Please Remove Your Shoes

Please Remove Your Shoes is a troubling documentary that examines the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and its role as protector of the American skies — raising questions about the disturbing gap between the federal agency’s avowed purpose and actual airport safety since 9/11. TSA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that exercises authority over the security of the traveling public in the United States. This documentary sheds light on how the TSA operates — and the findings are horrifying. If you fly, or plan to, watch this first. You’ll be appalled at how bad security really is. The security people on film discussing the issues are experts in the field, who have years of experience with very real issues – issues that those in charge of TSA refuse to address. This documentary contains so much solid information from actual agents and ex-agents. First, they reveal that the terrorists of 9/11 went through the same security checkpoints at Boston airport that the security men in the documentary had examined months previously and found faulty and reported to their superiors. So the events which took place on 9/11 could have been prevented — if it weren’t for high-ranking U.S. government officials caring more about protecting their promotions and pensions than protecting the lives of travelers. As a New Yorker, I feel especially outraged to learn this. It shakes me to the very core of my being knowing that the blood of all those people that perished in the 9/11 attacks are on the hands of the individuals working at the top level of our own U.S. government. I’ve been an officer in the TSA for 11 years now, and this gross mismanagement is still going on in TSA. Everything in this film is absolutely true. It tells the truth about how ineffective the TSA is. Basically the TSA executives care more about its image in the eyes of the public than about actually protecting the public. The higher-ups of the TSA are exposed as a bunch of cold-hearted selfish bureaucrats that don’t give a damn about the public safety of flying in the United States. One individual that worked as a Federal Air Marshal states that “What we’ve got now is nothing but security theater” — meaning that our public safety as a priority to the TSA is merely a façade. Airport security, as this documentary successfully proves (at least to my satisfaction) is merely a dog and pony show intended to make passengers feel safe. But we’re not. TSA is there to make your FEEL safer — not BE safer. The documentary legitimately calls into question the effectiveness of many security measures, based on actual results of internal test-runs by so-called “Red Team” security agents. In effect, fifty-eight thousand “federal screeners” are simply nothing more than government window-dressing with inexperienced, ill-trained, inept, “rent-a-cops” with shiny faux badges, blue shirts, & latex gloves, pawing through your undergarments like starving raccoons. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve accidentally gotten through airport security in the US with something on the ‘no-no’ list just because I’ve forgotten it was in my purse — lighters, Swiss army knives, liquids, whatever — the results of my own absentmindedness, more than anything. This is indicative of how ineffective the system really is in the USA. In other countries, the few times that has happened to me, they caught it right away. Once again, our Federal government is the star in a classic, Shakesperian-esque tragedy, revealing bloated bureaucracy, spectacular ineptitude, inflated egos, and desperation for good old-fashioned scapegoats when incompetence is revealed. This time, the unfortunate casualty is the safety & security of the air-traveling public. This is an excellent documentary that exposes the ineptitude of high level administrators in the Federal Government. I found the second half the film especially frightening, as it documents what appear to be terrorist “dry runs” happening aboard planes. And I don’t mean pre-9-11. No, I mean terrorist dry runs happening on planes today! Yet the TSA (and media) largely ignore it, even though there is evidence that these are happening frequently. Do the TSA executives care? Apparently not. And when security whistle blowers try to reveal these facts, they are stalked and intimidated by members of our government. Sound like conspiracy theory? It’s not. It’s infuriating. It’s scary. It’s scary to realize how much those bureaucrats do not care. But at the same time it’s refreshing to realize how much the security agents doing the job do care. Hats-off to the brave Federal air marshals speaking-out in this documentary. Thank you to these brave men and women who are patriots, not self-serving, and truly put it all on the line. Real-life whistle-blowers who have the courage and commitment to stand up for themselves and for passengers. THANK YOU. I love my Country but I disdain my government. This is one agency we need to fix. Whether you fly or not, this movie will open your eyes to the failures of this elephantine federal bureaucracy. Best TSA / DHS documentary I’ve seen of the many out there. I want to emphasize how important this one is. GREAT FILM! Fascinating documentary. One of the best I have ever seen. Thoughtful and well made, with interviews of knowledgeable sources. You will not be disappointed by this extremely professional film. You will learn a lot you didn’t know, and you will appreciate and admire the men and women who made this documentary. Good pace, great style and editing. Very much worthy of your time, really worth watching. Not often do I say this, but this documentary is a MUST WATCH, a must-see! This documentary needs to be viewed by every American air traveler before getting on a plane. It’s so scary. After watching this film — I never want to fly again. In addition, there is a site linked to this movie: Documentary 2010 NR 1hr 33m.


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