What is the point of detaining airline passengers AFTER they leave the plane?
TSA Rolls Out ‘Detention Pods’ to Hold Passengers Before They Can Exit Airport
Posted by Gateway Guest Blogger on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 8:50 AM
Guest Post by Mara Zebest
Another waste of taxpayer dollars for “security theater” and more government tyranny and control. Taxpayers are footing a $60 million dollar tab for “detention pod” doors in the Syracuse airport. The Government Accountability Office already posted a report finding the TSA wasted $900 million on a useless screening program.
A few problems to consider for this latest waste of taxpayer money. Recently airport citizens—along with the TSA AGENTS—were running to escape gun fire at LAX. So what would happen when lives depend on exiting quickly and people get stuck or bottle-necked into these exit pods? The article also mentions the traveler cannot re-enter the airport once they leave. So what about the scenario in which a traveler cannot fit multiple kids and/or luggage into the pod and may need to re-enter the airport to escort everything or everyone through the doors? Are the pods compliant with the government standards for handicapped travelers in wheelchairs (who need someone to push them)?
Typical that government interference will break something that isn’t broken, and the government fix to causing more problems will be to break it some more.
The DailyMail reports the following:
Not content with the tight security in place at many of the nations airports, the TSA is now funding the roll-out of exit pods at major airport terminals across the country.
The pods temporarily detain passengers before they are allowed to leave.
Travelers are forced through the pods as the leave the airport terminal before a robotic voice gives instructions to wait inside the pod until a green light is shown and the door opens.
Once travelers exit the pods, they are unable to re-enter the terminal.
The pods have already been installed at Syracuse International Airport as part of a $60 million dollar renovation.
There are plans for the pods to be installed at other major airports soon.
- mommanukeLv 77 years agoFavorite Answer
The majority of the tactics used by the TSA are based on money. The Xray machines were someone's idea of a way to make money without making a difference. I'm sure these pods are the same thing. No one cares that the Israelis have much better security without all the fooferaw we use, because someone is making money off it.
- James KLv 77 years ago
Well, after a search and skipping all the conspiracy theory sites like World Net Daily and Before It's News, I come across a Yahoo article on the issue most of the way down the first search page.
The pods in question are not installed at the air terminal exits. They are installed at the exits to the secure areas of air terminals (the concourses), to prevent re-entering the concourse through the exit.
Currently, Syracuse points out that for the cost of guards, the exit pods save money and pay for themselves in less than a year of operation. In Atlantic City (where they are also installed) they have been installed since 2009.
Also, quoting from the article: The portals are intended to remove the potential for the kind of human error that was blamed for a 2010 breach that shut down a Newark Liberty International Airport terminal for several hours and caused worldwide flight delays after a Rutgers graduate student slipped under a rope to see his girlfriend off on her flight.
There are complaints from passengers (that they will cause delays), but none have been noted in the time they have been used.
For the full article, see the link below.
- River EuphratesLv 77 years ago
Airport security could be almost completely transparent and unnoticeable, but people whined about some TSA agent (who I can guarantee could give less than half a f**k) seeing their wee-wee's and hoo-ha's.
- RileyLv 77 years ago
Besides being pornographically scanned and sexually groped by TSA agents, this is just going to be more red tape inconvenience for air travellers.
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- FarOutsideLv 77 years ago
Looking for smugglers and contraband. I guess the inability to re-enter is based on the thought that the smugglers would hide what they just brought in, and then return to pick it up later.
- Anonymous7 years ago
- Anonymous7 years ago
The point is to break people so they'll give up their rights, or give up flying. I gave up flying when all this crap started. Heh heh. I can't afford to fly anyway, but I wouldn't if I could. I'm sure there are plenty of people that can afford it that gave it up too.