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Old 02-17-2010, 08:00 PM
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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WASHINGTON, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Airplane passengers will have one more thing to face before they can board, U.S. transportation officials say -- they'll have their hands swabbed.

The Transportation Security Administration says the program of randomly swabbing passengers' hands looking for traces of explosives, which was begun after the Christmas Day attempted bombing of Northwest Flight 253, will greatly expand in the coming weeks, CNN reported Wednesday.

Airline passengers to have hands swabbed - UPI.com
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Old 02-17-2010, 08:51 PM
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Hmmm...My aunt was swabbed at the Atlantic City airport back in August of 2009.
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Old 02-17-2010, 09:21 PM
Location: The land of Chicago
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Are you serious?
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Old 02-18-2010, 06:23 AM
Location: Sudcaroland
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Nothing surprises me anymore... I just hope they won't try to swab other parts of our bodies some day...
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Old 02-18-2010, 07:01 AM
Location: The Raider Nation._ Our band kicks brass
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Things are going to get really interesting after the 4th of July picnics. Farmers working with fertilizer had better give an extra wash too.
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Old 02-18-2010, 11:08 AM
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The TSA's approach to security is like a caveman trying to kill an animal with a club. Flail around long enough and you might just land a blow but the chances of actually killing it are low.

They have this database with about a million people on it. Of that million people, around 990,000 are false positives and a decent number are children. But they feel good about themselves because they do have a database and there are a lot of people on it. As a result, lots of innocent citizens get harassed for no good reason.

Then you have the screeners. A fairly thankless job which, in the main, is done very well. But they get these orders from on high. No this, no that, do swabs, do random checks. Nope, you are not allowed to use your discretion and target specific profiles because that might infringe some rights. So, the leg braces have to come off the 4 year old in the cause of equal treatment. The main thing is to do a lot of stuff because that gives the impression they are all working very hard.

The problem with the TSA is not the screeners or the others that do the grunt work. The problem is that their management is clueless and it is that, more than anything, that will put the traveling public in danger. So lets not blame the screeners for doing what they are told to do.
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