Security theater has another act

U.S. Airport Pat-Downs Are About to Get More Invasive

The TSA reacts to a study that found weapons making it past security.

While few have noticed, U.S. airport security workers long had the option of using five different types of physical pat-downs at the screening line. Now those options have been eliminated and replaced with a single universal approach. This time, you will notice.

The new physical touching—for those selected to have a pat-down—will be be what the federal agency officially describes as a more “comprehensive” physical screening, according to a Transportation Security Administration spokesman.

Denver International Airport, for example, notified employees and flight crews on Thursday that the “more rigorous” searches “will be more thorough and may involve an officer making more intimate contact than before.”

“I would say people who in the past would have gotten a pat-down that wasn’t involved will notice that the [new] pat-down is more involved,” TSA spokesman Bruce Anderson said Friday.

It’s still going to be security theater.

When will the people say this is too much and demand the abolishment of the TSA?


9 thoughts on “Security theater has another act

  1. The security theater serves as a kind of shield for our betters.
    It will never be abolished.

  2. tsa must specialize in hiring idiots. bottom of the barrel. any time i have ever seen them “in action,” it has been less than impressive, to say the least. nose pickers.

  3. A lot of us have already said enough and expressed it to the pols and refuse to fly. The reaction from the statists is “yawn”, now there’s more room for the sheep…….

  4. In my case, about 15 years ago. But others keep flying. If people would just stop for 3 months, it would make the airlines howl and we might get some action.

  5. It really is only for psychological benefits. If it’s really patting that they do, they’ll miss anything the subject doesn’t want to have found. I can’t find it any more, but some 30 years ago I read (somewhere) that patting misses stuff, and sliding was the recommended technique. Maybe it was in the “Hardy Boys’ Detective Handbook, which would make it much older than 30 years ago.

  6. I just had one of those extra special tender moments with the TSA.

    Mind you, I was “randomly” (cough…bullshit) picked for one and I have Pre-TSA. I have given them grief before so I must be on a list.

    So, isn’t their use of random screenings with those flyers who paid money to get an extra scrutiny background check, a tacit admission that the process is a joke?

    Is it kind of like how background checks, magazine size restrictions, safe storage laws, waiting periods, and registration are useless with good citizens and do not stop criminals? Yup, just another infringement on our liberties with no efficacy.

    It would be nice if Trump gets legislation to destroy their union, sue the perverts, and cans John Pistole. (Is that incompetent waste of human skin even still there? It would make me furious to look it up.)

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  8. The people demanding pat downs are sometimes, perhaps often, those who are just trying to make more work for the TSA as a means of protest against the security theater. Both my college aged kids started demanding pat downs rather than the machine scans for this reason. If everyone demanded a pat down, the system woud fail immediately, and TSA would be shown to be the security theater that it is, went their reasoning.

    It was sort of an Alinsky “make the opposition live by their own rules” thing. I approved.

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