Groping for Bombers

November 17, 2010

Osama bin Laden has to be way-laughing through his terror-obstructed ass.

(Illustration found here).

Air travel in the US can be a pain in the nut-sack.
American traveler John Tyner unloaded a notorious phrase this past weekend when he was searched prior to boarding a plane in San Deigo, telling a TSA employee, “If you touch my junk I am going to have you arrested,” Tyner, 31, threatens the Transport Security Administration officer, in reference to his genitals.
The ‘junk’ wording has become a sensation — get your tee-shirts here.
And watch Conan O’Brian’s take on the situation here.

Of course, no manner of searches will stop a committed and intelligent would-be bomber from boarding an aircraft — and the real-operative word here is ‘intelligent.’
If a guy does his thing, the plane will come down and all the padding, scanners and touching won’t be enough, despite all the protest.

In 2007, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled airport searches were valid, and even if someone refuses to be examined, he can still be searched.
From Wired magazine:

Citing threats of terrorism, the court ruled passengers give up all rights to be free of warrantless searches once a “passenger places hand luggage on a conveyor belt for inspection” or “passes though a magnetometer.”
“…Requiring that a potential passenger be allowed to revoke consent to an ongoing airport security search makes little sense in a post-9/11 world,” Judge Carlos Bea wrote for the unanimous 15-judge panel.
“Such a rule would afford terrorists multiple opportunities to attempt to penetrate airport security by ‘electing not to fly’ on the cusp of detection until a vulnerable portal is found.”

That was then, however, this is now.
Although a recent poll indicates four out of five US peoples approve of the searches, these airport scanners can be filed away for nasty use later, as it was revealed this week that more than 35,000 nude scans were kept at just one Florida courthouse and these pieces of equipment are sensitive enough to detect sanitary napkins — WTF.

And WTF is the deal with a 3-year-old wanna-be terrorist in an airport in Tennessee?

Not the case for Mandy Simon who was passing through security with her dad at the airport in Chattanooga, Tenn.
A TSA employee gave Mandy the pat down and she started screaming and kicking her legs. Her dad, Steve, happens to be a TV reporter and caught 17 seconds of the ordeal on his cell phone (watch video).
Why was Mandy searched in the first place? She started crying when she was asked to put her teddy bear through the X-ray machine. This made it difficult for her to walk calmly through the metal detector and she set the machine off twice, which meant she “must be hand-searched.”

See what is meant by that word, ‘intelligent.’

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