Forget ObamaCare. The first thing President Romney does is nuke the TSA

Posted by: Phineas on June 26, 2012 at 1:18 pm

**Posted by Phineas

I’ve seen some pretty appalling stories of people who’ve been maltreated by the Transportation Security Administration, but this has got to be a topper:

Confrontation With TSA Agent Leaves Grandpa’s Ashes On Floor

John Gross, a resident of Indianapolis’ south side, was leaving Florida with the remains of his grandfather — Mario Mark Marcaletti, a Sicilian immigrant who worked for the Penn Central Railroad in central Indiana — in a tightly sealed jar marked “Human Remains.”

Gross said he didn’t think he’d have a problem, until he ran into a TSA agent at the Orlando airport.

“They opened up my bag, and I told them, ‘Please, be careful. These are my grandpa’s ashes,'” Gross told RTV6’s Norman Cox. “She picked up the jar. She opened it up.

“I was told later on that she had no right to even open it, that they could have used other devices, like an X-ray machine. So she opened it up. She used her finger and was sifting through it. And then she accidentally spilled it.”

Gross says about a quarter to a third of the contents spilled on the floor, leaving him frantically trying to gather up as much as he could while anxious passengers waited behind him.

She didn’t apologize. She started laughing. I was on my hands and knees picking up bone fragments. I couldn’t pick up all, everything that was lost. I mean, there was a long line behind me.”

First let me say I’m impressed and amazed at this man’s restraint; had my loved one’s ashes been left for the vacuum cleaner, that laughing jackass would likely be picking her teeth out of the carpet.

The rest of the article, which includes a video report, mentions that TSA rules, contrary to what Mr. Gross was told, actually do require physical inspection of human remains, including ashes. Fine. Then arrange a process whereby they can be pre-cleared and treated with respect by agents who do not make Bevis and Butthead look like geniuses.

This is something I would expect from goons straight out of Central Casting, not agents of the United States charged with protecting us with terrorism.

And it’s also illustrative of the broader problem with TSA: they’re going about their mission in all the wrong way. They’re looking for devices and weapons, not for the type of person likely to be a terrorist. They’re looking for things, not patterns of behavior. They’re pawing through human remains when they should be profiling human beings.

Like El Al does. When’s the last time an Israeli plane was hijacked? 1968. And they profile.

Let’s be honest: TSA is a failure. It doesn’t protect us, but it does succeed in humiliating us on a regular basis. Time and again.

It’s time for it to go.

via Moe Lane

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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7 Responses to “Forget ObamaCare. The first thing President Romney does is nuke the TSA”


  1. David Christensen says:

    Words cannot express.

  2. carl bunch says:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 7, 2004

    TSA Press Office: (571) 227-2829

    WASHINGTON, D.C – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced a partnership with the nation’s funeral homes to ensure that cremated remains are safely and securely transported through airport security checkpoints.

    “Americans have recognized the need for measures that have dramatically increased aviation security since the events of September 11th,” said Ron Sokolov, Executive Director for Customer Service and Education. “As more Americans transport cremated remains, TSA and the nation’s funeral homes are striving to educate the public on the best method to move cremated remains through checkpoints in a manner that is both respectful to loved ones and secure.”

    To maintain the highest level of security, TSA determined that documentation from a funeral home about the contents of a crematory container was no longer sufficient to allow the container through a security checkpoint and onto a plane. Since February of this year, all crematory containers must pass through an X-ray machine. If a container is made of a material that prevents screeners from clearly seeing what is inside, the container will not be allowed through the checkpoint. Out of respect for the deceased, screeners will not open a container, even if requested by the passenger.

    TSA recommends that passengers transport remains in temporary or permanent “security friendly” containers constructed of light-weight materials such as plastic or wood. Temporary containers are typically available from funeral homes and offer a security friendly means to travel by air with a crematory container. Once the passengers complete their travel, they can visit their local TSA’s Funeral Home Partner who will transfer the remains from the temporary container to the permanent container free of charge. The complimentary “Remains Transfer Service” has been embraced by the funeral industry and already many funeral homes have requested to become partners in this important customer service effort.

  3. Tex says:

    The IQ bar for TSA employment is set pretty low.

  4. Drew the Infidel says:

    It has been my belief from the outset that, in view of the way TSA operates, we would be just as safe if we returned to pre-9/11 screening. I worked in the maximum security/ad seg unit of a prison here in Texas and the thorough screening for objects before entering the facility would work better. It is non-invasive, not degrading, and takes about as long to complete as it does to tell about it.

  5. Tango says:

    ….another giant government boondoggle run amok. Dubya wanted airport security run by private companies. Little Tommy Daschle demanded it be orchestrated by legions of new government employees.

    The results are obvious.

  6. TexasMom2012 says:

    I cannot tell you how much I completely detest the TSA. How much sense does it make to grope a 50 YO mom traveling with her teen son or sons every single time I go to an airport? Yes I am disabled and yes I have a knee replacement… But how ridiculous is it that EVERY single time I fly, I get hand searched (it is now moreover like I get molested) and I see people in traditional Islamic covered up gear walking straight through security? Doesn’t make me feel any more secure, in the least! In fact, we did NOT fly to ski (kids and hubby love to ski) over Christmas this year instead we drove to Destin to the beach! If we ski anymore we will probably DRIVE to New Mexico rather than fly. Because I am done. Get this, hubby is a world traveler and frequently flies all over the world, although he is blue eyed, he is also swarthy. He has NEVER been searched by hand EVER. TSA is a waste of our time and resources.

  7. VikingMom says:

    Texas Mom –

    Same thing happens to us every time as well – I am a 40+ mom, of Irish ancestry (red hair, green eyes and freckles), and my hubby is a first generation Norwegian, who happens to look kinda “military”. We, and our two, blond haired, blue eyes, clean cut sons, get pulled out for “random” security checks everywhere we go!

    I read an article once written by a former TSA officer who admitted that they often look out for suburban housewife types and anyone they think could be a cop or former military because those are the two groups that usually comply. It has NOTHING to do with keeping the public safe and everything to do with pretending to make a difference so they can keep their well paid Federal jobs!