backtop


Print 86 comment(s) - last by detesticle.. on May 16 at 9:56 PM


Don't make fun of TSA employee Rolando Negin's small junk, or he will beat you with a club.  (Source: MSNBC)

President Obama has pledged hundreds of millions of dollars to pepper airports with the scanners, which have been shown in independent tests not to accurately detect plastic, powder, liquid weapons, or explosives.  (Source: AP)
One worker is now in jail after assaulting a co-worker who teased him about his small genitalia

Rolando Negrin, 44, had a pretty good life including a steady job with the Transportation Security Administration.  However, when he stepped into a full body scanner during a training session and it revealed him to have rather small genitalia, he quickly became the butt of his supervisor's jokes.

Filled with rage at the insults to his manhood, Negrin confronted his boss in the airport parking lot, armed with a police baton.  He struck the man on the arm and back.  A police report describes, "[Negrin] then told victim to kneel down and say 'your sorry'.  Victim stated he was in fear and complied with [Negrin]."

Surprisingly, Negrin made no attempt to flee following the attack.  He showed up at work the next day, acting as if nothing had happened.  He was promptly arrested.  He was booked into the Miami-Dade jail.  He was wearing his blue TSA shirt at the time of his arrest.

The incident raises serious questions about the full body scanners that the Obama administrationis looking to spend millions of dollars in taxpayer money to roll out at airports across the country.

Homeland Security and TSA officials, as well as the scanner manufacturers have previously claimed that the scanners blur private parts.  The incident clearly indicates that if these capabilities are present, they aren't on in at least some of the scanners -- a serious privacy concern.

Beyond the privacy concerns, there's also concern over the efficacy of the new scanners.  British experts say that the scanners are virtually useless at detecting low density substances like chemical powders or liquids, and would be unlikely to detect plastic weapons.

Despite these concerns the U.S. and British governments are charging ahead with plans to roll out the controversial devices.  It looks likely that the U.S. may soon implement a no-scan-no-fly policy, much like Britain.



Comments     Threshold


This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

TSA Maturity level?
By jRaskell on 5/7/2010 3:48:11 PM , Rating: 2
What this also clearly indicates is that the average level of maturity of TSA employees is simply not high enough to be even remotely involved in such privacy concerns.

It's quite clear that all parties involved in this incident lack an adult level of maturity, and yet there's no reason for concern over what these scanners are or aren't doing?




RE: TSA Maturity level?
By mindless1 on 5/11/2010 6:18:42 AM , Rating: 2
Are you representing yourself as the one with an adult level of maturity?... 'cuz I have to tell you, if I were your boss and you needed your job, I am sure I and others could team up harassing you until you snapped.

I'm not saying I'd do so, certainly not but the point is, everyone has a breaking point. Sometimes it matters more that you teach a harasser a lesson enough that they think twice before moving on to harass someone else. Merely getting them fired from their present job doesn't necessarily correct that kind of character flaw.


RE: TSA Maturity level?
By mindless1 on 5/11/2010 6:27:03 AM , Rating: 2
Almost forgot to mention, if you consider a mere handful of TSA employees a sample size enough to "clearly indicate", you might want to use that magic 8-ball you must have to predict other things for us too.

There are morons in any large group of people, stereotyping the TSA makes no more sense than by race, age, religion, etc, etc... and in case you were wondering, no I don't work for the TSA and don't know anyone who does. I commented because your logic on this topic is not at all correct.


"The whole principle [of censorship] is wrong. It's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't have steak." -- Robert Heinlein














botimage
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki