TSA agents improperly screened passengers who were getting off a train in Savannah. In this video, TSA agents are seen harassing a 9-year-old boy.

In this instance, TSA’s Blogger Blog issued a rare apology for this clear overreach by the agency.

We learned that this particular VIPR operation should have ended by the time these folks were coming through the station since no more trains were leaving the station. We apologize for any inconvenience we may have caused for those passengers.

TSA acted without the knowledge of Amtrak and Amtrak has since banned TSA from its stations.

Amtrak Police Chief John O’Connor said he first thought a blog posting about the incident was a joke. When he discovered that the TSA’s VIPR team did at least some of what the blog said, he was livid. He ordered the VIPR teams off Amtrak property, at least until a firm agreement can be drawn up to prevent the TSA from taking actions that the chief said were illegal and clearly contrary to Amtrak policy.

“When I saw it, I didn’t believe it was real,” O’Connor said. When it developed that the posting on an anti-TSA blog was not a joke, “I hit the ceiling.”

He said the blog indicated that Amtrak had approved of the operation, but it had not. He called the TSA’s posting on blog.tsa.gov “inaccurate and insensitive.”

http://cs.trains.com/TRCCS/forums/p/188504/2059127.aspx

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