Tag: Transportation

Form Trumps Function on Taxpayers’ Blank Check »

The elevated freeway that collapsed during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in Oakland had long been known to be non-seismically-sound. Engineering students at nearby University of California, Berkeley were directed to the structure as a case-study in negative harmonics, and we who drove on it regularly were well familiar with the almost seasickening wavy...
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What Does It Say That I Could Post a TSA Outrage Every Day? »

If there weren’t any other issues to follow, I could find something egregious about TSA to post on virtually every day. Today’s outrage: a female TSA agent laughing after she spilled a man’s grandfather’s ashes on the floor of the airport. The TSA’s own website says human remains are to be opened under, “no...
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How Many TSA Agents Does It Take... »

...to realize the metal detector isn’t plugged in? No one knows how long it took for the light to dawn yesterday morning for one TSA agent at New York’s busy JFK International Terminal that his metal detector had been unplugged—apparently for hours: Amazingly, he failed to realize that alert lights never flashed once as...
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Segway Police: Unsafe at Any Speed? »

Today at SFO’s teeming passenger pick up curb, I saw about 20-25 San Francisco police passing through on their Segways. A long line of them was making and winding its way between people, very much as though they were on their way somewhere. They also seemed to be in training. I saw a lot...
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TSA the Employer of Last Resort for Sex Offenders? »

One might think that a Catholic priest removed from his position for sexually abusing children might find it difficult to find gainful employment. And one might think that this is a good thing—especially that he find it difficult to find employment involving intimate contact with children. But the Transportation Security Administration apparently thinks differently....
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TSA’s Total Stupidity Agency Enters the Life-threatening Realm »

It’s not enough, apparently, that the TSA has a well-established record for humiliating, degrading, stealing from, bullying, and terrifying the traveling public. Its agents’ arrogance is now moving into the realm of actually life-threatening. A Type-1 diabetic teen’s insulin pump was broken by a TSA scanner, despite her showing a TSA agent her pump...
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I Pocket Knife: A Tale of Petty Tyranny and the TSA »

By the time you read this, I’m probably little more than a glob of metal, like so many millions of my brothers and sisters. And I did nothing wrong. For a while, I blamed my owner—didn’t he know that the TSA wouldn’t let him take me on an airplane? But, of course he did....
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The Corruptible TSA: Part II »

This story reports that two TSA employees were arrested for taking bribes to allow large narcotic shipments pass through the Los Angeles airport. I put up a post about a similar story last year, so I’ll raise similar questions again. There is no rule against carrying drugs on airplanes, and carrying them did not...
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Real Airline Security »

A Jet Blue pilot went loopy, started screaming about bombs, prayers, Iraq and Afghanistan, and running down the aisle. He was tackled and restrained by passengers and locked out of the cockpit by his copilot—just as it was passengers or crew that secured the planes targeted by the shoe-bomber and underwear bomber. Indeed, it...
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Reasons to Rethink Electric Cars »

Here are a few good reasons to think about just how much more federal money ($5 billion and counting) should be poured into subsidizing electric cars: A new study from the University of Tennessee finds that electric cars cause worse pollution in China than standard gas-burning cars. The bottom line is that one has...
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