After “routine” TSA screening, one passenger says: never again!

Editor’s Note: The following post concerning a recent TSA screening uses anatomical terms to describe reproductive organs and may not be suitable for all audiences.

Kimberly Marcus is an educational consultant from Alfred, N.Y., who describes herself as a law-abiding citizen. Yet she says the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) has treated her worse than a convicted felon, sexually assaulting her and “repeatedly touching my private areas.” Read more “After “routine” TSA screening, one passenger says: never again!”

Full-body scan fail: The TSA opts out of opt-outs

Until last week, air travelers could opt out of a full-body scan at Transportation Security Administration (TSA) airport screening areas, instead choosing an enhanced pat-down.

But on Dec. 18, the agency changed its rules, allowing screeners to refuse passengers the option of opting out.
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Lawsuits against TSA are piling up quickly

The Transportation Security Administration’s little body-scanning/pat-down problem isn’t just keeping us media types busy. Lawyers are having a field day with it, too.

The latest lawsuit against the TSA was filed earlier this week by two Harvard Law School students who claim the airport security checks involving full-body scanners and pat-downs are unconstitutional. The suit claims the screenings violate their Fourth Amendment rights prohibiting unreasonable searches and seizures.

Here’s a rundown of the most high-profile cases.
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Everything you need to know if you’re flying today (but were afraid to ask)

It’s National Opt-Out Day. Ready to fly?

Here are a few things you should know.

Will my flight be delayed? If you’re flying out of one of these airports, it should be smooth sailing, according to Flightstats (numbers in brackets are average on-time departure performance during the past three Thanksgiving holidays).

1. Salt Lake City (89.00 percent)
2. Minneapolis (86.61 percent)
3. Portland, Ore. (86.43 percent)
4. San Diego (85.00 percent)
5. Seattle (84.88 percent)

Here are the five worst:

1. Miami (67.03 percent)
2. Dallas (69.23 percent)
3. New York (71.04 percent)
4. Atlanta (71.19 percent)
5. Chicago (O’Hare) (72.32 percent)
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How to survive a flight on National Opt-Out Day

Now what?

The TSA won’t change the way it screens passengers, even when threatened with a major protest action on one of the busiest air travel days of the year.

How do you survive what, even under ideal circumstances, is a dreadful day to be flying?
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