TSA backs up most of Chaffetz's account

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  • Pagan
    Nov. 8, 2009 4:37 p.m.

    You can't claim someone knows who you are when you ask them 'Don't you know who I am??'

    Oh, yeah. And that 'big, bad TSA agent' who lied about Chaffetz? He served in Iraq.

    The TSA are doing they're job. What is this congressman doing? Who votes for this fool?

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 6, 2009 3:17 p.m.

    The BIGGER BADDER TSA with bigger badder tools brought to you by......

    The "SMALLER" government REPUBLICANS and GEORGE W BUSH!

    Along with a huge expansion of the federal government in forming the Homeland Security Department!

  • Cosmo
    Nov. 6, 2009 3:12 p.m.

    Re:Funny;You are correct to a point. DHS was the brainchild of V.P. Al Gore and Attorney General Janet Reno, which just happened to be ready, for the Republican controlled Congress to enact, after
    the attack on 911. Of course, just about lody dody, and everybody voted for it!

  • Paul Davis - Taylorsville
    Nov. 6, 2009 2:23 p.m.

    I'm happy to stand up and say, I didn't vote for this moron. You're right Chaffetz, additional security in airports is a bad thing. I've been through one of those scanners and it didn't bother me one bit. And anyone who doesn't have anything to hide while travelling shouldn't be bothered by them either. Chaffetz is just another idiot who thinks he's more important than he really is. Hey Chaffetz, do Utah a favor and either wake up, grow up and move on, or just resign. We really don't need immature and pathetic dullards like yourself giving the rest of Utahans a bad name.

  • Jason's an idiot
    Nov. 6, 2009 2:06 p.m.

    I'm a conservative and usually vote for Republicans, but Jason Chaffetz is an idiot. I've been pulled randomly out of line to go through the search, and I am an absolute nobody. He wasn't targeted and needs to let this go.

  • Funny
    Nov. 6, 2009 1:12 p.m.

    It was the Republican Party who fought for and initiated the monstrosity known as Department of Homeland Security. Jason Chaffetz is fighting a battle against his own political party on this one.

  • JediToby
    Nov. 6, 2009 1:02 p.m.

    That Chaffetz is a jerk is not news. He didn't win election on charisma. And the concerns about the ITM aren't new, either, though steps have supposedly been taken to ensure that the image is not "naked."

    This whole incident smacks of the same "above the law" mentality that got the mayor of Stockton kicked (by the voters) out of office because his son got a traffic ticket and he suspended the officer.

    The TSA officers are doing their job. It doesn't matter who you are: you're selected for screening. It could happen to anyone, because, as the events in the last day support, anyone could be a threat.

    Being belligerent doesn't make you less of a threat, either.

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 6, 2009 12:42 p.m.

    Dave | 10:12 a.m. Nov. 6, 2009
    I do not believe that any elected official is above the law, nor should they be exempt from compliance with lawful rules and rgulations. However, I am not in agreement with the TSA hiring of inspectors from Taco Bell and Burger King, especially those who have "Small Man" Syndrome. Not all airports have TSA Agents who are on a power trip. Sea-Tac in Seattle has had some of the most efficient, courteous, and professional agents I've seen
    anywhere.


    What law did Jason break??? Oh that's right none, because it isn't a lwa that you have to go through that machine and people do have the right to object to what the tsa do

  • No Big Deal
    Nov. 6, 2009 12:41 p.m.

    We just recently traveled by air and deliberately chose to use this new millimeter wave scanner. My wife has had a knee replacement and this scanner is far less privacy invasive than having to go through the regular scanner, and then endure an extensive time consuming wand and pat-down process. It was great and we have no worries about mmw pictures that will be viewed by one or two TSA agents in another room who have no idea who you are. These images are then erased automatically when the next scan commences. No big deal - those who want to make it a big deal need to get a life or quit flying.

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 6, 2009 12:23 p.m.

    I find it interesting that the tsa agents have only been at the airports since 9/11 and they say it is for the safety of Americans but yet a lot of the people who are doing these searches DO NOT SPEAK english

  • Big Government
    Nov. 6, 2009 11:44 a.m.

    If one arm of Big Government (TSA) mistreats another arm of Big Government (Congressman) like this, and vice versa, imagine what Big Government can do to ordinary citizens like me.

  • Tenderheart
    Nov. 6, 2009 11:11 a.m.

    I really appreciate Chaffetz standing up for my rights not to have government agents prodding all my private parts or seeing me naked!
    Wake up, folks! In England those under age 18 are not allowed to go through the naked machines at the airport because the courts have ruled that creates child pornography!
    Why does my government expect me to participate in adult pornography - or a feely fest - if I want to fly somewhere?

  • Chaffetz is the best
    Nov. 6, 2009 10:56 a.m.

    I would vote for him if he was running for President

    TSA needs to mellow out.

  • Dave
    Nov. 6, 2009 10:12 a.m.

    I do not believe that any elected official is above the law, nor should they be exempt from compliance with lawful rules and rgulations. However, I am not in agreement with the TSA hiring of inspectors from Taco Bell and Burger King, especially those who have "Small Man" Syndrome. Not all airports have TSA Agents who are on a power trip. Sea-Tac in Seattle has had some of the most efficient, courteous, and professional agents I've seen anywhere.

    Chaffetz, has been able in spite of media and TSA manipulation been able to convince me that he was, like many others, a victim of abuse of power and authority. That is one reason he and others are elected, to correct unjust laws, and to serve their constituency.

    I am for following the Israeli model for airport security. They are thorough, professional, effective and they do not worry about accusations of profiling etc.

  • Cosmo
    Nov. 6, 2009 9:33 a.m.

    Don't be a bunch of Sheeple! Want to get rid of the TSA Nazis? Don't fly! No fly, no money. No money, no TSA! You have the power to control them, they are just a bunch of low minded goons, the same mindset that worked at special camps, and wore funny uniforms. They don't protect you from anything, they are there to pretend to protect you, but really control you. If you know anyone that is one , ostricize them, they will rat you out anyway, that is part or their job. The Homeland Security is really, "Der Fatherland National Police", look at the organization chart, and how it is structured into the government power structure.

  • J. Wright
    Nov. 6, 2009 8:53 a.m.

    I agree that sometimes we all act inappropriately, but I must tell you that the last time I went through airport security, I felt violated! I am not a congressman, nor anyone of importance, yet I was "randomly" pulled aside and patted down. I must tell you that I believe they enjoyed patting me down a little too much. It was embarrassing to me and felt that everyone was watching me. I felt like I was a criminal and I am not! We are quickly allowing our rights to be taking away, and we are doing nothing about it!

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 6, 2009 7:41 a.m.

    They don't call Jason Chaffetz a "freshman congressman" for nothing. He certainly acts like one!!!!

  • anyone that watched the video
    Nov. 6, 2009 5:32 a.m.

    would have been ticked if it was them. They made him wait forever after the patt down, and it looked like they had several people do it to Chaffetz.

    TSA promised, initially, that the full body scanner would not be used for primary scanning, and the bill, then the amendment was passed by 300 in congress to make TSA use the device for secondary screening only.

    Lets have the senate sign the bill and get over it.

    TSA is out of control.

  • Overkill
    Nov. 6, 2009 3:48 a.m.

    Airport security has become an intrusive and excessive bunch of overkill and not really as secure as some are led to believe. If anyone had any real intent to hijack or put passengers at risk, there are many ways around this invasive search.

    Foreigners can easily subvert and avoid these searches just by claiming diplomatic immunity. If foreign nationals can avoid the search process then why should our Senators and Congressmen be forced to a search? Our government officials should be allowed some respect and the same generous exceptions as are the foreign government heads of state.

    Chaffetz has been the best thing to happen for Utah and our government in Washington. He has done much to expose the criminal graft and corruption in Washington and there is a highly organized campaign among some peers to discredit him. His efforts on our behalf should warrant praise and thanks. He is the only one of our representatives from Utah that is for open and honest government.

  • Chavetz is no sheep...
    Nov. 6, 2009 12:36 a.m.

    I like his spunk....we are being led down crooked paths as sheep in theis country. We need leaders with some spunk...thanks Jason for your service.

  • Chaffetz started this
    Nov. 5, 2009 11:12 p.m.

    This guy has an attitude, and an attitude that a congressman should not have.

  • LDS, Conservative, and happy...
    Nov. 5, 2009 9:51 p.m.

    with him. I was utterly baffled that this report said that they didn't know who he was... WHY... I will repeat this if you didn't get that through clearly.. WHY!?!? Would that even matter!? WOW, that is just crazy. I can hardly believe that they actually said that.

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 5, 2009 8:11 p.m.

    AMEN frequent traveler.
    Thankyou for saying how it is.

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 5, 2009 8:05 p.m.

    Too funny, the people defending Jason are attacking and calling names. Like Representative like follower.

    Steve H, if you say that is your real name then H must be the shortest last name there is. Strange, I don;t see you in the phone book.

    Profanity is unbecoming Jason.

  • frequent traveler
    Nov. 5, 2009 7:49 p.m.

    I travel by air all the time. When I get pulled out for a more detailed search I am thankful that TSA is doing their job. How would you feel if you were sending a family member on a flight and the TSA agents did not do their job? How would you feel if you went home from the airport, turned on your TV only to find out that your family member's flight was highjacked by someone who breezed through security and wasn't search closely enough? Does 9-11 ring a bell? We live in a dark and dangerous world (Fort Hood today). To assume that a middle age man dressed in a suit with a really bad attitude isn't a threat to security probably isn't a good idea. I am glad that TSA is doing their job. Our elected officials should know more than anyone how important airport security is. Why would he ever want less security at the airport? I really don't understand this guy. Please don't re-elect this person. He is an embarrassment to our great state.

  • Ela
    Nov. 5, 2009 6:47 p.m.

    My 84 year old husband with white skin and white hair was patted and then patted again while being called "Bud" over and over again. I watched with disbelief. My husband has had a knee replacement and a heart problem which he told the TSA. They could have been respectful to my husband.

  • traveler
    Nov. 5, 2009 6:41 p.m.

    you said that what was released to the media is not what these things are capable of? How do you know what they are capable of? What they showed the media (the outline of your body) is how they are used. How does that invade your privacy. Do you feel that way when they need to take an xray? The xray is put on a screen for all to see while this is only being seen by two maybe three people. Do you want our safety to be ignored as well? The terrorists keep coming up with new ways to make life hell for us. Hence no more lotions shampoo or conditioner all of those items need to be checked now. Please tell me

  • Digbads
    Nov. 5, 2009 6:14 p.m.

    Chaffetz for Senator!!!

    I hate the TSA; they are jerks. Look at how they have made flying so miserable with their petty rude creepy behavior. They are rude and shout and abuse without reason. They treat people like animals. The US is the WORST place in the world to fly. You should try flying in other parts of the world. It is much more humane--they treat you like a human and not like a dog.

    I can't wait to see how putting the Feds in charge of healthcare will make that "as friendly as the post office and the TSA."

  • What are you doing?
    Nov. 5, 2009 5:40 p.m.

    We elected you because we were so sick of Cannon, not because we want you to act as stupid as him.

  • Schocking
    Nov. 5, 2009 5:37 p.m.

    It is shocking that a representative to Congress from the State of Utah would consider himself above the policies that apply to other travelers in this fashion.

    It is shocking that the same person would use such language.

    It is shocking that the same person would use his position for personal betterment and bullying.

    Wow--can't believe it.

  • To: Steve H.
    Nov. 5, 2009 5:36 p.m.

    Who's attacking who? You haven't argued anything, but instead have resorted to name calling. You called people that disagree with you "fools and idiots", "cowards" and "gutless wonders." Nice argument!

  • Dave
    Nov. 5, 2009 5:32 p.m.

    TSA employees are average blue collar workers trying to keep America safe. It is sad that a government leader would try to abuse his power and make an already difficult job more difficult.

    PS

    I am not a TSA employee nor do I know any.

  • RE: pagan
    Nov. 5, 2009 5:23 p.m.

    You try and claim the liberals are for the little people,

    but all the LIBERALS do is look down on them,

    tell them they need some linberal elite person to do theor thinking for them,

    treat them like cattle when going through security.


    IT that what liberalism is all about?

    Jason is the only utah congressman who is TRULY fighting for the "little" people.

  • RE: Chris P.
    Nov. 5, 2009 5:18 p.m.

    No Chris P. It's not about agreement. It's about those who attack a person because they don't agree with him and can't argue the question.

  • travel to DC back to Utah
    Nov. 5, 2009 5:12 p.m.

    I bet this will make all of his future security checks for flights merry and bright!

    Mr. Chaffetz- just remember the golden rule- treat others as you would like to be treated.

  • denny Mackerell
    Nov. 5, 2009 5:06 p.m.

    "Steve H. | 4:37 p.m. Nov. 5, 2009
    I am amazed the Deseret News would allow comments like those from anonymous and pagan... oh sorry, 1st amendment for fools and idiots also. At least put you name up instead of hiding like a coward.
    Gutless wonders."


    So, "Steve H" please tell me how your incomplete name is any better than anonymous?

    Quite hypocritical but somehow not putting your full name gives you some kind of superiority?

    Chaffetz needs to apologize for his childish behavior. Swearing does not invite the Spirit.

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 5, 2009 5:02 p.m.

    Why is everyone against the passenger--from the video it is obvious that TSA told a falsehood about one part of the story, so what makes you think they are telling the truth correctly about any other part of this story?

    "Absolute power corrupts absolutely", and TSA has absolute power; it's obvious Chaffetz had no power. I genuinely wonder if TSA people aren't some of the commenters on this board who would like to silence the voice of anyone who opposes their power.

    I know I haven't been pleased with the "police state" treatment I've received at the airport.

  • TSA counterdicts themselves
    Nov. 5, 2009 5:02 p.m.

    From their own mouths they first said they chose Chaffetz because he was next in line. Then they changed their story and said it was random.

    So we get two different stories regarding Chaffetz behavior which is really irrevelent. Who wouldn't be upset. The bigger story is Chaffetz chose not to go through the machine which is his right and he was forced to do so and then a pat down in addition. TSA clearly in the wrong on the bigger issue.

  • Chris P.
    Nov. 5, 2009 4:59 p.m.

    Hey Steve H., what horrible things has anyone said on this board that the D-News would not allow their comments to be heard? You think they shouldn't be allowed on here simply because they don't agree with you.

  • It happened to me
    Nov. 5, 2009 4:49 p.m.

    Oops you go to the shortest line not realizing what it is. The next thing you know you are either a porn show or being violated.

    I chose neither but I didn't have a choice at that point.

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 5, 2009 4:38 p.m.

    "BTW, being a veteran is noble but does not entail special privileges in the workplace."


    No, but it doesn't mean people on this board should savage them as though they are worthless scum. People should be ashamed of themselves.

  • Steve H.
    Nov. 5, 2009 4:37 p.m.

    I am amazed the Deseret News would allow comments like those from anonymous and pagan... oh sorry, 1st amendment for fools and idiots also. At least put you name up instead of hiding like a coward.
    Gutless wonders.

  • "Do You Know Who I Am?"
    Nov. 5, 2009 4:35 p.m.

    Yup, a freshman congressman who is spending most of his time embarrassing his constituency and the state of Utah by acting like a spoiled brat!
    "We know exactly who you are."

  • Alex
    Nov. 5, 2009 4:32 p.m.

    The self-centered, self-promotng, video-blogger, cot-user (cheap) is unfortunately the congressman I DIDN'T vote for. I'm glad that those who voted for him just because he was Republican have a taste of what's accomplished by just voting party rather than individual. Chaffetz with his populist-red-neck approach antagonizes every minority and now pretends to be treated in a special manner offending and dimining a war veteran. I wonder if he understand what's a "public SERVANT" or he simply thinks the public has to serve him? I think the later! Only one year left to this populist redneck.

  • video vs audeo
    Nov. 5, 2009 4:31 p.m.

    TSA claim:
    Chaffetz entered scanner line on his own.

    Truth: video shows TSA pulled him from regular line.

    Now TSA claims:
    Chaffetz cursed and yelled, "Do you know who I am?"

    Truth: no audio to prove TSA wrong this time.

  • Terror Attack
    Nov. 5, 2009 4:30 p.m.

    This is the top story for D-News??? On a day when a military base is attacked by a terrorist and we have to go against TSA for doing their job. I think that Chaffetz needs to get out and sell magazine subscriptions. It is this kind of thinking that makes me KNOW that our politicians are NOT in our best interest. You're on your way out Chaffetz. It was fun while it lasted.

  • jwp
    Nov. 5, 2009 4:29 p.m.

    I am appalled by the sniping of so many people over the civil rights of a U.S. Congressman. I would have been angry if I was in the place of Rep. Chaffetz. He has been one of the most vocal opponents of the TSA imaging system, and out of hundreds of people going through screening he was picked out. Even if it was random, it is something I would have seen as suspicious. Someone mentioned that he had a right to say "No", which he did, and then was told he would receive a full Pat down instead. Then he accepted the TSA screening (involuntarily), and officials forced the full pat down as well. There was lying and betrayal on the part of the officials. the imaging may produce an outline of the body, but it is a detailed outline, and I for one believe it is indecent to force it on the public. Chaffetz has led out in opposing this aspect of government invasion of privacy, and I cheer him on for his efforts.

  • Gayle R
    Nov. 5, 2009 4:28 p.m.

    Profane, vulgar, or crude language or gestures, as well as immoral jokes, are offensive to the Lord and to others.

    Foul language is both degrading and harmful to the spirit. We should not let others influence us to use foul language.

    Instead, we should use clean language that uplifts and edifies others, and we should choose friends who use good language. Setting an example will encourage those around us to use clean language.

    If friends and acquaintances use profanity, we can good-naturedly encourage them to choose other words. If they persist, we can politely walk away or change the subject.

  • Huh?
    Nov. 5, 2009 4:27 p.m.

    "anonymous you need are stupid iraq are as dumb as you they are not so special just looser!!!!!!"

    Hey Dan Tripp, was that a real comment? I don't know how to react to that because I can't understand what you are TRYING to say...

  • hmmm
    Nov. 5, 2009 4:23 p.m.

    So, all this arguing about what words he said...the issue here is this - If it is a CHOICE to go through the machine, why is anyone, congressman or not, being forced to either go through it or submit to a full pat down?? A person should be able to go through normal security like everyone else.
    Sounds like the "choice" we'll supposedly have with health care, hmmmm...

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 5, 2009 4:22 p.m.

    shocked to see what the outline of your own body?

  • Uptown
    Nov. 5, 2009 4:22 p.m.

    Judging by many of the comments thus far, it looks like there must have been a memo on the bulletin board in the TSA break room encouraging them to get online to comment on the story...

    BTW, being a veteran is noble but does not entail special privileges in the workplace.

  • James H
    Nov. 5, 2009 4:21 p.m.

    I'm wary of anyone who has to pull the "Do you know who I am?" out of his sleeve. That, to me, just makes it seem like they're on a power trip.

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 5, 2009 4:18 p.m.

    Only in the DNEWS, Mostly. Common on, he is an embarassment.

  • To Anonymous 3:53
    Nov. 5, 2009 4:17 p.m.

    Apparently you haven't seen the images these things can produce. The images released to the media are not what this thing is really capable of. You can distinguish hair follicles in the pictures it generates. It's not just an outline.

  • Realist
    Nov. 5, 2009 4:14 p.m.

    I have always felt like those TSA guys should be called TNA...great options if you are a women...you can choose to pose nude or get groped...

    I agree with Chaffetz......

  • Janet
    Nov. 5, 2009 4:11 p.m.

    I'm confused. The report says Chaffetz used "profanity," but refers only to the "s-word," which doesn't really qualify as "profanity." People commenting here are all aghast at his "foul mouth." Really? Are you that prudish? He lost his temper and used "the s-word." Wow. That ought to bring on Armageddon. It's never cool to disrespect a public servant, which is what TSA employees are, but some people put on uniforms and think they're too important to be polite or reasonable. Is there a statistician out there who can figure the odds of finding one terrorist out of millions of passengers via random body scanning? Such practices just give us the illusion of increased safety.

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 5, 2009 4:07 p.m.

    If you really saw what shows up on these scans and how anatomically correct they are you would be shocked.

  • BGC
    Nov. 5, 2009 4:07 p.m.

    How does Utah end up with such volatile people for Congress from that District? There was Chris "loose" Cannon; there is Rob "no clue" Bishop, and now we have freshman Chaffetz making a fool of himself on CNN, demanding instant respect because the loons of Utah County elected him, and now claiming he is a victim. An epiphany! Utah County is the countries victim. When we want some one to blame, it's in our own backyard.

    We can market that to the rest of the country. Upsent with the economy, don't blame the President, blame Provo, the wars in Iraq and Afganastan, just look right there in Alpine; High unemployement in California? it's BYU's fault.

    Representative Chaffetz, thanks for being our little whipping boy :) It feels so righteous to cast the rod so close to home.

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 5, 2009 3:53 p.m.

    The machine you are all talking about does not show a naked body. Just the outline of your body. ALL of you crying over the TSA would be crying more if their was another attack on US soil. I would choose that line any time its much shorter thanks to all of you that don't know what your talking about.

  • Pagan
    Nov. 5, 2009 3:50 p.m.

    '...he stands for his constituents and doesn't fit in with the liberal agenda...'

    Liberals vs conservatives?

    I thought this was about Chaffetz refusing the 'strip machine' and the pat down, and the....

  • jackhp
    Nov. 5, 2009 3:47 p.m.

    "Chaffetz contends that people essentially appear naked through the imaging, and that it is an unnecessary invasion of privacy."

    What a lame ending to a supposed "news" article. Gee, Mr. Davidson, do you think you could, uh, do some, you know, REPORTING or something and maybe tell us the FACTS rather than only what Congressman Chaffetz "contends"?

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 5, 2009 3:43 p.m.

    Republican lawmakers stepping all over people including veterans of our military? Nothing new here. Move along commoners, you are not like King Chaffetz.

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 5, 2009 3:33 p.m.

    "I am glad someone is standing up to these airport thugs."


    Interesting how people feel it is ok to dehumanize people trying to keep the skied safe after people flew planes into buildings on 9/11.

    Keep demeaning the people including the officer that served in our military.

  • This is it.
    Nov. 5, 2009 3:29 p.m.

    The media is going to do what they can to make this guy look bad by painfully prolonging a story that is yesterday news.

    They are scared because he doesn't really support any party, he stands for his constituents and doesn't fit in with the liberal agenda that is supported by the media.

    Don't believe me that he is being attacked? I know. I went to that town hall meeting with him, and I later watched it on the news. They doctored that tape to look like we hated him, but we did nothing but cheer him on.

    I feel bad, because we finally have a guy who could do some good and he didn't get the support of the media so he's toast.

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 5, 2009 3:25 p.m.

    "DAN TRIPP | 2:58 p.m. Nov. 5, 2009
    anonymous you need are stupid iraq are as dumb as you they are not so special just looser!!!!!!"


    You can say what you want about me but for heaven's sake, make some sense.

    One of the TSA officers is an Iraq war vet and Jason deems it fit to act like a jerk to all of them.

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 5, 2009 3:24 p.m.

    To Dan Tripp...sorry are you speaking english?

  • Earl
    Nov. 5, 2009 3:23 p.m.

    We should all learn to do what we're told, just like the good little sheep we've been raised to be. Law enforcement and military are only one notch below deity. Do what you're told and nobody gets hurt.

  • Good on ya!
    Nov. 5, 2009 3:10 p.m.

    The TSA is a big joke. Now not only do they get to go though everything I travel with, and through away my water and lip balm, but now they get to see me naked. When are we going to wake up?

    I like what Benjamin Franklin said, "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

    I am glad someone is standing up to these airport thugs.

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 5, 2009 3:08 p.m.

    The report backs up Chaffetz? No, it just confirms how high and mighty he thinks he is. He can't even control his temper or his mouth.

    "Do you know who I am?"

    Seriously? You have done nothing for the people of Utah but be an embarrassment.

  • knowledge
    Nov. 5, 2009 3:06 p.m.

    I certainly know who this foul-mouthed liar is and will not be voting for him in the next election.

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 5, 2009 3:03 p.m.

    Apparently sleeping on a cot in your office causes weight gain. Who knew.

  • Typical
    Nov. 5, 2009 3:00 p.m.

    For those who are unfamiliar with the Steven Bierfeldt case, the TSA often plays Barney Fife, without the comedy.

    The TSA previously claimed the House Rep voluntarily entered the body scan line voluntarily but is now acknowledging that he was taken out of a regular line by a TSA agent. Interesting--this is the only thing that can be verified without audio.

    We need more airline travelers to be jerks to the screeners when they barrel over the line of decency.

  • DAN TRIPP
    Nov. 5, 2009 2:58 p.m.

    anonymous you need are stupid iraq are as dumb as you they are not so special just looser!!!!!!

  • Pagan
    Nov. 5, 2009 2:50 p.m.

    You know what I see? I see a congressman who does not feel he should adhere to the laws everyone else does.

    He's against the 'strip down' machine? Fine. Submit to the pat-down.

    (By the way, the 'strip down' machine? It xrays your body to enough detail so you apear almost nude. You don't have to take off any clothing and the TSA agents only see it. And it's optional.)

    But, oh no! I'm Chaffetz. I'm special!

    Sounds like the mayor who didn't want his son ticketed by a cop.

    Lot's of Utah people in power seem to be abusing it.

    Who votes for this idiot?

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 5, 2009 2:47 p.m.

    Some people don't know the definition of the word option. Going through that machine is an option. Even if they ask you to go though it you can say no

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 5, 2009 2:45 p.m.

    Yes Jason, we know who you are, someone that likes to swear and throw a fit until he gets his way.

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 5, 2009 2:35 p.m.

    Looks like Jason deems it fit to swear at these people and treat them like non humans.

    One of the officers is an Iraq war vet but I guess it is ok to treat veterans of our wars like garbage Jason?

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 5, 2009 2:33 p.m.

    So Mr. Morals Chaffetz was swearing and acting like a jerk, no surprise.

    So many people believe and praise this foul mouth politician.

  • mix in a salad
    Nov. 5, 2009 2:30 p.m.

    Wow Jas.... the years have not been kind! I am sure he is too busy to hit the gym, but dang!

    As far as the 'incident' I am not surprised the report backs him up. Also not surprised he used the S-bomb on them.

  • Madden
    Nov. 5, 2009 2:29 p.m.

    So now that the tape shows the original TSA account is a complete lie, they back off and describe s story that cannot be contradicted by video evidence.

    How rare to see a politician being the more honest party in an argument!

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 5, 2009 2:29 p.m.

    Somehow I believe 2 people over one congressman. This guy sounds like a jerk.

  • Jim B.
    Nov. 5, 2009 2:29 p.m.

    You are the loser for not recognizing that Chaffetz is standing up for all of our freedoms by opposing this type of invasive search. You might as well be saying, "Go ahead, abuse me!" This procedure is frankly too much.

  • Devan
    Nov. 5, 2009 2:22 p.m.

    Can we let this die? Let go Jason. This story is hearsay. Can you get back to your job?

  • Jason is a
    Nov. 5, 2009 2:13 p.m.

    LOSER with a capital L!