Mar. 6th, 2008

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TSA endangers child's life by contaminating his feeding tube despite pleas

The TSA endangered the life of child who has a surgical feeding tube in his stomach by opening up his backup tube, contaminating it. The child pleaded with the TSA officer, who said that she had to open it or refuse to allow the child to board the plane. After an Orlando television station investigated the story, the TSA agreed to look into the incident:
James Hoyne, 14, has a feeding tube in his stomach and carries a back-up in a sealed clear plastic bag. Hoyne said two weeks ago a TSA officer insisted on opening the sterile equipment, contaminating his back-up feeding up tube which he later needed.

"I said 'Please don't open it' and she said 'I have to open it whether you like it or not. If I can't open it, I can't let you on the plane,'" Hoyne said of his conversation with the TSA screener.


"Whether you like it or not."  Jesus.

I don't know how to be a revolutionary, but I'm about ready to learn.  There's got to be a way to get rid of TSA...or at least, replace them with robots.  One of the big problems with TSAs is that they try to think for themselves and interpret what they've been told to do, especially when they forgot the exact instructions, and they get it wrong a lot.

I think one of the first things is to stop needing to get on the plane.  "If I can't open it, I can't let you on the plane," seems like a reasonable place to start.  I know that given the choice between dying and missing my flight, I'll miss my flight.  Of course, I'm not a 14yo boy confronted with a TSA, someone whose lifeblood is conflict.  I'm just now to the point where I'm willing to stand at security for hours asking them for a signed warrant if they want me to turn on my company's laptop.

Please, people - help your fellows.  If the kid next to you is being hassled by TSA, step in.  TSA wants to accelerate all conflicts to Defcon 4, because physical violence is the last refuge of the incompetent...but you don't have to let that happen.  Use social aikido - just keep asking them, pleasantly, for the exact part of their charter that applies.  Keep asking, pleasantly, for a supervisor.  DO NOT get your priorities screwed up.  Your liberty and freedom is MUCH more important than making your flight.


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