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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.


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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.


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Body-scanner maker spent millions on lobbying

I thought I had posted this already. Oh well. Better late than never.


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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.