Back in the TSA*

X-Ray of Hands, 1922. Unknown, American (Metropolitan Museum)

Checking back with the TSA, here are the accomplishments on their list for the period between January 23rd and 29th, 2012:

  • 2 artfully concealed prohibited items found at checkpoints
  • 31 firearms found at checkpoints
  • 0 passengers arrested after investigation of suspicious behavior or fraudulent travel documents

Late last year, the TSA issued a Request for Information (RFI) regarding possible purchase of dosimeters to monitor radiation exposure, perhaps in response to TSA employee concerns about increased cancer  risks.

This week Senator Susan Collins (R, Maine) introduced a bill that would force the TSA to commission an independent study of airport backscatter scanners (which the European Union banned last November due to safety concerns).

A number of women travelers using the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) are complaining that they feel unfairly targeted for extra screening.

“The screener appeared to enjoy the process of picking someone rather than doing true random screening. I felt this was inappropriate. A woman behind me was also “randomly selected.”

If you have a personal complaint about the TSA, their Office of Civil Rights and Liberties explains the process here.

*The title is a tribute to Chuck Berry’s song Back in the USA