TSA Ignores Masked Muslim, Stops FPM Contributor Reading Conservative Paper

jewish press cover

The January 31st cover of the paper

The TSA is a prime example of security theater. Its mission is to look busy without offending Muslims in the hopes of convincing the terrorists that there’s no point in even trying to bomb or hijack a plane.

And so this is what you get… as Front Page Magazine contributor Phyllis Chesler found out.

Phyllis Chesler, one of the doyennes of the feminist movement, professor emerita of psychology and women’s studies at CUNY, ardent Zionist, and author, most recently of An American Bride in Kabul, which won the National Jewish Book Award for memoir this year, was traveling from New York to Florida Wednesday afternoon.

As she waited, Chesler pulled out the latest edition of The Jewish Press, which she had with her. Chesler noticed that as soon as she took out the paper, one of the security agents looked at her sharply. He came over and asked to see her newspaper.

After looking at the cover, the agent then took The Jewish Press and brought it over to another security agent. The two agents then had a discussion, apparently about the newspaper and about Chesler.

She was then told to open her luggage, which the agents proceeded to search. While Chesler’s luggage was being rifled through and she was being interrogated, she noticed another woman stride unmolested past her and the security agents, and disappear on through to her destination.

The woman who sailed through without being stopped was dressed in a niqab. The niqab is an Islamic head covering which covers a woman’s entire face except for the eyes.

The Jewish Press is an English language newspaper so it wasn’t as if they spotted a paper written in a foreign language. It does lean conservative which might not have helped.

Since the TSA personnel didn’t just glance at the paper, which might have been written off as casual interest, but actually took it with them, it was clearly the newspaper that triggered the search.

In the TSA’s mixed up world, reading a conservative Jewish newspaper is a search trigger, but walking around in a mask associated with the terrorist ideology responsible for the TSA’s own existence isn’t.

  • abby

    a similar thing happened to us: one security agent at charles de gaulle was rubbing my teenage son’s crotch while a group of beings in head-to-toe black robes sailed thru right next to us.

    • onecornpone

      The obvious solution is that black robes become traveling attire for EVERYONE!

      • truebearing

        I have another solution but can’t say what it is because I don’t live in a country with free speech.

    • Stephen Newton

      I say strip down, completely ass-naked, every time you go through security, just to prove a point.

  • A Z

    Why would Phyllis Chesler read the Jewish Press while in line?

    (It is just asking for it in todays hyper sensitive liberal world.)

    To make headlines. Someone has to make a spectacle and expose the hypocrisy.

    One reason I do not put certain bumper stickers on my car even fairly innocuous ones showing affiliation with even government entities is so I do not get it vandalized by some knuckle dragging liberal.

    But maybe we should all go through airport security with the Jewish press or other publications until we wear them out.

    • Race_Dissident

      I once had a conservative bumper sticker on my car–granted, it was calculated to offend Leftists–and sure enough, the rear, drivers’ side window mysteriously shattered. Lesson learned–if you’re a conservative, keep your opinions to yourself or suffer the consequences.

      • A Z

        Stuff I would not put on my car:

        – “My kid is an Honor student”
        – Someone in my family graduated such and such college
        – I am a member of the NRA or any other gun group. Although a ‘Pink Pistols’ sticker might survive scrutiny by most “Church Lady” Liberals
        – A military license plate holder saying National Guard, U.S. Army or Reserves.
        – Any sticker from a conservative group and maybe even libertarian groups.

        I would not do this because liberals teach the politics of hate. jealousy and envy.

        • Douglas J. Bender

          I think someone should create a bumper-sticker that says, “Honk if you hate noise pollution.”

        • Stephen Newton

          I seen a car painted with “Baby Killer” just because he had a DOD gate pass on the windshield. This was back in 2008.

      • A Z

        I have considered marking a liberal’s car with such stickers so they could get mugged by fellow liberals.

        • truebearing

          That is a fine and egalitarian idea. It combines justice with irony and a pinch of revenge. I think I’ll try it in Madison before the next election.My truck has been vandalized there for having an unpopular bumper sticker. I know your idea will work in that town without fail.

          If you don’t hear from me again, it will be because I was caught in the act and being held for life, without a trial, in the Dane County gulag.

          • onecornpone

            I knew someone who spent most of his waking hours figuring ways to enrage the Dems in our tiny rural community with conservative and anti-obama bumper stickers.

            It is a noble undertaking. We will take up a collection to spring you… leave a trail of breadcrumbs.

          • truebearing

            Bread crumbs won’t work. Too many pigeons and homeless people. It would be better if you announce a Tea Party protest on the Square, with Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, and Scott Walker as speakers. Advertise that Walker will be explaining how Act 10 is now going to include police and firefighter unions. That will clear the Dane County Sheriff’s office, the jailers, the Madison police, and all of the judges from the jail and City-County buildings. While they are all charging the Square to shout vile obscenties at the speakers, you can walk into the jail and free me. Bring lawyers, guns, and money.

          • onecornpone

            ROTF………. ;)

            I see you have given this quite a lot of thought.
            You’ll have to find your own lawyers, they don’t like me, but we can cover the rest…

          • Stephen Newton

            Around here, the patrol cars come standard with conservative stickers. Of course, we only have 12 deputies, and it’s nothing to see a guy go in and buy a gallon of milk with a shotgun or rifle slung over his shoulder.

          • jakespoon

            Let us know the particulars,and I’ll send a care package.

          • truebearing

            I’ll have to get back to you on that. I think I see a SWAT team, made up of Madison’s burliest lesbians, sneaking up on my office. Gotta go!

          • john spielman

            I used to live in Madcity back in the 70’s (even proudly voted for Nixon when I attended the UW), I can’t believe how the libtards have taken over! Maybe time to majorly defund the liberal University

          • truebearing

            I was at the UW during the 70’s myself. The school and the town have gone downhill since those days. We lived in Madison for a number of years, but finally couldn’t take it any longer and moved out. I still go there for a variety of reasons and like to attend Tea Party rallies on the Square. It gives me a chance to witness the depraved Madison Mutants in action. Degenerate only begins to describe them.

        • Race_Dissident

          Now see here! That is an ugly, devious and just plain vicious idea and I resent the fact that you beat me to it.

          • A Z

            Just don’t be seen doing it or leave your fingerprints on the bumper sticker.

            If you are caught while the actual damages would be less than $100 dollars but look them to charge you with numerous felonies.

            The actual libtard that bases the car and cause thousands of dollar s of damages with get off on a misdemeanor and use his nominal jail time as an excuse for a book and speaking tour to get feted by other tards.

        • jakespoon

          I like it!!

      • bob smith

        “if you’re a conservative, keep your opinions to yourself or suffer the consequences.”
        Bull sh%t!
        stand for your principles or stand for nothing. like the tree falling in the forest, you can argue all you want about the light on in your closet but no one will see it.

        • Race_Dissident

          I appreciate that sentiment. But a bumpersticker is not worth hundreds or thousands of dollars of damage to my car. And in this connection, I dropped my FB account because I was concerned my politically incorrect views would find their way to one of my bosses and result in a total loss of earning privileges. I still get my licks in, but I do so sub rosa and incognito.

          • bob smith

            I have zero use for fb. Though I have never used a bumper sticker, neither have I hid my opinions on the lunacy of the left and directly at them at every opportunity they provide.


    The TSA takes its direction from the top, and we all know how distorted and evil the top’s views are. This is only the latest in a long line of abuses: Christians treated as if they were likely terrorists by the DOJ and the Army, etc., while Islam remains a religion of peace – if by “peace” we mean chopping off the heads of infidels.

  • truebearing

    The obvious conclusion is that the TSA goons are trained in political intolerance. Also, where in our laws does it say that any publication is prohibited? Clearly, this is yet another instance of statist overreach, courtesy of Obama and his commie henchmen.

  • Raymond_in_DC

    In many airports, especially near cities with large Muslim populations, you’ll find Muslims working as TSA agents. Phyllis may just have witnessed said agents waving some of their own through while giving a tough time to the infidel Jew.

  • DogmaelJones1

    This is why I gave up flying anywhere years ago. I’d just punch out the first TSA goon who groped me or I saw groping a child or a good-looking woman. Now, suppose I took out a copy of Atlas Shrugged while waiting in line? Would that trigger the red flags in a TSA agent? Probably not. TSA agents are the dross and dregs of American society, otherwise unemployable.

  • Elizabeth Cape Cod

    And how many Jewish terrorist have tried to bring down planes lately?

    • Stephen Newton

      Are there any Jewish terrorists at all?

      • Elizabeth Cape Cod

        Just about every major religious group can take credit for about a handful of terrorist acts in recent history, but Islamic fundamentalism is the only religion that the world fears.

  • oldtimer

    wouldn’t this be considered profiling? Sue!

  • nood2

    The best way to bring this to attention, is to wear one of these things, in protest of course, men and women alike.
    Force the TSA to check them out.
    Everyone wear one. Make everyday Halloween.
    Sometimes, to show the ridiculous, you have to be ridiculous.

    • Stephen Newton

      I intend to refuse the scanner and then strip to my underwear every time. If I had some whitey-tighties with a chocolate stain in the back and some mustard in the front, it would enhance the shock value.

      • nood2

        I like your attitude.
        Cheers and God bless

  • Hellosnackbar

    Many years ago on arrival at LHC I was delayed for about an hour as security searched our baggage.
    The security man who searched my baggage was called Malik.
    I asked him if he had recognised the irony of acquiring a job as a result of his own religious dogma problems.
    He tried to call the airport police!

  • The Facts

    Poor oppressed Phyllis Chesler. Suddenly Frontpage reverses its stance on the TSA.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Didn’t we just have this talk?