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TSA Mandates GA 'Self-Pat-Down' Program

timothy posted about 3 years ago | from the if-you-could-do-that-you'd-never-leave-the-airport dept.

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countertrolling writes "In a compromise measure that attempts to balance calls for increased in General Aviation operations against the individual liberties of GA pilots, [TSA head John] announced that a new self-administered pat-down program would be mandatory in the very near future. Acceptance has been (at best) mixed within the GA . While most pilots knew that enhanced steps were going to be forthcoming from the TSA, as a 'necessary counter' to security threats, most complain that the new go too far."

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I predict an INCREASE in air accidents (2)

tomhudson (43916) | about 3 years ago | (#35691146)

After all, you can go blind doing that.

Burn the Quran instead (-1, Troll)

mangu (126918) | about 3 years ago | (#35691260)

Instead of trying to prove I'm not a terrorist by being harassed by the TSA goons, I propose a much better way to prove I'm not a terrorist:

I will burn a Quran before boarding the airplane

I know, it's April 1st, but I'm serious.

How can anyone believe that the proper response to burning a book is to kill ten innocent people halfway around the world? Those fucking morons are way beyond savage, it's not as Kipling [fordham.edu] said "Your new-caught, sullen peoples, Half-devil and half-child.", those savages are one-hundred-percent devil.

Re:Burn the Quran instead (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35691274)

What about the IRA? Should we make you burn a bible too? Wait, what if you are a Zoroastrian? It would be stupid to think burning a Koran would be a stumbling block to all terrorists. Besides, the jacknuts who teach / recruit the terrorists who are Koranists will simply teach their new recruits that, contrary to popular opinion, it is OK to burn a Koran if your fingers are crossed or some such nonsense. They already manage to get them to believe, contrary to popular opinion, that it is OK to blow yourself the fuck up with a bomb. So, really - there are other terrorists. And the ones your idea targets would adapt.

Re:Burn the Quran instead (0)

mangu (126918) | about 3 years ago | (#35691302)

The IRA and other non-Muslim terrorists have been inactive of late, let's concentrate on the real danger.

I know the terrorist themselves believe they are exempt of their own stupid rules, but they cannot afford to let everyone be exempt.

If everyone starts burning Qurans the terrorists will have lost.

The proper response to Muslim extremism isn't moderation, that's not in their dictionary, they don't understand it. The only way to talk to fanatics is to defeat them.

Look at Japan before and during WWII. Everyone tried to negotiate with them and they kept advancing. Give them the tip of your fingernail and they will want your arm. It was only when the US bombed them to submission, including nuclear weapons, that they gave up.

Today Japan is a prosperous democratic country. They talk to the USA as equals, and often win. But you don't see Japanese wearing kimonos on the street, they wear "western style", meaning modern, clothes.

Japan is the perfect example on how fanaticism can be beaten. Japanese culture today coexists perfectly with western culture, people in the USA and Europe read manga and learn ju-jitsu, the same way as people in Japan watch Hollywood films and listen to rock and roll.

Re:Burn the Quran instead (1)

hedwards (940851) | about 3 years ago | (#35691378)

So, making bigoted remarks that piss off the ones that haven't yet decided which side their on is productive? Do we drop nukes on Riyadh and hope for the best?

Re:Burn the Quran instead (2)

dgatwood (11270) | about 3 years ago | (#35691902)

Wait, what if you are a Zoroastrian?

My guess is they'll make you go out to the parking lot and burn a Mazda.

Ba-dump-ching. Thanks. I'll be here all night.

Re:Burn the Quran instead (1)

zippthorne (748122) | about 3 years ago | (#35691968)

Wait, what if you are a Zoroastrian?

My guess is they'll make you go out to the parking lot and burn a Mazda

But only if Nichelle Nichols is driving it...

Re:Burn the Quran instead (1)

zippthorne (748122) | about 3 years ago | (#35691984)

Gah.. should've thought about tenses a little further. "owned" would've been a better choice of words than "is driving". Stupid easy to hit submit button not far enough away from the preview button..

Re:Burn the Quran instead (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35691358)

Great idea, I will bring the matches.

Re:Burn the Quran instead (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35691366)

Better idea, mandatory bacon breakfast for all passengers. Yum. Might have to throw the vegetarians off the plane too, but who cares? I'd rather fly with the terrorists anyway.

Re:Burn the Quran instead (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35691482)

You seem pretty eager to provoke some psychotic religious fundamentalists into a murderous rage. Is your plan to be in the line of fire when it happens? Or is the plan to simply provoke them, and then cower behind other people sent to die for your actions? Yeah, right. Real fuckin' hero, you.

I heard you say you are a programmer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35696378)

Can you show us any programs you have done, and may we try them?

Fail (0)

mysidia (191772) | about 3 years ago | (#35691152)

This is too likely to be true.

Why don't we have an article about the TSA's "strip naked in public" program, as the new mandatory alternative to full HD body scanners?

Re:Fail (1)

Corwyn_123 (828115) | about 3 years ago | (#35691164)

This is too likely to be true.

Why don't we have an article about the TSA's "strip naked in public" program, as the new mandatory alternative to full HD body scanners?

Because that's all too likely to be true as well in the very near future, don't put it past DHS and the TSA to make someone strip naked in public.

Re:Fail (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35691188)

Like your grandma?

You're doing it wrong (2)

FatLittleMonkey (1341387) | about 3 years ago | (#35691268)

I think you, like a number of posters, have misunderstood the Slashdot April Fool's tradition. It consists of a) one stupid "feature" on the site, and b) April Fool's articles written by other sites, as submitted by /. users. The editors don't create the mock articles.

Everytime I do a self-pat down. (2)

LordofEntropy (250334) | about 3 years ago | (#35691202)

I get excited...and arrested.

Re:Everytime I do a self-pat down. (1)

SeaFox (739806) | about 3 years ago | (#35692580)

Can't you just have them run your through a metal detector at that point. I'm sure they really will believe you when you tell them "it's not a concealed gun" after that.

For this you burn electricity? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35691220)

04/01 jokes can KMA.

PS - The Slashdot drop-downs are lame.

Re:For this you burn electricity? (1)

Joe U (443617) | about 3 years ago | (#35691282)

Yes yes, thank you for your input. Please leave your written complaints on the floor by the exit.

Republicans (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35691230)

This is just what the Republicans want.

The Republicans caused the terrorist attacks in the first place - with their spread Democracy with war BS.

And then, the Republicans bailed out their masters on Wall Street at taxpayer expense.

Go damn them all to Hell! All of them! It's a good thing they thump their Bibles - praise Jebus!

Morans!

Hmm.. (3, Funny)

danwesnor (896499) | about 3 years ago | (#35691244)

Do they give you, you know, like a magazine or video to watch while you pat yourself down?

Re:Hmm.. (1)

marblesbot (1750136) | about 3 years ago | (#35691412)

Yes. This is what the body scanners are for. I like to use my own body scan image. You can't have given yourself a pat down in the previous 48 hours to flying, though.

I thought this was April Fools... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35691248)

What's a non-joke article doing on Slashdot today?

I wonder.. (1)

Haedrian (1676506) | about 3 years ago | (#35691272)

If we take videos of people patting themselves down, and sell them on the internet, could we subsidize air travel prices?

My experience with "self-patting" (2)

Frosty Piss (770223) | about 3 years ago | (#35691280)

The last time I "self-patted" myself at the airport, I ended up missing my flight and now I'm on some sort of "registry".

Security first! (1)

Dare nMc (468959) | about 3 years ago | (#35691438)

Forget security through obscurity, they need to put the naked pictures from the body scanner on a projection screen for all passengers in line behind to inspect for um contraband.

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