Monday, April 22, 2013

PSA: Now's Your Chance to Tell the TSA How Much You Hate Them

Ooh, I hate you I hate you I hate you I hate you ...
and now I get to tell you to your face!

Public service announcement: after several years of already having their cancer-causing nude-o-scopes in place, the TSA is finally accepting public comments on their plans to roll out their full-body scanners and sexually assaulting pat-downs.

Granted, they are only accepting public comments on the scanners because a federal judge ordered them to, but still.

So, now's your chance to head over to regulations.gov and tell the TSA how much you hate them, how much you hate the scanners, how much you hate the pat-downs, that they should get rid of both the utterly useless scanners and pointlessly invasive pat-downs, and to ask any questions you have about the scanners, pat-downs, or anything else. Here's the link:

http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=TSA-2013-0004-0001

There, you can read the TSA's (crappy) justification for the scanners and, more importantly, share your feelings with them via the "comment now" button.

As a federal government employee, I know how these public comments work. You're not screaming into the void with these public comments - the government (or, more likely, a government contractor) will read every single comment submitted, and then the government (this time, likely an actual TSA employee) will have to answer every single comment/question individually.

If you submit a form letter, your comment will be grouped with like comments/questions and answered collectively, so I highly recommend writing a unique comment so that the TSA will have to address your comment directly.

At the time of this writing, there are only 1,647 comments posted - a recent rule from my agency got over a quarter-million comments (though many of those were form letters), so there's serious work to be done, people!

Head over to regulations.gov and let the TSA feel the hate! (And do it before June 24, 2013 - the commenting period closes on that date.)