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TSA Week in Review: Firearms, Grenades, Stun Guns, and More

Friday, March 22, 2013
Non-Metallic Tactical Spike Found With AIT  (DSM)

Non-Metallic Tactical Spike Found With AIT (DSM)

Items in the Strangest Places - It’s important to examine your bags prior to traveling to ensure no prohibited items are inside. If a prohibited item is discovered in your bag, you could be cited and quite possibly arrested by local law enforcement. Here are a few examples from this week where prohibited items were found in strange places.

  • Officers at Des Moines (DSM) discovered an 8-inch non-metallic tactical spike in a passenger’s sock after he alarmed Advanced Imaging Technology.
  • A passenger at Philadelphia had forgotten about the switchblade in his pocket. Our officers reminded him about the knife after it was detected by Advanced Imaging Technology.
  • A 4-inch knife was discovered concealed under the bag lining in the pull handle mechanism at Westchester (HPN).
  • A passenger at Washington Dulles (IAD) was as surprised as our officers were when they discovered a knife inside her cane. She said that she bought the cane at an antique store and had no idea the blade was concealed inside.
3 large knives.

32 Firearms Discovered This Week - of the 32 firearms, 23 were loaded and seven had rounds chambered. See a complete list and more photos at the bottom of this post.

Loaded Firearm (MDW)

Loaded Firearm (MDW)

A total of eight inert/novelty/replica grenades were found this week in checked baggage. Two were discovered at Medford (MFR), two more at South Bend (SBN), and the others were found at Phoenix (PHX), Anchorage (ANC), Tulsa (TUL), and Las Vegas (LAS).

Inert Ordnance and Grenades etc. - We continue to find inert hand grenades and other weaponry on weekly basis. Please keep in mind that if an item looks like a realistic bomb, grenade, mine, etc., it is prohibited - real or not. When these items are found at a checkpoint or in checked baggage, they can cause significant delays in checkpoint screening. I know they are cool novelty items, but you cannot bring them on a plane. Read here and here on why inert items cause problems.

  • A total of eight inert/novelty/replica grenades were found this week in checked baggage. Two were discovered at Medford (MFR), two more at South Bend (SBN), and the others were found at Phoenix (PHX), Anchorage (ANC), Tulsa (TUL), and Las Vegas (LAS).

Stun Guns - Eight stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation at Baltimore (BWI), Burbank (BUR), Burlington (BTV), Denver (DEN), Kansas City (MCI), Minneapolis (MSP), San Diego (SAN), and San Francisco (SFO).

What Not to Say at an Airport - Statements like these not only delay the people who said them but can also inconvenience many other passengers if the checkpoint or terminal has to be evacuated:

  • An Amarillo (AMA) passenger arrived to the checkpoint visibly upset and during screening, he told the officer: “I don’t have any bombs, at least not yet.”

Miscellaneous Prohibited Items - In addition to all of the other prohibited items we find weekly, our Officers also regularly find firearm components, realistic replica firearms, bb and pellet guns, Airsoft guns, brass knuckles, ammunition, batons, and a lot of sharp pointy things -- to mention a few...

Firearms Discovered This Week

6 loaded firearms.
7 loaded firearms.
32 Firearms Discovered This Week - of the 32 firearms, 23 were loaded and seven had rounds chambered.

You can travel with your firearms in checked baggage, but they must first be declared to the airline. You can go here for more details on how to properly travel with your firearms. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. Travelers should familiarize themselves with state and local firearm laws for each point of travel prior to departure.

Unfortunately these sorts of occurrences are all too frequent which is why we talk about these finds. Sure, it’s great to share the things that our officers are finding, but at the same time, each time we find a dangerous item, the throughput is slowed down and a passenger that likely had no ill intent ends up with a citation or in some cases is even arrested. The passenger can face a penalty as high as $7,500.00. This is a friendly reminder to please leave these items at home. Just because we find a prohibited item on an individual does not mean they had bad intentions, that's for the law enforcement officer to decide. In many cases, people simply forgot they had these items.

*In order to provide a timely weekly update, I compile my data from a preliminary report. The year-end numbers will vary slightly (increase) from what I report in the weekly updates. However, any monthly, midyear, or end-of-year numbers TSA provides on this blog or elsewhere will not be estimates.

If you haven’t seen it yet, make sure you check out our post highlighting the dangerous, scary, and downright unusual items our officers found in 2012.

Bob Burns
TSA Blog Team

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Comments

Submitted by Anonymous on

Can you publish a list of the top 10 or 15 airports where guns are found?

Submitted by RB on

Missing from the Big Catch List:

One Marine Wounded Warrior brutalized by TSA Screeners.

Submitted by Anonymous on

After the 2012 ABC News story that tracked a stolen iPad to a TSA officer's home, a reasonable person would believe yet another TSA officer from the same airport would not be caught stealing a trackable computing device. Sadly, that is NOT the case.

The following story was published by a local Orlando news station today, ..."Orlando TSA officer arrested, accused of stealing tourist's computer"

Does the TSA really hold its workforce to the "highest ethical standards?"

Submitted by Anonymous on

Americans have become lazily uninformed. Media, newspapers, magazines, we only believe what we want to hear or read. The tabloid news that you once scoffed at in the local supermarket has you reeled in like a big game fish.

Open your eyes, get involved, and begin to see a larger picture. Once informed fully then by all means draw a conclusion.

Individual's ability to form their own opinion has been lost, but they will say that is my American right.

By all means continue your objectivity, but please do it with some credibility.

Submitted by Anonymous on

So this week using whole body scanners you found a knife marginally larger than the ones you allow and put it front and center because it is "non-metalic"? Please.

No one could bring an airplane down with that now that cockpits are secure. It is not a threat. There are many allowed items more dangerous than that.

You still find absolutely nothing with your expensive, invasive and slow machines.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Oooh- something for next week's Week in Review:

http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/orlando-tsa-officer-arrested-accused...

"Orlando TSA officer arrested, accused of stealing tourist's computer"
"An honest tourist found a bag sitting in Orlando International Airport and turned it over to a Transportation Security Administration officer. Police say instead of taking it to lost and found, the TSA officer took it home."

Submitted by Tramky on

And not a peep about the incident that should raise EVERYONE's hairs on the back of their neck: the impersonator who got into the cockpit of an airliner after passing through all airport security.

So much for TSA security, so much for cockpit doors. And this guy was discovered, once again, by flight crew, NOT by airport security or their procedures. IN THE COCKPIT, IN A SEAT IN THE COCKPIT!

But the TSA regales us with tales of discoveries of unloaded handguns and inert hand grenades, not to mention the thousands of gallons of water 'confiscated' at TSA checkpoints.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Too bad my small commemorative pocket knife packed in my checked baggage did not have a tracking chip. Maybe that would have caught the TSA agent who checked the bag and left a printed notice that the bag had been opened & checked but no did not state that my knife had been stolen.

Submitted by Anonymous on

RE "Does the TSA really hold its workforce to the "highest ethical standards?"

Yes. With thousands of officers handling millions of items every day, TSA's theft rate is actually quite low. The agency and its personnel are highly visible in the press and the public eye. Continue to decry and denounce each conviction, but remember that a thief that is caught in your community does not necessarily mean that you, your family, and all your neighbors are dishonest, does it?

As a Transportation Security Officer working hard to keep all passengers safe, I must be careful even when someone leaves a penny behind in a bin or on the floor to make certain that I visibly turn in the penny, to avoid coming under scrutiny as a possible thief.

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

Score TWO for the fancy scanning machines!

Then subtract one because basic WTMD technology would have found the switchblade.

And really? A switchblade? Who carries a switchblade anymore. Are you sure it wasn't just a regular knife and you are taking poetic license with the moniker?

Submitted by Anonymous on

The wounded warrior came out and said the media and his friends were wrong and blew everything out of proportion; and that he was not made to take his prosthetic off that was just something the media said.

Submitted by RB on

Anonymous said...
The wounded warrior came out and said the media and his friends were wrong and blew everything out of proportion; and that he was not made to take his prosthetic off that was just something the media said.

March 24, 2013 at 1:06 AM
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A link to the story or article where this was stated would be most helpful.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Re: "remember that a thief that is caught in your community does not necessarily mean that you, your family, and all your neighbors are dishonest, does it?"

The aforementioned analogy is false and flawed. The repeated airport thefts are coming from within your "family", the TSA. The very fact that you say "With thousands of officers handling millions of items every day, TSA's theft rate is actually quite low." is unacceptable. How many private companies would remain in business over the long term with similar dismissive explanations to their customers? I suspect none.

Submitted by Anonymous on

"... but remember that a thief that is caught in your community does not necessarily mean that you, your family, and all your neighbors are dishonest, does it?"

I don't interview and conduct background checks on the people who want to move into my community.

On another subject, where is the video of the Marine, TSA?

Submitted by Anonymous on

RE: "remember that a thief that is caught in your community does not necessarily mean that you, your family, and all your neighbors are dishonest, does it?"

RE: The aforementioned analogy is false and flawed. The repeated airport thefts are coming from within your "family", the TSA. The very fact that you say "With thousands of officers handling millions of items every day, TSA's theft rate is actually quite low." is unacceptable. How many private companies would remain in business over the long term with similar dismissive explanations to their customers? I suspect none.

You twisted and skewed the man's words to fit your agenda. Bad apples exist within many organizations GOV and private. The honest individuals working for TSA far outweight the dishonest.

Take for example WalMart, Fred Meyer, Albertsons, JC Penney, and numerous other entities. You do not think these companies remain in business with a small percentage of bad apples?

You and your fellow bloggers within this website have lost credibility. You refuse to listen to any reason or sound judgement, and continually skew people's words to fit your agenda.

I much like many others (non TSA) find your blog responses more comical than credible.

Speak with facts; the truth is bound to follow.

Submitted by Anonymous on

RE: tramky said...
And not a peep about the incident that should raise EVERYONE's hairs on the back of their neck: the impersonator who got into the cockpit of an airliner after passing through all airport security.

So much for TSA security, so much for cockpit doors. And this guy was discovered, once again, by flight crew, NOT by airport security or their procedures. IN THE COCKPIT, IN A SEAT IN THE COCKPIT!

But the TSA regales us with tales of discoveries of unloaded handguns and inert hand grenades, not to mention the thousands of gallons of water 'confiscated' at TSA checkpoints.

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On any account what does this have to do with TSA? By all reports he only began impersonating a crew member after being refused business class seating.

Do we want TSA in the plane during boarding as well??

"In today's world we must always research for truth."

Submitted by Anonymous on

Somebody should eliminate the ability for individual posters to have links to any business within their username.

This might eliminate the blog posts with only one agenda in mind. Refuse the truth or common sense at all costs to sell some T-shirts or other apparel.

Just saying!

Submitted by Anonymous on

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Take for example WalMart, Fred Meyer, Albertsons, JC Penney, and numerous other entities. You do not think these companies remain in business with a small percentage of bad apples?

Difference is, those companies will FIRE a worker that steals from their customers. The TSA 'allows him to resign'.

Difference is, those companies will FIRE a worker that sexually gropes their customers. The TSA allows it.

Difference is, those companies will FIRE a worker that spies on their naked customers (like in a fitting room). The TSA puts up scanning machines to allow their employees to see passengers naked.

See the difference??

Submitted by Anonymous on

Re: "Speak with facts; the truth is bound to follow."

I completely agree. Let's start with some facts. ABC News reported in 2012 that Orlando was in the top 20 airports where TSA officers have been fired for theft.

Submitted by Anonymous on

RE: Anonymous said….
RE: Anonymous said...
Take for example WalMart, Fred Meyer, Albertsons, JC Penney, and numerous other entities. You do not think these companies remain in business with a small percentage of bad apples?

1. Difference is, those companies will FIRE a worker that steals from their customers. The TSA 'allows him to resign'.

2. Difference is, those companies will FIRE a worker that sexually gropes their customers. The TSA allows it.

3. Difference is, those companies will FIRE a worker that spies on their naked customers (like in a fitting room). The TSA puts up scanning machines to allow their employees to see passengers naked.

See the difference??
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4. Well here we go show me proof the TSA allows them to resign and is not fired! You posters continue an escapade on show me proof, you need to back up your statements with proof. And I mean real proof, research and analyze. This world is filled with one sided biased articles, you need to find answers, not take any one single article as truth on any matter.
5. Do you really believe Congress and the United States of America would allow it’s constituents to be sexually groped? Remember TSA is a government bureaucracy with many individuals making choices on policy based on endless amounts of information. “Sexually groped” is a strong term for the associated search. What should TSA do allow an area unsearchable? You deem an area unsearchable you open a whole new can of worms?
6. At which Airport has TSA spied on anybody naked? Need proof here, have you actually seen the images produced? Or are you running off baseless lies and propaganda. On another note hasn’t TSA done away with individuals looking at images that never produced a single naked image to begin with? If you were up on your news you would know the truth!
(Also please do not just post links to individual resigns, because it is easily searchable to find many other links to individuals being fired for wrongful action.) You owe your “followers” that much. Or wait, this is not about the truth is it?

Submitted by Anonymous on

Anonymous said...
Re: "Speak with facts; the truth is bound to follow."

I completely agree. Let's start with some facts. ABC News reported in 2012 that Orlando was in the top 20 airports where TSA officers have been fired for theft.
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Awesome did you just not state TSA allows them to resign, but this article says they were fired? Again, bad apples exist within every organization. TSA works directly with the public and is in the public eye constantly. It is regrettable within any organization large or small when one person’s actions can affect an entire agency. As you can see individuals have and are held accountable for their discretions, this however should never justify vilifying countless officers who display integrity and class each day.
Submitted by Wintermute on

Anonymous said...
RE "Does the TSA really hold its workforce to the "highest ethical standards?"

Yes. With thousands of officers handling millions of items every day, TSA's theft rate is actually quite low

It is considerably higher than the number of terrorists attempting to take over aircraft, yet the flying public doesn't get a break. Why should the TSA?

Submitted by Anonymous on

5. Do you really believe Congress and the United States of America would allow it’s constituents to be sexually groped? Remember TSA is a government bureaucracy with many individuals making choices on policy based on endless amounts of information. “Sexually groped” is a strong term for the associated search. What should TSA do allow an area unsearchable? You deem an area unsearchable you open a whole new can of worms?

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I don't know if it would be called groping, but I've had my genitals touched repeatedly by the TSA at multiple airports. They called it "resistance" but I know what they are touching.

You may ask why the TSA is touching me like that. I wear an insulin pump that cannot go through the body scanners or the baggage x-ray per the manufacturer. I'm not going to risk damage to a life sustaining device, so I am forced to be touched by the TSA in what I feel is inappropriate and excessive. The other option is to not fly, but that really isn't an option for me.

Submitted by Anonymous on

RE: RB said...
Missing from the Big Catch List:

One Marine Wounded Warrior brutalized by TSA Screeners
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Posting unsubstantiated information perpetuates exaggerated half truths.

Submitted by RB on

Awesome did you just not state TSA allows them to resign, but this article says they were fired? Again, bad apples exist within every organization. TSA works directly with the public and is in the public eye constantly. It is regrettable within any organization large or small when one person’s actions can affect an entire agency. As you can see individuals have and are held accountable for their discretions, this however should never justify vilifying countless officers who display integrity and class each day.


March 25, 2013 at 7:38 AM
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TSA employees all get back ground checks or at least they are suppose to. Yet TSA has hired at least one known felon. Pretty low standards to work for TSA as demonstrated.

Submitted by Anonymous on
It is regrettable within any organization large or small when one person’s actions can affect an entire agency. As you can see individuals have and are held accountable for their discretions, this however should never justify vilifying countless officers who display integrity and class each day.

TSA exists because of the actions of a few. Passengers, who display integrity and class every day are vilified by the TSA and made to remove our shows, and be groped "to resistance" because of the actions of a few.

Submitted by Anonymous on
Anonymous said...
"The wounded warrior came out and said the media and his friends were wrong and blew everything out of proportion; and that he was not made to take his prosthetic off that was just something the media said." March 24, 2013 at 1:06 AM

As RB said, please provide a link to your source. I did an online search and found nothing supporting your claims.
Submitted by Anonymous on

Anonymous said...
4. Well here we go show me proof the TSA allows them to resign and is not fired! You posters continue an escapade on show me proof, you need to back up your statements with proof.

http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/orlando-tsa-officer-arrested-accused...

"An honest tourist found a bag sitting in Orlando International Airport and turned it over to a Transportation Security Administration officer. Police say instead of taking it to lost and found, the TSA officer took it home."
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"McKnight was interviewed at the airport. Police say he initially lied, but eventually admitted he took the computer. He was arrested and resigned from his job."

Note, he was not fired- he "resigned from his job".

(Also please do not just post links to individual resigns, because it is easily searchable to find many other links to individuals being fired for wrongful action.) You owe your “followers” that much. Or wait, this is not about the truth is it?

So, I'm not allowed to post any proof, even after you just asked for it? Nice.

And you're right, there ARE "many" other cases where the TSA screeners have stolen from passengers (and gotten caught- imagine how many haven't gotten caught yet!). That just proves the case that the TSA is rotten to the core and needs to be disbanded. Thanks for proving my point!

Do you really believe Congress and the United States of America would allow it’s constituents to be sexually groped? Remember TSA is a government bureaucracy with many individuals making choices on policy based on endless amounts of information. “Sexually groped” is a strong term for the associated search.

Oh, please. A simple internet search for 'tsa grope' brings up thousands of results. Including from a former Miss USA:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6hvUWv2CsY
And, yes, it even happens to congressmen: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2012/04/25/i-moved-his-hand-away-congres...
"U.S. Rep. Francisco Canseco said he was assaulted by a TSA agent at the San Antonio International Airport.

The Texas Congressman said the security agent went too far during a pat-down earlier this month.

“The agent was very aggressive in his pat-down, and he was patting me down where no one is supposed to go,” said Canseco. “It got very uncomfortable so I moved his hand away. That stopped everything and brought in supervisors and everyone else.”"

The TSA's own instructions are to 'move their hand up your inner thigh until they meet "resistance"'. Exactly what part might they then be touching, if not a sexual one??

http://boardingarea.com/blogs/flyingwithfish/2012/10/11/what-does-the-ts...
"What Does The TSA Mean By “Resistance” In A Pat Down?"
"The resistance pressure a person will experience during an enhanced pat down is much like going to a doctor for a hernia test... “"
"From experience I know Officers have in fact located hidden items under a traveler’s scrotum, under a woman’s breasts and in their posterior."

What, exactly, would you consider "under a scrotum" , "under a woman’s breasts", and "in their posterior", if not sexual areas??

At which Airport has TSA spied on anybody naked? Need proof here, have you actually seen the images produced? Or are you running off baseless lies and propaganda.

Baseless lies and propaganda? How about the TSA's own website??? Take a look at this and tell me it isn't explicit.

Or the picture attached to this article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Full_body_scanner

Submitted by Anonymous on

Re: "As you can see individuals have and are held accountable for their discretions, this however should never justify vilifying countless officers who display integrity and class each day."
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I do not think that ANYONE who gropes strangers as part of their job description (like the TSA) has integrity OR class. And yes, I do think Congress would allow average Americans to be groped. Just ask Senator McCaskill about her recent "aggressive patdown" experience. Outside of the confines of a US airport checkpoint Senator McCaskill's recent "aggressive patdown" would be considered sexual assault. I suggest that the TSA provide the "facts" to average American families who may be subject to the same "aggressive patdowns".

Your retorts seem to be short on "proof" and long on biased opinion. I suggest you follow your own advice before you are so quick to defend the TSA.

Submitted by Anonymous on

One bad guy brings a bomb in his shorts and now we all get our junk inspected or bombarded with radiation because we want to travel. Good thing we bailed out the airlines.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Anonymous said...
5. Do you really believe Congress and the United States of America would allow it’s constituents to be sexually groped? Remember TSA is a government bureaucracy with many individuals making choices on policy based on endless amounts of information. “Sexually groped” is a strong term for the associated search. What should TSA do allow an area unsearchable? You deem an area unsearchable you open a whole new can of worms?
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RE: I don't know if it would be called groping, but I've had my genitals touched repeatedly by the TSA at multiple airports. They called it "resistance" but I know what they are touching.
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RE: You may ask why the TSA is touching me like that. I wear an insulin pump that cannot go through the body scanners or the baggage x-ray per the manufacturer. I'm not going to risk damage to a life sustaining device, so I am forced to be touched by the TSA in what I feel is inappropriate and excessive. The other option is to not fly, but that really isn't an option for me.
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So you propose no screening for an individual that is wearing an insulin pump? Or you propose less screening for an individual with an insulin pump? What is your solution, do you have one? I do not understand your position?

Your solution it seems is to leave an area un-screen able? Then when something tragic occurs railroad the TSA for not doing enough. Give solutions, not just repeated rhetoric. Genitals are never maliciously touched or sought out for touch in any screening process I have been through?

Submitted by Anonymous on

Anonymous said...
RE "Does the TSA really hold its workforce to the "highest ethical standards?"

RE: Yes. With thousands of officers handling millions of items every day, TSA's theft rate is actually quite low
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RE: It is considerably higher than the number of terrorists attempting to take over aircraft, yet the flying public doesn't get a break. Why should the TSA?
And you know how many terrorists have attempted to board an aircraft?
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Nobody may know how many are testing the system. After all isn’t it common knowledge the 9-11 hijackers tested the system for 10 years before they struck?

Submitted by Anonymous on

RB said...
RE: Awesome did you just not state TSA allows them to resign, but this article says they were fired? Again, bad apples exist within every organization. TSA works directly with the public and is in the public eye constantly. It is regrettable within any organization large or small when one person’s actions can affect an entire agency. As you can see individuals have and are held accountable for their discretions, this however should never justify vilifying countless officers who display integrity and class each day.
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TSA employees all get back ground checks or at least they are suppose to. Yet TSA has hired at least one known felon. Pretty low standards to work for TSA as demonstrated.
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Within in all agencies and startups you have growing pains. Do you know all of the issues and problems with background checks? Can a background check be duped? If you are hiring 37,000 individuals to start a brand new agency could a few fall through the cracks? Mistakes can happen right? No other government agency has hired a felon? No other government agency has the few individuals that can tarnish an agency?
Again one person’s actions should never vilify the integrity and class of countless officers!

Submitted by Anonymous on

It is regrettable within any organization large or small when one person’s actions can affect an entire agency. As you can see individuals have and are held accountable for their discretions, this however should never justify vilifying countless officers who display integrity and class each day.
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RE: TSA exists because of the actions of a few. Passengers, who display integrity and class every day are vilified by the TSA and made to remove our shows, and be groped "to resistance" because of the actions of a few.
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Yes and again what did those actions cause? Have we been quick to forget the devastation of that day?

Removing shoes or shows? “I don't know if it would be called groping”, did you not type that above? Anyway the screening process to me seems to be a proactive approach to the current threat. Even the administrator for TSA explains it well when he says, with proactive passengers and hardened cockpits the threat has changed. In order to mitigate that threat the screening must involve a proactive approach, I would hope?
What do you propose? Or do you just spew empty rhetoric with no solution?

Submitted by Anonymous on

Anonymous said...
Anonymous said...
RE: "The wounded warrior came out and said the media and his friends were wrong and blew everything out of proportion; and that he was not made to take his prosthetic off that was just something the media said." March 24, 2013 at 1:06 AM
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RE: As RB said, please provide a link to your source. I did an online search and found nothing supporting your claims
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Never made this claim, this was somebody else. I cannot provide a link, but it is well documented the marine was not the one making the claim it was his traveling party. I know I have seen in the media as much video as plausibly possible and found no instance of the removal. Do you have video of the removal of prosthesis? If so please attach = ), come on let us find the true story, then make claims.
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Mr. Rand Paul is subjected to the same screening as his American constituency. He then has a problem with the process. He does not want to remove something or be screened in an area where machinery has alarmed. He begins a personal vendetta with 1.6 million in donations thus far to begin The END of TSA.
So instead of trying to fix TSA from within through a congressional approach, he takes donations to begin a campaign? 1.6 million is then flushed into the media system to begin a railroad campaign against TSA. Thus vilifying a whole agency for the actions of a few, instead of doing his congressional job of fixing things from within?
How is that for a conspiracy theory? Kind of sounds like the rhetoric displayed by many posters or just one, but probably closer to the truth?

http://www.hangthebankers.com/rand-paul-launches-campaign-to-end-the-tsa/

Submitted by Anonymous on

Anonymous said...
Anonymous said...
4. Well here we go show me proof the TSA allows them to resign and is not fired! You posters continue an escapade on show me proof, you need to back up your statements with proof.
http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/orlando-tsa-officer-arrested-accused...
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You cut and paste only a portion of my statement. Granted maybe some are allowed to resign, but I have read articles where countless others are fired.
You said: ” Difference is, those companies will FIRE a worker that steals from their customers. The TSA 'allows him to resign.”
So him meaning only one, or them? Your wordplays are highly comedic! Figured I would wordplay myself.

Just punch in TSA Officer Fired in your search bar you will find many bad apples which every organization has!

Submitted by RB on

Anonymous said...
RE: RB said...
Missing from the Big Catch List:

One Marine Wounded Warrior brutalized by TSA Screeners
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Posting unsubstantiated information perpetuates exaggerated half truths.

March 25, 2013 at 1:32 PM
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TSA posted unsubstantiated claims about the Marines screening. Not one shred of verifiable proof and we are expected to take that post as gospel?




Submitted by Anonymous on

RE: And you're right, there ARE "many" other cases where the TSA screeners have stolen from passengers (and gotten caught- imagine how many haven't gotten caught yet!). That just proves the case that the TSA is rotten to the core and needs to be disbanded. Thanks for proving my point!
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But you did not mention many are fired and do not resign? So you continue vilifying a whole organization for a small percentage of an agency? How did I prove your point, please explain?
100’s upon thousands of TSA officers have been hired with TSA and you select a small percentage to vilify; claiming then that the actions of a few represent an entire organizational mindset? How did you make that leap? How will privatization be any better? Will it stop thievery? You have proved my point!

Submitted by Anonymous on

The TSA's own instructions are to 'move their hand up your inner thigh until they meet "resistance"'. Exactly what part might they then be touching, if not a sexual one??
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With feet spread apart does the inner thigh meet what, genitals? If your feet are spread apart the search is conducted upon the area between the genitals and the inner thigh? Again when searched I have never had my genitals touched in a malicious or violent way. I do not know about you but my genitals are centered and not attached to my thigh?

Submitted by Anonymous on

Baseless lies and propaganda? How about the TSA's own website??? Take a look at this:
http://www.tsa.gov/sites/default/files/images/backscatter_large.jpg
and tell me it isn't explicit.
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That is explicit to you? I do not see a thing in that image I find explicit? In fact I find it laughable and hard to see anything. Besides does TSA still use these machines? Last I read officers do not view non explicit images anymore. It is all computers based and the threat is found by a computer? But that would take reading and finding the correct information, rather than old and outdated propaganda? But even the propaganda you displayed does not fit the term explicit in any way LOL!

Submitted by Anonymous on

Anonymous said...
Re: "As you can see individuals have and are held accountable for their discretions, this however should never justify vilifying countless officers who display integrity and class each day."
RE: I do not think that ANYONE who gropes strangers as part of their job description (like the TSA) has integrity OR class. And yes, I do think Congress would allow average Americans to be groped. Just ask Senator McCaskill about her recent "aggressive patdown" experience. Outside of the confines of a US airport checkpoint Senator McCaskill's recent "aggressive patdown" would be considered sexual assault. I suggest that the TSA provide the "facts" to average American families who may be subject to the same "aggressive patdowns".
Your retorts seem to be short on "proof" and long on biased opinion. I suggest you follow your own advice before you are so quick to defend the TSA.
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So again you use the term groping when you said yourself that you do not know if you would call it groping? So you do believe the issue starts with Congress and not TSA? All TSA employees make the rules that go into the security system? So you vilify a whole cadre of officers because they are instructed to perform searches you deem irreprehensible? Seems as though your priorities are out of whack and you need to go to the correct source to solve your issues? I enjoy spirited debate, but please man at least make it somewhat factual!

Submitted by Anonymous on

One bad guy brings a bomb in his shorts and now we all get our junk inspected or bombarded with radiation because we want to travel. Good thing we bailed out the airlines
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What if that one bad guy would have succeeded? What do you think would be happening as far as screening goes now? I personally find it great the threat was exposed without killing countless people. Thus a procedure is able to be instituted that could prevent or hinder the ability for it to ever happen again. Or do we just leave it open to happen again? Amazing how you think there is only one bad guy plotting to do the same.

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

" Anonymous said... So you propose no screening for an individual that is wearing an insulin pump? Or you propose less screening for an individual with an insulin pump? What is your solution, do you have one? I do not understand your position? "

You are obviously new to the comment section of this particular blog so allow me to bring you up to speed...

Those of us who speak out against the TSA want the charade of TSA making us safe to be stopped. We want the TSA removed from the actual screening process because the Government doing the screening is a violation of our individual Constitutional Rights. Private companies can do as good or better a job of screening passengers.

We want security to be provided so don't even try to jump to the illogical assumption that anyone is advocating for no security to be provided.

The security we want, we would like that security to be efficient and effective and appropriate to the level of risk. Walk-Through-Metal Detectors, for example, are fast, safe, effective and will catch better than 99% of all the stuff the TSA brags about in their weekly police blotter of items found.

In the case of insulin pumps, the passenger goes through the WTMD, it alarms, the magic want comes out and it is determined the only 'threat' is in the waist area at which point the passenger reveals their insulin pump. A quick visual inspection, maybe one of those magic swabs, determines that it is in fact an insulin pump and the passenger is on their way. Why does the passenger need their junk felt and their socks inspected simply because they have an insulin pump and can't/won't/shouldn't get in the x-ray box?

To sum up.... Security check points staffed by private companies who hire professionals who work under the set of rules and standards created by the TSA. Walk Through Metal Detectors combined with the random 'step aside please' swabbing for explosives trace.

And this last one is my personal request but it would be great if the security staff would have names badges that easy to read and a clearly defined process of who to talk to, when, and how, for complaints or compliments. Not the current system where Agents obscure their badge, cop an attitude when you ask them their name, and have supervisors who challenge you or intimidate you for asking to speak to a superior. IN short, the current lot are thoroughly unprofessional in their actions and attitudes. Not all of them, I am sure, but to date every single one that I have spoken with.

Submitted by Anonymous on
Nobody may know how many are testing the system. After all isn’t it common knowledge the 9-11 hijackers tested the system for 10 years before they struck?

And nobody knows how many TSA personnel steal, or for that matter how many might be testing the system.....
Submitted by Anonymous on
Again one person’s actions should never vilify the integrity and class of countless officers!

And yet the TSA uses one person's actions to vilify the integrity of countless passengers.

Submitted by RB on

You cut and paste only a portion of my statement. Granted maybe some are allowed to resign, but I have read articles where countless others are fired.
You said: ” Difference is, those companies will FIRE a worker that steals from their customers. The TSA 'allows him to resign.”
So him meaning only one, or them? Your wordplays are highly comedic! Figured I would wordplay myself.

Just punch in TSA Officer Fired in your search bar you will find many bad apples which every organization has!


March 26, 2013 at 10:19 AM
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" but I have read articles where countless others are fired."

See the problem here?

How many TSA screeners have to be fired or even allowed to resign before TSA takes some action and actually start vetting its prospective employees better and start to monitoring screeners conduct while working a checkpoint?

What TSA is doing today ain't working!


Submitted by RB on

Anonymous said...
RB said...
RE: Awesome did you just not state TSA allows them to resign, but this article says they were fired? Again, bad apples exist within every organization. TSA works directly with the public and is in the public eye constantly. It is regrettable within any organization large or small when one person’s actions can affect an entire agency. As you can see individuals have and are held accountable for their discretions, this however should never justify vilifying countless officers who display integrity and class each day.
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TSA employees all get back ground checks or at least they are suppose to. Yet TSA has hired at least one known felon. Pretty low standards to work for TSA as demonstrated.
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Within in all agencies and startups you have growing pains. Do you know all of the issues and problems with background checks? Can a background check be duped? If you are hiring 37,000 individuals to start a brand new agency could a few fall through the cracks? Mistakes can happen right? No other government agency has hired a felon? No other government agency has the few individuals that can tarnish an agency?
Again one person’s actions should never vilify the integrity and class of countless officers!


March 26, 2013 at 9:19 AM
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You could hardly call TSA a startup agency in 2010.

Go ahead and make excuses for incompetence.

http://boardingarea.com/blogs/flyingwithfish/2010/02/05/tsa-hires-felon-...


"The TSA has recently hired a front line Transportation Security Officer who at the age of 17 committed felony robbery. Although a minor at the time of the offense, this person was convicted of the crime when they were 18, thus they were convicted as an adult and their records were not sealed. The TSA claims that since the crime occurred when the person was a minor it is not disqualifying crime … however they served their entire felony sentence as an adult and they have direct access to passenger’s personal property.

At the time the TSA TSO submitted their employment application, and again at the time they were hired, they failed to disclose their felony conviction to the TSA. All applicants are required to disclose a felony conviction within the past 10 years, as per FAR 108.33(c)(5). (*FAR 108.33(c)(5) has been replaced by 49 CFR Part 1542, I was directed to an outdated law by the FAA at the time I was originally seeking the correct regulations*)"

So the guy was convicted as an adult and TSA didn't bother to do a criminal background check before leaning on Richmond to issue a security badge? How come the airport was able to find this stuff out and TSA with all of its resources was not able to do so?

If TSA security is as good as TSA background checks then we are all in deep dodo.



Submitted by Wintermute on

Anonymous said...

"What if that one bad guy would have succeeded? What do you think would be happening as far as screening goes now? I personally find it great the threat was exposed without killing countless people. Thus a procedure is able to be instituted that could prevent or hinder the ability for it to ever happen again."

Those procedures that were put in place after Mr. Underwear Bomber are not working (see http://blog.tsa.gov/2013/03/clarification-on-covert-testing-at.html). Not that Mr. Underwear Bomber was a viable threat to begin with...

Submitted by Leon on
One person said, "One bad guy brings a bomb in his shorts..."

Someone replied, "Thus a procedure is able to be instituted that could prevent or hinder the ability for it to ever happen again."

Where do you draw the line on searching passengers' crotches for explosives? Why not have visual inspection of crotches and/or body cavity searches so that we can be 100% certain that a given passenger is not using his/her crotch for terror? Does it matter to you if there is no reasonable basis (i.e., probable cause) for searching the passenger to that extent? At some point, security procedures become overly invasive and provide no value.

I happen to think we reached that point when the whole body imagers were put to use in primary screening without the required public comment period. (The public comment period appears to have finally begun, for what it's worth.)

Screen shot.
Submitted by Anonymous on

RE: Those of us who speak out against the TSA want the charade of TSA making us safe to be stopped. We want the TSA removed from the actual screening process because the Government doing the screening is a violation of our individual Constitutional Rights. Private companies can do as good or better a job of screening passengers.
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Charade and how do you know it is not making us safe?? Just the same us how do we know if it is making us safe?? You are making baseless claims! Violation of your individual Constitutional Rights, how? The 9th Circuit Court of the United States ruled on this in 1973! Please become informed before making baseless statements!

Also under law wouldn't private companies have to follow current TSA procedures? How would this be better in your eyes? You are know funding a private company through government anyway, with the same procedures.

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