11/26/2010

TSA Breast Milk Screening Harassment Updated


New Mother Harassed and Threatened by TSA because she requests alternate screening for her breast milk. As a repeat traveler, the TSA singled her out to make an example out of her. She spends over an hour in the "Special Inspection" area and is forced to miss her flight.


HARASSING AIRLINE PASSENGERS AND CREW
There are “rising numbers of fliers and airline workers outraged by new anti-terrorism screening procedures they consider invasive and harmful.” “passengers simmered over being forced to choose scans by full-body image detectors or probing pat-downs”.
The scanners use radiation. Over time, too much radiation can easily cause cancer. “Concerns about privacy and low-level radiation emitted by the machines have led some passengers to refuse screening. Under TSA rules, those who decline must submit to rigorous pat-down inspections that include checks of the inside of travelers’ thighs and buttocks. The American Civil Liberties Union has denounced the machines as a “virtual strip search.”” (Adam Goldman, Scanners and pat-downs upset airline passengers, AP, 16 Nov 2010)
BUT MAYBE THE INTENSIVE HARASSMENT IS LEGITIMATE
But surely all this harassment makes commercial aviation safer?
“‘Almost to a person, travel managers are concerned that TSA is going too far and without proper procedures and sufficient oversight.’“ (‘You touch me and I’ll have you arrested’: Man ejected from airport and threatened with $10,000 fine after refusing invasive security check, Daily Mail, 16 Nov 2010)



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