TSA takes it too far! *AGAIN*

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Jaime - posted on 10/06/2011

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No doubt you're serious, it's really a shame that this happened, especially considering the common sense steps they could have taken and avoided ANY issues.

Denikka - posted on 10/05/2011

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Unfortunately, a lot of the time it's not entirely the fault of the security guard.
My grandfather did screening for the airport for over 10 years and it's hugely gone down hill. The work environment itself is horrendous. The stress those people endure is sickening.
The amount of testing and the WAY the testing is done is set up for failure. A lot of the time, those who would actually care about the people flying have been fired for not meeting ridiculous standards or have quit because it's not worth it.

I'm not excusing the insensitivity of some screeners. Some are definitely morons and plain assholes. The regulations that are in place across a lot of airports and through the security businesses are crazy in and of themselves, and some of the ways they get implemented is ever worse. The whole systems needs a good cleaning out and a complete overhaul.

That woman was definitely mistreated, but I cannot place the blame entirely (just mostly) on the few people who were involved. The system is broken and that alone creates more problems. For all we know, those people may have been told by the higher up idiots that stuff like this NEEDED to be hand checked or something else ridiculous. You'd be appalled at some of the stuff that my grandpa got told to do. We all know shit rolls downhill, and the security screeners are at the bottom of a really big pile of crap. These stories just don't surprise me anymore. . .

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Jaime - posted on 10/06/2011

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Sherri, it's TSA policy to take someone to a private screening room, instead of subjecting them to an exam in front of other passengers. I don't even think this woman would have given them a hard time about the search, had she been given the courtesy and right to privacy.

Becky - posted on 10/06/2011

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The point isn't so much that they made her do it. If it needs to be done, fine. The point is that she was uncomfortable because of her surgery and she should have, at minimum, been offered a private room or screening area. I know they have one, I was offered one. I declined because I couldn't care less, as long as they didn't make me expose my baby to radiation. But she should have been offered one. The article also doesn't say whether she was screened by a man or a woman. It most definitely should have been a female officer, if it was not!

Sherri - posted on 10/06/2011

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Eh I just don't find it that big of a deal. Do it and get it over with, yes they should have let her take her medical card out but that still may or may not have stopped the search.

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Oh I will, I guarantee you that. I'm actually quite serious. If they want to tell me that it's for my safety to publically feel me up, I'll give them the full show so that EVERYONE'S SAFE.

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I swear to whatever that if I had been that woman,I would have stripped to the skin right in front of everyone and yelled, "READY OR NOT, HERE COMES MAMA!"

Becky - posted on 10/05/2011

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I always seem to get stuck behind those people with the million and one things to remove in the line-up, Faye!

Faye - posted on 10/05/2011

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After reading this, I think all birds has more brains than those TSA agents!



I fly every Jan and so far I have not had any issues. I make sure all my rings, watch, cell phone and hair pins are in my carryon. I also make sure I have slip on shoes on my feet. I wear elastic topped pants to make sure I do not have to remove my belt. I do not want to get stopped and delayed by TSA so I try to make thier job easier by doing all these things. Only after I get through security and get to my waiting area, do I put my rings and watch on.



This is a bit different I know but still, I have seen plenty of people over the past few years, have to remove a ton of items from their person (coins and phones from pockets, watch, rings, hair pins, belts) and still make the system buzz. I keep thinking "make their job easier and you won't be delayed".

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 10/05/2011

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In a statement to NBC New York, a TSA spokesman said that Dorn should have been allowed to retrieve her medical card, and that she should then have received a "more compassionate response from our officers, such as an offer on our part of private screening."

^^^Exactly this right here!! She should have been allowed to show her card! and an offer to a private pat down. I know they have to do their job and some are not trained as well...blah blah blah, but this TSA could have used some of their own judgment ..oh wait obviously they didnt have any good judgment of their own...smh

Brittany - posted on 10/05/2011

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I would NEVER make excuses for these actions but, what I will say is that if the security guard has a question to the safety of the passenger he or she should discreetly call that individual a side and explain to them, respectfully, that they must further search them IN THE SECLUSION OF A PRIVATE ROOM!!

Let us take this lady in the story. The female officer should have escorted her to a private room, explained the reason and when the female officer was told she is a breast cancer patient and has the doctors information, the female officer should have placed the phone call. It would have been done and over with, no harm done and everyone flies happy.

Most people who are asked to be further searched usually do not have an issue with it. You should almost expect to be asked to be searched, especially since 9/11. Where the problem comes in is when people are humiliated and disrespected in front of an airport FULL of onlookers.

In recent years I have only flown once, when I was 17, and I was pulled aside to be searched. I was not flying with TSA. I was taken into a private room, explained that my age and the time of the year (school was starting the next day) threw up a red flag that something was going on, the pulled my luggage and checked my backpack. When they checked my items they did not just dump it all out, everything was neatly folded and in the same spot as I had packed it. I was thanked for my time and understanding and given a ride to my waiting area.

Becky - posted on 10/05/2011

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That is awful! The definitely should have let her show them the card and offered her a private screening! They're certainly not doing anything to improve their reputation.

I flew down to Vegas a couple weeks ago and I was so nervous because of all the stories I've heard about the TSA. So, in Vegas, they had the scanner and everyone had to go through it, but I requested not to because I'm pregnant. They had a woman do the pat-down and she was so nice! She did offer me a private room (I didn't really care) and she explained everything she was doing and said she totally understood why I wouldn't want to go through the scanner, that she wouldn't either. I was very impressed. But then stories like this just make me mad!

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Ugh, I just read that and I am appalled. They didn't even let the woman present them with her medical card. It makes me sick! I think that TSA agents are bullies with badges!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 10/05/2011

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I know right? Who raised these people????? If they are going to be so strict with individuals, they should have to higher some sort of medical professional to be on staff at all times to address the issues and be an advocate for those with medical conditions. This is disgusting.

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