TSA Sense of Humor

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[NOTE: This was a *long* time ago, and has since been removed - I looked the next time I flew through IND. Also, I have no problem with the TSA. I may hate taking my shoes off, but I've always been treated professionally when I've flown. I just happened to find this one particular incident unnerving.]

As I was walking to baggage claim at IND, I passed by the TSA booth near security check-in. I was surprised to see what was the desktop/background image on this TSA computer: It is a cover for a fake children's book called "My First Cavity Search".

You can see a bigger version of the cover here: i26.tinypic.com/1zpkwle.jpg

But seriously TSA - not cool.

  1. normalityrelief 42 months ago | reply

    HA! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! Ok, that really did just make my night.

    Although yeah, having something like that visible probably isnt the hottest idea :P

  2. Russ Nelson 42 months ago | reply

    Please forgive my cynicism, but any photo can be modified.

  3. irun5k 42 months ago | reply

    If that is real you need to send it to the major news outlets. If it is photoshopped, I think you should disclose so now before this thing grows legs on its own.

  4. mgrdcm 42 months ago | reply

    It is real and unmodified. However, it was well over a year ago so hardly newsworthy anymore...

  5. matt.jones.420 42 months ago | reply

    your kidding me right? News outlets love old news that isn't relevant anymore.

  6. thruthseekerscanada 42 months ago | reply

    With all the TSA news today about body scanners this is real big news. There have been reports of TSA people just doing what that desktop image shows, this is no joke

  7. Scott Longman Photography 42 months ago | reply

    When people begin to de-humanize others they often joke about it to make themselves feel better about what they are doing. The TSA is out of control.
    "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"
    Signed,
    Your Founding Fathers

  8. olcore 42 months ago | reply

    As disgusting as this is, does it come as any surprise? Any profession where people are given "authority" to rule over "citizens" eventually always gets filled with the perverted scum of the earth. How old the photo is is irrelevant. It speaks massive volumes about the sorry state of our supposed security services.

  9. eddie.peay 42 months ago | reply

    now that this pic is up on infowars it will be a big deal. Get ready for millions of views.

  10. yankeejdc 42 months ago | reply

    That's a suspiciously clear image of the screensaver that you pulled out of your photo. Did you clean it up befor eposting it?

  11. jcldigitalstudio.com 42 months ago | reply

    Well, TSA is now taking the last final steps before it will be common practice to give a 6 year old a cavity search before getting on a plane. I ran across this drawing YEARS ago by the drawing & graphic design artist Mojito - Check him out: mojito.over-blog.net/ he is really talented. Of course its a satire, a protest, to create that graphic. Anyhow... Government is scum. I dont care if its Britain, China, Australia, Mexico, Canada, or USA. They're all fucking evil. I just cant believe how far down the road of pure tyranny has ocured in the past 5 or 6 years that I have become "awoke". GOD HELP US ALL... we're all doomed if we LET this continue!!!

  12. mgrdcm 42 months ago | reply

    I didn't "pull that out of my photo", it is a drawing that's been around for years. I just wanted to link to the image they used on the desktop since it isn't very clear in the photo...

  13. mooregrim 42 months ago | reply

    photoshopped. no reflections on the screen saver but is in the rest of the pic. funny tho

  14. mgrdcm 42 months ago | reply

    I assure you - not photoshopped.

    This was taken with an original iPhone, which didn't have the greatest camera...

  15. jcldigitalstudio.com 42 months ago | reply

    I have been using Photoshop since 1994 - I started out on Photoshop 3.0. I can say with full confidence I do not see any indication this is photoshopped. And if it was, what would be the point? Most people do a terribly sloppy job anyways. Your analysis of the photo is incorrect. It IS genuine. THERE ARE REFLECTIONS in the photo. LCD displays have a smooth film called "Anti-glare", so they dont reflect light well. THERE IS A REFLECTION AT THE TOP MIDDLE, THE SILVER TRIM AROUND THE WINDOW FRAME IS REFLECTING THE LIGHT FROM THE MONITOR. Notice there is also a soft blue glow around the monitor itself, due to the very bright light that the camera perceives. You're just a liar. Its not photoshopped.

  16. osagerancher 42 months ago | reply

    Not a photoshop expert, but comparing this image to the one at www.boingboing.net/2010/11/11/tsas-new-book-for-ki.html?r... you'll notice the windows icons on the computer screen covering bits of the child's hair. IF it is a photoshop job - it's a damn good one.

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