Thursday, November 25, 2010

America brings the TSA to its knees

Notice all those headlines about how Opt-Out Day had fizzled?  How nobody was opting out, and lines were moving normally?  It seems the unreported side of the story is that the TSA turned the PervScanners off and said ix-nay on the ope-grae:
According to tweeting travelers, many backscatter and millimeter-wave AIT scanning machines at airports are not in use at all, making opting out impossible. We've asked DHS/TSA for comment, but you can help us confirm.
The TSA PR Flak has denied this, but of course he would.  There's a lot of chatter that the scanners were roped off, and in a credibility competition between unknown Tweeters and the TSA PR department, there's a clear winner (hint: not the TSA).

In fact, in a credibility competition between unknown Tweeters and the MSM, it's not at all clear that the MSM comes out on top.

So well done, America!


New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

The true question? How many travellers. There are 2 portions to this resistance. People that are willing to risk the inconvenience and money to pay for a ticket and confront the TSA AND get sexually assaulted are one part of the equation. The other part is the people that last month said "Scroo it!" and changed their plans and figured they'd just drive to Grandma's this year as there sign that Things Have Gone Too Far. You don't see this second group on the TeeVee news. You do see them in the numbers of folks that refrained from flying this year compared to previous. The TSA may go, "oh that's just due to recession..." as their excuse, but bean counters in the airlines will know the true impact.

SiGraybeard said...

The AP story started out, "The big Opt-Out looked like a big bust Wednesday..." Heh heh. I thought half the purpose of the scans was looking for a big bust.

Tam said...

Who ya gonna believe? Your eyes, or your lyin' government?