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How To Keep TSA From Molesting Wounded Veterans

April 1, 2013 by  

How To Keep TSA From Molesting Wounded Veterans
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Last week, the government took steps to avoid harassment of wounded military veterans by agents of the Transportation Security Administration. The move came two weeks after an active duty Marine who had lost both of legs to an improvised explosive device was humiliated at a TSA checkpoint at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

The TSA, while still disputing claims that the 25-year-old wounded Marine was unduly harassed, has taken steps to expedite the airport screening process for active duty and inactive wounded military veterans. New protocol will allow wounded vets to call or email the TSA in advance of their trips to get benefits similar to those in the TSA’s PreCheck program.

Wounded veterans who call in advance will be allowed to use dedicated screening lanes; leave on light outerwear, belts, shoes and hats; and keep laptop computers and certain liquids in carry-on bags.

TSA said in a statement: “TSA wants to facilitate the screening of injured and wounded service members. To address these specific situations, TSA has established the Wounded Warrior/Military Severely Injured Joint Support Operations Center Program to support and facilitate the movement of severely injured service members and veterans through the security screening process at our nation’s airports.”

For more information about how to use the program, visit the TSA website.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Warrior

    TSA has established the “Wounded Warrior/Military Severely Injured Joint Support Operations Center Program”.

    I wonder if this new “center” is open 24/7 or will it too, be impacted by “sequestration”?

    If gubmint can’t create new programs, it just isn’t “busy” enough doing the “peoples work”.

  • dan

    If they’re trying to provoke me….grrrr
    but that’s why I don’t fly,anymore….or take Greyhound …or the train…
    but then they win by restricting my freedom of movement….
    and the noose of tyranny tightens

  • jdn

    That was decent of them , but all other amputees are fair game . Keep away with prosthetics and searching grandma’s depends will still be the days highlight . Can’t spoil all their fun .

  • ToughGuy1

    To all the Gomer’s out there with TSA “Oh geeeeeegulleeee!

  • Maryland FreeStater

    Time to close the Department store of Homeland Offense. I am a helluva lot more afraid of our own government than I am of ‘terrorists’.

  • WILDFIRE

    Amazing how they give preferential treatment to saudi travels and other known terrorist Countries by putting them into special programs to let real terrorists slip by and want to treat Americans and especially our vets like they are the terrorist threat at our ports of entry.

  • Renee

    My own experience, the experience of a young mom being held because she was trying to keep her breast milk from going through the screening process, which is legal, and now this harassment of the wounded military makes me know that this TSA has gotten too big for the good of the country. When tested to see if dangerous things can get through by their own superiors they fail, but boy oh boy lets make sure Grandmas (like me), and young moms, and the wounded military have to go through embarrassing and unnecessary “requirements” just to catch a plane to visit their loved ones. Yeah they need to be cleaned up from the top down. And some need to go to compassion training school. Not all of them are idiots but it seems to take a particular kind of person to be able to do this job.

  • Antonio

    Well this is actually a good thing that this happened to that wounded imperialist, because maybe now he will realize that he lost his legs for nothing, surely it wasn’t for freedom.LOL Way to fight for your own enslavement sucker…

    • Roland Lauze

      are you nuts

      • antonio

        Absolutely not. The US military is an imperialistic one and those imperialist are losing their limbs for absolutely nothing other than imperialism. They are NOT fighting for freedoms, they are only slaves to be used for foreign policy and that foreign policy is for world globalization/domination….too bad you cannot see it.

    • Dick

      Gladly show your ass the door. Take me up on it, please.

      • antonio

        Dick, you’re a downtrodden and you’re so blind that you cannot even see it, just like Roland. If that is the best thing you can come up with for a debate, you have clearly accepted your oppression…a true sucker.

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