(Hat Tip Reader Eric M.) – Could TSA Detention Pods be coming soon to a USA airport near you?
Infowars reports on Syracuse airport, as part of its $60m renovation, has installed TSA Detention Pods which requires passengers to be funnelled into special exists and wait, presumably for only a brief period, in a detention pod before being allowed to exit the airport. This would potentially replace the TSA Officer who is guarding the airport exit at every airport exit in America (although as I have seen in Charlotte, NC airport, even if the exit is closed or under Construction the TSA keeps agents sitting and guarding the closed exit, presumably to keep or maintain their employee shift schedule).
From the article:
The justification for installing the pods is that they replace police or security guards who would normally stand at the exit, therefore saving money, something which the TSA isn’t normally concerned about given how it is now selling abandoned naked body scanners to prisons for 10 per cent of their value.
According to Karen De Coster, the pods are a way “to remind you that you are a captive” and are “meant to make you feel like a prisoner who cannot leave.”
The prison inmate feel of the devices compliments numerous other TSA policies which critics have charged serve little other purpose than making travelers feel like they are under constant suspicion.
Last week, a Government Accountability Office investigation revealed that the TSA’s $1 billion dollar “chat down” program has been a complete failure in that it is “no better than chance” at identifying genuine security threats.
This seems like a very slippery slope to me. Why does the TSA keep encroaching on the things we do while we freely transit in public?