strip search Essay

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AMENDMENT IV
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. http://www.lectlaw.com/def/f081.htm “Undercover agent sneaks past TSA at Newark Airport with ‘bomb’ in pants” http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/03/08/undercover-agent-sneaks-past-tsa-at-newark-airport-with-bomb-in-pants/ “TSA to allow small knives on flights” http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/03/05/tsa-to-allow-small-knives-on-flights/ “Where I draw the line” http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2010/11/where_i_draw_the_line.html Great resources: http://www.reddit.com/r/OperationGrabAss/ http://tsanewsblog.com/ http://flywithdignity.org/ Ineffective: http://us.cnn.com/2010/TRAVEL/11/22/travel.tsa.pat.downs/index.html?hpt=T1 (first minute)

How strip search is conducted http://on.aol.com/video/airport-strip-search-instruction-video-505346860 44 ways to say TSA http://on.aol.com/video/44-ways-to-say-tsa-508463130?icid=video_related_11 “How strip search is conducted”

We often hear negative news about undertrained TSA agents violating their professional ethics, especially in smaller airports.
For example, on December 2011, an 84-year-old New York grandmother says she was “mortified” after being strip-searched by TSA agents at John F. Kennedy International Airport. She claims that security whisked her away to a private room without explanation after she asked to forgo the full-body scan, fearing it might interfere with her defibrillator.

Here’s a sort clip of how strip searches should be conducted.

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I’m not saying that the TSA agents are this thorough; I’m just giving you guys an idea.

As a matter of fact, they do partial strip searches at airports, which often consist of: removal of shoes and shorts removal of coat and jacket; removal of belt; untucking of shirt.
If there is reason to suspect hidden objects, (refuse to remove your shoes or refuse to go through the scanning machine etc.) the person is then taken to a private room, which consists of: removal of shirt removal of trousers removal of underwear (boxers/briefs for men; bra/panties for women)

“TSA to allow small knives on flights”

Fact: Every month at each of the twenty biggest airports, TSA agents collect about 850 pounds of confiscated goods, and about half of that, more than 450 pounds are small knives.
So, after more than a decade of confiscating tens of millions of pocket knives, the TSA says it’s a time for a change. You can now carry a small knife on board.

TSA says the change will allow their agents to concentrate on more serious threats like explosives and guns

They believe, and I quote, that those small little items are unlikely to be used again to try and hijack an aircraft.

So this is a list of things passengers will be allowed to carry on to a plane starting at April 25, which is roughly a month from now:
Passengers flying on U.S. flights will be allowed to carry small pocket knives – blades less than 6-centimeters, up to two golf clubs, ski poles, as well as sporting sticks used for hockey, baseball bats (less than 24-inches long) will be allowed.
Razor blades and box cutters will still be banned

My point is, the purpose of strip searching at airports is to search for weapons or any items that will compromise the safety of passengers on the aircraft, but since the TSA is going to allow people carry pocket knives and golf clubs on board, what’s the point of conducting strip searches?

“STRIP SEARCHES ARE INEFFECTIVE.”

Bruce Schneier, a great security expert once point out “It looks as if we were preventing threats, but we left out a whole lot…