How not to be mugged while you’re being ‘gate-raped’

In the airport: security at TSA security


As a friend of mine learned to his dismay the other day, “security” at the security checkpoint isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

I’d already read about a growing problem with TSA agents stealing from luggage. But, as my friend learned, it’s also necessary to watch out for theft by fellow-travelers—or people posing as such—while going through the security lines. An already irksome procedure could become a nightmare, if you’re not careful (and perhaps even if you are).

Boston’s Logan is one of those airports graced with the new body scanners; I’ve been through them a couple of times myself. My friend was preparing to board a plane there and asked to put his wallet in a plastic bin, before assuming the usual stick ‘em up pose for the machine’s benefit…

It turned out that for him, “stick ‘em up” was no metaphor. Afterward, when he turned to retrieve his wallet from its resting place, it was gone…

Read the rest at neo-neocon

From the site’s comment section:

rickl Says:
July 9th, 2011 at 4:12 pm

If thieves can easily steal stuff, then could they not also plant stuff, like bombs?

Remind me again what exactly the TSA is accomplishing, besides acclimatizing Americans to intrusive searches on demand?

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