First, yes we've heard about the San Francisco TSA and the world's largest penis guy. We know that various reports include the words "bulge" and "growth." Giggle.
Second, TSA chose now to announce that they're relaxing their rules on carrying snow globes into the sterile area. Why now rather than during Christmas, when they would get credit for easing up on holiday travelers? One theory is that they heard that some people were impressed with their PR, and they wanted to debunk those rumors and show that they don't know how to roll out stories. Helpful.
Third, TSA air marshals were drinking on the job. Fired.
And finally, last year the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, DC ordered TSA to hold public hearings about their full-body scanners. The exact language was that TSA needed to "act promptly" to get public input about how the machines are used. You'll recall that the scanners were initially rolled out under a flood of lobbyist money, after TSA had already earned a reputation for tone deafness when it comes to public concerns. A year has passed since the court ruling and TSA has yet to hold any kind of hearings. Surprise.
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