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Heywood J Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 06:37 AM
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Woman gets apology for 'humiliating' airport screening
http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews//20110114/calgary-aiport-woman-screened-apology-110114/

An 82-year-old cancer survivor has received an apology from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, after she underwent a "humiliating" body scan at the Calgary airport.
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"I didn't think I had to tell the whole world I had a mastectomy," Strecker told CTV News.

She said that when the scanner revealed her prosthesis, security personnel accused her of lying and searched her by hand.
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Officials are reviewing surveillance video of the screening, but the footage does not have audio. They are also waiting for Strecker to file an official complaint.


One down, millions to go. When they have to call Granny a liar and search her breast-cancer prosthesis, either our countries have made too many enemies or the paranoia has gotten absolutely ridiculous.
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Fumesucker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 06:46 AM
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1. For one horrifying moment I thought this might be the US TSA apologizing..
Glad to know that our record of overweening arrogance is unblemished.

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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 10:01 AM
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6. Heh. Silly rabbit. Sociopaths (and the politicians who enable them)
don't do apologies.
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Uben Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 07:12 AM
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2. So, my wife said....
.....when I go thru security at the airport, I should stick a sweet potato down my pants and see how the gals in security fight to see which one gets to pat me down. To my surprise, when I passed thru the scanner, they let me go on my way. She didn't tell me to stick it down the FRONT of my pants!






(okay, that's an old joke, but it fits)
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Celebrandil Donating Member (254 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 07:26 AM
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3. Screening experience
One of my students is a Swedish guy of Iranian decent, who always seems to get stopped for screening, sometimes questioned for hours with missed flights as a consequence. However, after growing a beard and wearing a Castro t-shirt, those harassments seem to have stopped.
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conspirator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 09:46 AM
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4. Ironically the profile of a terrorist is someone well dressed and shaved
Edited on Mon Jan-17-11 09:46 AM by conspirator
So if you look like a hippie they won't question you.
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MindPilot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 09:57 AM
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5. "humiliating airport screening" is a redundant phrase. n/t
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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 10:24 AM
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7. Excessive airport security is a form of terrorism. Keep the public afraid. nm
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 11:08 AM
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pottersvilleusa Donating Member (54 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 09:57 PM
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9. They clearly don't want us to fly
Wonder why.
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