July 25, 2008

Want to ever fly without a hassle again?

Then don't criticize the TSA because they will fuck your shit up, and then lie to you about it:

"Coincidentally, this all began in May, shortly after I began a series of investigative reports critical of the TSA. Eleven flights now since May 19. On different airlines, my name pops up forcing me to go to the counter, show my identification, sometimes the agent has to make a call before I get my ticket," Griffin reported. "What does the TSA say? Nothing, at least nothing on camera. Over the phone a public affairs worker told me again I'm not on the watch list, and don't even think that someone in the TSA or anyone else is trying to get even."

The TSA, which is a part of the Department of Homeland Security, said Griffin's name wasn't even on the watch list, and the agency blamed the airlines for the delays the reporter experienced. The airlines, on the other hand, said they were simply following a list provided by TSA.

"Coincidentally." Right.

Posted by binky at July 25, 2008 01:37 PM | TrackBack | Posted to Homeland Insecurity | Liberty | Media | You Can't Make This Stuff Up


I've never been all that interested in organizing my life around "getting rich", but the TSA makes one of the most compelling arguments for it that I've ever heard. As far as I'm concerned, a fractional private jet share is THE luxury good to have right now, global warming notwithstanding. These guys are the jackbooted government thugs the NRA warned us about.

I did a year (mid-2005 to mid-2006, roughly) of work for Big Investment Firm that involved a lot of travel, maybe 10ish flights a month, and for all the complaints people have with air travel right now my experience was that dealing with the TSA was absolutely the worst and most stress-inducing part of the whole deal... and I never even got unduly hassled by them. (Though I did get singled out for the super-duper search a whole bunch of times... we all know that redheaded white males in suits traveling alone with a briefcase full of investor education materials fits The Profile to a T.

If President Obama wants to make a big splash upon taking office, getting rid of (or at least greatly scaling back) these clowns would be an excellent gesture.

Posted by: jacflash at July 26, 2008 08:43 AM | PERMALINK

These days I rarely fly, and go out of my way to avoid it. I can't even imagine what it would be like to keep up the international travel I used to do. And thanks for recreating your deleted comment. :)

Posted by: binky at July 26, 2008 09:47 AM | PERMALINK
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