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August 20, 2014
Remember when the TSA used so called “porno-scanners” to X-ray people at airports? Fun fact about that, according to some researchers: You can actually get weapons through them unnoticed. Oops.
P.S.: Sorry for the TSA nudity.

Remember when the TSA used so called “porno-scanners” to X-ray people at airports? Fun fact about that, according to some researchers: You can actually get weapons through them unnoticed. Oops.

P.S.: Sorry for the TSA nudity.

20:22 // 2 months ago
July 15, 2014
13:14 // 3 months ago
July 6, 2014
As the traveling public knows, all electronic devices are screened by security officers. During the security examination, officers may also ask that owners power up some devices, including cell phones. Powerless devices will not be permitted onboard the aircraft.
The TSA plans to confirm that overseas travelers have functional cell phones before they get on a flight to enter the U.S. Be sure to charge up beforehand.
15:20 // 3 months ago
November 4, 2013
11:00 // 11 months ago
There already is some talk about this event being a “random” one. But it is not. These things are becoming as regular as rain, as predictable as the summer heat.
Charles Pierce of Esquire Magazine says Friday’s LAX shooting was nothing random, even when many across America are starting to call these shootings “random.” They’re absolutely not. The shooting was a political one and there is nothing random about terrorism. 
10:30 // 11 months ago
10:00 // 11 months ago
November 2, 2013
Each week, the TSA throws up a blog post informing the public of weapons confiscated by agents at checkpoints. This week, the agency said 29 firearms were confiscated in the past week alone. Just two were unloaded; nine had a round in the chamber.
The post takes on extra significance this week, as the agency lost one of its own in the line of duty, as he was shot to death at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Suspect Paul Ciancia, who is currently in custody after being wounded by police, is reported to have held anti-government views based on a statement he was carrying with him, and some witnesses suggested that the 23-year-old was only going after TSA agents.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve never been comfortable with the TSA, and their security policies are probably something of an overcorrection to a degree. But the TSA does have value, even if it does feel like it’s just for show 80 percent of the time, or it does feel overly invasive for what it is. Even if we don’t like their methods, we have to learn to either make peace with them or to find constructive ways to change them.
Our trust in the government has been shaken this year (google “Edward Snowden" if you don’t believe me), but there are clearly better ways to handle this than the route Ciancia appears to have chosen. It’s too bad that we have those actions as an example of what not to do. Our anger as a culture has plenty of room to simmer; there’s no need for it to boil. — Ernie @ SFB

Each week, the TSA throws up a blog post informing the public of weapons confiscated by agents at checkpoints. This week, the agency said 29 firearms were confiscated in the past week alone. Just two were unloaded; nine had a round in the chamber.

The post takes on extra significance this week, as the agency lost one of its own in the line of duty, as he was shot to death at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Suspect Paul Ciancia, who is currently in custody after being wounded by police, is reported to have held anti-government views based on a statement he was carrying with him, and some witnesses suggested that the 23-year-old was only going after TSA agents.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve never been comfortable with the TSA, and their security policies are probably something of an overcorrection to a degree. But the TSA does have value, even if it does feel like it’s just for show 80 percent of the time, or it does feel overly invasive for what it is. Even if we don’t like their methods, we have to learn to either make peace with them or to find constructive ways to change them.

Our trust in the government has been shaken this year (google “Edward Snowden" if you don’t believe me), but there are clearly better ways to handle this than the route Ciancia appears to have chosen. It’s too bad that we have those actions as an example of what not to do. Our anger as a culture has plenty of room to simmer; there’s no need for it to boil. — Ernie @ SFB

14:34 // 11 months ago
November 1, 2013
I’m fine. I got shot. Don’t worry, I’ve been shot before.

TSA worker who was injured in today’s LAX shooting.

I hate the TSA.  But this man is a certifiable badass.

Go find better employment, sir.  The world needs you someplace else.

(via letterstomycountry)

15:42 // 11 months ago
October 6, 2013
Signs the government shutdown is seriously hurting the TSA: A 9-year-old boy somehow managed to board a flight from Minneapolis to Las Vegas without a ticket (or an adult), something that was only figured out when the flight was already halfway to Vegas. If anyone is looking to create a sequel for the above movie, this kid just created the plot.

Signs the government shutdown is seriously hurting the TSA: A 9-year-old boy somehow managed to board a flight from Minneapolis to Las Vegas without a ticket (or an adult), something that was only figured out when the flight was already halfway to Vegas. If anyone is looking to create a sequel for the above movie, this kid just created the plot.

18:16 // 1 year ago
April 15, 2013
14:28 // 1 year ago