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User currently offlinetraindoc From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 358 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 13602 times:

Today at EWR, I was patted down after I went through the millimeter wave scanner. (I passed the scan.) The reason for the pat down was that the back of my shirt had some sweat on it!! As I told the TSA agent, I walked between terminal B & C after flying in from EDI, so of course there might be some sweat on my person. What are they going to do this summer? I did not think that they could reach such a level of stupidity.

I understand that if someone is nervous and sweating, that they may need extra screening. But is not the wave scanner supposed to pick up traces of explosives and contraband? My shoes, belt, phone, wallet, watch, comb, eyedrops, and pocket change all went through the scanner by themselves. What is next, stripping naked?

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User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 13552 times:

I'm not close to being a fan of the TSA, but do you actually believe this is a "New Low For TSA".......seriously?????

I thought we were going to really have something when I read the title, guess I should have known better.

[Edited 2012-06-18 11:56:47]


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User currently offlinebobnwa From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 6470 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 13493 times:

Quoting traindoc (Thread starter):
What are they going to do this summer? I did not think that they could reach such a level of stupidity.

Seems your complaint is much to do about nothing. The TSA folks are just doing their job. I too would be interested in a person was was sweating excessively.


User currently onlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8265 posts, RR: 23
Reply 3, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 13486 times:

Makes more sense than groping a disabled 5 year old...


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User currently offlineDreadnought From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 8840 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 13467 times:

I think it's time for the TSA to back way off on these searches.

Sure, guns should not be allowed on planes, and neither should hunting knives with 11 inch blades.

But all the small stuff - pen-knives, boxcutters - the days of hijacking a plane so easily are over. The only reason it worked on 9/11 was that people assumed it was like previous hijackings. The terrorists will make demands, and eventually the hostages would be freed, most of the time. If anyone in the future tries to hijack a plane with anything less than an AK-47, you can bet that everyone on the plane will be on top of him immediately - we now know that it's a case of resist or die.

I see no issue with moving airport security back to roughly where it was 15 years ago. The only caveat to that is explosives, and I think the best way to deal with that are either super-sophisticated machinery at the airport entrances (I don't know if it exists yet), of simply have a lot of well-trained K-9 units prowling concourses and baggage areas.

But the hypersensitive security scan and confiscation of nailclippers needs to stop.



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User currently offlinecatiii From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 3031 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 13363 times:

Sounds like they were using behvioral detection. I loathe the TSA, but it seems to make sense to pat down someone who is sweating excessively which could be a sign of a nervous individual who may be a threat. I'd rather that than patting down my 85 year old grandmother.

Quoting traindoc (Thread starter):
But is not the wave scanner supposed to pick up traces of explosives and contraband?

Check out the news about the new threats after it was uncovered in a CIA operation. It was described as a refinement of the underwear bomb. It was all over the news last month.


User currently offlineQANTAS747-438 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1958 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 13253 times:

No, sounds ridiculous to pat someone down because of sweat. TSA is a joke. The OP never said he was "sweating excessively". Plus, we have people all the time running to catch planes, running thru terminals on connections, etc... We get sweaty people everyday. The only thing it means............... is that they're HOT! Geesh.


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User currently offlinekgaiflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 4280 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 13045 times:
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Quoting traindoc (Thread starter):
What are they going to do this summer? I did not think that they could reach such a level of stupidity.

Depend on when they let the new trainees out.

Back on May 24th at SNA -- in the Premier / First-Class line, I was pulled aside after exiting the back-scatter scanner and told I would have to be taken into a private room because my scan revealed too much wrinkled fabric in my crotch area (I'm age 69--everything is wrinkled down there   ).

Since I've done 205 segments and 214,000 air miles in the last year -- in the USA and Canada -- even through ELP which has the most repressive TSA in the USA, I guess it caught me off-guard. An older agent quickly interceded and canceled out the younger agent -- who continued to insist my crotch was a threat to aviation -- in an embarrassingly loud voice. The older agent instructed me to pick up my belongings and exit the area. Anecdotally, I went through the C area TSA at SNA three times that week and the A area TSA once -- but I never saw that agent again.

The popular opinion is that in the federal employment system, if you mess up, you qualify for a promotion. But could this young agent have been disiplined or fired?

[Edited 2012-06-18 13:04:35]

[Edited 2012-06-18 13:07:53]

User currently offlineikramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21525 posts, RR: 59
Reply 8, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 13031 times:

Quoting bobnwa (Reply 2):
Seems your complaint is much to do about nothing. The TSA folks are just doing their job. I too would be interested in a person was was sweating excessively.

Then you would be wrong. They are overstepping their authority, which is the definition of not doing their job.

"Sweating excessively" and have sweat on the back of your shirt is NOT the same thing. You can the latter from sitting in a hot airport shuttle, carrying a backpack across a terminal, etc. Happens to me all the time and I would not welcome someone touching my genitals simply because I had to carry a backpack through a warm airport and then stand in line for 20 minutes with it keeping the heat against my body.

Or what about LAX or Hawaii, where the security lines can stretch out of conditioned areas. Are all sweaty people criminals because they had to stand in the sun for 20 minutes waiting for slow/understaffed TSA to slog through the backlog? Just doing their job my butt...



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User currently offlineBlueJuice From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 246 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 12995 times:

Nothing new unfortunately. Wet clothes can cause false positives. Those scanners are a boondoggle and money grab for lobbyists that used to work for DHS.
http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2011...body-scanners-can-see-perspiratio/


User currently offlineremcor From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 358 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 12934 times:

I know I'm generalizing, but one thing that gets me is that it seems like the people who gripe most about what the TSA does to them at airports are also the type of people who are least likely to be upset about things such as... widespread stop and frisk tactics by police, the Arizona/Alabama laws that allow police to detain people based on a hunch, racial profiling, etc...

It seems like for some people, they don't mind the authorities infringing on people's rights as long as the inconvenience doesn't extend to them personally. "I don't LOOK like a terrorist, so why bother me?" But those people who 'look' like criminals or terrorists, who cares about their rights or convenience? Hell let the police focus on them instead.

[Edited 2012-06-18 13:14:23]

User currently offlinekgaiflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 4280 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 12850 times:
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Quoting remcor (Reply 10):
the Arizona/Alabama laws that allow police to detain people based on a hunch, racial profiling, etc...

Racial profiling?

At BHM there are all-white TSA crews and all-black TSA crews. As far as I've seen, there are *no* mixed-race crews.

Funny, huh?

[Edited 2012-06-18 13:29:30]

User currently offlineTradewinds From Japan, joined Jun 2008, 88 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 12792 times:

You know what makes me the most nervous when I fly?

Not the potential for terrorism.
Not the possibility of a mechanical failure leading to a crash.
Not the possibility of pilot error leading to an incident.
Not the chance that my plane will be delayed and I'll miss my connection.
Not even severe/clean air turbulence, both of which I have experienced and absolutely loathe.

What makes me the most nervous is the TSA. I'm nervous that they are going to profile me for something ridiculous like "sweating too much." I'm nervous that they are going to shout at my wife and belittle her for not speaking perfect English. I'm nervous that they are going to give my four-year-old daughter an "enhanced pat down" because I won't send her through scanning devices that have not been sufficiently tested for radiation effects (and have been banned in other countries around the world). I'm nervous that all the hassle people go through in airports is little more than theater and that real security is being forgotten about. I'm nervous about people who are the McDonald's cashiers of the security world having any amount of authority over me.

The TSA is both the most annoying and the most unnerving aspect of flying, without a doubt.

Flame away.



Tradewinds
User currently onlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8265 posts, RR: 23
Reply 13, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 12669 times:

Quoting kgaiflyer (Reply 11):
Funny, huh?

Par for the course in Alabama. That place is messed up.



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User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 22983 posts, RR: 20
Reply 14, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 12645 times:

Quoting Tradewinds (Reply 12):
I'm nervous that they are going to give my four-year-old daughter an "enhanced pat down" because I won't send her through scanning devices that have not been sufficiently tested for radiation effects (and have been banned in other countries around the world).

Let's put backscatter aside for a second. Can you cite a single piece of scientific literature that shows a threat from the millimeter wave machines?

And what airport(s) don't let small kids go through the WTMDs?



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User currently offlineSonomaFlyer From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 1789 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 12590 times:
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Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 14):
Let's put backscatter aside for a second. Can you cite a single piece of scientific literature that shows a threat from the millimeter wave machines?

Studies to look at the effects of exposure to radiation take YEARS. The reason several countries banned this equipment is due to lack of these long term studies. Devices which emit radiation often go through years of testing to validate their emissions are safe for human beings.

We all know that these machines emit what is stated to be a small amount of radiation. However, that does not end the inquiry. Many folks including me who fly a lot either go via a line without the machine or will opt for the pat down. I'd rather get frisked than radiated tbh.


User currently offlineDeltaMD90 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 7902 posts, RR: 51
Reply 16, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 12576 times:

Quoting Tradewinds (Reply 12):
You know what makes me the most nervous when I fly?

Geez, I'm no fan of the TSA, but I think I'd fear my airplane blowing up more than a pat down  

And this thread isn't a "new low..." it's stupid but we've seen much worse...



Ironically I have never flown a Delta MD-90 :)
User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 22983 posts, RR: 20
Reply 17, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 12559 times:

Quoting SonomaFlyer (Reply 15):
Devices which emit radiation often go through years of testing to validate their emissions are safe for human beings.

How much radiation does a millimeter wave machine emit?



I can't decide whether I miss the tulip or the bowling shoe more
User currently offlineyfbflyer From Canada, joined Sep 2006, 299 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 12535 times:

If you really think that is a new low you should read Congressman Blackburn's report

http://blackburn.house.gov/uploadedfiles/blackburn_tso_report.pdf

Thefts, Rape, Kiddy Porn, Assault, Bribery, Drug Crimes, DUIs and Murder


User currently offlineNBGSkyGod From United States of America, joined May 2004, 814 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 12457 times:

Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 16):
Geez, I'm no fan of the TSA, but I think I'd fear my airplane blowing up more than a pat down

And this is the problem with the whole deal. The fact that we are so willing to give up our civil liberties just for a "little security" is ignorant at best and down right dangerous at worst. Benjamen Franklin once said..."those that are willing to give up liberty for security, deserve neither liberty nor security."



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User currently offlineXT6Wagon From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 3407 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 12354 times:

Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 16):
Geez, I'm no fan of the TSA, but I think I'd fear my airplane blowing up more than a pat down

You are more likely to get mauled by wildlife in your own back yard, yet we don't have Wildlife Security Agents patting down cougars and bears for concealed claws when they leave the woods.

even WITH terrorism, the safest part of the trip is the plane ride. So please stop using it as an excuse for bad security theater to inflict sexual assualt on you, others, children, etc. Which is what 99.5% of what the TSA "pat downs" amount to given the lack of training, probable cause, and legal rights. These are not uniformed officers of the law. You don't let the old guy at the door at walmart grope you on the way out, yet for some reason we let these people grope us at airports with no better training.


User currently offlineDeltaMD90 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 7902 posts, RR: 51
Reply 21, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 12332 times:

Quoting NBGSkyGod (Reply 19):
Quoting XT6Wagon (Reply 20):

You both realize I'm completely against the TSA?? Look at my signature. Should actually update it since Paul is pretty much out, gunning to Gary Johnson. What I was saying is 1 - this is not a "new low" for the TSA, and 2 - I'd rather have a pat down than get blown up (as would anyone else in the world.) That being said, I don't think the TSA needs to be doing all these patdowns



Ironically I have never flown a Delta MD-90 :)
User currently offlineSonomaFlyer From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 1789 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 12297 times:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millimeter_wave_scanner

DNA.html" target="_blank">http://www.naturalnews.com/027913_full-body_scanners_DNA.html

The radiation dose depends on the intensity of the beam. This in turn leads to the question of whether the intensity is preset or not.

Aside from the cancer concern, there is an issue with exposure to certain types of radiation damaging DNA strands.

The bottom line to me is we're being asked by our Government to "trust us, we know what we're doing." We're also being told the technology is safe in the long term without any studies to back up that fact. In the end, maybe its all fine - no worries. However, from my reading, I don't think the public has been subject to long term exposure to some of these types of radiation. That poses an unknown.

Although technology is nice, it can't replace a much more low tech approach of threat analysis. Talking to folks in the security line, analyzing flight lists and travel patterns etc. That sort of work is effective and combining that with enhanced baggage screening, random pat downs and various detectors can help ensure flight safety.


User currently offlineIAHworldflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2012, 232 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 12237 times:

Though I can see the OP's sense of frustration, I've just stopped getting bent out of shape over this nation's security theater. Beginning in January of this year I started carry my normal sized toiletries in my carry on bag, I do not put anything in silly little ziploc bags, and even when going through Millimeter Wave and Backscatter machines, I only remove my shoes, belt, cell phone, and loose change. I have not been stopped once! I'm happier now, I'm not inconvienced, and they can pretend to be protecting us from the terrorists.

User currently offlineikramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21525 posts, RR: 59
Reply 24, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 12192 times:

Quoting remcor (Reply 10):

I know I'm generalizing

Yep, you are making a statement with no basis in any fact other than what you want to believe. Or at minimum, you are attributing this attitude to the public at large but seem to be directing it to the members on these forums who have never, AFAIK, espoused support for illegal searches, unlawful detainer, or anything you speak of.

Do you think that makes the argument stronger? "If you object or complain about being groped at the airport, you are probably a racist and I don't listen to racists..." What kind of logic is that?

Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 16):
Geez, I'm no fan of the TSA, but I think I'd fear my airplane blowing up more than a pat down

I don't fear a bomb in flight because the threat has decreased over the last 40 years, not increased. Air travel has grown exponentially but bomb attacks have declined in real numbers.

I am much more inclined to worry about suicide attacks at security checkpoints and places where large numbers of security personal are stationed (like an airport, for example). It happens in the Islamic conflict areas all the time...



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25 Maverick623 : Well, yes, an airplane "blowing up" is scarier than having someone put their hands all over you. But that doesn't mean that you should be so afraid o
26 UA777lover : I was once asked at IAD if i I was carrying a pillow. I looked at the agent and said "why no, I'm just fat. Thank you for asking". I then proceeded to
27 railker : All these people who are concerned about the millimeter wave scanners, as far as I'm concerned, should probably invest in lead safes. For them and the
28 September11 : I got a Pat Down few weeks ago. TSA Agent indicated my rear is something. I have big buttocks. I arrived too early and I was the first one in line. So
29 einsteinboricua : We've read worse stories from TSA. Sweat is not produced only by heat. When I get nervous I also sweat. Not that you have a suspicious looking profile
30 dc8l1011fan : I have flown once a month for the past 6 months with my 85 year old father to visit a friend of his in SRQ, he has been patted down each way every mo
31 XT6Wagon : I think its time to file a formal complaint.
32 TSS : Are you certain about that? BHM is my home airport and I don't recall ever seeing any TSA crews there that weren't "mixed-race".
33 CZ346 : While I do think "an all new for TSA" is obnoxiously exagerated, it is ridiculous to pat somrone down for sweat... I just piss them all off and immedi
34 remcor : I wasn't speaking specifically about anyone on this site, nor was I talking about the OP. It definitely was not meant to be an argument about the spe
35 strangr : I don't seemt o understand why so many people actually care, i'd stop for a pat down if it was that or osama bin laden doing another 9/11. I remember
36 einsteinboricua : It's way easier to take off your shoes. Just untie your shoelaces or take them off altogether. However, to put them back on it's a real pain since yo
37 Bralo20 : I had a simmilar experience at JFK on June 10, 2012. I had been carrying our luggage and it was quite warm so I was rather sweaty that day. After the
38 lat41 : More TSA bashing. Ho hum.
39 Tradewinds : I've heard this a million times, too, but it makes no logical sense. It's akin to saying "well, I'm going to inhale a little bit of car exhaust while
40 Aquila3 : Then, as the things might go over there, You will go on some nice "dangerous people" list and get the pat down all the times as well. If you are not
41 Post contains images Maverick623 : For the 50000000000000th time: TSA would NOT have stopped 9/11 from happening. Hell, 9/11 stopped happening on 9/11. Stop using it as an excuse to ju
42 kgaiflyer : Quite sure, thank you. I actually pass through HSV and MOB more than BHM (which is waaaay too quiet for me). But the days I have gone through, that's
43 Post contains images NBGSkyGod : +1
44 YYZYYT : Hardly. I completely agree with what you are saying... it's a serious inconvenience, especially when travelling with kids (mine have been reduced to
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