TSA: your theater review for the week

Published as headpiece for: "In Quarantine" by Raymond MacDonald Alden, Collier's weekly, July 27, 1907. ( Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. )

Over at the TSA, another week, another edition of what they’re now calling Week in Review. Here’s what was discovered during the period between March 2nd and 8th, 2012:

  • Firearms: 24 loaded; 4 unloaded
  • 2 artfully concealed prohibited item found at checkpoints

Over at the TSA Blog, more photos and text.

TSA has announced that they’re beginning to test a modified screening process for people older than I am.

Some air travelers over the age of 75 will soon get a break at airport security checkpoints under a test program announced Wednesday that could allow them to keep their shoes and light jackets on and skip pat-downs.

The new guidelines from the Transportation Security Administration, which take effect Monday at four U.S. airports, are part of an effort to move away from its one-size-fits-all security procedures and speed lower-risk passengers through while focusing on those who may need more scrutiny. Similar changes were made last fall for travelers 12 and younger.

Farther down in the same piece, here’s what agency spokesman Jim Fotenos says about the new rules:

The TSA recognizes that the vast majority of air travelers present no risk to aviation security. But it’s how we identify those (travelers) and expedite the process that we’re working on right now.

Vast majority? How does 99.99999999999999999% look to you?

To leave you laughing: view South Park’s own version of the TSA (Toilet Safety Administration) here.