Archives for category: bodyscanners

On the heels of yesterday’s story that TSA assaulted a 6-year-old girl in New Orleans comes a reports from a mother from Clackamas, Oregon, that a similar thing happened to 8-year-old son. Spencer Sheahan and his family were on their way to Disneyland at the time.

“It didn’t buzz like a normal buzz,” said Heather.  “It beeped like a beep you normally don’t hear.”

Just like that little 8-year-old Spencer found himself in the company of a TSA agent.  Heather snapped photos to show Spencer going through a full pat-down.

“They went up his leg, into that area, down the next leg, up here (chest), felt all over,” she explained.

Heather thought it crossed the line.  Spencer did, too.

“I was confused,” he said.  “I did not know what they were going to do to me.”

Source: Clackamas mother outraged over TSA screening at PDX

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TSA screeners in New Orleans patted down 6-year-old Anna Drexel.

Mother Selena Drexel says most other passengers near them in the queue were able to pass through security normally.

“For some reason Anna was selected for a pat-down, I can only speculate as to why,” Selena told ABC’s “Good Morning America” this morning.

“I did ask for alternatives. I did ask for her to be rescanned,” Selena adds. “They just refused and said they were going to do what they were going to do.”

The girl says “I don’t want to,” the same reaction I have when dealing with TSA.

TSA, as usual, defended the unquestionable powers of its agents:

Yes. TSA has reviewed the incident and the security officer in the video followed the current standard operating procedures.

Source: TSA under fire for enhanced patdown of 6-year-old girl

Nancy Campbell was selected for a full on groping at the gate at LaGuardia.

“If I had been physically attacked, this would have been a very, very similar experience,” said Nancy Campbell, 33, an urban planner who said she was traumatized by a touchy-feely female TSA agent before her flight to Washington Tuesday.

Campbell had already cleared security and was approaching the gate when the young agent stopped her, told her to drop her stuff and demanded she stand spread-eagled.

As passers-by gawked, the TSA agent patted Campbell down, touching her breasts, inner thighs and crotch, the freaked-out flier told The Post.

This is a new one. Passengers are subject to screening and have a choice of a body scanner or a enhanced pat down at the security checkpoint, but I haven’t heard of pat downs at the gate before.

This is one of the other significant problems with the TSA: you don’t know what is legitimate and what is not. Asking the TSA about it only gets you vague answers:

Davis would not say if the pat-down described by Campbell broke agency protocols or was overly intrusive. When asked about the rules, Davis said she could not discuss them because of security concerns.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/queens/flier_tsa_grope_nightmare_5EsDbrQPc99DADfZNBjI4J?CMP=OTC-rss&FEEDNAME=

TSA officials admitted that TSA contractors kept incorrect records of radiation emitted by the $180,000 whole body scanners being deployed at airports.

More than one in four reports — randomly selected from thousands of reports over two years and covering 15 airports — included gross errors about radiation emissions. That is completely unacceptable when it comes to monitoring radiation.

— Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine)

Unlike other places where employees are subjected to radiation, the TSA doesn’t allow screeners to wear radiation-sensitive badges to monitor for excessive exposure.

http://thehill.com/blogs/transportation-report/tsa/149065-inaccurate-tsa-radiation-data-unacceptable-senator-says

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/03/tsa-radiation-test-bungling/

In discussing legal arguments about airport body scanners, Justice Department lawyer Beth Brinkmann told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that if the TSA wanted to literally strip search passengers, it would not have to request public comment.

[Judge David] Tatel wondered aloud whether the government would have to seek public input if the TSA began literally strip searching fliers because a “terrorist gets through and blows up the airport.”

“No,” Brinkmann answered.

Congress, she added, required transportation officials to use the scanners or “effective technology” to protect the airlines, so no public input was necessary.

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/03/court-unlikely-to-halt-airport-scanners/

Rep. Sharon Cissna, a breast-cancer survivor, refused an intrusive full-body search and decided to take a boat instead.

Cissna, D-Anchorage, is a cancer survivor who has had a mastectomy. She underwent the full-body scan at the Seattle airport but was singled out for a further pat-down search, her second within three months.

Having vowed to never endure the pat-down procedure again, she decided to take a rental car and small airplane from Seattle to Prince Rupert, B.C., and from there, a two-day ferry ride to Juneau.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/24/rep-sharon-cissna-tsa_n_827934.html

An undercover agent was testing the efficacy of security screeners in Dallas. In five tries, the gun wasn’t detected once.

The source said the undercover agent carried a pistol in her undergarments when she put the body scanners to the test. The officer successfully made it through the airport’s body scanners every time she tried, the source said.

“In this case, where they had a test, and it was just a dismal failure as I’m told,” said Larry Wansley, former head of security at American Airlines. “As I’ve heard (it), you got a problem, especially with a fire arm.”

The employees working the scanners weren’t disciplined and are still working the scanners.

http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/TSA-Agent-Slips-Through-DFW-Body-Scanner-With-a-Gun-116497568.html

Two months after lawmakers asked for the records to be released, the TSA still hasn’t put them forward.

TSA spokesman Kristin Lee says that the agency is still trying to ensure that the reports don’t contain any “sensitive security or privacy-protected information” and that she expects they will be released “within the next few weeks.”

The chairman of a House oversight committee on homeland defense calls the delays “inexcusable.”

“The public has a right to know, and there isn’t something so sensitive that requires holding it back,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah. Chaffetz has sponsored legislation to limit the use of full-body scans.

http://www.usatoday.com/travel/flights/2011-02-09-tsa09_ST_N.htm

Rolando Negrin was charged with aggravated batter after he allegedly beat up a coworker who had been mocking him for having a small penis. The coworker knew this because Negrin had been inside the new whole body scanners during testing.

The co-worker had reportedly mocked his genitalia for the past year after Negrin walked through a new, high-tech body scanner.

Linger on that: this guy apparently got made fun of for a full year.

Workers with the Transportation Security Administration saw the 44-year-old’s body during training of full-body imaging machines. The alleged victim of the attack apparently latched onto Negrin’s package, and just wouldn’t let go of it. Metaphorically.

The TSA said Negrin would be suspended.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-20004436-504083.html