Air travel about to become even more irritating

Source: RT
June 3, 2017

The TSA is quietly testing new screening procedures for carry-on bags that could make flying that much more cumbersome and invasive for travelers. The program has been rolled out at selected airports but may soon see implementation nationwide. RT America’s Brigida Santos reports.

‘Treated like dogs’: Mom slams ‘power tripping TSA’ over pat down

Source: RT
March 28, 2017

A US mother says her family were “treated like dogs” and “deliberately” kept from their flight by Dallas Fort Worth International Airport security, who carried out a pat down screening on her child. RT America’s Trinity Chavez has the story.

TSA Scanners Can Tear Apart DNA (And you won’t believe what X-rays find in carry-on luggage!)

Source: TheTrutherGirls
March 5, 2017

First of all, the scanners have been found to tear apart human DNA. It is much worse than we could have ever expected! Second, what the TSA finds in people’s bags is crazy- and sometimes hilarious!………………

TSA caught in massive $100 million cocaine cover-up

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Jayson Veley
February 23, 2017

The debate between liberty and security is one that the American people have been having for centuries. Indeed, Ben Franklin once famously said, “those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.” But in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, many Americans – certainly not all, but many – are starting to come to terms with forfeiting a bit of their liberty in exchange for safety.

This is the case in the security lines at airports, where TSA agents at times go as far as groping travelers to ensure that those passing through don’t have any bad intentions. As a result, the Transportation Security Administration has been the subject of debate for quite some time now. Mostly the controversy has revolved around civil liberties and privacy rights, but now a new TSA controversy has surfaced – and it’s a criminal offense. (RELATED: Read about how congress is expanding the TSA to alternative forms of transportation)

In a case that analyzed the infiltration of the TSA by transnational criminal organizations, 12 current and former agents as well as other airport staff members have been charged with assisting in the transport of over 20 tons of cocaine over nearly two decades, a quantity that is worth over $100 million.

Between the years 1988 and 2016, these TSA agents have successfully smuggled 40,000 pounds of the drug through Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan into the U.S., according to the Department of Justice.

The official press release from the DOJ described how six TSA agents “allegedly smuggled multi-kilogram quantities of cocaine while employed as TSA Officers at the San Juan airport. Their full-time responsibilities were to provide security and baggage screening for checked and carry-on luggage that was to be placed on outbound flights from the LMMIA.” The report went on to say that these employees smuggled the cocaine straight through the TSA X-Ray machines and onto the airplanes without ever raising any suspicions.

Rosa Emilia Rodriguez-Velez, U.S. Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, said, “these arrests demonstrate the success of the AirTAT initiative, which has successfully allocated a dedicated group of state and federal law enforcement officers, whose mission is to ensure that our airports are not used in the drug traffickers’ illicit businesses.” Of course, it’s a good thing that these drug traffickers were caught but it’s a shame that it had been going on for two decades before they were brought to justice.

The DOJ statement went on to describe the criminal nature of TSA agent Javier Ortiz, an employee of Airport Aviation Services. Ortiz would specifically target suitcases that he knew contained cocaine and place them through the X-Ray machine himself, often paying fellow TSA agents to look the other way. Ortiz would then take the suitcases to their designated flights, avoiding K-9 units that would be able to detect the drugs that were hidden inside. Once he had the bags loaded onto the plane, Ortiz would simply call the drug trafficking organization he was affiliated with and give them the all clear.

Jose Baquero, the federal security director for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, said in a press release, “This investigation was initiated by TSA as part of its efforts to address employee misconduct and specific insider threat vulnerabilities. TSA has zero tolerance for employees engaged in criminal activity to facilitate contraband smuggling.”

If the defendants are convicted, they face anywhere from ten years to life in prison.

The most unfortunate thing about this case is the fact that the TSA was engaged in the very thing it claims it tries to prevent. Even though it was only a handful of rogue employees, it still does a tremendous disservice to the agency as a whole. If you can’t even trust the gatekeepers, then who exactly can you trust? (RELATED: You won’t believe what TSA agents did to this blind and deaf teenage girl).

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Disabled Female Cancer Patient Left Bruised & Bloodied By The TSA

TSA abuse
J.D. Heyes
July 13, 2016

When it comes to the Transportation Security Agency, it almost seems like the organization tries to inconvenience, embarrass, delay and now, even injure passengers, according to Reason magazine, which is libertarian in political philosophy.

In what ought to be a firing and even prosecutorial offense, TSA agencies battered and bloodied an 18-year-old cancer patient recently, proving again that this is America’s most abusive – and useless – agency.

For 17 of her years, Hannah Cohen and her family have shuttled between their Chattanooga home and Memphis so that she can receive treatment for a chronic brain tumor at the Memphis-based, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. On June 30, 2015, upon completion of her current cycle of treatment, Hannah and her mother, Shirley, were traveling through the Memphis International Airport to board a flight back to Chattanooga, just like they had been doing for years.

But, the Cohens did not arrive back in Chattanooga later that evening. Rather, Hannah was jailed in Shelby County, but only after her face was bloodied and bruised following a confrontation between her and TSA agents.

Idiots at the gates

It should be noted that years of standard cancer treatments – which Natural News has long criticized – have left Hannah blind in one eye, partially deaf, limited in how well she can walk and talk, and easily confused – none of which seemed to matter that night to TSA agents.

When Hannah moved through the metal detector at the airport, an alarm sounded. Thrown off by the noise, Hannah did not immediately comply with TSA agents who were trying to get her to move aside for additional screening.

“They wanted to do further scanning, she was reluctant, she didn’t understand what they were about to do,” said Shirley.

Her mother attempted to tell the agents about her daughter’s disabilities, according to local TV station WREG, but airport police moved in and kept her away. And that’s when the situation between Hannah and TSA agents got violent.

“She’s trying to get away from them but in the next instant, one of them had her down on the ground and hit her head on the floor. There was blood everywhere,” said her mother, as reported by the station.

(Mind you, this young lady has a brain tumor.)

To add insult to injury, security officials moved in and arrested Hannah (though all charges were dropped after the fact, and after traumatizing her), turning what should have been an evening of celebration into one of government-sponsored terror and a stint in jail.

“Here we were with nowhere to go, not even a toothbrush, our bags had gone to Chattanooga,” said Shirley, as quoted by WREG.

No ‘solution’ at all

Now, a year later, the family has filed suit against the airport, Memphis Airport Police and the wonderful TSA, for damages that include medical expenses and emotional injuries. As reported by Reason, the suit is seeking a “reasonable sum not exceeding $100,000 and costs.”

None of the defendants would comment, which is standard, but one idiot spokesperson at the TSA, Sari Koshetz, said in a statement to Reason that, “passengers can call ahead of time to learn more about the screening process for their particular needs or medical situation.”

Sure they can. And who answers that phone call? And how does the information make it from the concerned passenger to the nincompoops standing in the way of passengers and a pleasant travel experience?

That robotic, rehearsed, boilerplate response, with its nonsensical, impractical “solution,” is a prime example of why travelers hate the TSA, why it is never going to be reformed, and why Congress should re-relegate airport security to private firms focused on customer satisfaction (while still following federal travel guidelines). Calling ahead to get “information” about how to travel through an airport you’ve been through a billion times is not just stupid – it’s incomprehensible. Americans with special needs shouldn’t have to “get information” about how to move through a TSA checkpoint.


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No pat-down option: TSA wants body scanner

Travelers who previously chose a pat-down at airports to avoid body scanners may no longer have the option. The US government quietly updated the rules concerning the use of body scanners, letting TSA agents make screening mandatory for some people. TSA has already been hit with a lawsuit over this action. Investigative journalist Danny Panzella talks to RT’s Simone Del Rosario, who says that people have opted out not just for privacy, but for health reasons.

Source: RT