Originally published June 8 2012
New mobile phone app allows travelers to easily report TSA abuses directly to appropriate agencies
by Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
(NaturalNews) Sick and tired of dealing with constant maltreatment, profiling, and flat-out abuse by U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners at American airports, a civil rights group known as The Sikh Coalition has created a mobile phone "app" that allows travelers to instantly file complaints with TSA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) immediately upon going through airport security.
A brilliant solution to continued TSA abuses, the app, known as FlyRights, provides travelers convenient access to filing official complaints, whether they concern invasive, unconstitutional pat downs; radiation emitting naked body scanners; inappropriate racial or religious profiling; or any other activity deemed inappropriate by travelers. The app is available for both the iPhone and Android platforms.
According to a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC), FlyRights not only makes it easy to file complaints by filling in pertinent user information and submitting directly to TSA and DHS, but it also allows travelers to "share" this information through their social networks in real time. The hope is that users of the app will bring each incident to light, and create widespread awareness about TSA's inappropriate activity.
"My hope is that this app will exponentially increase the number of complaints filed with the TSA, flood the system so they get that this is a problem," said Amardeep Singh, Program Director at The Sikh Coalition, which launched the app. "For too long the Transportation Security Administration has been able to tell Congress this is not an issue, nobody's complaining."
Though originally designed for travelers like Singh and others that are often targeted by screeners because of their religious garb, FlyRights is a useful tool for every traveler to fight back against TSA. TSA's screening procedures are excessive, invasive, and unconstitutional, as they clearly violate the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (http://www.naturalnews.com/030381_naked_body_scanners_TSA.html).
NaturalNews recommends that every reader download the free FlyRights app to their mobile smart phones and report TSA abuses every single time they fly. You can learn more about the FlyRights app here:
TSA officials recommend that travelers with concerns also voice them to TSA supervisors and customer support managers in person at the airport. Travelers can also file complaints about TSA online at: http://www.tsa.gov/what_we_do/civilrights/filing_a_complaint.shtm
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