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(USA Today)   One passenger out of a million failed to blow up one airliner out of a thousand on one day out of the year, so we should let the TSA strip scan anybody they want to   (blogs.usatoday.com) divider line 531
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2009-12-28 06:11:07 AM
Makes sense to me.

The only thing that's preventing the TSA from stopping the next attack is not giving them complete control over everything. When will we learn?
 
2009-12-28 08:08:10 AM
tsa won't be happy until they can give everyone the ufia.
 
2009-12-28 08:19:34 AM
so do we nickname this guy "the clothes bomber"? Pants bomber?
 
2009-12-28 08:35:24 AM
Air travel to and from the United States is simply not worth it. Every time some idiot makes an attempt to do something, the TSA responds with a flurry of useless "security" measures that basically do nothing but make flying even more massively inconvenient. One has to wonder if there is anyone even remotely competent in charge of the whole security process, evidence would suggest not.

On another note, the outcome of this incident shows, again, that it's probably pretty close to impossible to hijack a plane now. After 9/11, only a plane full of total morans would sit back and allow someone to do something. You might die trying to stop it, but you would certainly die if you didn't.
 
2009-12-28 08:58:06 AM
log_jammin: so do we nickname this guy "the clothes bomber"? Pants bomber?

Undiebomber.
 
2009-12-28 09:00:58 AM
Come to think of it, "Crotchblaster" might work as well.
 
2009-12-28 09:15:37 AM
Snarfangel: Come to think of it, "Crotchblaster" might work as well.

hehe
 
2009-12-28 09:21:14 AM

I have already cut back on flying from seven or 8 times a year to two or three due to the greed of the airlines and the antics of the TSA. Now I think I'll drop it to zero.

i236.photobucket.com
 
2009-12-28 09:29:32 AM
i'm gonna post this again:

i48.tinypic.com

i snapped this pic last week on a flight from burbank to phoenix. the woman next to me (dutch or belgian, i think) was grooming her dog with a pair of four-inch scissors as we were flying! so... they take away nail clippers, but they allow you to have four-inch scissors? that's our TSA for you!

/never mind that she has them at the dog's throat during what was quite a bumpy flight.
 
2009-12-28 09:30:35 AM
I haven't flown commercial since before 9/11, and every year I have even more reasons to stick to private charters.
 
2009-12-28 09:38:41 AM
FlashHarry: grooming her dog

WTF? That is unsanitary and dangerous.
 
2009-12-28 09:39:30 AM
That headline made my head hurt
 
2009-12-28 09:39:56 AM
Is this a good time to point out the guy in question did not pass through a TSA screening? He got on the farking plane in the Netherlands. This incident tells us nothing about TSA procedures.
 
2009-12-28 09:40:27 AM
And I STILL can't have peanuts!
 
2009-12-28 09:40:36 AM
vernonFL: FlashHarry: grooming her dog

WTF? That is unsanitary and dangerous.


Belgians aren't that bad.
 
2009-12-28 09:41:09 AM
Right.

B/C it isn't really about security, it is about control.
 
2009-12-28 09:41:40 AM
T-Servo: Belgians aren't that bad.

must've been dutch, then.
 
2009-12-28 09:41:58 AM
So let me get this straight, because the TSA failed to update their terrorist watch list, we all have to suffer more evasive screenings?

Dumbass author is dumbass...
 
2009-12-28 09:42:12 AM
ew gross close proximity dog grooming? Id be more offended by that than by the scissors.

LastOneLeft got it in one.
 
2009-12-28 09:42:14 AM
I put in my application for TSA on Friday. I will let them know in my interview that I will not discriminate and only strip search three types of passengers.

1.Hot
2.Redheaded
3.Women
 
2009-12-28 09:42:24 AM
An opinion article?? Come on, isn't that what the threads are for?
 
2009-12-28 09:42:40 AM
This guy was on a watch list, yet we let him board a plane. I don't think they'd be able to stop a terrorist if he had it tatooed on his forehead.
 
2009-12-28 09:43:03 AM
I'll be flying today from Albany, NY to Tulsa, OK via Cinncinnati. I'm not sure if I should take my xbox 360 with me. Last time I tried, they kinda freaked out and said I'd have to check it. But then they let me through - I'm not thinking its worth the risk.

Also, I fly about 30-40 times a year, and about 20% of that time I get pulled out of line to be screened. I'm 6'5" 290lbs. Blond hair blue eyes, the perfect aryan. I always get the "it's completely random" crap, from some snarky little wench hiding behind her TSA badge. Am I really a threat? I'm the guy you WANT on your plane, the guy who's going to TACKLE the guy trying to blow up the plane. They should give me free drinks, not the stink eye.
 
2009-12-28 09:43:03 AM
They need to be more cost-effective about this. I suggest they take the number of airplanes in the field, (A), and multiply it by the probable rate of a terrorist bombing, (B), then multiply the result by the average out-of-court settlement, (C). A times B times C equals X. If X is less than the cost of screening passengers, don't do it.
 
2009-12-28 09:43:16 AM
My mother in law believes that we should stop visiting her because both this and the shoe bomber happened while we were at her house. She completely ignores the hundreds of other times we were there without incident.

If I stopped going to her house, terrorism would stop completely.
 
2009-12-28 09:43:23 AM
Hope TSA enjoys seeing my package. Will not wearing underwear at all make their view clearer?
 
2009-12-28 09:43:37 AM
Snarfangel: log_jammin: so do we nickname this guy "the clothes bomber"? Pants bomber?

Undiebomber.


And if we allow body scanners they'll just morph into colonbombers.

But it'll definitely be worth it.
 
2009-12-28 09:44:04 AM
Strip search, ha! I say we need to fly naked, once striped down passengers will be given paper clothes to wear, and passengers once strapped into their seats are not allowed to move. Each seat should also be hooked up to the waste disposal unit through tubes. Also a series of tubes should deliver drinks and food. The cabin crew should be more like prison guards then waiters in the sky.
 
2009-12-28 09:44:40 AM
ne2d: They need to be more cost-effective about this. I suggest they take the number of airplanes in the field, (A), and multiply it by the probable rate of a terrorist bombing, (B), then multiply the result by the average out-of-court settlement, (C). A times B times C equals X. If X is less than the cost of screening passengers, don't do it.

Beautiful.

/now do I give you the ass or the crotch?
 
2009-12-28 09:44:45 AM
AngryTeacher: My mother in law believes that we should stop visiting her because both this and the shoe bomber happened while we were at her house. She completely ignores the hundreds of other times we were there without incident.

If I stopped going to her house, terrorism would stop completely.


Funny, my brother went to both Saints losses this year. I think coincidence IS causality!
 
2009-12-28 09:45:10 AM
log_jammin: so do we nickname this guy "the clothes bomber"? Pants bomber?

Lindsay Lohan already took "fire crotch". Otherwise, it would have been perfect.
 
2009-12-28 09:45:11 AM
log_jammin: so do we nickname this guy "the clothes bomber"? Pants bomber?

Crotchbomber
 
2009-12-28 09:45:43 AM
Slaves2Darkness: Strip search, ha! I say we need to fly naked, once striped down passengers will be given paper clothes to wear, and passengers once strapped into their seats are not allowed to move. Each seat should also be hooked up to the waste disposal unit through tubes. Also a series of tubes should deliver drinks and food. The cabin crew should be more like prison guards then waiters in the sky.

Apparently you've flown United.
 
2009-12-28 09:45:48 AM
They have been trying to allow that xray-vision thingy in airports for years, but EVERYONE seems opposed to it. I wonder if something like this, wasn't staged?

What I mean is, this finally makes a great case (and what a coincidence!) for them to mandate that they use those new devices. If you're trying to force a solution on someone, what better way to get that done then to amplify the problem!

Just thinking out loud...

/puts tinfoil hat back on...
 
2009-12-28 09:45:58 AM
icebergcomics: I'm 6'5" 290lbs. Blond hair blue eyes, the perfect aryan. I always get the "it's completely random" crap, from some snarky little wench hiding behind her TSA badge.

Always a wench...? She's just flirting with Mr. Big and Handsome.
 
2009-12-28 09:46:14 AM
Pretty sure the technology they're referring to eliminates the need for a strip search. It makes a pretty good image of your body without clothes on, apparently. Either way, the TSA would get to look at naked people all day.

I'll take "Desireable Jobs for Pedophiles" for $400, Alex.
 
2009-12-28 09:46:29 AM
Undie-bomber.
 
2009-12-28 09:46:55 AM
I love crazy conservative rhetoric.

"LIVE IN FEAR, WE NEED TO BE MORE STRINGENT IN GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION TO KEEP US SAFE FROM TURRRISTZ!!!"

"LESS GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION INTO OUR LIVES FOR IT IS BAD WHEN IT HELPS!!!"

I guess the whole idea is to strip and anally rape any non-white individual that tries to get on a commercial flight, but let everyone else just walk in with their favorite handgun because of their second amendment rights. I guess there should be a wall of a hundred people at every airport who memorized the faces of all 550,000 people on that list of "individuals to watch" so they can pluck them out of the crowds of millions and work their asses over. That's what we need in America... more raping of minorities.
 
2009-12-28 09:47:40 AM
Joce678: icebergcomics: I'm 6'5" 290lbs. Blond hair blue eyes, the perfect aryan. I always get the "it's completely random" crap, from some snarky little wench hiding behind her TSA badge.

Always a wench...? She's just flirting with Mr. Big and Handsome.


By flirting, if you mean scowling over her thick thick glasses and sending me over there to have another scowler go through my bag and try to figure out what my wacom tablet and external hard drive are, then yes, I believe she's flirting.
 
2009-12-28 09:48:15 AM
drhansenej: Hope TSA enjoys seeing my package. Will not wearing underwear at all make their view clearer?

Anything loose will let it hang properly, yes.

For best effect you should go through the scanner with en erection.
 
kth
2009-12-28 09:49:20 AM
Barakku: log_jammin: so do we nickname this guy "the clothes bomber"? Pants bomber?

Crotchbomber


That's what I've been calling him.
 
2009-12-28 09:50:39 AM
I think we can safely assume that as the TSA becomes arbitrarily more strict, airline revenues from lost passengers will go down even more sharply, leading to another airline crisis which will be paid for by billions of dollars worth of Congressional bailouts.

Because in this day and age, if we vote with our dollars, we're doing it wrong.
 
2009-12-28 09:50:55 AM
icebergcomics: By flirting, if you mean scowling over her thick thick glasses and sending me over there to have another scowler go through my bag and try to figure out what my wacom tablet and external hard drive are, then yes, I believe she's flirting.

Give her a break. Not everybody who works for the TSA has good social skills.


Come to think of it, very few of them have - that's why they can't get proper jobs.
 
2009-12-28 09:51:25 AM
icebergcomics: AngryTeacher: My mother in law believes that we should stop visiting her because both this and the shoe bomber happened while we were at her house. She completely ignores the hundreds of other times we were there without incident.

If I stopped going to her house, terrorism would stop completely.

Funny, my brother went to both Saints losses this year. I think coincidence IS causality!


It's correlation, not coincidence. You shame the rest of us aryans
 
2009-12-28 09:52:08 AM
re: Undiebomber --

And when the bombs are found in the rears of wanna-be suiciders, they'll just call it

Taco Bell.
 
2009-12-28 09:52:22 AM
blog.1407.org

/totally hot
 
2009-12-28 09:52:22 AM
icebergcomics: I always get the "it's completely random" crap, from some snarky little wench hiding behind her TSA badge

That her?

elev8.com
 
2009-12-28 09:52:34 AM
ha-ha-guy: Is this a good time to point out the guy in question did not pass through a TSA screening? He got on the farking plane in the Netherlands. This incident tells us nothing about TSA procedures.

actually he started in Nigeria and may not have left the secure area while in Amsterdam.

but that won't matter as we get farked over by the TSA here.
 
2009-12-28 09:52:34 AM
ne2d: They need to be more cost-effective about this. I suggest they take the number of airplanes in the field, (A), and multiply it by the probable rate of a terrorist bombing, (B), then multiply the result by the average out-of-court settlement, (C). A times B times C equals X. If X is less than the cost of screening passengers, don't do it.

win.
 
2009-12-28 09:52:50 AM
He should have just waited until he got on the ground and then blown up part of Detroit.

A lot of people would have thanked him.
 
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