The Other Daughter

A blog by Lara Jackson’s sister

Posts Tagged ‘airport’

Still angry about the TSA

Posted by Carly Rose Jackson on July 5, 2011

After reading this: Libertarian Party Asks Florida Sherriffs To Arrest TSA Agents I was inspired to write a letter to my rep, Rep. Lamar Smith.  I suggest you write or call your congressperson and ask for support!  No more sexual assault in our airports!

Here’s the text of my letter:

Dear Representative Smith,

I am writing to ask you to support the American Traveler Dignity Act.  Rep. Ron Paul plans to introduce this legislation this week.

On his website, Rep. Paul writes:

“I am introducing the American Traveler Dignity Act, which establishes that airport security screeners are not immune from any US law regarding physical contact with another person, making images of another person, or causing physical harm through the use of radiation-emitting machinery on another person.  It means they are not above laws the rest of us must obey.” (from: http://bit.ly/ip52wE)

The pat-downs and nude scanners are an invasive violation of the 4th Amendment:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

The pat-down procedure implemented in November 2010, require the TSA agent to touch between clothing and skin and to touch close to a person’s genital organs.  How can such a search be considered reasonable? Travelers are randomly selected for a pat-down, which violates the last part of the Amendment.  Travelers must choose between the pat-down and being scanned by scanners with unproven technology.  Americans have lived with the indignity of removing shoes, belts, having their baggage searched, etc for far too long.  Yet the TSA continues to invade our persons.

Not only are Americans required to give up the sovereignty of their most private body parts in order to travel, but the TSA has never successfully stopped a terrorist!  It’s one thing to give up privacy for security, but we’re giving up privacy for nothing!

The Texas Legislature failed to stand up to the abuse of our Constitution by the TSA.  Texans are smart enough to know that giving up our freedom to fly without being scanned or groped will not ensure our safety.  Searching every passenger who flies on a plane, random selection of passengers for more intrusive searches is not good law enforcement or public safety. Please protect the citizen and travelers with in the U.S. from procedural sexual assault.

Thank you,

Carly Rose Jackson

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The Hazards of Flying

Posted by Carly Rose Jackson on April 19, 2011

Completely unrelated to Lara’s swimming, I have become very concerned about TSA searches at airports. Here’s the basic info from TSA on the new types of scanners.

Here’s the image that’s been scaring everybody who reads or watches the news:

Basically the TSA agent remotely viewing the scanner pictures gets a detailed image of what you look like with no clothes on.  TSA is working on changing the image so that it only shows possible dangerous items hidden in your clothing.  But for now, everyone gives the full monty.

I knew the scanners were not in the Austin airport.  But I completely forgot that they might be in the Boston airport.  It didn’t occur to me that Boston wasn’t nearly as enlightened as Austin. Anyway, I get in the security line at Boston Logan only to come right up to the horror-machine:

I have read enough about these that I should have been better prepared.  But in the moment I had to decide, either let them take a naked picture of me, or submit myself to 2nd base with a stranger.  Just to add to the horror, I kept thinking about this video of a 6-yr-old going through the TSA-approved pat-down.  I was filled with dread.  Then I was filled with anger.  I AM A FREAKIN U.S. CITIZEN! HOW DARE THE U.S. GOVERNMENT SUBMIT IT’S CITIZENS TO SUCH DEGRADATION!?  And it’s not like this infringement on our rights actually makes us safer!

TSA and Homeland Security must be stopped!

Until then, here’s a list of airports to avoid.  (Also from TSA website.)

Airports who currently have imaging technology:

  • Albuquerque International Sunport Airport
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
  • Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
  • Boston Logan International
  • Bush Houston Interncontinental Airport
  • Boise Airport
  • Bradley International Airport
  • Brownsville
  • Buffalo Niagara International Airport
  • Charlotte Douglas International
  • Chicago Midway International Airport
  • Chicago O’Hare International
  • Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International
  • Cleveland International Airport
  • Corpus Christie Airport
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
  • Dayton International Airport
  • Denver International Airport
  • Detroit Metro Airport
  • Dulles International Airport
  • El Paso International Airport
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International
  • Fort Wayne International Airport
  • Fresno Airport
  • Gulfport International Airport
  • Grand Rapids Airport
  • Harrisburg International Airport
  • Harlingen/Valley International Airport
  • Honolulu International Airport
  • Houston William P. Hobby Airport
  • Indianapolis International Airport
  • Jacksonville International Airport
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport
  • Kansas City International
  • LA/Ontario International
  • LaGuardia International Airport
  • Lambert/St. Louis International Airport
  • Laredo International Airport
  • Lihue Airport
  • Los Angeles International
  • Luis Munoz Marin International Airport
  • McAllen Miller Airport
  • McCarran International Airport
  • Memphis International Airport
  • Miami International Airport
  • General Mitchell Milwaukee International Airport
  • Melbourne International Airport
  • Mineta San José International
  • Minneapolis/St.Paul International Airport
  • Nashville International Airport
  • Newark Liberty International Airport
  • Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
  • Oakland International Airport
  • Omaha Eppley Field Airport
  • Orlando International Airport
  • Palm Beach International Airport
  • Palm Springs International
  • Philadelphia International Airport
  • Phoenix International Airport
  • Pittsburgh International Airport
  • Port Columbus International
  • Raleigh-Durham International Airport
  • Richmond International Airport
  • Rochester International Airport
  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
  • Saipan International Airport
  • Salt Lake City International Airport
  • San Antonio International Airport
  • San Diego International Airport
  • San Francisco International Airport
  • Sarasota Bradenton International
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
  • Spokane International Airport
  • St. Petersburg-Clearwater International
  • T.F. Green Airport
  • Tampa International Airport
  • Toledo Express
  • Tulsa International Airport

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