I finally got to leave Virginia. Awesome.
The Anchorage Democrat, who has undergone a mastectomy, was ordered to submit to a hands-on pat-down after a full-body scan showed an irregularity in her chest. Cissna said later in a statement that she had submitted to a pat-down three months earlier and had vowed never to submit to “that horror” again.
Regarding passengers such as Cissna who have medical conditions or disabilities, the Transportation Security Administration‘s website says:
Security Officers will need to see and touch your prosthetic device, cast or support brace as part of the screening process.
The section on “assistive devices and mobility aids” goes on to assure special-needs passengers that they will be violated in the kindest, gentlest way possible.
The Anchorage Daily News‘ Alaska Politics Blog has the full text of Cissna’s statement that details the incident.
USA TODAY reports airports are boosting booze sales in an effort to pump up revenue, while airlines are marketing meals and one-day passes to their plushest travel lounges.
From the story:
“What’s happening is airlines are becoming better retailers of products,” says Jay Sorensen, a consultant, who says the cocktail push by U.S. airlines began during the last year. “They’re doing things to highlight the fact that, ‘Yes, indeed, we do sell alcohol on the airplane.’ They’re trying to mimic what occurs on the ground in terms of consumer promotions.”
In light of public discontent over the new TSA policies, it seems to me the last thing a responsible marketer would want to do is sell cocktails to angry people who have just been herded through airport security like so many sheep, virtually strip-searched, and possibly groped by a federal employee.
A USA TODAY poll reports 57% of adult fliers are angered by the invasive pat-downs the TSA instituted Nov. 1 as part of a way to further endear the agency to a flying public — the very public that is already pissed off at big government and proved it at the polls Nov. 2.
The polls also shows 42% are angered or bothered by the virtual strip searches provided by the so-called Advanced Imaging Technology systems.
For a list of airports using the full-body scanners, click here.
The TSA’s John Pistole tries to make fliers feel better about being groped and virtually strip-searched in this video posted on YouTube.
Video shows John Pistole at the Monitor Breakfast. He’s eating breakfast, folks. Not crow.
Holy Victoria’s Secret! Here’s where Pistole talks about the many bra bombers that TSA thwarts each year.
In an update, CBS reports that the TSA is responding to the video that features a so-called strip search of a boy.
Pew Rearch Center poll also shows 37% of Americans say the government does a good job of protecting citizens.
John Pistole, administrator for the Transportation Security Administration, testified before the Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday that the invasive pat-down searches and full-body scans are necessary measures and the agency would not be changing its policies.
Meanwhile, the backlash grows, and not just among the passengers. Pilot unions are balking, too: The Allied Pilots Association, which represents 11,000 American Airlines pilots, suggests pilots refuse the full-body scans, citing concerns about radiation and privacy. And on Tuesday, a Christian civil liberties organization filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington, D.C., on behalf of two pilots, Michael Roberts and Ann Poe, who refused both the scanning and agressive pat-down. The suit charges the procedures violate the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition of unreasonable search and seizure.
Earlier: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the scanners are safe and the pat-downs are discreet. Is she flying Delta?
Also earlier — Threatlevel Midnight: WIRED piece on the TSA’s investigation of the “Don’t Touch My Junk” passenger.
And to help ease the nausea of the situation, some humor: