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TSA 'Secured' Metrodome During Recent Football Game 364

McGruber writes "Travel writer Christopher Elliott touches down with the news that the U.S. Transportation Security Administration was spotted standing around outside a recent American football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers (picture). According to Mr. Elliott, the 'TSA goes to NFL games and political conventions and all kinds of places that have little or nothing to do with ... travel. It even has a special division called VIPR — an unfortunate acronym for Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response team — that conducts these searches.' He continues, 'As far as I can tell, TSA is just asking questions at this point. "Data and results collected through the Highway BASE program will inform TSA's policy and program initiatives and allow TSA to provide focused resources and tools to enhance the overall security posture within the surface transportation community," it says in the filing. But they wouldn't be wasting our money asking such questions unless they planned to aggressively expand VIPR at some point in the near future. And that means TSA agents at NFL games, in subways and at the port won't be the exception anymore — they will be the rule.'"
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TSA 'Secured' Metrodome During Recent Football Game

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 05, 2013 @06:19PM (#42490531)

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 05, 2013 @06:22PM (#42490553)

    Why not just get it over with and change your flag to the swastika, we all know that's where this is heading.

    Well, I think the first step is to change their uniform shirts to a sort of a chocolate brown color, that has a "calming" effect...

    I think they may have all ready deployed their troops - look closely, the next time you THINK you see a UPS man.

  • by Phrogman ( 80473 ) on Saturday January 05, 2013 @06:24PM (#42490571) Homepage

    One night it will all crystallize, and you can all see where its heading...

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 05, 2013 @06:27PM (#42490589)

    It's part of American culture and you should be tolerant. Americans are mostly supportive of these security measures since they overwhelmingly voted for either Republican or Democrat, both of which look to expand domestic security. As you are tolerant of Middle Eastern dictatorships and countries like China, you too should be tolerant of America. Your criticism is a sign of bigotry.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 05, 2013 @06:36PM (#42490637)

    "Ahh, not a bear in sight. The bear patrol must be working like a charm."

  • by dgatwood ( 11270 ) on Saturday January 05, 2013 @06:48PM (#42490721) Homepage Journal

    You provide little actual security within your primary area of focus. Confiscating water bottles...

    That's pretty much it right there. The NFL probably saw what a great job they did at preventing outside beverages inside airport security, and how much better the overpriced food vendors inside security are doing as a result, and they're probably hoping that the TSA can repeat that success at their establishment.

  • by paiute ( 550198 ) on Saturday January 05, 2013 @07:20PM (#42490897)
    The United States of America lost 75% of its Constitutional rights by following this one weird trick!
  • by paiute ( 550198 ) on Saturday January 05, 2013 @07:25PM (#42490939)

    ...actually, being a Canadian, I started giving my life story until she told me to shut up.

    Something along the lines of this:

    "I don’t reckon them times will ever come again. There never was a more bullier old ram than what he was. Grandfather fetched him from Illinois–got him of a man by the name of Yates–Bill Yates–maybe you might have heard of him; his father was a deacon–Baptist–and he was a rustler, too; a man had to get up ruther early to get the start of old Thankful Yates; it was him that put the Greens up to jining teams with my grandfather when he moved west. Seth Green was prob’ly the pick of the flock; he married a Wilkerson–Sarah Wilkerson–good cretur, she was–one of the likeliest heifers that was ever raised in old Stoddard, everybody said that knowed her. She could heft a bar’l of flour as easy as I can flirt a flapjack. And spin? Don’t mention it! Independent? Humph! When Sile Hawkins come a browsing around her, she let him know that for all his tin he couldn’t trot in harness alongside of her. You see, Sile Hawkins was–no, it warn’t Sile Hawkins, after all–it was a galoot by the name of Filkins–I disremember his first name; but he was a stump–come into pra’r meeting drunk, one night, hooraying for Nixon, becuz he thought it was a primary; and old deacon Ferguson up and scooted him through the window and he lit on old Miss Jefferson’s head, poor old filly. She was a good soul–had a glass eye and used to lend it to old Miss Wagner, that hadn’t any, to receive company in; it warn’t big enough, and when Miss Wagner warn’t noticing, it would get twisted around in the socket, and look up, maybe, or out to one side, and every which way, while t’ other one was looking as straight ahead as a spy-glass. Grown people didn’t mind it, but it most always made the children cry, it was so sort of scary. She tried packing it in raw cotton, but it wouldn’t work, somehow–the cotton would get loose and stick out and look so kind of awful that the children couldn’t stand it no way. She was always dropping it out, and turning up her old dead-light on the company empty, and making them oncomfortable, becuz she never could tell when it hopped out, being blind on that side, you see. So...."

  • by R3d M3rcury ( 871886 ) on Saturday January 05, 2013 @08:38PM (#42491467) Journal

    My theory is that they wanted to watch the game and they didn't want to buy tickets. Thus, they have to be there "for security reasons." Which is why they have to be in the luxury boxes later on...

  • by mschaffer ( 97223 ) on Saturday January 05, 2013 @08:46PM (#42491545)

    To be more accurate, I thought the TSA uniform's insignia should depict someone stacking trays. After all, doesn't the TSA stand for "Tray Stackers of America"?

  • by blackraven14250 ( 902843 ) on Saturday January 05, 2013 @10:10PM (#42492113)
    "Isn't that the usual reason why people buy airline tickets?"
  • by MaskedSlacker ( 911878 ) on Saturday January 05, 2013 @10:37PM (#42492267)

    For those who slept through high school and currently have a career as TSA agents... [] []


  • by CptNerd ( 455084 ) <> on Sunday January 06, 2013 @01:30AM (#42493087) Homepage
    They're not automated yet (skynet) so whoever's driving has to get out to pee or eat sometime...
  • by EvilIdler ( 21087 ) on Sunday January 06, 2013 @07:39AM (#42494419)

    "The trouble with quotes on the Internet is that you can never know if they are genuine." --Abraham Lincoln

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