Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Travelers choosing to drive more this Thanksgiving than fly due to TSA intrusions

A new report from the airline industry shows that holiday flying this Thanksgiving is expected to be down 2% from last year.  In the meantime, driving is expected to be up 4% over the same time period, and citizens name one primary culprit as the reason for the changes.

TSA intrusions.

The Air Transport Association expects 2 percent fewer people will fly this Thanksgiving week compared with last year, while AAA projects a 4 percent increase in automobile travel.
Still, some travelers are bothered by a screening process that has become increasingly time-consuming and intimate, and industry representatives say they are worried that these frustrations are contributing to a decline in air travel.
Last week, the U.S. Travel Association released a market research study showing that while most travelers who have flown at least once in the past year are satisfied with the T.S.A.’s overall performance, frequent fliers have more complaints.
When asked to list their top frustrations with air travel, travelers chose these issues related to security: “the wait time to clear the T.S.A. checkpoint,” “having to remove shoes, belts and jackets at the T.S.A. checkpoint” and “T.S.A. employees who are not friendly.” – NY Times

Years after 9/11, and the introduction of current TSA practices, many Americans still find it more 'friendly' to drive a few extra miles to their Thanksgiving celebrations that to go through the hassle of the 'not so friendly' skies.

2 comments:

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.


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.

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
http://www.travelunderground.org/index.php?threads/317/

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