I had an emergency Xanax in my jeans pocket. I always carry an emergency Xanax in my pocket. The result of severe anxiety.
I took the pill, but it did very little. I was so traumatized that it would’ve taken probably 4 Xanax to get my blood pressure back down to a normal level.
What's the straw man? Let me switch from rhetorical question to honest question: under what circumstances would the TSA separating an infant from its mom be justified? Whatever the answer, it seems pretty obvious there was nothing about this particular case that demanded mom and infant being separated.
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"If that happened to me I would be in jail for ripping the head off the male TSA agent… period."
"The TSA took my baby!" (Please read this with a "cockney" accent.)
Every time I've dealt with the TSA, I've always come away feeling like I've just encountered a mall security guard granted his heart's desire: license to fuck with whomever they please with the slightest justification. For a certain personality type, even the smallest dose of authority is dangerously intoxicating and, just as in the case of the racist Louisiana Justice of the Peace, you can always expect obnoxious behavior from small people who are granted just a little bit of power. -- EatTheWeak
Obviously there's a way to search a mother and child and there's a way not to search a mother and child. On the face of it, it looks like this is a textbook case of the latter. Unless people want to suggest infants should be separated from their parents and strip searched because of a pacifier, they should stop arguing inanities. -- HP Laser Jet
But the fact remains... if you aren't careful and trigger their sensors, you can -- and should -- expect to be searched thoroughly. -- markkraft
That's right, folks. If you have problems with anxiety, so much so that you need prescription medication, make sure to never, ever fly again. Because when someone steals your baby even for ten measly minutes, people on the internet will rightly find you lacking. -- sugarfish
It actually bugs me a little bit that the TSA posts the video on these incidents. It's not the first time they've done it and it kind of strikes me as an abuse of power, but I can't quite put my finger on why. -- empath
A few days ago, a 14-year-old kid talked his way past the TSA and onto a flight from Portland, Oregon to Chicago, with a boarding pass with his mother's name on it and NO I.D., exposing a TSA loophole you can pass a high school marching band through. -- wendell
"in the video, it looks as though my son is playing happily in his stroller while i am being searched with a wand. obviously this is the big discrepancy with my story, since he was not in my sight at that time, and one that i too am thoroughly looking into."
"In the months following Sept. 11, Logan International Airport here was widely assailed for its string of security lapses, for its inept management and, most important, for its status as the origin of the two hijacked jets that crashed into the World Trade Center.
Battered by criticism from the public and the press, the Massachusetts Port Authority, which operates the airport, decided to bring in the best: the former head of security at Israel's Ben-Gurion Airport, whose safety record is unrivaled."*
[The TSA is] not mindless. It's designed to convert the former Citizens of a Free Nation into subjects of The Government.
I'm not sure anyone really conspired to deprive Americans of Constitutional Liberty here in any explicit way. I think the GOAL was "We need to be seen to be doing something"
Godwin has argued, that overuse of Nazi and Hitler comparisons comparisons should be avoided, because it robs the valid comparisons of their impact.
The term Godwin's law can also refer to the tradition that whoever makes such a comparison is said to "lose" the debate.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
"Traditionally, they've hired private security companies, who then hire the people who operate the equipment. The contracts usually go to the lowest bidder. It's those people who are often criticized as the weakest link in the system. Pay is low, and turnover high-- 500% at one airport-- and their training is often minimal. Federal inspectors have repeatedly been able to easily get weapons and potential bombs past them."
'''Two of the planes flew out of Logan, but I don't think Logan is weaker than any other airport. The problem is systemic,' [retired FAA special agent Brian] Sullivan said. 'Morale problems are horrendous' among FAA security staff whose job includes trying to prevent terrorists from boarding planes. 'All you need to do is look at turnover and employee satisfaction,' Sullivan added.
Sullivan, like many other security specialists, said the weak link in aviation security is the low-paid employees hired to work at security checkpoints by private security firms that are contracted by the airlines.
A former Massport official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that for years airport officials have been concerned about 'the quality of the people hired, basically at the minimum wage, to check your bags. There were a lot of people at Massport who said this was the weak link.'''
"U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta today announced further enhancements to the security and efficiency of the U.S. aviation system including the beginning of a new training program for passenger screeners the deployment of the nation's first fully federalized team of federal screening personnel at Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) and the deployment of thousands of explosive detection systems to screen all passenger bags by the end of this year.
...Secretary Mineta announced that the DOT's Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has awarded a contract of $105 million to Lockheed Martin Services to begin the training of the airport security screening force. Under the contract each screener will receive a minimum of 40 hours of classroom training five times the amount they received under the previous system. Screeners also will receive 60 hours of on-the-job training and will have to pass a tough final examination as a requirement for graduation.
Secretary Mineta announced additional measures to enhance aviation safety including the full federalization of the security screener workforce at BWI. Under the Aviation and Transportation Security Act all airport security screeners must be federal employees by Nov. 19 and BWI will be the first U.S. airport at which this requirement is implemented. In addition the Secretary said that the TSA will deploy up to 1 100 explosive detection systems and up to 4 700 explosive trace detection machines at the nation's 429 airports to screen all bags for explosives by Dec. 31 2002 as mandated by Congress."
"i have no further insight to give you in terms of what took place in the airport. i’ve shared my experience. i own that. for some of you, i simply do not have answers to the questions you currently possess."
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