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U.S. Military Troops May Soon Be Expedited Through TSA Security Screenings At Airports

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U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.) has introduced a bill in the house that would allow military members to pass through TSA security checkpoints at the nations airports faster by bypassing long security lines and is called the Risk Based Security Screening for Members of the Armed Forces Act. (www.thefloridanewsjournal.com) Más...

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rick737
richard weiss 0
I'll bet anyone the ranch that thinks the TSA will not accept this at face value. That bloated bureacracy will find a way to keep everyone employed and, more than likely, find ways to grow. That organization has taken on a life of it's own. They are kill proof. The wonks that run that monster will do whatever is necessary to protect it. If they have to let a few soldiers slip by, so be it as long as they live to spend and waste another day.
rick737
richard weiss 0
take out the word "not" in the first sentence
grinch59
Gene Nowak 0
Anyone notice this "bloating" of the government is being proposed by a Republican from Minnesota. Probably seeking the military's support for the coming election. In case you wonder, I have nearly 27 years in the USAF.

No one has even addressed the other bad feature of this bill. We have many Army Navy surplus stores where anyone can buy a uniform. That combined with counterfeit orders just opens up the opportunity for another 9/11 terrorist to slip through. If we want to do something along these lines for all travelers, let's go to the iris scanning system used in the U.K. for expediting screening with less groping and radiation.
mpradel
Marcus Pradel 0
Great! somehow I see the TSA growing even bigger now that they'll be chartered to integrate with the entire DOD personnel & family files.
Wingscrubber
Wingscrubber 0
Great, the people who have access to machine guns and hand grenades exempt from security. Anybody remember the Fort Hood massacre? I don't think it's safe to presume that just because somebody is enlisted that they're automatically not a danger, slightly backwards logic I think.

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amy34685
Amy Dillon 0
Moi aussi!
rick737
richard weiss 0
More pat downs. More xrays. More more more. What's enough for the serial gropers at TSA. Amy, do you in your heart really believe that anything you've done at a checkpoint has stopped an incident onboard an aircraft? Please, if you can't be honest with us, be honest with yourself.
amy34685
Amy Dillon 0
You poor curmudgeon! Alot of others share my sentiments regarding this article. I am not for more x-rays or pat downs. I advocate safety. Period.
rick737
richard weiss 0
A lot of others may share your sentiment, the majority of which work at the TSA. If you won't answer the question I've asked publicly, I hoped you answered it to yourself. Hey, since Andy Rooney has died, someone has to take over the role of curmudgeon.
alistairm
alistairm 0
Hey, it's the Richard and Amy show again, lol :P
rick737
richard weiss 0
I'm here for you, Alistair
alistairm
alistairm 0
I know. I think Amy works in the PR department at the TSA. No one else would invest this much time in defending a bloated, useless Federal agency.
rick737
richard weiss 0
I've flown military charters where where everyone on the airplane was packing. Nobody shot me. A military uniform and a fake set of orders will not get you past the system. The ID card with the new features installed is what will be looked at. Incidentally, that nasty old republican is running for re-election, just like every other member of the House. The bill had huge bi-partition support. One more point, how is it bloating the government to reduce the scrutiny of servicemembers at a checkpoint? Stop groping, Gene, or you'll be forced to be a TSA agent.
grinch59
Gene Nowak 0
Sorry, but I have no respect for TSA. As for ID cards, I have seen many fakes that can pass the closest scrutiny. No one can fake an iris scan unless you are holding the bloody eyeball in your hand.
preacher1
preacher1 0
It all goes back to the fact that common sense has disappeared. In uniform and traveling on orders, why should they not be saluted and escorted to the plane or waiting area in the first place, going or coming. There should be some kind of priority. Some wag will come up with a reason against it and to justify more TSA workers to handle it. Dang bunch of
suck #$%^&!!!!!!!!!!
intellichance
Brian Williams 0
I appreciate and respect the brave men and women of our armed forces for putting their lives on the line to protect our freedoms as much as anyone; I grew up in a military household. However, there is an inherent problem with fast-tracking military personnel through a lesser, risk-based screening just to make the process go faster. With all due respect to our soldiers, I am certain there is a significant percentage of them, as there is in a sample cross-section of society in general, who are either emotionally unstable or disgruntled, to the point of doing something foolish. These people are human, capable of human thought and, sadly, human evil. There is nothing disrespectful about making military personnel go through the very same security procedures that the rest of the flying public must go through. If you start creating exceptions and shortcuts to cater to a specific group of travelers, that vulnerability will be expolited and safety and security is sure to be compromised.

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amy34685
Amy Dillon 0
You need spell check!: our, country, doesn't, won't, military, should, treated, not. Eight spelling errors in one sentence!
alistairm
alistairm 0
Yes, and i am sure that you can write in French just as well as he can write in English. Give it a rest
amy34685
Amy Dillon 0
Pardonez moi, sil vous plait! J'adore Francais! Twenty lashes with a wet croissant for me!
alistairm
alistairm 0
Serieusment Amy, il ya aucun raison d'essayer de impressioner moi. J'habite dans une province Francais au Canada. Est ce que vous etes capable de converser dans Francais? Pas juste les petits expressions comme "pardonez moi"... Moi la, j'a croix pas que Mr. Sebastien est une vrais francophone. La raison pour laquelle il l'écrit à la manière fait, ces't une peut bizarre a moi. Quoi qu'il en soit, peut etre il ya des problems avec son cerveau.

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alistairm
alistairm 0
Alright Sebastien. I just found the way you were misspelling words was a bit weird. I have many French friends and none of them spell in English that bad and certainly don't spell Frecnh with an "a". "Donc, toi la.." what did you want to say?
rick737
richard weiss 0
It obvious that most everyone posting to this thread thinks the level of harrassment at TSA checkpoints is acceptable. WRONG! The entire system has gotten far too intrusive. Groping Grandma's Depends does not make us us safer, nor doesn't it make us feel safer. We could easlily go back to pre-9/11 security screening, but add simple profiling techniques to ferrett out the evil minded. We've spent billions buying machines that detect knives and guns, to only have the same level of failure that we had when the old GARRETT wand was used. We spent billions on machines to detect explosives, only to find out that a German Shepard is a better detector. We've increased the health hazard to the traveling public by xraying. Let's face it, the only reason we don't lower the threat response is to keep TSA employees on the job.

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amy34685
Amy Dillon 0
I really hope you meant "Trust me", not "Thrust me"!

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amy34685
Amy Dillon 0
No big deal! I actually thought the error was amusing and cute!
alistairm
alistairm 0
Is it really?
alistairm
alistairm 0
The TSA is not necessarily needed in order to make security better. That aspect can be done without a huge government agency. Something to think about: the TSA was created in November of 2001, only about a month and a half after 9/11. I know that it was imperative to overhaul airport security, but that could have been done with what was in place already. But a fullblown government agency formed in under 2 months? Really? It's as if someone was just sitting back and waiting.
preacher1
preacher1 0
I guess that goes to individual people and how you were raised, and not necessarily North or South as there are unmannered folks everywhere. I don't do any HUB type origination other than DFW or occasionally GSO/CLT, but at the smaller stations I see folks doing a good job, seemingly thankful to have one and almost apolgetic for having to bother you. That is why I have such a hard time with the seemingly power happy and uncaring attitudes talked about here. Is it the individuals or just the natural lifestyle for that area and what is tolerated? That attitude wouldn't be tolerated down here. Not saying it wouldn't happen but it just wouldn't be tolerated.
rick737
richard weiss 0
Wayne, I'm talking about the bang for the buck we get from TSA. I know there are people at the TSA that are hardworking, and want to protect us. That said, I believe the system is bloated to a point where it looses effectiveness. We don't come close to stopping all the bad stuff that people bring along on their flights. The simple truth is, that stuff makes it through and NOTHING HAPPENS onboard. Grandma's knitting needles aren't that much of a threat. That guy from IAH made it to Argentina with a handgun, walked around Buenos Aires for a week and was stopped while boarding his return flight. He didn't have ill intent. He just made a big mistake. I'm not condoning hand guns for all pax, but let's get real about security
rick737
richard weiss 0
I get it. Our servicemen(and women) deserve the respect of all of us. No one can logically stand against that. However, just because a person is not in uniform, means they deserve less respect? I served 23 years in the military and thank our service people everytime there's an opportunity to do so. But, those folks go to war to defend our freedoms. It seems they're winning all the battles with the bad guys, but we're losing the battle with our government for the respect all citizens earned. That said, I support theory that our service folks haved earned respect. Too bad our leaders are afraid to lead, and take us beyond the mess they've given us at the TSA checkpoints.

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