Transportation Security Administration started a blog few days back called ‘Evolution of Security’ and going by the number of comments it seems they are a bit hit already.
“Terrorists Evole. Threats Evolve. Security must stay ahead. You play a part” is the marketing slogan. Sort of long and winding but considering the bureaucracy that would have probably gone into its making, not at all surprising.
The blog’s look is simple and smooth, making it easy on the eye.
Blog is divided into different categories of checks that are performed on the air passengers like shoes, liquids, certain things you can and cannot bring on the plane etc.
Blogging engine used is Blogger. They even allows anonymous users to post comments, questions, feedback etc. (Which is not really anonymous because Google still knows the IP address).
So could the comments you post be used against you. Who knows. For all you know, you might end up in their no fly list for posting a stumper. As for the rules governing their Comments policy –
“Privacy Act Statement
Authority: 49 U.S.C. Â§114(f). Purpose: TSA will use this information to promote communication between the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, the traveling public, and throughout the TSA community. Routine Uses: TSA may share the information provided by members of the public with facility operators, law enforcement, intelligence agencies, or other government agencies as necessary to respond to potential or actual threats to transportation and national security, or pursuant to its published Privacy Act system of records notice DHS/TSA 006, Correspondence and Matters Tracking Records (CMTR), 68 FR 49503-49504. Disclosure: Furnishing this information is voluntary.”
TSA reserves the right to delete your comment in certain cases. For instance, any unsubstantiated accusations would be definitely purged.
Information about who is blogging from TSA’s end is not much forthcoming. In stead we just have the first names, Jim – Ether, and trivial information like elephants can smell water from as far away as three miles or what kind of ice cream they favor.
Hi! My name is Ethel and I’m from Wisconsin. I like music, I love ice cream, and I adore weird facts:
All in all, I like the idea as it makes the department more accessible to the general users.
So if you have any gripes or would like to commend the TSA officials, get started from here.