TSA: Thanksgiving Travel Should Be Easier

NEWARK, NJ (WCBS 880) – Children 12 and under and seniors 75 and older are less likely to be subjected to invasive pat-downs at Newark Liberty International Airport. This is good news, as the Thanksgiving getaway is only two days away.

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell At EWR

There have been nightmare stories in the past of a TSA agent demanding to check the adult diaper of an elderly woman and another agent aggressively patting down a young girl.

“We all understand that the chances of a 12 and under individual being a threat are less than we would have thought years ago,” said Don Drummer, the top TSA official there.

Drummer says the controversial wave millimeter machines have been altered.

There are no longer agents looking at graphic outlines of your body. Instead, the machine indicates the location of a potential threat.

“Our officer, rather than doing an entire pat-down, checks that spot,” Drummer told WCBS 880 reporter Peter Haskell.

Drummer hopes this will make the process more passenger friendly.

What’s your biggest pet peeve about air travel in today’s world? Sound off in the comments section below!

  • Meme Meyagi

    what is done about 7 million mooslime terrorists living in usa?

  • Steve Scanner

    Remember – You have the RIGHT to OPT-OUT! Use of the scanner is OPTIONAL – Check the TSA website. Don’t take a chance on Cancer. Remember – Government said Agent Orange was safe. They said x-ray shoe scanners were safe. They said Asbestos was safe. They said body scanners were safe. Get the message. Scientists estimate 100 deaths per year from body scanners. How many people have terrorists killed on airplanes since 9/11 and before body scanners? How about NONE!

    • Meme Meyagi

      you have some good points, but you are way off on people killed by terrorists before 9/11. how about lockerbie bombing by fkn mooslime terrorists from lybia

  • Bill Fisher

    This week the ABC News reported that another TSA was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Manassas, VA, the tenth screener arrested for a sex crime this year. “The suspect, Harold Glen Rodman, was wearing his uniform and displayed a badge to the victim, a 37-year-old woman. Police arrested Rodman on Nov. 20. He is charged with aggravated sexual battery, object sexual penetration, forcible sodomy and abduction with intent to defile.”

    TSA employs 55,000 workers whose daily activities include viewing naked images of travelers and making contact with their genitals. They allow male scanner viewers to view the nude images of men, women and children and do not have privacy software on the 250 x-ray scanners installed at many major airports, including LAX, JFK, O’Hare, Orlando, Boston and Phoenix. TSA has also stated that their employees conduct pat downs on 60,000 passengers a day and make contact with genitals and breasts, including those of children, as a required component of that procedure.

    Predictably, when a Federal agency sanctions digital strip searches of women by make workers and requires its workers to rub the genitals of strangers in public many of these workers will come to consider sexual assault acceptable behavior. This culture of arrogant disregard for the privacy rights of passengers attracts those predisposed to these tendencies and erodes their workers respect for the rights of others.

    In the last twelve months there have been 11 TSA screeners arrested for sex crimes, 10 of which involved children. In all, there have been 62 TSA screeners arrested this year, a rate of one very six days. This level of criminal activity is unacceptable for any Federal agency and is particularly outrageous for one charged with providing airport security.

    Congress must investigate this agency and institute the necessary reforms as soon as possible and TSA management held accountable for this breach of the public trust. The traveling public and airline industry can’t afford to wait while TSA gains the needed skills through a series of mistakes and crimes by their personnel.

    TSA Crimes & Abuses

blog comments powered by Disqus
Giving Tuesday
Charles Osgood Event

Listen Live