Imagine showing up at the airport for your flight and discovering that you already boarded. No, this is not the plot line from an episode of “The Twilight Zone.” It really happened, to the man shown here. His name Brad Gertz.
CBS Chicago reports:
The government shutdown is over, meaning furloughed government employees can get back to work. In the case of agents with the Transportation Security Administration, that means in part harassing people with disabilities.
According to Fox News, the travel-related arm of the Department of Homeland Security has received numerous complaints from disabled travelers flying out of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
The nation may be in the throes of a (partial) government shutdown, but no one can accuse the TSA of changing its stripes. The government agency is performing in precisely the same hit-and-miss fashion that it has since its formation in 2001, under the Bush administration.
A story by CNN illustrates:
Another September 11th is upon us. In New York, two beams of ghostly light will rise up to the heavens tonight from the former site of twin towers, a solemn reminder of the tragedy that befell us on a clear late summer morning twelve years ago today.
The nation has changed since the “original” 9/11, but not invariably for the better.
Do you hate getting patted down or zapped by a full-body scanner at the airport? Do you wish you could avoid removing your shoes, belt, and jacket? Would you prefer to keep your laptop with you rather than risk having the hard disk fried?
If your answer to any or all of these questions is yes, you can now tender a bribe that will get you special treatment.
If long lines at the airport haven’t been enough to deter you from flying, the Transportation Security Administration’s latest effort to keep you safe might do the trick. The agency has now extended its search for explosives to cars parked in airport parking lots.
But how, you ask, can they search a car that is locked? They can’t. The search is limited to cars parked by a valet.
The Military Times reports that retired Marine Cpl. Nathan Kemnitz discovered this troubling reality recently when his path crossed that of the members of the Transportation Security Administration at Sacramento International Airport.
For past nine days, my family and I were immersed in the sights, sounds, and flavors of Rome and the southern region of Campania. Despite the unfortunate extent to which Italian culture has become Americanized since my last visit two decades ago — pastas we sampled, as a case in point, arrived drowning in a sea of gloppy sauce rather than being barely moistened by it — Italy continues to work its timeless magic on locals and visitors alike. You can still spend a morning, as we did, trekking up to the crater atop Mt. Vesuvius, the afternoon pondering the eerie silence of Pompeii, rendered a ghost town by that same volcano in a matter of hours one summer afternoon two millennia ago.
The TSA should make its mind. First its agents get all wee-weed up when a passenger refuses to cooperate. Then when a passenger capitulates to their demands to search his person, they want to slap a fine on him.
Some clothes, too. At least that was the case with passenger John Brennan of Portland, Ore., who was stopped at a security checkpoint last year at Portland International Airport.
It is not clear where he obtained the lethal object. But a JFK passenger’s idle chatter about taking his “bomb” onto the plane caught the attention of a TSA officer on Thursday, leading to the man’s being detained and ultimately missing his flight.
But in what turned out to be an unfortunate comedy of errors, the “bomb” that 29-year-old Jason Michael Cruz was chatting up to a fellow flyer was a sandwich of that name.
Maybe the Transportation Security Administration has ventured into the realm of faith healing. That might explain why a Marine who lost both legs in a roadside bombing was singled out at a TSA checkpoint and told to rise out of his wheelchair and walk.
The Army Times reports that Rep. Duncan Hunter (D-Calif.) is demanding answers from TSA Administrator John Pistole.