This made me all sorts of angry:
Savannah Barry is mad and on a mission. She wants travelers to be warned
before they walk through TSA security. “They need to get with the
program and have some education across the board for TSA.” After
participating in a DECA conference in Salt Lake City with several
classmates last week, Savannah, who is a type one diabetic and wears an
insulin pump 24 hours a day, says she ran into TSA agents who were not
prepared to deal with her medical situation. “I went up to the lady and I
said, I am a type one diabetic. I wear an insulin pump. I showed her
the pump. I said, what do you want me to do? I usually do a pat down –
what would you recommend?”
Savannah then showed agents a doctor’s
note explaining that the sensitive insulin pump should not go through
the body scanner. She says she was told to go through it anyway. “When
someone in a position of authority tells you it is – you think that its
right. So, I said, Are you sure I can go through with the pump? It’s not
going to hurt the pump? And she said no, no you’re fine.”
I won’t fault the girl here. She has probably been told over and over to trust the government and do what you’re told. She has been drilled to the point where she ignored what her doctor said and did what a high school drop out that was too stupid to get a job anyplace else said.
Unsurprisingly it destroyed her insulin pump. Walking into one of those things with electronic equipment is down right dangerous. Ionizing radiation can cause single event upsets in the control systems of the medical equipment. Non-ionizing radiation can have the effect of an EMP causing excessive voltages in circuits. If the device is improperly shielded it will destroy components. Memory devices can also suffer a single event upset.
I don’t know which of these incidents occurred, my suspicion is the second. I will say this girl is very lucky she is not dead or hospitalized as a SEU could have resulted in an excess or incorrect dosage being administered. Usually devices can survive one safely, however multiple failures were probably induced simultaneously
This is an expensive lesson and one that everyone needs to heed. Those who work for the TSA are the lowest common denominator of our society. That’s why it’s full of child molesters, sexual deviants, and thieves. One should not do what they say blindly or without forethought. Remember these people do not care about you or what happens to you. If they could they’d just treat you like cattle more than they already do.
As I’ve said before, make their lives hell. Sure some will be too stupid to understand but eventually you’ll wear them down. On that same note, as you see those responsible for bringing this plague upon us, make their lives hell as well. They are elected representatives and obviously they failed at their job.
Burning effigies should work nicely.
Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.
He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.