TSA Bars AK State Rep. Sharon Cissna from flying

Alaska State Rep. Sharon Cissna of Anchorage was returning from Seattle when the TSA insisted on an intrusive hand exam at SEA-TAC Airport. Below is her statement:

PRINCE RUPERT, BC (February 21, 2011).  The following is Rep. Sharon Cissna’s account of the events of February 20th, 2011 at  SEA-TAC International Airport:

“The evening of the 20th of February 2011 started with relief, as I was anxious to get back to the important work of the Alaskan Legislature.  Heading into security after time with the line of passengers, I felt upbeat.  I’d blocked out the horror of three months earlier, but after the pleasant TSA agent checked the ticket and ID, I suddenly found myself directed into scanning by the Seattle Airport’s full-body imaging scan.  The horror began again.  A female agent placed herself blocking my passage.  Scan results would again display that my breast cancer and the resulting scars pointed a TSA finger of irregularity at my chest.  I would require invasive, probing hands of a stranger over my body. Memories of violation would consume my thoughts again.”

“Being a public servant and elected representative momentarily disappeared. Facing the agent I began to remember what my husband and I’d decided after the previous intensive physical search.  That I never had to submit to that horror again!  It would be difficult, we agreed, but I had the choice to say no, this twisted policy did not have to be the price of flying to Juneau!”

“So last night, as more and more TSA, airline, airport and police gathered, I became stronger in remembering to fight the submission to a physical hand exam. I repeatedly said that I would not allow the feeling-up and I would not use the transportation mode that required it.”

“For nearly fifty years I’ve fought for the rights of assault victims, population in which my wonderful Alaska sadly ranks number one, both for men and women who have been abused.  The very last thing an assault victim or molested person can deal with is yet more trauma and the groping of strangers, the hands of government ‘safety’ policy.”

“For these people, as well as myself, I refused to submit.”

“The trip to Juneau is one of adventure in working to restore dignity to government policies designed to build the well-being of our people. All of them. The trip to the Capitol has been by car, small plane and the Alaska Marine Highway.  It feels like a trip of pride as well.”

“The TSA threat of “Do you want to fly?” means something very different to Alaskans. Flying in Alaska is not a choice, but a necessity.  The freedom to travel should never come at the price of basic human dignity and pride.”


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211 Responses to “TSA Bars AK State Rep. Sharon Cissna from flying”

  1. AlaskaHockey
    February 21, 2011 at 6:11 pm #

    I am proud of Representative Cissna.

  2. Mark
    February 21, 2011 at 6:20 pm #

    Don’t put up with this unconstitutional garbage! It’s all worthless security theater that does nothing to keep you “safe”. Boycott Flying ENTIRELY until sanity returns! Please join us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Boycott-Flying/126801010710392

  3. Maureen
    February 21, 2011 at 6:35 pm #

    Congratulations for having the courage to demand the right for privacy & dignity. Please take this up at Congressional level & join the fight for reasonable security measures & not TSA’s heavy-handed, invasive searches.

  4. Casey Mooney
    February 21, 2011 at 6:50 pm #

    Stay strong!!!

  5. john cosgrove
    February 21, 2011 at 7:06 pm #

    You and your fellow representatives are the people who have the ability to change the rules better than anybody else. The only thing that I can see getting in the way is the influances of special intrest.

  6. lexslamman
    February 21, 2011 at 7:13 pm #

    Then get out and support high speed rail..

  7. crthragsardius
    February 21, 2011 at 7:15 pm #

    Good for you, Bravisimo!

  8. Richard Thornton
    February 21, 2011 at 7:18 pm #

    The Alaskan’s right to fly is no greater than my right in NJ. But try refusing to empty a water bottle; but I thought we all have Rights?

  9. Mustang
    February 21, 2011 at 7:30 pm #

    I applaud this lady and have determined that all women/men should refuse thae intrusive pat downs and file suit against the TSA and the airline they are attempting to board as a protest against this barbaric gay/lesbian treatment by a run amok federal government employee (Napolitano)

  10. Skipper
    February 21, 2011 at 7:44 pm #

    Why do women who have had mastectomies have to be treated in this manner? There has to be another answer to this problem if that’s what it is. Can people like her get a security clearance so they get screened once and that’s it? She’s an elected official after all. It just seems so wrong to treat a person like this. She feels humiliated.

  11. Bret
    February 21, 2011 at 7:50 pm #

    I, too, am proud of the Representative. Would that there were thousands more like her! For myself, I chose to vote with my feet. I have not flown since this baloney started, and I will not. Period. No negotiation. Who will join me?

  12. joshcomm
    February 21, 2011 at 7:50 pm #

    I admire your courage and common sense Rep. Sharon Cissna. It is a shame you had to undergo that, and eventually the Regime of Obama, and all his Socialistic minions, including the Department of Homeland Security (infiltruated by Muslems as well), the TSA, and all the Czars, regulatory agencies will soon be gone by 2012. Just hang in there, and thank you for your service.
    Jon C. Randall

  13. David Sutherland
    February 21, 2011 at 7:53 pm #

    When will you write new legislation to dismantle the TSA as we know it and where can I contribute to a fund to get you reelected if you should write such legislation?

  14. Edward
    February 21, 2011 at 7:57 pm #

    Oh, here’s our problem!!

  15. skip
    February 21, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

    Everyone needs to follow her example!

  16. Larry C.
    February 21, 2011 at 8:12 pm #

    She should have cut this letter out, and copied it twice, and mailed it to both the joker that sits in the White-House, and his less than impressive Sec. of Homeland Security. Come on this is got to be the biggest moronic thing that has happened to this country in the last ten yrs.

    Larry C.

  17. J.P. Travis
    February 21, 2011 at 8:12 pm #

    Good for you, Sharon Cissna. Because of your position as an elected representative, you can bring notice and publicity to your principled stand, and by doing so benefit all Americans. The TSA is the beginning of the end for American freedom, and we ALL need to fight the tyranny. These cretins even gave a pat down to my 92-year-old mother: http://www.jpattitude.com/110108.php

  18. Sheri
    February 21, 2011 at 8:18 pm #

    I’ll join you Bret and so will my son’s whole Boy Scout Troop. We won’t fly again unless the rules are changed. Our son’s troop is going to a Boy Scout camp in New Mexico this summer. They were going to fly but because of the new rules they are going to charter a bus instead, which will probably cost more. That’s 30+ airline tickets (including both boys and adult leaders) that will not be bought. If enough people would do this I think something would be done about this problem.

  19. SuzanneL
    February 21, 2011 at 8:26 pm #

    When I saw the headline that you’d refused, I was so glad another prominent person is standing up to this institutionalized abuse. The really really big problem, though, is that it won’t stop with flying. TSA has intentions of taking over all forms of public transportation, and then all forms of private transportation. (Yes, they are testing street mobile scanning machines to scan us in our cars!) Also, they are already staking territory in American sports venues. They were at the SuperBowl last week, and will be at the NBA all star game. Unless we want body scanners in the parking lots of everywhere we go, we HAVE to push back.

    I’m sorry to say, Rep. Cissna, that the next time you decline to fly and take a ferry instead, TSA is likely to be on the dock waiting for you, ready to stick their foul rubber gloves all over you. We cannot cede one mode of travel after another!

    We all know it’s all for show and has nothing to do with security, and everything to do with selling body scanners to the taxpayer. Please lead the way in banning TSA in Alaska, and maybe my state (Arizona) will follow suit.

  20. Jim
    February 21, 2011 at 8:32 pm #

    lexslamman wrote:

    “Then get out and support high speed rail..”

    Democrats and their choo-choos…

  21. BB
    February 21, 2011 at 8:33 pm #

    Good show. Good show. Send each and every one of those nude scanners back to Obama’s cronies where they belong.

  22. Robin Mitchell
    February 21, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

    Rep Cissna and her kind are why I live in Alaska. And, Mr. Thorton whe NJ’ers get the balls to do the same TSA will have to take notice. I am originally from NY and know exactly what she means. We don’t have the NJ Tpke or LIE to get where we want to go. We are a far away colony with less paved roads than Los Angeles.

    Too bad our US Senators the Man-Boy Wonder Begich and the Spoiled Princess Murkowski don’t have the integrity that this woman does to take on TSA for Alaskans!

  23. Paul
    February 21, 2011 at 8:44 pm #

    The ONLY way TSA can be fixed is to boycott flying. The economic pressure will force the airlines through their lobbyists to bribe congress to make changes. No amount of complaining by the public will help. Money talks, everything else walks.

  24. Steve Sampson
    February 21, 2011 at 8:45 pm #

    Good for you. I cannot tell you how proud I am of your stand against the largest organized molestation ring in the country. I only wish our reps and senators here in Arizona had the same guts to stand up to these thugs.

  25. AZ_Skies
    February 21, 2011 at 8:55 pm #

    People don’t seem to know that part of the mandate that established the TSA in 2002 was to develop a secure registration system for people who were frequent travelers. TSA is required to report to Congress it’s progress on this program every year. There has been virtually no progress on this at all. Ordinary Americans who frequently fly should be able to submit documentation that allows for a standard background check and if satisfactory, are issued a secure ID card that allows them to bypass TSA screening procedures. This Representative needs to scream long and hard in the halls of Congress and have Ms. Napolitano in front of commitee and give her 6 months to complete the system or she and the TSA will be defunded and airport security will be turned over to private, non-union corporations who will be subject to airline and FBI oversight.

  26. Mike
    February 21, 2011 at 9:01 pm #

    I’m glad to hear that more and more people are standing up against the TSA and they way they’re treating every American citizen as if we are terrorists. I refuse to let some government clerk look at my teenage children naked and/or fondle their genitals so we can visit grandma and grandpa. I know expecting common sense from Washington, DC is too much to ask, but could they at least comply with the Constitution/Bill of Rights? To quote a great anti-TSA t-shirt, “Read the Fourth Amendment, perverts!”

  27. Alan Smith
    February 21, 2011 at 9:03 pm #

    Thank you for standing up for your rights. This policy involving irradiation and strangers’ hands placed on one’s private parts in the name of security is a blatant contradiction when the government fails to protect our southern border. Only about 14% of it is sealed, according to a recent report issued by the GAO. The fact that the southern border is left open for anyone with the will to cross it speaks volumes about the lack of seriousness with which the so-called war on terrorism is being fought. Personally, this contradiction makes any thinking person consider the motives behind letting this trampling of our rights as citizens continue. Is it about letting the people know they no longer have a voice in how this nation is run? Is it about profits for those who make the scanning equipment? One thing is for sure, it’s not about protecting this nation when at the same time our most vulnerable border is left open to terrorists.

  28. Johnny E
    February 21, 2011 at 9:06 pm #

    Congratulations and kudos to Rep. Cissna for saying “NO!”.

  29. psysim
    February 21, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

    I’m sure that the terrorists are proud of your opposition to TSA attempts to identify and prevent aircraft from being blown up like the twin towers —

  30. Krista silveria
    February 21, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

    To the high speed rail supporter…did you not SEE where flying in Alaska is not an option, but something that HAS TO BE DONE AS ROADS DON’T GO EVERYWHERE. HIGH SPEED RAIL WOULD NOT HAVE ADDRESES HER NEEDS!!

    Awesome job Rep Cissna standing up and being counted!! I thank you for giving those of us who are continuously felt up at airports but have no real voice.

  31. scott
    February 21, 2011 at 9:21 pm #


  32. Randy Garmon
    February 21, 2011 at 9:32 pm #

    Nobody gives a fig about the any of this. Obviously the lady is making a point but it’s falling on deaf ears. What is needed is consistancy. The TSA goons patted me down at the Atlanta Airport because I had a plate in my arm. I told them about it, they ran the scanner over the scar, it beeped and I got detained. Didn’t beep any place else, just the plate I told about beforehand. Not only did I get a pat down, but he also wiped this bandaid thing on my skin and clothes and placed it under some kind of device to see if it had bad stuff on it. Then he started to use some sort of X-Ray thing on my bare skin. That’s when his boss came up and tore him a new butt in front of me because he could have burned me with the X-Ray thing. She yelled and said, “You never use this on bare skin. You will burn his flesh.” I muttered, “Oh great.” I arrived at Dulles a few hours later and blew in and out of the security checkpoint without so much as comment about the plate. Went into the Pentagon and got in just as fast. So what’s Atlanta’s big problem? Take your pat down, straighten your wedding tackle back out and keep going. Save the cruise for the vacation. We’re not going to change this because it is and has always been here to stay. Besides I bet she would have allowed herself to be feeled up had she been in a hurry.

  33. PeterofOZ
    February 21, 2011 at 9:56 pm #

    So did they threaten to arrest you? As a national political figure I hope not. But that seems to be what has been happening to several others who had refused to ‘complete the process’ at airports. The guy with the metal hip, the lady in the wheel chair. I expect I’ll be arrested for this one day. I’ll be proud and strong.

    Thank you for standing up against this. Something’s gotta give. “Don’t touch my junk”

  34. PeterofOZ
    February 21, 2011 at 9:59 pm #

    Dear psysim,

    Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
    — Benjamin Franklin, 1759.

  35. Wool-Free-Vision
    February 21, 2011 at 10:21 pm #

    lexslamman 21/02/2011 Then get out and support high speed rail.

    Ahem. If you, for one second, can picture a billion dollar high speed train that doesn’t have a unionized TSA agent goldbricking the day away on the taxpayer dime in every single car, you are obviously not paying attention.

  36. Hairy Buddah
    February 21, 2011 at 10:31 pm #

    Of course they win whether you fly or don’t fly. The progressives want us on buses and trains. They want us out of the air, and living regressive 18th century lives. So making flight less comfortable and common, leaving it to the elite who can afford private flights . . . well, that’s OK with them.

    No one ever said a free society was a safe society. I am willing to take more risk for more freedom. This TSA crap has got to stop.


  37. Philabias
    February 21, 2011 at 10:33 pm #

    this all has nothing to do with safety
    you are being taught how to be herded
    wake up america and fight back. if your senator or congressman voted for this then fire them,and replace them with people who believe in freedom at any price. you dont have to be grouped and have your dignity tarnished
    start writeing your rep and demand they put an end to this nonsense and quit acting like cattle

  38. Greg
    February 21, 2011 at 10:55 pm #

    How about a new amendment?

    “”Article 3 , section 3 of the Constitution is hereby amended to say “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort, or by abuse of the citizenry under color of law. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or by confirmation through electronic recordings, or through confirmation by forensic science, or on Confession in open Court. The punishment for treason shall be. at a minimum, life without the possibility of parole in all cases where sexual molestation, or sexual assault, or sexual battery, or homicide is the result of the treason. Congress shall have power to declare the Punishment of all other forms of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attained. The acts of treason are not subject to banning of ex post facto laws in Article 2: section 9 of the Constitution.
    Congress shall have the power to create an agency to enforce this amendment.”

  39. John Robert Mallernee
    February 21, 2011 at 11:41 pm #


    Hurray for Representative Cissna’s resistance to tyranny.

    Unfortunately, she is just one isolated incident.

    We need to have EVERYBODY refusing to cooperate, and we need to have EVERYBODY physically attacking the TSA agents.

    In this particular instance, the official TSA response was issued by “KAWIKA RILEY”, and that name is a dead giveaway as to her stereotypically subliterate and amoral race.

    Preferential treatment and hiring quotas based on race is why Kawika Riley is currently in a position to inflict sexual crimes on White folks (whom she undoubtedly hates).

    Kawika Riley probably doesn’t want us to judge her for the color of her skin, so we should judge Kawika Riley for the “conduct of her character” – – – and we KNOW what that is, don’t we?

    If police refuse to arrest Kawika Riley and other TSA agents, and courts refuse to prosecute Kawika Riley and other TSA agents, then the general public is left with no alternative except violent retribution from an organized night riding vigilante committee, or an ambush by a “lone wolf”.

    Thank you.

    John Robert Mallernee
    Armed Forces Retirement Home
    Gulfport, Mississippi 39507

  40. Alan Daar
    February 22, 2011 at 12:04 am #

    Fellow Americans, open your eyes and see. Those who have, in times both past and present, said, “it can’t happen here,” were wrong. It IS happening here. Challenge your naive assumptions. None of this is about security or terrorism. Search out the truth and use your God-given, good common-sense while we still can. See things as they are, not as we assume and hope they are.

  41. M J
    February 22, 2011 at 12:08 am #

    God Bless her! Representative Cissna is courageous and should be applauded.

    I hope citizens will call their Congresswoman or Congressman and ask them to put a stop to these TSA abuses. As an equal branch of government, Congress can put a stop to these violations of our Fourth Amendment Rights by passing legislation to restrict TSA abuses or by pulling funding.

    All it would take is for one or two dedicated federal legislators to propose an amendment in committee to a “must pass” piece of legislation and ask for a roll call vote. I doubt many of his or her colleagues would go on record voting against protecting our constitutional rights.

    For over two hundred years brave men and women have sacrificed their lives to protect our freedom. The least we can do is make a phone call. Won’t you? Please call your Congresswoman or Congressman and let them know where you stand. We can win this one!

  42. George Washington
    February 22, 2011 at 12:32 am #

    THIS is why the founding fathers gave us a second amendment. These DHS/TSA thugs need to be dispatched with extreme prejudice on-sight! Take it right to the top and start the culling of traitors. FIGHT FOR YOUR COUNTRY! Put these thugs in the grave!

  43. Chris
    February 22, 2011 at 12:45 am #

    The goal of the TSA is to roll this out into the streets, including high speed rail, buses, football games in order to fully make us submit. The globalist takeover has occurred, will people wake up and at least save some personal dignity?

  44. Jeff
    February 22, 2011 at 1:07 am #

    Bravo! This Ladies courage is worthy of admiration and imitation by all Americans. The fact that she is a State Rep only makes her/our case stronger.
    Thank you Rep. Cissna for standing up for our constitution, for our liberty, and for us – the simple folk who’s voice is seldom heard by our own Government.

  45. Tomas
    February 22, 2011 at 2:11 am #

    Coming soon to a train station near you. TSA pat downs. Next will be bus stations. People around the world are protesting oppression and it’s getting more oppressive here everyday.

  46. Bill Fisher
    February 22, 2011 at 2:16 am #

    I applaud Rep. Cissna’s courage in standing up in opposition to these draconian practices. TSA is desperately in need of reform and she has made a powerful statement toward that effort by her actions.

    Hopefully more elected officials will defy this travesty of public policy as well. Lawmakers from both parties at every level have been the victims of these invasive policies and many have been critical of TSA for refusing to change these ineffective and inefficient practices. All the while, the abuses continue to mount.

    There have been two reports of thefts by TSA personnel in the past month, $40K in Newark and $160 at JFK bringing the total reported thefts by TSA employees to four since November. (PHL/MEM/EWR/JFK)

    Just last week TSA repeatedly failed to detect a gun passing through a checkpoint in DFW making the total four failures in as many months. However, they do seem to be flawless in finding prostheses. We are all now safe from breast prosthetics although guns still get through.

    Add to these the teen who died in December because he was able to get in an airliner wheel well and it becomes obvious that this entire program is a complete farce and a colossal waste of resources.

    I hope Rep. Cissna runs for higher office; we need more brave and principled politicians like her.

  47. Albert
    February 22, 2011 at 2:34 am #

    Sadly, you’ll never be able to make these changes as Obama has already alotted billions of dollars to buy more scanners. There’s just way too much money involved in keeping the fear of men in caves blowing us all up. The gov’t is bought and paid for. This won’t be changing any time soon.

  48. RoBoTech
    February 22, 2011 at 2:42 am #


    Then get out and support high speed rail..”

    You are one stupid individual.
    Support Hi Speed Rail for Canada. And that’s what you meant, right?
    I mean, this lady is from ALASKA, M)-RON!
    And does anyone but a LaLaLand Liberal not see the irony with this moron’s statement?
    Is there any doubt that IF Hi Speed Rail is Government Subsidised (Socialism), that TSA won’t be ther when you get on, and get off?
    WOW lexluthorasswipe, or what ever, you are a buffoon!

  49. enjoy reading this
    February 22, 2011 at 2:46 am #

    Here you plainly see the authoritarian police state that is growing more tyrannical by the day. Tear it all down. Throw the unionized government parasites back out on the streets where they belong and see if they can even cut it at McDonalds in the real world.

    Most of these TSA thugs are people too fat and/or stupid to have become cops. Just more power tripping sadists. Bunch of pedophile criminals molesting children and producing child pornography by the terabyte (you don’t actually believe they aren’t saving all those full body scanner images for a biometric database, do you?).

    But it’s ok when the government does it, right? Bunch of sheep is what you are. Enjoy your slavery.

    The TSA will be viewed by history as the SS was viewed in Germany. You will be ashamed to admit that you were a part of it and many will face legal prosecution for violating the rights of millions of their fellow citizens.

  50. edmike
    February 22, 2011 at 2:53 am #

    psysim wrote:I’m sure that the terrorists are proud of your opposition to TSA attempts to identify and prevent aircraft from being blown up like the twin towers –
    Where to begin with this? First strip searching grandmothers and three year olds is NOT a countermeasure that will prevent terrorism. To prevent an attack you need to look for the people who will perpetrate the event, not waste enormous amounts of time and violate everyones rights by searching people that are obviously not terrorists. When policy does your thinking instead of common sense you are a mindless fool, and the dumbest terrorist will easily outsmart you. The stupidity of the TSA is illustrated by the fact that they scan the pilots. Now what good is a body scan/strip search going to do if the pilot decides he wants to wreck the plane? The procedure and policy of the TSA is the construct of an oppressive and idiotic bureaucracy that values political correctness over real security, and deliberately debases every american in order to assert more power over a population whose liberty diminishes daily.
    Tell me psyim, do you really believe that the TSA is keeping you safe? If you do then you are a willing idiot and richly deserve the full body cavity search, who knows you would probably enjoy it.

  51. Bubba
    February 22, 2011 at 3:06 am #

    It would be one thing if the TSA ever caught anyone or prevented anything, but THEY HAVEN’T. It’s like closing the barn after the cows, horses, chickens, pigs have all gotten out. You never hear any stories in the news about them catching anyone with a gun, knife, bomb, etc. BUT we always hear about people who made it through security with guns, etc.

  52. Karen
    February 22, 2011 at 3:16 am #

    WOW…gutsy move. Wish I could be sure I would have the same constitution in the same situation. I guess the people of the middle east have reached that point too wouldn’t you say? You should be very proud of yourself.

    And Randy Gorman, if you are so easy with your freedoms, you are an idiot so any more words on you would be wasted.

  53. Johnny Ola
    February 22, 2011 at 3:21 am #

    Big deal…..just another democrat trying to cause issues that don’t really exist. The first time the TSA lets some idiot on a plane with a bomb she will be the first one to stand up and demand to know how the TSA could possibly let this happen in America.

    Stop the nonsense!

  54. rowley
    February 22, 2011 at 3:25 am #

    Thank you Rep. Cissna for all of us that refuse to fly since the TSA takeover of our Airline travel business.
    This Regime is hurting the Airlines business and pushing Trains which are heavily subsidized by Government and are as costly as flying.

  55. Ken D Berry MD
    February 22, 2011 at 3:28 am #

    What leadership this young lady has demonstrated. Instead of “keeping quiet” to protect her “power” in the legislature, she has decided to Speak Out about an obvious Soviet-style system that does little to protect our safety and much to degrade our Liberty and self-worth. Great job!

  56. DM
    February 22, 2011 at 3:28 am #

    What you have displayed is true leadership, that is a willingness to stand up for your rights and the rights of others. Thank you. Keep fighting the good fight.

  57. Greg from USA
    February 22, 2011 at 3:44 am #

    Thank you, Rep. Cissna

    Some day when we are living in a police state, run by a powerful executive, people will again understand why civil liberties are important.

    Thanks to people like you that day will hopefully never come.

  58. darrell
    February 22, 2011 at 3:45 am #

    As usual the focus is misplaced. This is not a TSA problem. This is an AIRLINES problem. When people start sending these complaints to the AIRLINES instead of a non-responsive goverment “thing” then the CUSTOMER will get the proper response. Make the AIRLINES take responsibility for their BUSINESS. Because in the end it is YOUR business.

  59. Chuck
    February 22, 2011 at 3:57 am #

    She could have chartered a plane…A Cissna Cessna…

  60. Dennis
    February 22, 2011 at 4:13 am #

    Welcome to the wonderful world of Obama. Where the rights of illegals are more important than for US citizens. We have river rats and sand gnats crossing our borders every day and Big Sis does nothing about this. Have you been to a bus terminal? There is no security. No bags checked, no IDs checked. You just put your bags in a pile and they are thrown under the bus. No pat downs nothing. Just wait. The sand gnats will figure this out and people will be in danger riding a bus across our country

  61. Larry
    February 22, 2011 at 4:14 am #

    This all sounds real nice until someone smuggles an explosive in under the guise of having had a mastectomy. Individual rights do not supercede public safety, not even when people mean well and are upset that they had health problems.

    Everytime my mom flies she has extra screening because of two knee replacements. It’s part of life.

    Flying is not a right. If you don’t like the inspection, feel free to drive. For my dollar, I would rather be safe.

    I flew AMS-DTW a month after the Christmas day bombing and I was grateful for a pat down.

    Let’s get real and quit making public safety a political issue.

  62. Mark Matis
    February 22, 2011 at 4:14 am #

    Once again, it is the filthy maggot pigs who are defiling their oath of office to “…preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution…” by this gropathon and their other unconstitutional actions. Be sure to thank them appropriately for the OUTSTANDING job they have done!

  63. charles
    February 22, 2011 at 4:14 am #

    It is the innocent that truly suffer from this and not the terrorists.

    May God bless you Rep. Cissna

  64. dave from SC
    February 22, 2011 at 4:16 am #

    Good on her to stand up to the goons.

    We have to start pushing back on these unelected clowns who make our lives miserable.

    I am a businessman, and have cancelled four trips this year alone, as I have no interest in being ogled or fondled by some third rate flunky. Unfortunately for Alaskans, the necessity to fly makes it a bit more complicated.

  65. Tony Raskoon
    February 22, 2011 at 4:17 am #

    …and TSA is going Union…perfect.

  66. ja
    February 22, 2011 at 4:18 am #

    do not fly at all…
    let the airlines loose…
    the tsa is nothing but the new hired thugs…
    people who are giving a little power…
    and it has gone to their heads

  67. Tony Raskoon
    February 22, 2011 at 4:18 am #

    …Bringing new meaning to the phrase “Got you by your b%$##$!”

  68. almondjoy
    February 22, 2011 at 4:26 am #

    Kudos to Rep. Cissna!

    Attempts at intimidation seem to be SOP for TSA and I thank Ms. Cissna for refusing to buckle under:

    “So last night, as more and more TSA, airline, airport and police gathered, I became stronger in remembering to fight the submission to a physical hand exam. I repeatedly said that I would not allow the feeling-up and I would not use the transportation mode that required it.”

    One question I have: Was she threatened with an $11,000 fine for failing to complete the screening process?

  69. Larry
    February 22, 2011 at 4:28 am #

    And the headline is misleading too … The TSA didn’t bar the Rep from flying. She chose not to fly rather than be patted down.

    We can at least be honest about what is going on here.

  70. caradoc
    February 22, 2011 at 4:30 am #

    Those of you who think “high speed rail” will prevent the TSA from groping you should watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1B3AubsTBo&NR=1

  71. jeff h.
    February 22, 2011 at 4:36 am #

    When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty. It is time, as the Declaration of Independence states, for us to overthrow such an government as we have, and put to use those legal recourse’s at our disposal, and remove from office these tyrannical b a sta rds by force, put them all in prison where they belong, and institute those representatives determined to follow the Constitutional rule of law, doing so with trembling before those they have been given privilege of representing.

    Not until our dictator in chief and all of those complicit with him, of any and all political persuasions, are in stark fear of the wrath of the people, if not the wrath of GOD, then the tyranny to which they are endeavoring to enslave us, will continue to encroach upon us like the surely approaching tide of enslavement it is.

    Rise up you sleeping American giant that once was noble and in love with liberty, and slay the wicked beast seeking to devour our young and destroy our Republic!

  72. Barbara Brown
    February 22, 2011 at 4:37 am #

    Randy, it is people like you that lead to a Hilter taking over a country. What the TSA is doing is outrageous and does not lead to one iota of saftey. Box cutters were used in 9/11; the passengers could have easily taken these goons out, but our passive, politically correct people just sat there until it was too late. That will never happen again. Lesson learned. When all the people come together and refuse to put up with this nonesense is when things will change. I have flown all over the world and nowhere is things as bad as they are here with TSA. These people think that they are the last word; as authortorian as any dictatorship country. Life is a risk and I am willing to take some for my rights and freedom.

  73. Edward Stoltz
    February 22, 2011 at 4:42 am #

    It seems that the people of Alaska understand courage and what it takes to be a true American. Bravo to Rep. Cissna and her husband and all who see this outrage for what it is.

  74. Patti M
    February 22, 2011 at 4:44 am #

    Lucky you were a state rep. Most of the time now they arrest people who go through part of the line, then refuse to submit to the rest of the search. Seems they believe that people who won’t be felt up or irradiated MUST be guilty. Modesty and privacy don’t exist, I guess.

  75. Doug
    February 22, 2011 at 4:46 am #

    I’m a Canadian who frequently flies internationally.
    I have now been consciously avoiding US flights, layovers and landings since the new TSA rules too effect. It’s just too much.

    At first it was difficult, but I have now discovered that a lot of airlines are changing their routes to avoid the US also. And I’ve learned how to take advantage. So it’s now pretty easy to bypass the US entirely when flying en route to a third country.

    As for actually visiting the US, I can wait until the 9-11 hysteria dies down and America’s sense of what makes for good security (as opposed to security theatre) comes back into view. If it never does, then America isn’t worth visiting anyway, and will continue to decline in every way because of its fear and dread.

  76. Stefan
    February 22, 2011 at 4:53 am #

    Way to go! The people of Alaska should be proud to have you represent them. Could you please move to Nebraska so we could have some legislators with guts?

  77. mksolberg
    February 22, 2011 at 4:54 am #

    Way to go. I, also a mastectomy patient and cancer survivor salute you!

  78. Just Sayin
    February 22, 2011 at 4:54 am #

    What will she do when Short Bus Nancy has this type of security setup on ships and ferry’s, Amtrak and oh yeah, high speed rail?

  79. skipgin
    February 22, 2011 at 5:06 am #

    -psysim- says “’m sure that the terrorists are proud of your opposition to TSA attempts to identify and prevent aircraft from being blown up like the twin towers –”

    To quote a famous American forefather, “Those who would give up liberty for security deserve neither”. I second that sentiment!

  80. harpwench
    February 22, 2011 at 5:15 am #

    Good for you. You have already endured enough and I see this as a power play and kicking people who are already vulnerable. The only occasion where I will fly again is when my 100 year old father dies. I will not give up my right to privacy of my own body. Speaking of that … what about the claim that “a woman’s body is her own business”. I guess that only counts when you’re discarding an unwanted mass of tissue and throwing it in the garbage.

  81. K
    February 22, 2011 at 5:17 am #

    Well said. Thank you for taking a stand – your public profile helps bring attention to this Draconian invasion of body and soul.

  82. run26mi
    February 22, 2011 at 5:18 am #

    Hey, stop disparaging TSA! They will soon be represented by the SEIU! They will have a strong powerful union, and a good friend in the White House, and if you say bad things about them, union thugs will pay a visit to your home!!!!! You might want to think about a job with TSA, with SEIU and Obama behind them, the pay and benefits will be outstanding, until the country goes broke, that is!!!!

  83. AZsmitty, Arizona
    February 22, 2011 at 5:19 am #

    Even provided with documentation from a physician and an ID card from a medical device manufacturer showing the hip-replacement my wife had undergone TSA insisted that they had to do a more invasive pat-down, pleas to be careful due to tissue pain at the incision location went unheeded. We have already instigated boycott of the airlines, further when contacted by our political party for donations, we inform them there will be no further donations until they do something to rein-in the TSA.

  84. Azpe Goico
    February 22, 2011 at 5:19 am #

    I am with you, Rep Cissna. These abuses have to end. There are other more effective ways to insure safety at airports. The TSA is an incompetent organization led by tyrannical capos.

  85. Law2001
    February 22, 2011 at 5:22 am #

    Thank you Alaskan state representative Cissna for refusing the advanced (intrusive) patdown. I understand your reasons. There are additional reasons to consider. The TSA is violating due process of law with unwarranted searches. No one in governmental power is prosecuting them to the fullest extent or defunding them.

    I boycott flying. I understand that refusing a body scan or an advanced (instrusive) patdown will lead TSA to arresting you. This is wrong. I assume you were not arrested because you are an elected official. (It would be so much worse for the rest of us.) (I am in a position to boycott flying with additional expense and time required for travel in the USA. Thankfully I no longer travel Internationally.)

    Pistole and Janet need to be fired and prosecuted for violating due process of law.

    The DHS and TSA have been created as (knee-jerk) reactions to every security event. (Seems they have not reacted yet to the suicide bombing in the unsecured section of a Russian airport yet.) (What will happen if suicide bombers start swallowing bombs? God forbid!)

    The TSA does not make us safer. It seems their main purpose is to create an even more police state out of the USA. It also seems to be an effort to determine how far they can push the people of the USA. (Pretty far I’d say.) What’s next, will they coral people into waiting buildings? God forbid! Would you accept that? Would those bulidings become gulags and death camps? Would you accept that? God forbid!

    Shame on all those people who went to the Super Bowl and accepted the advanced (intrusive) patdowns like sheep and cattle. You should have turned around and demanded your money back. That would have put some political pressure on the (illegal) TSA.

    Consider the peaceful protests on the D.C. mall against the Obama administration. Will the TSA to perform an advanced (intrusive) patdown on everyone entering the mall to control the protestors? God forbid!

    Will the TSA start interferring with our elections? God forbid!

    End funding for the TSA.

  86. yes
    February 22, 2011 at 5:26 am #

    Why won’t that TSA woman go into the machine herself, in public?
    Why should you?
    This will not remain. They will not manufacture reasons to radiate our bodies and stare at our naked bodies.
    This is evil.
    I applaud you – you are a true American. Not red, not blue, not right, not left. American.

  87. Kenneth
    February 22, 2011 at 5:26 am #


    TSA so Horrible and Rotten how they treat people.

  88. Jack Thomsen
    February 22, 2011 at 5:27 am #

    Democrats will regret making Janet Napolitano and her Buzz Cut brigades the face of the agency that gropes our women and children.

    Lesbians are loving this.

  89. Randy Barrett
    February 22, 2011 at 5:28 am #

    I would rather pay for Rep.Cissna to have her own government plane to fly around in that i had Nancy Pelosi

    This woman has a lot of courage and is trying to stand up and represent the views and concerns of the average american person, which seems to get lost in the shuffle more and more

    Hold your ground, and good luck , this is the only way it will ever be changed, you are in a position they have to listen to you

  90. jdub
    February 22, 2011 at 5:28 am #


    Get ready to riot citizens…..or, get ready to “riot like an egyptian”….

  91. SkylarkWY
    February 22, 2011 at 5:29 am #

    Bless you Rep. Cissna and thank you for your courage. I am a long time frequent flier who was molested as a child and who has refused to fly since this horrific policy has been instituted. For those of us who has been molested, the horror is always a part of of on some level. It is unconscionable that our federal government is allowed to take porn photos of innocent American citizens and sexually molest them.

    I can’t image what parents of adolescents tell their children before a flight about this practice…

    Q: What does that machine do Mom?
    A: It takes a picture of your naked body for a stranger to look at.
    Q: I don’t want a stranger to see me naked.
    A: Well then, you will have to let a stranger molest you.

    In the name of sanity, what has happened to our country?

  92. Law2001
    February 22, 2011 at 5:29 am #

    To those who say support high speed rail, I say NO for the following reasons.

    1. Separation of government and business. Separation of government and eductaion. Government is for just and limited regulations. As it is government wastes lots of money on research and businesses.

    2. The TSA is already illegally searching with advanced intrusive patdowns at some AmTrak stations. Expect type of criminal activity to spread elsewhere. Janet already said she wants the TSA in malls and other public places performing their criminal actions.

  93. Law2001
    February 22, 2011 at 5:30 am #

    Typo correction, “education”.

  94. XPIOLT
    February 22, 2011 at 5:45 am #

    And in the meantime the borders are wide open. It makes no sense. I will never submit to these Gestapo and brown shirt tactics. Take your airlines and shove them.

  95. M-B
    February 22, 2011 at 5:46 am #

    Good job and congrats for holding the line! This is crazy & now tyranny is setting in! This is not freedom! They want to control the internet & shut it down if need be. They want an internet password so they can keep tabs on you. They can listen to phone calls… you don’t think they will track you internet activity and use it against you!? Think Clintons! Of course they will & they will try to get you fired if you stand for something they want! M-B

  96. Ed
    February 22, 2011 at 5:46 am #

    Refusing to fly is not going to affect the TSA in the slightest. The only way to stop this is a massive organized boycott of a single airport. If the entire country permanently refuses to use, say, Laguardia, in protest, the financial crippling of that airport would motivate the rest of the industry to do something about this.

    When Laguardia, for instance, asks “why us?” we reply: “why not you? We can’t stop flying so can’t defend ourselves. We’re asking you to defend us, if you don’t we go sompelace else. If that means you go bankrupt, so be it.”

  97. clayusmcret
    February 22, 2011 at 5:54 am #

    I’ve refused to fly since TSA ordered enhanced pat downs. As someone with surgical metal, I’d have to agree to sexual assault every time I agreed to the scanner. I will not accept enhanced pat downs because I will not give up my 4th Amendment rights for the “privilege” of flying. I’ll drive or I won’t go. Hats off to Rep Cissna. I wish I could get my NC electeds to care.

  98. Avenger
    February 22, 2011 at 5:57 am #

    I agree with Bret. I will NEVER fly again, no matter what the occasion or emergency. Unfortunately, if enough people stop flying, our wonderful “government” will require random traffic stops to molest people in their cars. There is only one solution to this madness: Can anyone say “Egypt”?

  99. RaulJones
    February 22, 2011 at 6:03 am #

    Where in this “article” does it state “TSA Bars AK State Rep. Sharon Cissna from flying”? Well?

  100. kimm
    February 22, 2011 at 6:20 am #

    I HAVE to fly on Monday, and my anxiety is on high. I wish I could have taken the train, but it doesn’t go where I need to and the bus would have me sitting more than I can without being able to get up and move around to keep my leg from stiffening up. I was almost in tears as I was making my plane reservations.

    Last summer I got pulled simply because of my ankle brace. I did nothing wrong, set nothing off with my plate. I asked point blank if it was only due to the brace, and I was told it was. Now, with the type/style of brace I have, it is impossible to hide anything in or around it. It would be 100% visible to the naked eye. Someone wearing socks and jeans could have hidden something much easier than I could wearing my brace and shorts. Yet I was stopped because of a brace.

    I got that “safe swipe” as well with gauze. I ended up with a burn on my skin where it touched. The whole area of skin above my brace was burned and I ended up having to throughly wash my brace as well. I tried to find out from TSA what was up, but my letters have not been responded to. I am not allergic to gauze of any kind, so something was on it and they don’t seem to want to talk about it.

    The entire episode was humiliating. I was pulled into this lucite room, in the middle of security for everyone to see…and stare at…and here I am being treated like I may explode at any minute simply because of a brace that I couldn’t remove.

    This time, I’m not wearing the brace. I need to wear it, and can’t walk well at all without it. But I don’t want to go through the humiliation again, nor risk another burn on my leg. What a choice to have to make.

    I can only hope that this Rep will start something now to help us all and get these practices ended, no matter what state we’re in. I’ve tried to contact my reps here in NY, but no responses….surprize…surprize…..

    When I ended up in a brace a few years back due to shattering my ankle, I know I’d have to get used to a few things. I never thought humiliation and suspicion because I want to fly would be one.

  101. Terry Calhoun
    February 22, 2011 at 6:25 am #

    Okay, folks, where were you all when we progressives were warning you that things like this would be the outcome of Homeland Security and the over-reaction, in relation to citizen rights, to 9/11?

    If you’re proud of the representative now, try being proud of those of us who saw this coming 8-9 years ago.

  102. 19th century man
    February 22, 2011 at 6:31 am #

    Bravo. Only a dog submits to the indignity of fascists rubbing their paws over your body or funnelling you through an x-ray machine that is known to be both unsafe and immodest.

    I continue to be amazed at the comments from individuals who think this so-called security is something that they must live with and somehow makes them feel safe. They are either fools or outright government stooges. I, like my American ancestors, would rather die on my feet than live on my knees. Free movement by air in this nation is a right not to be conferred by thugs only through the loss of our dignity. I have spoken.

  103. Californian
    February 22, 2011 at 6:38 am #

    Bravo and God bless you!

  104. tramky
    February 22, 2011 at 6:45 am #

    The lady is an American state legislator. She is NOT a Muslim. She should be invited onto the plane with no discussion and offered a glass of champagne. Instead, the TSA thugs insist that they search her person by hand.

    What kind of country have we become that we permit our government to treat US like this?! The Dept of Homeland Security should never have been established in the first place–there is something wrong about it, something un-American.

  105. Dr Franklin
    February 22, 2011 at 6:46 am #

    great work, proud of you, so when are we going to storm the airports and take the TSA into custody of the Republic for civil rights violations? We don’t want a global village, we want a globe OF villages….http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bS0LQedWGb8

  106. Denis Drew
    February 22, 2011 at 6:49 am #

    New TSA regs extend sexually abusive searches from probable cause and supposed police safety to administrative (warrant-less) search and public safety (airport, school and skating rink are legally indistinguishable).

    Most police departments train male officers to frisk females if no female officers are handy or pretty much whenever they feel like it. Any hope for Fourth Amendment protection from badge blinded courts has evaporated under many decisions: http://www.rbs2.com/travel2.pdf. Small police departments with only a few male officers even strip search female prisoners: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWokzdFBNLs.

    All courts require to perform what would otherwise be considered criminal sexual intrusion is probable cause of commission of crime or any unspecified claim of officer safety (e.g., afraid to transport a handcuffed 15 year old girl): http://www.lawforkids.org/speakup/view_question.cfm?id=269&topic=OTHER.

    New TSA rules now mandate such traumatizing male on female frisking anytime there is no female agent available (at small airports there are only a few agents) or whenever they can get away with it for administrative searches for public safety. TSA also mandates women — and children! — be x-rated, x-rayed by remote viewers of the male sex (half the time?) for administrative searches for public safety: http://ontodayspagelinks.blogspot.com/2010/12/tsa-opposite-gender-screening-mandatory.html.

    If courts continue in their current backbone-less Fourth Amendment ways — there is the felony criminal aspect they should think of even before the constitutional side if you ask me — there should equally be no discernible constitutional bar to assembly line x-rated x-rays and groping at any high school or skating rink.

    Going by an AP story and pictures, two small Douglas County, Colorado courthouses may no longer even try to avoid same-sex frisking and may even neglect remote viewers not seeing you directly (looks like a TV monitor right by the x-ray viewer): http://www.ajc.com/news/nation-world/full-body-scanners-popping-752566.html. Has giant Cook County, Illinois courthouse which reportedly had instituted whole body scanners forgotten these too? The media might check.

    [Hint: small police departments: you can now purchase whole body scanners to use with remote female viewers. Good enough for giant Cook County jailhouse — good enough for your jailhouse: http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local-beat/cook-county-jail-body-scans-85552562.html. Now that the technology is available you might think twice how much it might cost you if you don’t: http://www.wbez.org/story/cook-county-pay-55-million-jail-inmates. Hint: all police departments: I drove a gypsy cab all night in the South Bronx and Harlem for years — I am still alive. You have willing to take the risk (not the biggest of your day) of transporting a handcuffed, strapped down, locked in female behind a shield for a five minute ride to the police station in order to protect her from sexual assault (yours — policy protects you from criminal charges only because the gov made you do it); from what your wife and daughters would dread at a small airport.]

  107. Flapping Arms
    February 22, 2011 at 6:53 am #

    Great job, Rep. Cissna. Please keep up the pressure against TSA’s security theater, excessive administrative searches, and customer DISservice.

    I applaud your courage in refusing the grope search, and encourage you to support other people to also refuse both the nude-O-scope and the grope search.

  108. MiPain
    February 22, 2011 at 6:53 am #

    What ever we do we should never profile how a terrorist behaves or acts or looks, That would mean groping 1 in 10 thousand, thing of all the worthless jobs that would be lost. I wonder when it will become evident that molesters are gravitating toward this “carreer”. I am truly sorry for the abuse survivors having to go through this but the unions must be served. Oh High Speed Rail fools, do you really think they wont be grouping trains if they become a competeing means of travel? Remember MADRID??? Besides their are a bunch more SEIU union hacks that need jobs.

  109. ellie
    February 22, 2011 at 7:25 am #

    Please join those of us not flying at facebook.com/wontfly

    Would love to see you there.

  110. Batroc
    February 22, 2011 at 7:26 am #

    Sarah Palin just grabs hold of a couple of bald eagles. They fly her wherever she wants to go, free of charge. Maverick!

  111. Greg Wolf
    February 22, 2011 at 7:30 am #

    I to am proud of You. THANK YOU Rep. Sharon Cissna

  112. Joe Doakes
    February 22, 2011 at 7:39 am #

    January 10, 2010

    To the editor;

    Recently the United States suffered yet another attempted act of war from a terrorist acting on the misguided notion of jihad. This particular fellow evaded airport security, then while seated on the aircraft attempted to detonate a bomb in addition to the fuel tank positioned below him. The jihadist’s failure was a result of a lack of preparation; neither his will nor our efforts to keep him off the plane did anything to ameliorate his plans. This jihadist, like many who have attacked this nation in the past, are men educated in mind and not in morals, and as such are a menace to civil society, and must be stopped at any cost. After 30 years of the free world trying to stop various forms of jihad we are no closer to stopping the next attack because the ideology that creates the next radical Islamic terrorist still exists; so long as it exists we will neither have peace nor security – nothing short of a regional war that redraws the boundaries of countries in the middle east will bring us the opportunity of lasting peace. Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan did not alter their evil plans upon the sight of a TSA agent. That said; a small suggestion.

    Credit card companies monitor spending behavior to detect fraud. They do this by setting limits based on historic spending patterns, and computers monitor daily transactions to detect purchases that may be fraudulent. For instance, if I make a few small purchases in one geographic area and then drive many miles away and make much larger purchases the credit card company will deny the charge, and request that the merchant verify my identity. Why is it that a credit card company is motivated enough to monitor, successfully detect, and challenge potentially malfeasant behavior? Further, why is it that the Transportation Safety Administration is unable to detect a known explosive attached to the genitalia of a known threat, and is unable to stop future malfeasant behavior? In a word – profit. The credit card company is trying to maintain profits by limiting its losses by devising ingenious ways of detecting fraud to protect that profit, the TSA does not operate for the purpose of profit.

    The Transportation Safety Administration has a completely different standard to meet and it must do so by engaging in willful blindness to threats in order to accomplish its mission without raising the ire of the ACLU. Thus, precious security detection resources that could be directed to more plausible threats must be redirected to less likely threats in order to satisfy the politically correct among us. For the same reason my local police department does not set up sobriety check points near our local churches or temples the TSA ought to spend more time looking for the telltale signs of jihad from likely sources. This recent attempt was a no brainer, our security apparatus had everything but a red alert warning from the starship Enterprise before this fellow made it to the airport gate even sans passport; if we can’t stop this guy we can’t stop anyone.

    If an airline operated a system akin to my credit card companies in the atmosphere of airport security what would that look like? Might a pre-flight approval system consist of various credentials already in a citizens possession; a system for non-citizens would perform the same function of verification with cross referenced forms of identification, the elimination of the option of using cash to purchase a ticket, and the elimination of purchasing a ticket without being pre-qualified to do so in the first place. In addition, the airline would be responsible for all security; remember the $50 Billion per year TSA could not stop this jihadist, and frankly in a world where people willingly swallow prophylactics filled with narcotics to breech our drug laws, the TSA will not stop the next one; an airline that is one hundred percent responsible for the occupants and operation of the aircraft can and will. They will have the ability to reject people who do not meet their flight criteria identity policy in a way that the TSA is forbidden from by organizations like the ACLU. The profit driven airline can drive the innovation that will be required to detect individuals whose behavior is suspicious even before a ticket is purchased by combing all the data points that separate out frequent travelers from those that have never flown, or are traveling in a manner not consistent with past patterns, and thus require more scrutiny at security checkpoints prior to boarding the plane. In fact much like credit cards issue a FICO score in some future world they may have a central organization for all airlines that compiles this information and issues an “Approved Travel Score.”

    In closing, it is almost treasonous that after so many kicks to our collective complacency we are still only fighting the last battle, and not the next one. Securing an aircraft is best left up to the airline and the crew of the airplane, and not the federal government. The private airline possesses the incentive to maintain the safety of the airplane that the TSA and the rest of the security apparatus lacks. The federal government lacks the economic incentive to do a quality job, but the private airline is nimble and can evolve the policies and procedures the government is not permitted or politically unable to do. The current setup seems to serve only one purpose – to avoid responsibility for anything at all, in that atmosphere you can bet we are going to lose much more then an airliner in the future. The radical Islamic threat from 1979 to 2010 has grown stronger, and developed a greater reach into the west then our side has developed a defense or plan to defeat; we are fooling ourselves if we think a watch list, that no one even bothers to check, is anything more than a placebo for the cancerous philosophy of radical Islam.

  113. Polar B'ar
    February 22, 2011 at 7:43 am #

    Sign on the back of my truck: It’s the PROFILING, stupid!

  114. Lower48er
    February 22, 2011 at 7:48 am #

    Another Alaskan I am very proud of! Being a lower 48er but aware of what it means to live, travel and work in Alaska I am ashamed my government treats us like this. This was never the intent of the TSA and shows how incompetent the present administration is. Hopefully this will pass in another year and hopefully what all the present administration has done can be undone and this country return to common decency.

    Thank you for your service and keep up the good work!

  115. RN
    February 22, 2011 at 7:53 am #

    For years, we have taught our children to not let strangers touch them. Then they have to watch their parents being subjected to this. Also, this TSA baloney is extrememly traumatizing to anyone who has been a victim of sexual assault. Janet Napolitano, when state attorney general of Arizona, claimed to have had breast cancer. Wonder if she is subjected to the same type of treatment? I think NOT.

  116. Tom W.
    February 22, 2011 at 8:26 am #

    As long as the TSA is using porno scanners and sexual assault in the name of supposed, ‘safety,’ I will not even approach an airport. Hiring people off of the tops of pizza boxes, some of whom may very well be sexual predators and at least one of whom kidnapped and raped a woman, is completely unacceptable.

    There is no excuse for sexual assault. Those porno scanners comprise child and other forms of pornography. Anywhere else in America this would be illegal and punishable as felony crimes.

  117. NadePaulKuciGravMcKi
    February 22, 2011 at 8:28 am #

    controlled media
    federal reserve
    treasury dept
    wall street

  118. whatruthinking
    February 22, 2011 at 8:29 am #

    Bravo!!! We all need to be steadfast in our right to say NO to invasive 4th amendment violations! I will also refuse the body scanner and invasive pat-downs!! Way to lead by example!

  119. Daniel Goodman
    February 22, 2011 at 8:34 am #

    My mother is like you a breast cancer survivor. From her and the other voter/citizens of my family we say: Amen sister. You are standing up for the rest of us.

  120. Michael
    February 22, 2011 at 8:45 am #

    I am so proud of her courage.

    I do not fly on vacations any longer due to this silliness. Hopefully in two years we can get these invasive TSA policies changed…

  121. Juneau John
    February 22, 2011 at 8:45 am #

    Yup, you’re better than the rest of us since you’re a local elected representative. I guess you forgot about the 3,000 + lives lost on 9/11 who had their dignity striped away too. Next time I vote, you’re fired and can walk home for all I care.

  122. IndependentlyProud
    February 22, 2011 at 8:46 am #

    I agree that these pat downs and even the scanners themselves (v1, not the newer “cartoony” v2) are an abusive invasion of our right to privacy and civil liberties. But, I can’t help but ask myself where were all of you civil libertarians 5 years ago when Dick Cheney and President Bush used the NSA to tap our phones, relied on Google to track our movements, or two years ago when federal courts determined that the FBI could track our movements with GPS without a warrant, planted on our cars, in our driveways b/c, in their words, driveways without a fence assume no level of personal privacy…

    Wake up, the last two administrations have wholly scrapped our individual rights to liberty and privacy and yet, we’re too consumed with Red and Blue politics, Obama or Bush, to even notice…

  123. RC
    February 22, 2011 at 8:47 am #

    TSA needs to be completely shut down and competitive private sector security firms should then be brought on board. Once basic passenger profiling is openly allowed and intelligent screening implemented then basic human dignity will naturally be returned to the paying customers.

  124. Rick
    February 22, 2011 at 9:18 am #

    lexslamman 21/02/2011 wrote: “Then get out and support high speed rail..”
    Ignorant to the extreme, and typical static view of the world common to liberals. Do you not think, lexslamman, that there won’t be the same types of searches for high speed rail? Especially a bullet train like Pres Obama proposed in the SOTU Address. What a target that would be. The temptation of blowing up a train going 220mph with the mass casualties would be great. Even Obama joked there wouldn’t be pat-downs. Liberals…I wish you’d get an IQ and stop trying to fine-tune perfection into our society with your myriad rules!

  125. Wurlitzer
    February 22, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    I have refused to fly for over 6 years now. For 26+ years I averaged 120 flights/year.

    I drive everywhere now.

    I REFUSE to be treated like a criminal in my own country and because there are so many who will trade freedom for the illusion of security the airlines will not miss my dollars.

    HOWEVER, if we stand together and demand they profile and not violate everyone’s 4th amendment rights, we can make a big enough dent in the airlines profits that they will demand a change in TSA policy.

    Heck I even refused to have my belongings searched going into a county building for jury duty. After giving an Erie County Sheriff a lesson on the 4th Amendment he let me pass.

    We are Americans damn it stand up!

  126. Micah
    February 22, 2011 at 9:26 am #

    I like very little about any politician, but this lady can’t be all bad…. In at least this small sliver of intercourse, she stands up for liberty.

    Abolish the TSA…. and the rest of the mandatory society.

  127. ew-3
    February 22, 2011 at 9:37 am #

    I support the Representative.
    But I suspect that eventually she will have to undergo similar treatment when the TSA gets involved in other modes of transportation such as rail or ship.

  128. Speaknup
    February 22, 2011 at 9:37 am #

    When are our elected representatives going to do something about this travesty of Constitutional protections? Our Fourth Amendment is SUPPOSED to protect us from unreasonable search by the government without probable cause and a warrant. If Americans allow suspension of our constitution protections in an emergency, then we can be sure the government will declare a constant state of “emergency.” The TSA should not have the ability to dispose of the private dignity of American citizens without due process.

  129. stevens
    February 22, 2011 at 9:39 am #

    Why will you NOT change the rules…I have stopped flying with my family, I have a 14 year old daughter. I will not subject her to this treatment, I have taught her to have respect for herself and her body. What makes you think ANYBODY, whether they approve or disapprove likes this treatment? It is an unreal response to a real problem!

  130. Tracey Sigle
    February 22, 2011 at 9:43 am #

    It is time to roll back the invasiveness of the government! Each state must mandate that they WILL profile and get their hands off of passengers and get rid of the TSA. EACH State must be proactive and TAKE ACTION!

  131. stevens
    February 22, 2011 at 9:44 am #

    Hey Juneau John … add another J for Jerk.

    All the current searches do is look for ways the enemy has already carried out its plans. The problems are not over our shoulder, they are on the horizon. Look for terrorists, not the little tools terrorists use… It’s a much simpler process.

  132. Lori
    February 22, 2011 at 9:45 am #

    I don’t know her but I am SOOOOO proud of her for standing up for HER rights and the rights of others who choose NOT to fly and NOT to be felt up by a COMPLETE stranger who, for all we know–are sexual deviants/predators. We don’t know, now do we? We’re just supposed to blindly follow like sheep and TRUST that they are not predators? I don’t think so! It’s one thing to be safe–which I agree we all should be–but NOT to the point where you VIOLATE an American citizen’s dignity. There SHOULD be exceptions for people like that–a note from a doctor, or a certified letter to TSA (so they can put it in their computer system or SOMETHING as a POSITIVE flag (not a NEGATIVE one). BLESS you Sharon!

  133. Steve R
    February 22, 2011 at 9:48 am #

    Ben Franklin said,”those that are willing to give their freedom for security deserve neither” Well said,Ben. It seems we’ve become a nation of scared little losers who are willing to do anything so the bad man in the sheets won’t hurt us. If that is the case, our freedom is over because we don’t deserve it.

  134. MaryE
    February 22, 2011 at 9:59 am #

    I am sorry for your ordeal and extremely proud of your actions. TSA has gone too far. Scans are dangerous and none of us deserve to be touched by strangers. Thank you for standing up for all of us

  135. johan
    February 22, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    You are a true American,we all should be proud of your courage.
    The thing that bothers me the most about the porno movie
    that plays out @ all maj/airports is 2 items;
    1=dogs cost 8500$ and they WORK EVERYTIME!
    2=the southern border is OPEN in border patrol’s own words
    “OTM (other then mexicans)Africans,Iraq’s,Paki’s,people from eastern Europe,too many to name here by the HUNDRED’S
    enter US EVERY MONTH!

  136. A guy
    February 22, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    The notion of a boycott of flying will not work. The current President would LOVE to see another American industry dying, that he could take over in the name of the government.

    The only boycott that will work is to deny your vote to ANY politician who supports this stuff.

  137. tnmccoy
    February 22, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    I think its time to be realistic. The TSA has become the most disgusting part of our government with its un-constitutional pat-downs and invasive x-rays. All this while Big Sis laughs at us with scorn. It’s time to restrict the use of these procedures, and start profiling those people most likely to be a danger. It’s not that no one knows who they are. Let’s keep this reduction of personal rights to a minimum and target the potential perpetrators.

  138. tnmccoy
    February 22, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    What good is the TSA process anyway? No one checks the crews that service the planes. They would seem more likely to be terrorists than the passengers.

  139. Kevin
    February 22, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    I am an Alaskan and I think Alaska is the last somewhat free place in the US. The TSA has no more right to sexually assault a passenger than anyone else. I wish our US senators and Don Young would tell the TSA to clean up their act. What good does it do to subject law abiding US citizens to sexual assaults while terrorist walk across our unsecured borders?
    Do the idiots in Washington think that the terrorist can only attack one way?

  140. Rich
    February 22, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    Personally I would have been very surprised if you had submitted. Alaska is the home of Sarah, Sharon and many many others who are not afraid to stand up and be heard. You guys decide to secede, let me know as I’ll move north in an instant. Enjoy the beauty of the trip.

  141. Another Canadian
    February 22, 2011 at 10:52 am #

    Hey Dave from Canada, I was pretty much going to say the same thing. Our son flew over to Europe and although the flight out of a close US city was less cost, there was NO WAY he was going to lose the lottery to T&A and possibly go through that humiliation. It didn’t help the fact that he would probably be racially profiled for an “all hands on deck” as he is: young, blond and of European dissent, and from what I have read and heard those are the ones T&A are enjoying playing pat-a- cake with.
    It may interest my neighbours to the South that up here in Canada our CBSA (Canadian Border Services Agency) agents go through TRAINING in how to observe and assess people BEFORE and AFTER they have passed security. Our Prime Minister just announced that there is to be an increase of funding to CBSA for the primary purpose of even greater observation skills for our agents.
    It might be an idea the next time you what to fly the friendly skies you consider coming up and flying out of Canada.

  142. Molasses208
    February 22, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    Only 30% of the Canadian border is monitored. The Mexico border is a joke. This TSA intimidation is just that: The Government flexing it’s muscle to try to get us to cower and be obedient to those in government positions of authority. We’re taking a trip to see family in April and we’re driving the 1,000 miles to do it. But you must know that TSA is planning to expand to all buses, trains, and ships, right? Pretty soon, there will be checkpoints on our streets! Grrr.

  143. Sisco
    February 22, 2011 at 11:10 am #

    Amen. We need more freedom and rights back and less government control.

  144. Mick Russom
    February 22, 2011 at 11:26 am #

    She is a hero. The government is a nightmare illegal police state. This is a violation of our god given rights. These TSA are criminals that need to be jailed for sexual assault.

  145. AlaskanInTexas
    February 22, 2011 at 11:26 am #

    Way to go! Just say no to this encroachment of our rights.

  146. Tumbleweednm
    February 22, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    You are a great representative of the people of Alaska and of America in general. We have a poodle for a President and a Thespian for a Homeland Security official, what next, oh I forgot, two more Thespians in the high court of the land, OB1 has got to go in 2012. This kind of policy cannot be allowed to continue.

  147. lucy
    February 22, 2011 at 11:41 am #

    good for you. there are better ways…we are better than this administration’s jokes.

  148. kimm
    February 22, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    “….If you’re proud of the representative now, try being proud of those of us who saw this coming 8-9 years ago….”

    Yep, when they introduced both the Patriot Act and Homeland Security, I knew we were screwed right then and there. So many holes in both for abuse, you could drive a truck through ’em. And that is when the politically correctness semmed to start getting out of hand as well, which I think plays a big role in this security theatre.

    Someone also mentioned using dogs. I agree. They are right more than a machine, and there is no invasion. Also, there is a dog to find just about anything TSA is “supposidly” looking for. I also said maybe somebody needed to use those “no fly lists” for more than desk clutter, as this was when the underwear bomber got past, even though he was on a NF list and was turned in by his dad. However when I brought this up in the TSA blog about a year ago, I got a really nasty answer saying that they are on a budget and can’t afford the dogs. I then asked why they are spending money on useless technology instead of putting that money into a form of security that has proven to work time and time again, which is the dog. I’m still waiting for that answer!

    I really wish I didn’t have to fly on Monday. I have been trying not to since last summer (never ran into any problem before or any type of infringement before. Just walk through a plain metal detector.) Unfortunatly I can’t get around it this time. And I really tried to.

  149. George
    February 22, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    You are free not to fly. Stay out of the security lines and find another way to travel.
    Claiming a search before flying is tantamount to being abused denigrates those who truly suffer abuse.
    Grow up, quit crying, and keep your whining to yourself.

  150. Sugarbears rule the sky
    February 22, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

    I lived in Alaska so when I ask you guys if this is really the image you want to paint of the State, I ask with sincerity. This sounds like really poor judgment and to me, not a very good way to get things done. Strange that this would need said to a politician.

  151. Patricia
    February 22, 2011 at 12:21 pm #

    I was a rape victim in my youth and have agonized over how I will be able to handle the invasive pat down. As many who have suffered trauma can tell you, your fearful reaction to something comes from a completely sub-conscious place. I refuse to subject myself to the back scatter x-rays. Perhaps that means I won’t travel. We are no longer free. As Patrick Henry said, “Give me liberty or give me death.” I would rather take my chances without the invasive X-rays or pat-downs. The way we have overreacted, the terrorists have won……death by a thousand papercuts. I applaud Rep. Cissna.

  152. Marilyn Katz
    February 22, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    From both knees to the top of my hips I am mostly metal. If you want an easy trip through an airport this is what to do.

    (1) Go to a drugstore and buy a cane, a four tipped, not a single tip cane. They cost $30 to $40.
    (2) When you have to fly, just call and arrange a wheelchair.

    You need no proof that you are disabled. You will be met at the curb with a wheelchair and wheeled to a seperate metal detector. They will ask you to walk through. Stagger around. They will note that you cannot walk through the metal detector. So they will wheel you around it and do the patdown with you sitting in the wheelchair.

    The area between your legs will be protected from any invasion. Mostly they are very superficial and leave your breasts alone.

    They are torn between desire to feel up passengers and fear of discrimination lawsuits.

    If yo really want to do something, file a sexual assault report with your local police. Be sure and take down the name of the person who pawed you. Others standing around will be co conspirators or accessories and aiders and abetters.
    In all the states, touching hips, buttocks, breasts and between the legs is considered some kind of assault. Nothing will be done of course. But they will be hassled a bit by the police.

  153. John Spiers
    February 22, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

    We are free to travel, free to fly, free to contract with private carriers. We are supposed to be free from unreasonable government search and seizure. TSA is pure theatre, all security should be where it belongs, a given airline’s problem, not the taxpayers. This is unreasonable search and seizure. The TSA workers have the power to search and abuse, but not the right to do so. The TSA must be entirely eliminated.

  154. FromIllinois
    February 22, 2011 at 12:32 pm #

    Way to go!! I’m very proud of you.

  155. D Andrews
    February 22, 2011 at 12:43 pm #

    To whoever wrote: “Then get out and support high speed rail…”

    Umm, you couldn’t build high speed rail in Alaska, and if you are talking in general, it won’t be long until the pat-downs will be required to travel by train. Spain’s 9/11 took place in the subway, not at an airport or on an airline. Think a littler harder before you speak…

  156. Truthteller
    February 22, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

    WELL SAID!! This invasive and unconsitutional groping has to stop. The body scanners are a money maker for the former government official who owns the company making them. This is about politics and financial greed, not about security. All at the expense of our rights and our consitution. The corruption must stop!

  157. Ed
    February 22, 2011 at 1:06 pm #

    Welcome to the beginning of the New World Order! The World Governance that the media refuse to admit exists, even though their chief Globalist Proponents make mention of it regularly. What a joke DO NOT believe the media (Conservative or Liberal) They are both lying to you. Wake up! Watch “Fall of the Republic” on you tube and wake up! Before it is too late for you.

  158. Hidingandwatching
    February 22, 2011 at 1:09 pm #

    Yeah, Lex, let’s build that high speed rail from Seattle to Juneau.

  159. Miguel
    February 22, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

    I’m glad this representative stepped up and refused. The airlines are going to lose plenty of customers as more Americans grow a pair and refuse to be groped by government union-like thugs, et al.

    More money can be made in alternative travel modes. We can change this travesty by voting in real Americans instead of so many slavish wimps of my former party, the Democrats.

  160. Fanny Forbes Franklen
    February 22, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

    “To be governed is to be at every operation, at every transaction, noted, registered, enrolled, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished.”
    — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon


  161. Fanny Forbes Franklen
    February 22, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

    “To be governed is to be at every operation, at every transaction, noted, registered, enrolled, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished.”
    — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

  162. Paul Meers
    February 22, 2011 at 1:19 pm #

    I won’t fly anymore – no trains, busses, public buildings. I won’t stop at checkpoints, just back up and go home. I’ll stop driving and if they want me, I’ll die first. Eat yourselves – public pigs!!

  163. IndependentlyProud
    February 22, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    to John Spiers:

    Unfortunately the idea of “security is a given airline’s problem” changed when airplanes from two major carriers killed 3000 people (the majority of which weren’t customers of either of those airlines. The TSA was actually created in part, as a service TO the airline industry who was given the choice between implementing their own security or letting the government do it. They chose the TSA rather than hiring private secuirty firms to meet the same requirements. We can blame the airlines just as much as we can blame the government here – they wanted to save a buck and have still managed to roll more charges to us. Simultaneously, the TSA is filled with incompetent jack-offs b/c they are paid roughly what a local mall cop makes, yet we expect them to keep highly trained terrorists off our planes. That makes total sense.

    Again, I’ll pose this question to everyone, where was the uproar when the NSA under Bush/Cheney WIRETAPPED OUR PHONES w/o so much as telling us? At least with a plane, we have a choice to get on or not. Remember when our library records could be seized or monitored under the Patriot Act? Oh, wait, they still can.

    You lost civil liberties, freedom and privacy a long time ago. Wake up.

  164. Brad
    February 22, 2011 at 1:24 pm #

    Good job Representative! Way to not allow the TSA to abuse you person. The TSA is only to give an illusion of safety, and to scare people into giving up liberties. I’m sure the scanners are only being used because the manufacturer of the device or a company board member is a large donor to the Obama administration. They still haven’t released data divulging the amount of radiation people are exposed to who are processed in these death machines, are they trying to sterilize frequent fliers? I haven’t flown commercially since the new molesting and/or radiation techniques began.

  165. T.Paine
    February 22, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

    …and yet, mooslims are not to be searched. Good on ya’ Rep.Cissna !

  166. IndependentlyProud
    February 22, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

    One last point, the machines (results of which are posted above) were the direct result of lobbying and decision making/approval of one Secretary Michael Chertoff, former Secretary of Homeland Security under George W. Bush. The machines and their implementation was in place long before the current secretary was placed in her job. She could have stopped their implementation, but, oddly, Mr. Chertoff joined the firm that built these machines after he retired from DHS and most likely rec’d a sweet compensation package for making sure they were implemented and used — all at your expense.

    Wake up, this isn’t about Obama or Bush, Republican or Democrat, it is about haves and have nots and most of us, my friends, are the have nots.

  167. Scott
    February 22, 2011 at 1:31 pm #

    My beautiful wife is a breast cancer survivor, complete with a masectomy. We will NEVER fly again due to the intrusive scans and probes instigated by these “agents” promoting “national security”. They can all kiss my ass as well as my wife’s recently removed breast. She will not go through the humiliation and embarrasment of some thug feeling her up to make sure she is safe to fly while the TSA cannot completely ensure us that everyone on that flight is not on some “do not fly” list after the plane is already in the air. The rest of the country, in the aspect of tourism, will have to suffer from this overkill at the airport. We will drive instead, and continue to check out the beautiful northeastern United States. No pat-downs, no body-scans, no invastion. Kiss my ass, TSA!!

    February 22, 2011 at 1:35 pm #

    It’s ok for the surfs have to be subjected to this but it’s front page news when it happens to one of the people who made the law. Oh the humanity all of a sudden. I think the gestapo ought to grope these people each time they go to work for what they’ve done to America.

  169. Amie
    February 22, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    Thank you for bringing this issue into the media. Thankfully I have not been requested to submit to the hands-on screening, but having been sexually abused and raped in the past, I do not think I could handle a stranger putting their hands on my breasts or genitals. It is incomprehensible to me that this type of invasion of privacy – and lets call it what it actually is: assault – has somehow made it to being a lawful act in our great country.

  170. M.L. Browne
    February 22, 2011 at 3:07 pm #

    Good for Rep. Cissna — I wish ALL the elected officials of this country had her courage and integrity. I particularly like her closing statement, which absolutely has the ring of truth to it… and it’s not true only for Alaskans, but for all U.S. citizens.

    “The TSA threat of “Do you want to fly?” means something very different to Alaskans. Flying in Alaska is not a choice, but a necessity. The freedom to travel should never come at the price of basic human dignity and pride.” Rep. Sharon Cissna

  171. Isabella Grant
    February 22, 2011 at 3:47 pm #

    It was very brave for her to stand up for her rights! So many people do what is easy not right. Thank you for speaking out for victims of assault and abuse as well.

    There are people standing up to these useless invasive security procedures. Mica-R of Florida was quoted by CNN as stating the AIT/putdowns are useless and wasteful based on GAO and classified information. Chaffetz plans on challenging the usefulness and getting answers on the money trail. Austin is fighting and so is NJ. It’s not a choice between humiliation and dying. The new AIT missed a handgun several times on undefined checks. A metal detector would have caught it each time?!! Here is a petition to stop these measures


    I pray my son will grow up in a world without naked pictures and strangers touching him. I saw the boys out post but are there any peaceful parent groups to stop this?

    Check out wewontfly.com too

  172. Dave Peters
    February 22, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

    Hello, Lots of posts are referring to Obamma. I know he should do something about those idiot TSA people. But, this was a BUSH creation. A very Republican venture. Likely as long as some citizens keep saying things like ‘oh well, in the name of safety’. To bad the the TSA procedures are all security theater. ONE IDEA: I ‘think’ (not entirely sure) a charter is not subject to this same nonsense. It might be practical to have charter flights for routes reguraly used. A few airlines got their start that way.

  173. Frankly
    February 22, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    Bravo Rep. Cissna. You have my full support.
    How much longer do we have to submit to TSA’s inept and insulting scrutiny. Their miserable reputation speaks for itself and we could save taxpayers a bundle by getting rid of them.

  174. Fisher1949
    February 22, 2011 at 6:13 pm #

    Kudos to Representative Cissna for standing her ground and casting light on these insane security policies! It isn’t often that elected officials demonstrate this level of character and conviction.

    After visiting the TSA website it is no wonder she refused to comply. They require that screeners see and touch a prosthetic and there is no guarantee that the screener will be of the same gender.


    Considering that millions of women have been victims of breast cancer one would hope that the booth peeper would have the common sense, or at least the training, to recognize when a woman has had a mastectomy. Has anyone in TSA ever heard of Breast Cancer Awareness Week? Maybe seen NFL players wearing those pink ribbons for two weeks mid-season? Surely, someone at TSA has seen one of the thousands of ads and PSAs promoting awareness of this disease.

    Had she been selected for the metal detector, the “anomaly” wouldn’t have been detected and she would have made her flight as planned. Instead, the scanner revealed her scar and thus warranted further invasion. How sick is this?

    Maybe Chertoff’s scanner friends accidentally shipped TSA medical appliance scanners instead of the ones meant to find weapons! Heaven knows, TSA has no problems finding breast prostheses and ostomy bags. Unfortunately can’t seem to find guns and fail miserably in every test that GAO conducts. So far, they have failed in over 70% of the tests. Try staying in school or keeping a job with those numbers

    These kinds of incidents are why TSA has become the most reviled agency in US history. The arrogance and indifference to passengers that Napolitano and Pistole routinely display permeates all levels of DHS and TSA and influence screener treatment of travelers.

    The fact that TSA refers to passengers as “fares” betrays their view of us as mere objects to be scrutinized and inspected as if we were bags of garbage.

  175. Kurt Sperry
    February 22, 2011 at 7:19 pm #

    Either you are for the War on Terror or against it. We fight them over there so we won’t need to fight them here. A small price to pay to keep us safe from Islamofascist bombers. If even one life is saved it’s all worthwhile and think of the children and the working families. God bless our uniformed agents who keep us safe and God bless America.

  176. bccmee
    February 22, 2011 at 8:04 pm #

    *APPLAUSE* Thank you for standing up for what is right! When will this travesty end? We must keep the TSA in the news and fight their illegal policies.

  177. Archie1954
    February 22, 2011 at 9:46 pm #

    It seems that the great bulk (no pun intended) of Americans have absolutely no self esteem, no dignity, none at all. They would rather let their privates be hand manipulated by ignorant goons than demand the government stop making enemies all over the world, enemies that will then create terrorist attacks. If the US would simply stop murdering people everywhere they would discover that for every person they didn’t kill, one less terrorist was created.

  178. CSAcitizen
    February 22, 2011 at 10:24 pm #

    High Speed rail (Obama’s agenda) will give you the exact same TSA agenda. They are now doing it on school buses and regular buses and all trains – ALL transportation – and it does not have anything to do with ‘safety’ – it’s all about making the people degraded and submissive. All about DC Federal control over every aspect of your life and body.
    IT’s all “conditioning” for the OWG.
    With all the invasive assaults on people, TSA has not found one – NOT ONE – “terrorist” !

  179. Eric-Gunther:Oberhauser
    February 23, 2011 at 3:54 am #

    From the HOLY Bible: ” You will go into BABYLON and there you will be rescued.” We are there in Babylon and the jew is in charge but the book of OBADIAH is about to be fulfilled on the jews , the anti-Christ.

  180. Ken Owens
    February 23, 2011 at 5:06 am #

    My hat is off to Rep. Cissna for refusing the TSA assault. I would like to make a recommendation to you. As a legislator you are in a position to lead the charge against this lawless mob of thugs. It would be worth it for all of us if you would research the reasons behind what Homeland Security really is and that will explain what TSA is and why they are doing what they are doing. Believe me, neither exist on behalf of our”security” but on the contrary, exist AS our security. When you finally get to the truth of it, you will understand the critical need to stop this infection before it spreads any further.

  181. James
    February 23, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

    Bravo to Rep. Cissna – thanks for standing up for rationality and dignity!

  182. Jerry Day
    February 23, 2011 at 5:15 pm #

    So this is a representative? Where is the commitment to write, introduce and vote for laws that limit the abuse of Federal and TSA agents in sovereign Alaska?

  183. Archie1954
    February 23, 2011 at 6:58 pm #

    She definitely deserves praise for her stance, however the article is slightly lacking in that it doesn’t relate that her trip so far has been by BC Ferries to Prince Rupert, BC. You see the Alaska Marine Highway doesn’t commence until May 2011. After that she will be able to take a US route all of the way except if the ferry uses the inside passage it will be in Canadian waters for most of the way.

  184. Shelley
    February 24, 2011 at 3:57 am #

    Thanx for doing that for the rest of us!

  185. The_Rev
    February 24, 2011 at 7:10 am #

    The simple solution is: break any part of them that touches you.
    They stick their hand in your crotch. . . snap it off. You’ve just been sexually assaulted – defend yourself!
    Eventually, they’ll be unable to find enough Psychopaths willing to molest people that this will all go away.

  186. rhayat10
    February 24, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

    Good for her – but it is easy for her to do; her ticket was paid for by taxpayers. What about those of us who must save up, sometimes for months, in order to fly? What options do we have if our destination is too far to drive to?

  187. ipierce
    March 4, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    I recently flew from Orlando to Seattle with 5 – 8oz. bottles of Ensure. Yes, I had a letter (required by the TSA) from my Doctor stating that it was my only source of nutrition….but, I was never asked to produce it….nor did the TSA agent watching my carry ons go thru the scanner even notice these bottles….40 ounces of unidentified liquid went along with me with no questions.
    On my return flight out of Seattle…all bottles were checked and the letter was read by TSA…there is NO consistency….and no real protection.

  188. Viviana
    April 21, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I have two artificial hip replacements and as a busy internationally touring musician I thank you Sharon Cissna for holding your ground. I would gladly serve on any class action suit filed against such invasive fondling masquerading as “security”. I have a card that I carry with my passport and 11 scars that prove I have implants. Why the necessity to feel me up every time I travel?

  189. gjshea
    June 2, 2011 at 9:31 pm #

    Dear Representative Cissna,
    Good for you, Applause! I hope more people will open their eyes and see that the TSA is demeaning and humiliating passengers in the name of a FALSE sense of security. Innocent people are being violated. The agency is ineffective and wasting billions of dollars. The dollars should be invested in intelligence. That is what keeps us safe not the goons at the airport.


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    […] http://www.alaskatravelgram.com/2011/02/21/tsa-bars-ak-state-rep-sharon-cissna-from-flying/ […]

  3. Statement of State Rep. who refused T&A pat down - FlyerTalk Forums - February 21, 2011

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  4. I Support Sharon Cissna « Aaron Hill’s Notebook - February 21, 2011

    […] spokesman released a formal statement, full of challenges to the stupid system instituted by a bunch of bureaucrats […]

  5. Another Strong Alaskan Lady, Standing Up Against the TSA Gropers « OBRL-News Blog - February 22, 2011

    […] http://www.alaskatravelgram.com/2011/02/21/tsa-bars-ak-state-rep-sharon-cissna-from-flying/ […]

  6. Her statement… | The Daily Conservative - February 22, 2011

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  7. The failed TSA’s war on Americans continues | What would Ronald Reagan say? - February 22, 2011

    […] Alaskan politician is now having to travel back to her home state by boat because she refused to be groped by TSA agents. On the positive […]

  8. TSA vs. Alaska Representative Sharon Cissna | Intolerant Fox - February 22, 2011

    […] Read the whole letter here… […]

  9. TSA Bars AK State Rep. Sharon Cissna from flying : Deadline Live With Jack Blood - February 22, 2011

    […] Leave a Comment 21st February 2011 alaskatravelgram.com […]

  10. Adventures of the Cryptic Scholar » Blog Archive » And people wonder why I refuse to fly in an airplane any more . . . - February 22, 2011

    […] Edit to include Rep. Sharon Cissna’s account of the events of 20 February 2011. […]

  11. Another Strong Alaskan Lady, Standing Up Against the TSA Gropers | Brian Brown's Website - February 22, 2011

    […] http://www.alaskatravelgram.com/2011/02/21/tsa-bars-ak-state-rep-sharon-cissna-from-flying/http://www.alaskatravelgram.com/2011/02/21/tsa-bars-ak-state-rep-sharon-cissna-from-flying/ […]

  12. AK State Rep. Sharon Cissna refuses TSA’s total sexual assault; barred from flying | COTO Report - February 22, 2011

    […] AK State Rep. Sharon Cissna refuses TSA’s total sexual assault; barred from flying Posted on February 22, 2011 by coto2admin| Leave a comment By Alaska TravelGram […]

  13. 2-5 News catchup « As I See It - February 28, 2011

    […] February 21, 2011 – TSA Bars AK State Rep. Sharon Cissna from flying (Alaska Travel Gram) The following is Rep. Sharon Cissna’s account of the events of February […]

  14. Travel Tuesday: Weekly Highlights for 1 Mar 2011 - March 1, 2011

    […] TSA Bars AK State Rep. Sharon Cissna From FlyingHave I mentioned how I detest the TSA?? Ugh. […]

  15. News Clips – Topple Corporate Dictators’; “Drug War” Business; Corporatism shuts out the people and opens gov largesse paid for by taxpayers | Brian Brown’s Website - March 4, 2011

    […] http://www.alaskatravelgram.com/2011/02/21/tsa-bars-ak-state-rep-sharon-cissna-from-flying/ TSA Bars AK State Rep. Sharon Cissna from flying […]

  16. Mashnews.com.au » A figleaf in the face of TSA instrusion | Jennifer Abel - September 20, 2011

    […] even submitting to a scan is no guarantee you’ll avoid a patdown. In February, Alaska state representative Sharon Cissna was barred from flying for refusing one after the scanner showed her mastectomy scars. Two months later, six-year-old Anna […]

  17. A figleaf in the face of TSA instrusion | Jennifer Abel | BDHL.org - September 20, 2011

    […] even submitting to a scan is no guarantee you’ll avoid a patdown. In February, Alaska state representative Sharon Cissna was barred from flying for refusing one after the scanner showed her mastectomy scars. Two months later, six-year-old Anna […]

  18. A figleaf in the face of TSA intrusion | Jennifer Abel « Fresh Coffee - September 20, 2011

    […] even submitting to a scan is no guarantee you’ll avoid a patdown. In February, Alaska state representative Sharon Cissna was barred from flying for refusing one after the scanner showed her mastectomy scars. Two months later, six-year-old Anna […]

  19. A figleaf in the face of TSA intrusion | dailywebday.com - September 21, 2011

    […] instead.Though even submitting to a scan is no guarantee you’ll avoid a patdown. In February, Alaska state representative Sharon Cissna was barred from flying for refusing one after the scanner showed her mastectomy scars. Two months later, six-year-old Anna […]

  20. A figleaf in the face of TSA intrusion | Jennifer Abel | FaceColony.com - September 25, 2011

    […] even submitting to a scan is no guarantee you’ll avoid a patdown. In February, Alaska state representative Sharon Cissna was barred from flying for refusing one after the scanner showed her mastectomy scars. Two months later, six-year-old Anna […]