seattle, my daughter was wanded and pulled out of line because her cigarette pack was in her pocket. This happened almost 20 years ago. At the same time she was being wanded, my husband was being wanded, sandals removed, belt off, pockets emptied. Over and over again they patted him down, wanded him and still couldn't find what was causing the beeping. It wasn't the seven screws in his ankle--he had already told them and they had found the offending little things, but still he beeped. After nearly 20 minutes, the TSA idiot found a penny in his left shirt pocket... I love flying, but as long as we live under this madness, I will not fly.
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