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Alaska’s Sharon Cissna refuses TSA groping

Alaska Rep. Sharon Cissna refused an invasive TSA pat-down at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Sunday and was forced to find another way back to her home state.

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.

From the Bad Idea Files: Airports offer more booze

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.

Poll shows TSA pat-downs anger travelers

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.

Body-scanner maker spent millions on lobbying

I thought I had posted this already. Oh well. Better late than never. It’s still appalling.

‘Class’ on Paragraph Planet

Much like a flight with an unruly passenger who can only be a terrorist, I’m diverting from course: This post won’t be about the much-criticized arm of the government best known as the Transportation Security Administration.

No, this post will be about my flash-fiction writing. My super-short “Class” is featured today on Paragraph Planet, a creative writing website that features 75-word pieces on one topic. If you’re a writer, please give it a go. There’s something so satisfying about writing just 75 of just-right words. If you’re a reader, click and click daily. There are some real gems there, and they make for a nice breather between phone calls, a shared human moment before another deadline. Writers may also write a sequel to the posted paragraphs using their own 75 words.

My piece that is featured today was inspired by a quartet of smokers sharing cigs one day after class. Ted Hughes and his crow make a cameo appearance. Check it out while you can. The pieces change daily.

UPDATE: This is the piece that appeared Nov. 22.

Class.  Oh, it had been so very good. An odd quartet agreed as they shared  their smokes, happily disagreeing on today’s quality of tobacco. Was it  North Carolina’s? Virginia’s? Did it matter anymore? Wasn’t soil just  the devil’s dirt? Had Hughes’ crow taught us nothing about death and  dying today? Eager white teeth bit into a moist stem, not quite a ripe  woman’s thigh. Class had been good, even Red had agreed. And so did I.

Videos: John Pistole on TSA pat-downs and policy

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.

No U.S. terrorist attacks since ’01: Luck or Gov’t?

Pew Rearch Center poll also shows 37% of Americans say the government does a good job of protecting citizens.