Blame It On Steinski

Your vestigial rights regarding TSA porno security

Conceptually excellent illustration; thanks to Kev for the tip.

As I’ve mentioned, the Transportation Security Administration’s new make-believe safety measures in some airports leave you with a nasty choice – a full body x-ray scan, or a humiliating, under-your-clothes T&A groping. You can’t opt out, unless you can pay an $11,000US fine and risk having your name put on one of the nebulous “don’t fly” lists.

More reports are showing up; this one courtesy of an excellent travel blog, Flying With Fish:

Some TSA screeners not so hot on their new role as pat-down pervs. Others, we surmise, are quite happy with the perks of an aggressive frisk.

Here’s encouraging news about our fine airport security forces:

TSA pat-down leaves bladder cancer survivor covered in urine.

Mainstream TV news outlet turns it’s lackluster reporting force loose on the story (This had so much strange embed code I was afraid to use it. If you follow the link you should be able to see it).

The always-vigilant Electronic Frontier Foundation delineates how to complain about having your junk probed by a stranger, and Firedoglake has a handy guide on how to comport yourself (opt out of the x-ray; demand a private grope, and have a witness observe your humiliation after taking names of all TSA personnel involved).

Osama Bin Laden and Joseph McCarthy’s drunken ghost are having a good laugh.

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