Revolt: Orlando airport to drop TSA as security screeners

posted at 4:48 pm on November 18, 2010 by Allahpundit

The bad news: It’s not Orlando International but the much smaller Orlando Sanford International, which serves such popular destinations as Allentown, Pennsylvania, Youngstown, Ohio, and of course Iceland. So if you’re thinking about taking your next vacation in Reykjavik, rest easy — hopefully there’ll be no junk-touching for you.

The good news: All it takes is one ‘port to drop TSA to push this possibility front and center in the national debate over airline security. And thanks to Matt Drudge, bless his heart, it really is front and center this afternoon. Top of the page, red-fonted, at the Drudge Report, replete with photo of a TSA screener grabbing himself a fistful of junk in Denver to illustrate the problem. Well played.

Just one question. Does it matter?

Orlando Sanford International Airport has decided to opt out from TSA screening.

“All of our due diligence shows it’s the way to go,” said Larry Dale, the director of the Sanford Airport Authority. “You’re going to get better service at a better price and more accountability and better customer service.”

Dale says he will be sending a letter requesting to opt out from TSA screening, and instead the airport will choose one of the five approved private screening companies to take over…

The TSA points out that even if an airport decides to use a private firm for security, the screeners still must follow TSA guidelines. That would include using enhanced pat-downs and the full-body scanners if they are installed at the airport.

The airport’s touting the decision as one that will improve efficiency and oversight, but of course passengers aren’t upset with the speed and courtesy with which the crank-yanking is performed so much as they are with, er, the crank-yanking itself. And that, presumably, will go on, even with contractors:

The TSA downplayed the request, saying that it “sets the security standard,” regardless of who’s actually patting down the travelers.

“All commercial airports are regulated by TSA, whether the actual screening is performed by TSA officers or private companies,” spokesman Greg Soule told AOL News. “TSA sets the security standards that must be followed and includes the use of enhanced pat-downs and imaging technology, if installed at the airport.”

The silver lining, I guess, is that once private contractors start complaining about having to follow these procedures, it’ll refocus attention away from dropping TSA at individual airports as a solution and towards reforming national security protocols generally. One possibility would be to use the scanners now being used by the Dutch, which are less dangerous and which project suspicious areas detected by the scanner onto the body of a mannequin model instead of showing the person’s actual physique. Another obvious solution, often repeated over the past week, is to start looking for suspicious passengers instead of looking for suspicious items — especially since, as James Poulos notes, jihadis are already taking the next logical step in smuggling explosives onto planes. See, for example, this three-tiered framework proposed by Robert Poole in which security personnel would be trained to identify “high-risk” travelers for junk-touching while “trusted travelers” could receive more rudimentary scrutiny. How you’d go about implementing that in the U.S. given the objections to profiling, though, I’m not sure. Everyone says “follow the El Al model!” — including Glenn Beck, per the Right Scoop clip embedded below — but whether that’s feasible given the size of the new, more qualified class of screeners we’d need to recruit and the scale of operations is an open question. But given the alternative, it’s one Congress should investigate, no?


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Respect, Heh!

BL@KBIRD on November 18, 2010 at 4:53 PM

Everyone says “follow the El Al model!” — including Glenn Beck, per the Right Scoop clip embedded below — but whether that’s feasible given the size of the new, more qualified class of screeners we’d need to recruit and the scale of operations is an open question.

Point 1 – the millenium bomber had a legal travel document. he was caught because that border agent lady in washington state thought he looked like a terrorist. and he was caught and didnt blowup half of LA

Point 2 – operation bojinka (kill the pope, blow up 10 planes, bomb the cia with a blane) would have worked like clockwork (they even did a dry run with bombs). but upon a fire in their apartment, a filipina policewoman thought they looked like terrorists, so she said “screw the warrant” and opened their laptop, finding detailed plans and stopping a terror plot

Point 3 – the 911 hijackers had legal documents and had ok ID’s and had all their papers in order. the final gate agent at boston logan for the mohammad atta plane famously said the afternoon of 911 that “when i took their ticket at their gate my first thought was “THESE GUYS LOOK JUST LIKE MUSLIM TERRORISTS’ “, until he told himself how racist that was and did nothing.

Point is, we should do a simple test. LOOK AT THE PEOPLE, not the people’s STUFF. Ask if they are Muslim. Do the El Al questions.

It’t not hard. People are “profiled” all the time. Or perhaps you think that police pay the same amount of attention to a pack of young men at 2am on a saturday to a pack of young women?

picklesgap on November 18, 2010 at 4:57 PM

All it’s gonna take is one jihadi with a penis bomb, and we will all be happily lining up for a groping!

redshirt on November 18, 2010 at 4:58 PM

I’ll keep my eye out for that TSA agent while I’m passing through DIA security next Monday… =]

Jeddite on November 18, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Does it matter?

won’t know until it happens.

Respect, Heh!

BL@KBIRD on November 18, 2010 at 4:53 PM

Not surprised…

upinak on November 18, 2010 at 4:59 PM

As delicious as it is when government incompetence and heavy-handedness has to retreat in favor of public will, I’m not sure returning to the days of legions of airport security staff who can’t speak english is a good move.

And, when some dude has his hand wrapped around your junk, does it matter who his employer is?

BobMbx on November 18, 2010 at 4:59 PM

What i mean is, allah, it’s insanity to focus on having the right “THINGS”. The 911 guys had the right things, the right papers, with button down shirts and khakis.

We need to focus on PEOPLE.

It is perfectly constitutional to do the El Al thing, or simply to ask someone if they are Muslim, and then to do a 30 second screen based on that answer. THat does NOT violate the first amendment even in the looest interpretation.

picklesgap on November 18, 2010 at 5:00 PM

picklesgap on November 18, 2010 at 4:57 PM

Cover stories for the Men In Black.

BobMbx on November 18, 2010 at 5:01 PM

I think the answer is for everyone to charter their own damn jets.

ButterflyDragon on November 18, 2010 at 5:02 PM

I am waiting for that one article that is going to flip peoples lids. The TSA does pelvic exam on woman… as they suspect something way up there.

Oh.. it will happen.

upinak on November 18, 2010 at 5:02 PM

Just one question. Does it matter?

Here is how it matters – the TSA goons forget that we pay for their existence, the bastids. They could do their jobs professionally, be more friendly and thankful that we sustain their friggin families.

Perfect timing ahead of TSA wishing to unionize, even by executive order.

JFK should have never allowed any state employees to unionize. It makes them all bureaucratic snooty arses. He did it by exec. order too and no R president has the “junK” to undo them. May they all be plagued, along with those who support them.

Schadenfreude on November 18, 2010 at 5:02 PM

TSA BackLash Commences!!

canopfor on November 18, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Check out the Newsweek cover, on Drudge – Obama is gos of all things, Sheva, a Hindu god this time, heh.

Schadenfreude on November 18, 2010 at 5:04 PM

The second some jihadi’s wiener bomb goes off, we will happily line up to get our junked groped!

redshirt on November 18, 2010 at 5:04 PM

I’ll keep my eye out for that TSA agent while I’m passing through DIA security next Monday… =]

Jeddite on November 18, 2010 at 4:59 PM

I bet he quits shortly

ConservativePartyNow on November 18, 2010 at 5:05 PM

You should see the grimace on the other fellow’s face…

d1carter on November 18, 2010 at 5:07 PM

So, if an airport opts out, can TSA touch their junk?

manwithblackhat on November 18, 2010 at 5:11 PM

I am waiting for that one article that is going to flip peoples lids. The TSA does pelvic exam on woman… as they suspect something way up there.

Oh.. it will happen.

upinak on November 18, 2010 at 5:02 PM

upinak:Well,ahem,it might be possible to store a terrorist
up there,but I’ll wait till the latest US Medical Jou
nal comes out about this,

but,be wary of a Oxygen tank and hose…and I’ll
leave it at dat!!

Btw,upinak,that intrusive stir-ups thingy,I bet its
covered in Hopey’s HealthCare,theres probably a claus
e somewhere buried in the 2,000 pages of!!—–:)

canopfor on November 18, 2010 at 5:11 PM

hopefully there’ll be no junk-touching for you.

Sums up my last trip to Iceland!

lorien1973 on November 18, 2010 at 5:13 PM

Obama and Democrats wont allow them to switch to private security, just when they are about to illegally unionize the TSA

American Elephant on November 18, 2010 at 5:13 PM

Top of the page, red-fonted, at the Drudge Report, replete with photo of a TSA screener grabbing himself a fistful of junk in Denver to illustrate the problem.

Ouch. That looks painful.

UltimateBob on November 18, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Check out the Newsweek cover, on Drudge – Obama is gos of all things, Sheva, a Hindu god this time, heh.

Schadenfreude on November 18, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Schadenfreude:Priceless,haha,oh now the MSM makes fun!:)
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Blast from zee Past

http://crabbygolightly.com/images/newyorker.jpg

canopfor on November 18, 2010 at 5:19 PM

TSA Musical Theme(sarc)
=========================

SAMANTHA FOX “Touch Me” 80′s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbjLxdN65I8

canopfor on November 18, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Does this mean that if your in the Airport security line, that flashing is no longer a crime?

WisRich on November 18, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Judge Napalitano said it was a sexual assault, and no government employee is immune from prosecution.

John the Libertarian on November 18, 2010 at 5:23 PM

Someone please show me where even one terrorist has been prevented from boarding due to the TSA.

Vashta.Nerada on November 18, 2010 at 5:24 PM

I’m flying tomorrow morning. This ought to be… er… fun.

John the Libertarian on November 18, 2010 at 5:24 PM

This is somewhat o/t but why does the federal govt give more rights to illegals than to citizens? I have to submit to a TSA perv if I want to fly, yet Obama doesn’t want illegals in AZ to have to provide their ID when stopped for probable cause. Where are my rights prohibiting illegal search or sexual assault???

Here’s a new report and video from Fox News 10 in Phoenix about the deluxe immigration jail in Florence. The prisoners are served the same type meals as our military,can choose from a salad bar, play video games, soccer, basketball, etc…

http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/dpp/news/immigration/deluxe-immigration-jail-11-17-2010

GrannySunni on November 18, 2010 at 5:26 PM

That pic is also on the front page of MSNBC.com and got Gawker’s pic of the day. Heh.

di butler on November 18, 2010 at 5:31 PM

All Congressmen and Senators, staffers, diplomats and Cabinet members need to go through the same gate procedures that the rest of us do. The law and rules will quickly change (except for Barney Frank and Larry Craig). Until they are subject to it nothing will happen.

hip shot on November 18, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Our own government is terrorizing the citizens. This PC BS crap of no “profiling” is just that,,crap. It works in all aspects of anti terror and crime,,,,it is people who do the deeds,not things. El Al watches people from inside and outside the terminal. They have a handle on who they are going to ask questions of by the time they get to security checkpoints and then they care about reactions to the questions, not the answers. This stupid crap we are doing now is the result of years of our dumbing down education system and the pc education and attitude that we have a “right” to not be offended. Check out a website called”thereligionopeace.com” and see what MO and his buddies are up to around the world, not just the US

retiredeagle on November 18, 2010 at 5:33 PM

Why don’t we just drop all the invasive screening and allow open-carry on airplanes? Just in case.

It’d be far less of a PITA and I personally would feel a lot safer. I don’t own firearms myself, but I by far trust the average US gun owner more than the average TSA goon.

beancounter on November 18, 2010 at 5:33 PM

You know…

Federal, State, and Local police officers have to take multiple tests including psychological screening as part of their hiring process…

… If I remember right, after 9/11, the government just created the TSA, and unionized all of the current screeners that were working for private companies.

We have no idea what kind of people are fondling our junk…

… For all we know, that guy on the picture of Drudge could be having a very good time.

Seven Percent Solution on November 18, 2010 at 5:38 PM

The second some jihadi’s wiener bomb goes off, we will happily line up to get our junked groped!

redshirt on November 18, 2010 at 5:04 PM

More likely we will ask why didn’t you thoroughly check out someone that paid cash for a one-way ticket? Why did you let someone on a flight with no identification? Why didn’t you check no-fly lists on other countries? ..etc, etc.

The most basic things about how to stop terrorists that we should have learned seem to be conveniently forgotten. Liberals are just so damned stupid.

slickwillie2001 on November 18, 2010 at 5:38 PM

A Texas woman is suing over an incident in 2008. The TSA screener pulled her top down, completely exposing her breasts. Then the agents joked and laughed about it.

Although this incident took place 2 years ago, it highlights gaping holes in their lack of professionalism and/or training.

GrannySunni on November 18, 2010 at 5:41 PM

Reason TV: Con Air 2010 (TSA Remix)(Video)

http://www.theospark.net/2010/11/reason-tv-con-air-2010-tsa-remix.html

canopfor on November 18, 2010 at 5:43 PM

Looks like Disney is feeling da pinch of lower revenue and decided to exert a lil muscle.

roflmao

donabernathy on November 18, 2010 at 5:50 PM

Listen to this song parody written and sung (I think) by Sean Hannity’s producer, Lynda McLaughlin.

Good job. We need this put to video.

“I Screen Myself” to the music of “I Touch Myself”

http://www.hannity.com/

Elisa on November 18, 2010 at 5:51 PM

slightly OT:

Carville jokes about Obama’s balls.

http://gatewaypundit.rightnetwork.com/

ted c on November 18, 2010 at 5:52 PM

Well, there goes the stoner market. They have no where else to hide their stash.

Except for…

ugh.

John the Libertarian on November 18, 2010 at 6:10 PM

Why don’t we just drop all the invasive screening and allow open-carry on airplanes? Just in case.

It’d be far less of a PITA and I personally would feel a lot safer. I don’t own firearms myself, but I by far trust the average US gun owner more than the average TSA goon.

beancounter on November 18, 2010 at 5:33 PM

I think this is a really bad idea. The small, crowded and pressurized space of an airplane requires people with darned good aim.

ProfessorMiao on November 18, 2010 at 6:19 PM

Our own government is terrorizing the citizens.

retiredeagle on November 18, 2010 at 5:33 PM

Then the underwear bomber succeeded in that respect.

Maybe he knew how the system worked. :-)

dtestard on November 18, 2010 at 6:33 PM

“I Screen Myself” to the music of “I Touch Myself”

http://www.hannity.com/

Elisa on November 18, 2010 at 5:51 PM

Elisa:Good catch,hehe!

canopfor on November 18, 2010 at 6:38 PM

Time for a private security company to step up and show that travel security can be done differently.

Skandia Recluse on November 18, 2010 at 6:44 PM

This is not Orlando International Airport (MCO). It’s Sanford Airport, which has next to no scheduled service, and serves mostly European charters.

When MCO or some other major airport decides to rid of us of TSA I’ll take notice.

simkeith on November 18, 2010 at 6:51 PM

I lived in Orlando for 2 years. I ran a remodeling business and met alot of people of all walks. When I lived in South Florida a contractor once told me “you have to move north to go south”! LMAO! Thats the closet airport to Titusville the home of Cape Canaveral. Prolly a bunch of urban folks with that welfare attitude trying to push people around. O Blah Blah bustin a move with his TSA brownshirts. We will see what happens Thanksgiving Day. I won’t be suprised if O threatens to impose martial law!!!!

sonnyspats1 on November 18, 2010 at 7:16 PM

P – because it provides better security
R – because it recognizes suspicious behavior
O – because it uses observation instead of groping
F – because it finds the bad guys
I – because I won’t be inconvenienced at the airport
L – because it limits the intrusions before the plane
E – because everyone – at least, those who matter – will be happy!

n0doz on November 18, 2010 at 8:20 PM

I think Sen. Rockefeller could use a good ole TSA check-up.

mobydutch on November 18, 2010 at 9:07 PM

“I Screen Myself” to the music of “I Touch Myself”

http://www.hannity.com/

Elisa on November 18, 2010 at 5:51 PM

Elisa:Good catch,hehe!

canopfor on November 18, 2010 at 6:38 PM

Someone on another website suggested “I Want to Hold Your Glands”.

slickwillie2001 on November 18, 2010 at 9:17 PM

I think Sen. Rockefeller could use a good ole TSA check-up.

mobydutch on November 18, 2010 at 9:07 PM

mobydutch:Yup,up the side of the head(kidding of course)!:)

canopfor on November 18, 2010 at 9:32 PM

canopfor on November 18, 2010 at 6:38 PM
========================
Someone on another website suggested “I Want to Hold Your Glands”.

slickwillie2001 on November 18, 2010 at 9:17 PM

slickwillie2001:I’ll try to find that!

canopfor on November 18, 2010 at 9:33 PM

Why not do what the Israelis do, it works? What’s next cavity searches, search warrants for your ink cartige? Anyone feel safer with Obambi in charge?

Rea1ityCheck on November 18, 2010 at 10:53 PM

Count de Monet TSA: It is said that the people are revolting.
King Louis XVI Obama Administration: You said it! They stink on ice!

Left Coast Right Mind on November 18, 2010 at 10:59 PM

Has anyone seen them changing their gloves after they have finished with their enhanced body searches?

I have not seen it done. Makes me a bit concerned that they may be using the same glove that they just had up in someone crotch feeling all over their genitals, then moving on to the next one. It not just the germs and cooties, but toxins from chemo and medicated patients, as well as babies and children who have just been vacinated and therefore essentinially contagiouse for those diseses, that would be on those gloves.

If they are changing them, how many pairs do they use per day and what does that cost? How many will be used in the future if as they stated, the enhanced patdowns become the standard in the future.

Taxpayers are probably going to be on the hook in a few years when the TSA agents begin having problems with cancers, eye damage, and deformed children are born to them.
The radiation from the machines is dangerous. They are just saying the the passenger exposure is low enough that they probably will not be effected too badly by it. That is with a properly adjusted machine. Have not heard anything about testing them daily to make sure they are adjusted right.

The radiation leaks about two feet from the sides, a bit less on top and about four feet behind it where it is slowed enough to be harmless. They compare the radiation to Xrays, but that is a poor example. Xrays go through the body. The depth of penetration means any damage is greatly spread out. The scanners concentrate that damage to just below the skin and results in considerable damage in a narrow area which happens to be senistive to damage of that type and usually results in cancer. That is why we use sunblock when out in the sun.

It appears that the TSA agents are standing within that potential irradiating area at the side of the machine while they order their hapless traveler around. Of course they would not know. Janets not going to tell them something like that after telling them that the government has declared the machines safe. That might lead to them demanding those lead approns, for the agents, not the victim.

Franklyn on November 19, 2010 at 5:48 AM