A UPS driver entered a Sikh man’s name as TERRORIST on its online package-tracking database. The man’s family discovered the epithet when they searched for a package UPS failed to deliver.
It has been nearly 7 years since 9/11 and the government is still pulling ideas out of its ass to help keep us safe. Wired reports that in a request for proposals issued this week, the Pentagon announced that they are looking for ways to “safely divert an aircraft in the air or stop and/or disable an aircraft on the ground,” i.e., a kill switch. More, inside…
The Washington Post has an article, “Ordinary Customers Flagged as Terrorists,” describing how the Office of Foreign Asset Control maintains a list of potential terrorist suspects, and how everyday citizens can wind up on it.
hasan: flight is code-shared with United Airlines, CSR at United Airlines hung up on me
A text file. That’s what banks use to freeze the assets of terrorists, drug traffickers, and nuclear weapons dealers. A dot txt downloadable from the U.S. Treasury website.
Having conquered the imminent threat of self-immolating shampoo, airline safety has returned to “iron-clad” status. Yeah right, all the terrorist need is a credit card with the same as someone flying that day. Using such a card, one can print a boarding pass and get on the aircraft. Creating the card would require access to a credit card writer, which hasn’t proved an obstacle for numerous identity thieves and ATM hackers.
Jonathan Cowperthwait points us to a Sierra Mist commercial set in an airport security line. Our wild guesstimate is that it won’t be seen on TV anymore, strange prescience aside.
• But that’s a good thing because with the ban on onboard personal care products and cleansers, “The Great Unwashed” becomes a metaphor made flesh.
Sometimes an issue is too big for words, so then if a picture is worth a thousand of ‘em, this image by reader Matt is worth like a million bucks.
Ever wonder why not?