Category: TSA

  • Carolyn Piphus is a Fool

    (a)  A person commits an offense who, in a public place and with intent to cause public annoyance or alarm:      (1)  Engages in fighting or in violent or threatening behavior;      (2)  Refuses to obey an official order to disperse issued to maintain public safety in dangerous proximity to a fire, hazard […]

  • 19 States in 19 Days

    We’re back from our trip to and around the East Coast—about 6,000 miles on the highway, a riskier mode of travel than taking sixty-seven random airline flights would have been in 2001. Do I feel justified in putting my family in such terrible danger? Let’s review some of the TSA news while we were gone. […]

  • Loose Ends: TSA Admits that its Security is Superfluous

    I was otherwise occupied, and didn’t write about this at the time, but nobody I follow did either, so I figure it’s worth a small post: When TSA let three boxcutters through security at JFK and onto an airplane, [TSA] Spokeswoman Davis was quick to put the embarrassing incident behind her, assuring the traveling public […]

  • NM: TSA to Oversee Prom Searches

    What do you do if you’re a U.S. District Court judge who’s concerned that the people handling security at a high-school prom might molest high-school students? You order a “TSA certified person” to supervise, of course. Because TSA-certified people would never grope high-school students? Because TSA-certified people pat people down only when there are reasonable […]

  • On TSA, Texas Lege Folds Like a Cheap Card Table

    Kashmir Hill writes: Republican Dan Patrick, who was the sponsor of the bill in the Senate, withdrew it when he realized he would not have the votes he needed to pass it. “There was a time in this state, there was a time in our history, where we stood up to the federal government and […]

  • Home of the Craven

    Popehat and Abel and Draughn and Hit & Run and Kennedy and Greenfield have already visited the subject of the video of a TSA goon groping a six-year-old girl at the airport in New Orleans (insert tacky Mardi Gras bead joke here, if you absolutely must). For me, the video did nothing more than reaffirm […]

  • A Damn Good Start

    Apropos of TSA, I wrote here that “it’s self-evident that one’s chances of going to prison for child molestation increase dramatically when one spends every day groping strangers.” In Live-Free-or-Die New Hampshire, the chances that a stranger-groping TSA goon will go to prison have been ratcheted up a tiny bit: the state’s legislature has before […]

  • TSA Grooming

    One of our kids got the opportunity to go to a summer leadership program in one of the farther reaches of the country. In the old days there would have been a simple way to do this: get on a plane with her, fly up there, rent a car, drop her at the program, fly […]

  • Christmas Wrapup

    “I can’t go through because I have the equivalent of a pacemaker in me,” she said. Hirschkind said because of the device in her body, she was led to a female TSA employee and three Austin police officers. She says she was told she was going to be patted down. “I turned to the police […]

  • Crazy Days

    I think the Apostle John might have left it out of Revelations, but isn’t one of the signs of the pending Apocalypse (or at least TEOTWAWKI) that the only person in Washington DC making any sense is Ron Paul?: On Wikileaks (h/t Paul Kennedy): And on the TSA: