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  • Mein Schatz 6:27 am on November 17, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: TSA,   

    Back to poking fun at the TSA 

    “It is both inappropriate and inefficient for the TSA to serve as the administrator, quality assurance regulator, operator and auditor of its own activities,” Rep. John Mica, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

    Really? who’d-a-thunk it? Would I rather have my balls groped by some faceless government official than get blown up by some Allah-yodeling terrorist? Yes, I suppose. Are millions of dollars spent on irradiating passengers and molesting old ladies really efficient uses of our limited capital? Well, I suppose the Fed can just print up a few billions more.

  • A.B.Campbell 12:40 pm on March 3, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: FAA, TSA,   

    FAIL: FAA employees pull TSA grade shenanigans 

    In yet another blow to the reputation of air travel, air traffic controllers at New York’s JFK International Airport, pulled a prank that one would expect of TSA employees.

    In tapes obtained by CBS News, the boy is clearly heard:

    Boy: AMX 403, Contact departures. Adios.

    Pilot: Contact departures. Aeromexico 403. Adios.

    An adult — reportedly a controller — made sure the pilots were in on the joke, Wallace says.

    “That’s what you get guys when the kids are out of school!” the adult says on the tapes.

    Another transmission from the tape:

    Boy: Jet Blue 171 cleared for takeoff.

    Pilot: Cleared for takeoff. Jet blue 171.

    Boy: Jet Blue 171 — contact departures.

    Pilot: Over to departures. Jet blue 171. Awesome job. (chuckle)

    -via Nashua Telegraph

    What is truly astounding to The Bruce is the befuddlement of the FAA regarding how this happened in a high security area.

    • Mein Schatz 12:51 pm on March 3, 2010 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      From what I was reading, this wasn’t a joke, but merely a case of a controller bringing his kid to work and letting him say a couple of carefully worded responses to pilots in a normal situation under the supervision of several levels of oversight among one of the most highly regarded air traffic control centers in the world. Perhaps a bit irresponsible, but hardly a breach of security worth worrying about. Visitors are allowed in the tower, under controlled circumstances, of which this appeared to be one.

    • krs 1:48 pm on March 3, 2010 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      yeah this kid put noone in any real danger, i’m sure he was told what to say and to whom. it was just a poor choice made by the controller that could cost him his job. (i doubt it, after union arbitration this guy will have his job back with back pay from the time he was suspended) the unfortunate outcome is that it’ll be a lot harder to visit the tower and center control areas. for a long time after september 11 controllers couldn’t even let their wives in to see where they worked. i fear that’ll be an outcome of this lapse in judgement.

  • Don Lando 9:10 pm on November 18, 2008 Permalink
    Tags: carnegie mellon, stephen fienberg, , TSA,   

    TSA methodology only 1% effective 

    Wonder of wonders, the Transportation Security Administration uses a completely unscientific and almost-wholly inaccurate system to determine security risks among travelers.

    That’s an awful lot of people being pulled aside and inconvenienced,” said Carnegie Mellon scientist Stephen Fienberg, who studied the TSA program and other counter-terrorism efforts. “I think it’s a sham. We have no evidence it works.”

    Maybe I’m being irrational, but I think 43,000 government employees is a lot of folks to put to work on a job that causes more problems than it solves.

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    • The Bruce 4:55 pm on November 19, 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m so glad to see that this darling of public agencies is using technologies that don’t have a “have proven science” behind them.

      But nevertheless, one has to wonder if measuring the success of these methods by IDs that lead to arrests is in fact the right way to do it. Could it simply be that less than one percent of travelers have malicious intent?

      Shouldn’t effectiveness be measured instead by the actual occurrence or non-occurrence of terrorist and other criminal acts?

    • Don Lando 6:40 pm on November 19, 2008 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It’s a question of efficacy. Far more than one percent of travelers are detained needlessly because of the erroneous system. Even if the TSA caught every single law-breaker, which they don’t, the method by which it is done would still be so outrageously wasteful and misguided as to invalidate that success.

      Supposing I were to achieve the same rate of success at my work, an 8-hour day would yield less than 5 minutes of work. I would be fired.

  • Fryer Tuck 12:14 am on September 4, 2008 Permalink
    Tags: acronym, game, , TSA, withdrawal   

    An Acronym Game – TSA 

    It has been almost 2 weeks since The Sagamore Journal last posted on everyone’s favorite organization: the Transportation Security Administration. If you’re like me, you’re probably going through some serious withdrawals.

    So in the continued spirit of TSA bashing, I propose we play a game: who can come up with the name that best describes the agency using the same acronym – TSA.

    For example: “Totally Senseless Assholes”

    Let us begin.

  • Don Lando 1:43 pm on August 20, 2008 Permalink
    Tags: , grateful dead, TSA,   

    The title says it all 

    NASA used monkeys and actually achieved something productive

    TSA inspector breaks airplanes by climbing on them using instruments as handholds

    It wasn’t just one airplane, but nine. While one such error is a mistake, nine such errors are proof of total idiocy.

    With experts like these, how much money would we save by just hiring monkeys instead?

    The most disconcerting part of this is that the TSA inspector very well could have done it on purpose in a terroristic effort to sabotage flights. But because even the government big-wigs are accustomed to following the TSA with a dustpan and PR team, this unconscionable act is chalked up to incompetence.

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