Richmond Airport (TSA) Informative - You can always say 'No'

Review by 72021 on 2010-09-21
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA -- Once again I journey into less-traveled seedy topics that are better suited for graffiti than a consumer gripe site but this time it's personal and it ain't my fault Can you believe the TSA wanted a glimpse at my no-no special place. Excuse me but whether I've been circumcised or not is not the business of some TSA agent behind the curtain.

What the heck are you talking about Stew? It's called a millimeter wave imaging machine which despite the TSA propaganda takes full body scans so detailed that it basically renders your clothes invisible. The machine is a tube you stand in with your hands over your head while you are scanned. The picture is transmitted to a TSA agent out of view. This agent reviews the pic and then radios back a thumbs-up or thumbs-down. Welcome to the Culture of Fear.

Like an obedient pup I kick off my shoes and put my stuff on the conveyor then head over to walk through the metal detector. Oh not so fast. I was chosen for the full body scan. Ya know there comes a point when enough is enough and this was that point.

I asked the TSA agent if I refused the full body scan would I still be permitted to pass. She said yes but only after an aggressive pat down. I look around and only see women wearing the TSA uniform. Hell Yeah! Aside from that though if you are going so violate my most basic privacy then you're gonna do it face to face. I said I choose the pat down please.

She directed me to walk through the metal detector which I did then I stood there waiting for my aggressive pat down. She motioned her hand with a wave and said eh you can go on your way. Imagine my disappointment.

As I sat there putting my shoes on I saw a woman who was about 70 years old standing in the millimeter wave imaging machine with her hands in the air like a common criminal. She had a look of fear or embarrasssment or even shock on her face. How sad what we have become. All this because some corporation through influence, favor and lobby was able to successfully peddle a multi-million dollar piece of unneeded junk onto the tax payer. And make no mistake about it. It's not about terrorists. It's all about selling fear and selling product.

Just say NO!
Comments:20 Replies - Latest reply on 2010-09-22
Posted by MRM on 2010-09-21:
Thank you, Stew, for sharing with your readers with your encounter with the TSA.
Posted by MRM on 2010-09-21:
I hope you had enjoyed your stay in the state of Virginia and come back next time!
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-09-21:
MRM, I did enjoy my trip. The weather was lovely, people always friendly and this time I got to fan out a bit. Caught a contractor dog and pony show in Norfolk. Awesome ship viewing for an inland boy. Made my way down to Virginia Beach. Partied a bit along the coast line. Not to mention got me Five Guys Burgers. Man I love those burgers. What more do you need in life?
Posted by Buddy01 on 2010-09-21:
Thank you, Stew for letting people know that the nude-o-scope is optional.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-09-21:
Talk about flying the friendly skies;)
Posted by V on 2010-09-21:
I hate to fly anymore :(

If I can't get there by car, train or boat, I ain't going >_<
Posted by D. on 2010-09-21:
Now we may never know if JewStew is circumcised or not.
If it makes you feel any better, I'm sure those women were more disappointed than you when there was no pat down of the leader of Stew Nation.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-09-21:
Stew> It was meant as a compliment to having you back here this week. We don't care how you get here, just get here if you can. But if you feel the need to remove/hide this as well, just let me know and I'll remove it myself.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-09-21:
Leaving On A Jet Plane may have been a better choice.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-09-21:
How about R. Kelly's "I believe I can fly"...
Posted by rockfishing on 2010-09-21:
Good review, I to would rather be molested than nuked. They need to just start profiling and let the rest of us be.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-09-21:
How about Frank Sinatra's "Fly me to the moon"...
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-09-21:
J4A, Your false accusations are mildly amusing. I'll let it stand.

Basher, I don't know about that.

Ript, Indeed.

Mrs. V, Could not agree with you more.

Buddy, You're welcomed.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-09-21:
How about not. Stew, I agree with you, I'm all for a pat down any day. A rub down would be better though.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-09-21:
rockfishing, Where's the profit in that? The department of homeland security is securing the financial future for many a upstart and long standing corporations while at the same time providing generous employment opportunities for many retiring DHS senior leaders. Ah, the circle of life.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-09-21:
Stew, I wish I had known you were coming to Virginia Beach. I could have given you some suggestions on cool places to party!
Posted by D. on 2010-09-21:
That's an easy one Dryad...the coolest place to party is at your house!
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-09-21:
DB, true. But only if I get to wear my jammies.
Posted by D. on 2010-09-21:
Hey, you can wear your jammies, Stew's jammies or no jammies, it's your house and your party!
Posted by Alain on 2010-09-22:
Thanks for the review, Stew. I'll stick with the "no" option and go with the wanding if they ever get curious about me.

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