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The TSA has an Instagram account of all the terrifying and bizarre stuff they’ve collected 

The TSA catches a lot of flak: While the agency subjects airline passengers to invasive scans and body searchers, even the American government has serious doubts that air travel has become significantly safer.

But taking a look at the TSA’s Instagram feed can give you a clear sense of what the agency’s work looks like. 

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TSA America: Level Orange - “Just Relax”

TSA America (www.tsaamerica.com) is proud to present its Director of Training, Misha Collins, directing and starring in three modules involving class six security screening dramatizations involving high-level security breaches. These are actual level orange events dramatized and captured on film.

Before my name change, I avoided airplanes and crossing international borders altogether. The dissonance between my clearly-boy name and obviously-girl presentation caused enough awkward situations with bartenders and bouncers; the mere thought of dealing with the TSA or Customs was enough to make my stomach do backflips. National Center for Transgender Equality Executive Director Mara Keisling has noted that “transgender people end up as collateral damage in TSA’s security theater. Any security system that relies on gender and ‘anatomical anomalies’ will always disparately affect transgender and gender non-confirming people.”

When I flew for the first time in many years last January, I spent hours going over the current TSA procedures for transgender people so that I was prepared for every eventuality. I carried my letter from my therapist, a copy of my name change order, and a letter from doctor explaining my gender, hoping to cover any objection the TSA may have. I even went as far as to carry the number for the local ACLU office, just in case things got ugly. These days I fly pretty regularly, but my anxiety levels still skyrocket every time I step into the security lines. I seem to run about a 50/50 risk that the agent who looks at my ID will misgender me, and the full-body scanner always seems to find something “suspicious” between my legs that requires an entirely-too-intimate check— and often disgusted look— from the nearest lady screener.
Just a reminder...

CDC leading causes of death

Heart disease: 596,577

Cancer: 576,691

Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 142,943

Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 128,932

Accidents (unintentional injuries): 126,438

Alzheimer’s disease: 84,974

Diabetes: 73,831

Influenza and Pneumonia: 53,826

Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 45,591

Intentional self-harm (suicide): 39,518

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/leading-causes-of-death.htm

Cheeseburgers, car accidents, and cutting are about 100 times more likely to kill you than Ebola. For fuck’s sake—the goddamn FLU kills 53,826 annually, but I don’t see everybody losing their shit about THAT!

Don’t let them DISTRACT you! Focus on Ferguson; don’t forget Ukraine; Gaza is still going on; the fucking rainforest is still being destroyed!

Remember the shit that MATTERS and don’t let them control you with fear!!

They already did that after 9/11, and look at where that got us…

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