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The TSA and Me: my small act of unforgivable defiance

I flew out of Denver yesterday. The lines were long and the screening was going very slowly. Only the body scanners were operating, though each lane had a metal detector, unused. I always try to position myself in a lane that will allow me to avoid the body scanner, not so much out of fear of radiation (though that can't be good), but more about having drawn a line in the sand: I will not voluntarily strip search myself to prove my innocence. If they want to be assured of my innocence, they can do the work. I won't help.

When I reached the first checkpoint where the TSA checks ID's (a procedure that seems utterly useless to me) I asked the officer a question:

"I will be opting out, who do I tell?"

"They'll take care of you at the front of the line," she said. She paused a moment and added, "But you can't go through the metal detector because we don't want you to have to go through one radiation instead of another."

I was puzzled over her response, and I asked "You understand there's a difference between the two, right?"

"Yes, but we don't want you to have to go through radiation, you'll have to get a pat down." She spoke almost as if it were a preplanned talking point.

I did not feel like arguing over nothing...she didn't make the rules...so I just said 'fine' and moved on.

At the front of the line, as my belongings were being Xrayed, I informed the woman controlling the line into the scanner that I would be opting out. She was polite and called for a male officer. In the meantime I was instructed to stand aside.

One other young man asked, just as he was to enter the booth, if there was another option, and he was correctly informed that he could get a pat down. I couldn't help interjecting that "the line starts here." The TSA agent smiled a little. He went through the scanner anyway.

Then I saw something I did not expect: a young boy, about 4 years old, running through the metal detector, followed closely by his 40 year old father. "Thank you!" the father said as he passed through.

So the metal detector WAS being used...and it was deemed secure enough to let a child and an adult pass through without a pat down...I was just not allowed to use it. The lady at the front desk had been telling me something with her odd remark: 'Opting out means you refuse to comply, and that is unacceptable.'

I must say that I was not bullied, and the TSA agents were polite. I did not choose to partake in happy talk with my personal groper, though he tried to keep it light and chatty.

This entire airport charade is about control. About making people comply. Opting out is a small act of defiance that the TSA cannot allow to stand.

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who pats down a transsexual person

man or woman?

The TSA "agents" are

The TSA "agents" are essentially glorified walmart greeters with no law enforcement powers or apparently any training for that matter.

TSA Employees More Like

...substandard Disneylike "cast members" in some fantasmic security theatre (but lacking the requisite customer service skills).

Obviously not a physics student

The magnetic field in the metal detector shields radiation.

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Don't fly!!

The choice of either radiation (which accummulates in your body) or molestation, I choose NEITHER. I've only been molested 2 times by TSA, and that was all I could take. Why isn't everyone choosing NOT to fly? It would CRIPPLE the industry within 24-48 hrs. and the corporations would be begging for TSA to hit the road! What's wrong with everyone??? First it's the shoes, then it's the radiation and then the crotch search... REALLY?? USE YOUR FEET AND YOUR $$$ TO WALK AWAY FROM THIS INSANITY, FOLKS!! It's time to resist NOW, not when they're loading the cattle cars... This is when it's easy to do so!!

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sick of it!

My beautiful young wife always gets singled out- always. Often for both a pat-down and a body scan. Now these goons are doing checks for expolsives at the freiking train station. The TSA is Obama's "Civilian National Security Force" and I have a feeling it will be out on the streets domestically for every dirty deed the feds want to order in short measure

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I was at the airport the

I was at the airport the other day. Peopleare standing in line and along comes a guy delivering drinks to the shops past security.
As if to prove just how much of a joke things are, the guy shows them his ID, and they just let him pass - him and his cart stacked with several hundred bottles of soda.

Now please tell me what the difference is here? I guess they cant check several hundred bottles of soda because they would become bored? Wait until someone figures this out and hides something under those bottles.
If anyone is really daring around here, you might impersonate one of these delivery guys while filming(hide face and voice of course) it to show just what a joke the TSA is.

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Airport at Dallas has a

Airport at Dallas has a restaurant. I think it's a chili's or something, by the D Gates. I wonder if the chefs are using plastic knives during food preparation? Also, they have tons of chotskies up on the wall. If you imagine the types of weapons that prisoners can fashion out of everyday things, it's not unreasonable to assume a terrorist can make something out of all the crap hanging on the wall.


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Fresh Experience today @ DIA

First, I ALWAYS Opt Out. I have never been through the "machine" and I never will!
So today, I was traveling out of DIA, and I wore my (brand new) Oath Keepers shirt. I wanted to see what reaction I would get. I'm standing in line and one of the "brown shirts" spots my shirt and starts giving me the eye. Pretty soon, I see him whispering in his secret comms device (very hard to see if you don't know it's there). At this point I have no idea if he is discussing me or not. So I'm next to have my "credentials" checked and a female agent walks right up to me while chatting on her secret walkie-talkie. She stands in front of me and just looks at me. I look back, no smile no nothing - attempted intimidation moment anyone? Then I am standing in line for the scanner, and it happens again. Another female brownie comes over and stands right next to me looking at my shirt. Again, I look back. Not intimidated at all, I just move through the process. As I'm receiving my pat down - i whistled the national anthem the whole time. I thought it was quite amusing that they KNEW immediately what the Oath Keepers logo looks like, and what it "Stands For". They immediately targeted me. Suckers!

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Do they take an oath, or are they just employees?


I always ask the person

I always ask the person giving the pat-down if their mother knows they touch children's genitalia for a living.


I Wonder What Would Have Happened

If instead of saying you are opting out, you simply stated "I'm opting for the pat down today". Since "opting out" in their universe means "noncompliance" the only way to show you who's boss if you demand a pat down is to "force" you through the metal detector instaed. Ding Ding Ding, you win.

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I always opt out...

as well, for the same reasons (almost)... If someone is going to violate me and my rights, I prefer it be a time consuming, public display as opposed to the quiet surrender of walking through a "nekkid" machine.

But I would like to point something out.

When in our minds did volunteering to be groped and searched by a stranger become an act of defiance against the state? How far have we gone, that submitting to one form of invasion of privacy is considered an act of defiance against another form of invasion of your privacy?

Things have truly gotten sad.

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me too

I have never been through the pornotrons. I always stay in public and position so a camera can record, in case I need to sue.
W hen they ask if I have any sensitive areas, I point to my croch and say yes.
When they finish, I engage and remind them how they would be called 'good Germans' in 1941. Ask if they are training to work in a prison, etc.

I would love to see and have thought of doing this myself...

If I'm ever required to get a pat down, I'm going to moan like I'm having an orgasm and say, "Yes, yes, yes, more, more, more, harder, harder, harder, YYYYEEEESSSS!!!!!!! May I have another please, please, please!!!!!"

I'm sure I wouldn't be getting on the plane and probably taken into a room somewhere, where they would do it more and harder for real with some instrument probing my bum. It wouldn't be so funny then.

Maybe, I'll just spread my legs, hold out my arms, tilt my chin up, close my eyes, and laugh and squirm like I'm being tickled.

Now, if everyone would do this and had everyone else laughing, I think the TSA would realize they are the joke that they are.

If you can't beat authority, then kill em' with laughter.

Accompanying children

It is indeed TSA policy that opt-out requires rub-down. You can't ask for metal detector.

It's been the case that every time we travel as a family, at least my daughter and wife are sidelined to the metal detector, usually all three of us. I've always been ready to ask for a rub-down for my daughter to avoid the cancer-machine but that's never been needed.

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Yes my friend, as you say:

This entire airport charade is about control.

Under the guise of keeping us safe.

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The next time I fly

I will definately get a patdown. I will ask for a female to do it, and I will let her know how good it feels. Perfectly legal.

Waiting to protest at the security line isn't effective

Gotta take it to the decision makers... the airline execs and the government

that is rich

Lecturing those who opt out about being effective, when your write in accomplished what?

Waiting to protest at the security line isn't effective
Submitted by Road Runner on Sun, 01/13/2013 - 12:16. Permalink

Gotta take it to the decision makers... the airline execs and the government


Middle finger

I have to travel for work a lot. My defiance is small, but defiance none the less. Some of you might recall the prisoner photos of US sailors from the USS Pueblo during the Korean War era. The communist took photos of the captives - supposedly being treated well. But the sailors where shown with their middle fingers our for the world to see. Of course the Korean culture at the time didn't understand.


When I am forced to go through the back scatter machine, I raise my arms but extend my middle fingers.

"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."

What's to Stop Them?

the scanners have been weaponized.

Think about that the next time your arms are held up with your middle fingers extended in defiance... as they zap your brain

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free will

"When I am forced to go through"

Nobody is forced. You make the decision to submit or opt out.

not for long

totally agree with your point - Opt Out every time!
but I believe our days of doing this legally are numbered

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I remmember

Th Pueblo incident... I was almost 10

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Another bit of hidden history

Another bit of hidden history I never knew. Thanks for the link.

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just opt out

we all know this is about control and getting the sheep to obey authority. Just opt out out. Every time. every situation. just opt out... plus - and this is the god's honest truth - i believe the scanners have been weaponized. earlier, when I woud travel and subject myself to the scanners, I would have a headache for days after my trip. Once I began consistently opting out, the headaches stopped. Think about that the next time your arms are held up with your middle fingers extended in defiance... as they zap your brain

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You might be absolutely correct

This could be true.
The radiation might effect a part of the brain that permits normal people from "resisting"...this way we all become sheeple in the end.
No one will have the desire/willpower to resist when the situation calls for it...Sorta like the Jews peacefully loading onto the trains, going to the chambers, etc.
You might be absolutely correct with your assessment of those "machines" at the airport.
There could be another reason...other than looking for "wolfgang".
Wolfgang exists in our head, know what I mean?

Never get head aches,

Never get head aches, although that isnt proof of anything. But I'll think about that if you promise to enjoy your government mandated molestation. When that TSA goon grabs your junk, make sure you look at him in the eye.

"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."