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TSA Week in Review: 43 Loaded Firearms, Lipstick Knife, Explosives Training Kit & More

Friday, December 12, 2014
Loaded firearm discovered in carry-on bag at San Antonio (SAT).

Loaded firearm discovered in carry-on bag at San Antonio (SAT).

56 Firearms Discovered This Week - Of the 56 firearms, 43 were loaded and 13 had rounds chambered.

Inert Hand Grenade (LAS) & Explosives Training Kit (RDU)

Inert Hand Grenade (LAS) & Explosives Training Kit (RDU)

Inert Ordnance and Grenades etc. - We continue to find inert grenades and other weaponry on a weekly basis. Please keep in mind that if an item looks like a real bomb, grenade, mine, etc., it is prohibited. When these items are found at a checkpoint or in checked baggage, they can cause significant delays because the explosives detection professionals must respond to resolve the alarm. Even if they are novelty items, you are prohibited from bringing them on the aircraft. Read here on why inert items cause problems.

  • An inert military explosives training kit was discovered in a checked bag at Raleigh-Durham (RDU).
  • Four inert grenades were discovered in carry-on bags this week. Two were discovered in separate incidents at Las Vegas (LAS), and the remainder were discovered at Atlanta (ATL) and Salt lake City (SLC).
Belt Buckle Knives (OAK), Lipstick Knife (TPA), Sword Cane (FLL)

Belt Buckle Knives (OAK), Lipstick Knife (TPA), Sword Cane (FLL)

Knife taped to handle mechanism under lining of bag at PHX

Knife taped to handle mechanism under lining of bag at PHX

Artfully Concealed Prohibited Items - It’s important to examine your bags prior to traveling to ensure you are not carrying any prohibited items. If a prohibited item is discovered in your bag or on your body, you could be cited and possibly arrested by law enforcement. Here are a few examples from this week where prohibited items were found by our officers in strange places.

  • A knife was found concealed to the pull handle mechanism under the lining of a carry-on bag at Phoenix (PHX).
  • Two belt buckle knives were discovered in separate incidents at Oakland (OAK).
  • A sword cane was discovered at Ft. Lauderdale (FLL).
  • A lipstick knife was discovered at Tampa (TPA).
Knives discovered

(L-R) Knives discovered at LAS, FAY, NRT & ONT

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 many other prohibited items too numerous to note.

Stun Guns - Ten stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags at Allentown (ABE), Billings (BIL), Chicago Midway (MDW), Dallas Love (DAL), Houston Intercontinental (IAH), Lake Charles (LCH), Las Vegas (LAS), Oklahoma City (OKC), Pueblo (PUB), and San Francisco (SFO).

Ammo discovered in carry-on bag at JFK.

Ammo discovered in carry-on bag at JFK.

Ammunition - When packed properly, ammunition can be transported in your checked baggage, but it is never permissible to pack ammo in your carry-on bag.

Loaded firearms

Clockwise from top left: Firearms discovered at PHX, PIT, SAT, BUF, AUS, CLT & SEA

Loaded firearms

Clockwise from top left: Firearms discovered at PHX, BTV, PHX, ATL, PDX & MSY

56 Firearms Discovered This Week - Of the 56 firearms, 43 were loaded and 13 had rounds chambered.

*In order to provide a timely weekly update, this data is compiled from a preliminary report. The year-end numbers will vary slightly from what is reported in the weekly updates. However, any monthly, midyear or end-of-year numbers TSA provides on this blog or elsewhere will be actual numbers and not estimates.

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 line 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. 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.

If you haven’t seen it yet, make sure you check out our TSA Blog Year in Review for 2013. You can also check out 2011 & 2012 as well.

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Bob Burns
TSA Blog Team

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Comments

Submitted by Anonymous on

As always, absolutely nothing you needed your slow, invasive, and ineffective naked body scanners to detect. Meanwhile, how many people suffered physical searches thanks to false alarms on these useless machines?

Why are Curtis Burns and West Cooper unwilling to address, let alone answer, that question?

How many weeks has it been since you last trumpeted something dangerous you found with the naked body scanners?

Submitted by SCOTT on

DO THESE PEOPLE GET ARRESTED AND PUT IN JAIL???

Submitted by Sherine E Gabriel on

seem it on out on please

Submitted by Bill Craig on

Thanks for all you do to keep us safe, Bob and Company!

Submitted by SLP on

Dear Anonymous, Since TSA does not use naked body scanners, they won't be "trumpeting" much about them. Get some facts and get off your high horse!!

Submitted by DARYL on

Hi SCOTT,

Whether someone who carries a weapon into an airport screening area is arrested or not depends upon state and local laws. The police (real law enforcement), not the TSA, determines whether a state or local law may have been broken and applies these state and local laws accordingly.

NOT ONE of the people found, and not any of the people who got weapons through the TSA screening areas (over twice as many as TSA finds), has EVER been found to be a terrorist trying to disrupt air travel.

This is what we get for EIGHT BILLION TAX DOLLARS EVERY YEAR. Nothing.

Submitted by SSSS For Some Reason on

Nope.

Four of the photos of firearms used in this week's post have been used before.

You obviously have access to cameras since you managed to get a photo of the small knife taped inside the lining of a bag. You can get a picture of that knife, but you can't get a picture of a firearm?

Seriously! We expect more and better for eight billion dollars a year.

Submitted by Anonymous on

SLP, you're quite mistaken. The body scanners in use at airports for primary screening of non-precheck elites generate a nude image of the passenger being scanned. The nude image is then converted into the "cartoon" figure. Therefore, TSA is, in fact, using naked body scanners, and West Cooper and Curtis Burns are for some reason unwilling to address or answer questions about the false positive rates of the naked body scanners. Why does it bother you so much that people call naked body scanners naked body scanners?

Submitted by Anonymous on

Daryl said, "This is what we get for EIGHT BILLION TAX DOLLARS EVERY YEAR. Nothing."

Exactly. When "Nothing" happens in security it's always a success. You should know better.

Money well spent TSA!

Submitted by Anonymous on

SSSS said, "Seriously! We expect more and better for eight billion dollars a year."

I expect exactly what TSA always delivers: 100% success. When was the last successful terrorist attack?

Submitted by Anonymous on

If TSA director Pistole thinks guns found at the checkpoint on are a 'distraction' (i.e., not indicative of a terror attack), why do you focus so much on finding guns in the this blog? Why don't you post photos of the non-weapons (e.g., the large bottles of water) that you confiscate?

Submitted by RB on

DARYL said...

Hi SCOTT, Whether someone who carries a weapon into an airport screening area is arrested or not depends upon state and local laws.

The police (real law enforcement), not the TSA, determines whether a state or local law may have been broken and applies these state and local laws accordingly
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This is something that has puzzled me for some time. I think a case can be made that the area comprising the TSA checkpoint is federalized territory and if so what jurisdiction do local or state LEO's have? Compare this to other federsl lands, installations, or buildings. Federal LEO's have police authority, not local or state. For proof of this position, if a person is accused by TSA of a violation of some secret TSA rule the matter is settled in a federal hearing with the case being heard by an Administrative Law Judge, a Federal ALJ, not a local or state proceeding.

If necessary I believe a person could mount a defense that only federal LEO's have jurisdiction for any violations taking place within the boundaries of a TSA checkpoint.

Submitted by Anonymous on

SLP Said.... TSA does not use naked body scanners, they won't be "trumpeting" much about them. Get some facts and get off your high horse!!

You get off yours first.

The scanners can see through clothes and the images are generally considered unsafe for small children to view because they show genetalia.

If you don't want to call them naked scanners that's fine. You can call them by whatever name you want. I will continue to call them nudie-scanners. And I will continue to call them that until they are removed as ineffective.

Submitted by DARYL on

Hey TSAnonymous screeners posting here. Your bosses didn't tell you that the TSA admitted in a court of law that no terrorist groups are trying to attack planes and air traffic?

You aren't keeping anyone safe because the "bad guys" simply aren't there.

You're violating our rights, bodies, and property for NOTHING!

Submitted by Jack & Jill on
SSSS for Some Reason said...
...Four of the photos of firearms used in this week's post have been used before...December 13, 2014 at 2:59 PM

The TSA Blotter is reusing photos of weapons in their blog posts. This has happened multiple times.

An anonymous TSA employee said in a comment on this blotter, "I see nothing that states, 'This is an actual photo of the weapon we are talking about in this post.'
The pics are illustrations of weapons. In many cases they are stock photos.'"

LINK TO POST CONTAINING ANONYMOUS COMMENT ABOVE: http://blog.tsa.gov/2014/11/tsa-week-in-review-24-loaded-firearms.html

West, you said the blotter team only uses stock photos for things like the holiday posts, as art, rather than "proof" someone violated a TSA rule.

What say you about reusing photos, indicating maybe those weapons weren't really found this week and you are inflating TSA stats?
Submitted by RB on

Anonymous said...Daryl said, "This is what we get for EIGHT BILLION TAX DOLLARS EVERY YEAR. Nothing."Exactly. When "Nothing" happens in security it's always a success. You should know better.Money well spent TSA!December 13, 2014 at 6:34 PM
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So "a success" is when TSA employees breach security rules, a situation that has happened numerous times? Or airport workers, including TSA, steal from travelers? Or TSA screeners holding a passenger hostage as happened to Stacey Armato? Or elderly ladies being striped searched by TSA screeners as happened at JFK just to point out a few of TSA fails.181

TSA is anything but a success!

Submitted by Anonymous on

RB said.... " I think a case can be made that the area comprising the TSA checkpoint is federalized territory "

No.

Some airports are owned by the local municipality, some are privately owned.

As a general rule the municipalities are not going to give up 'control' of their airport to the Feds because of the risk of loss of revenue.

As for the TSA operating in airports, most airports, and all of the airlines, like the idea of TSA being in charge of security because if something does happen to an aircraft that can be blamed on terrorism then the operators and owners, passengers and families too, will have a very clear target for all of the law suits.

Submitted by Wintermute on

SLP said...
"Dear Anonymous, Since TSA does not use naked body scanners, they won't be "trumpeting" much about them. Get some facts and get off your high horse!!"

SLP, you are mistaken. While it's true that the image displayed is the gumby outline, according to the original RFPs, the current scanners can create, store, and transmit the underlying images. Might want to read up before accusing others of not having their facts straight.

Submitted by Anonymous on

I would think that failure of the body scanners would be defined by how many prohibited items made it through the machine without being detected. I don't think I've ever seen one of you naysayers publish that data. Just because stuff isn't being found doesn't mean failure--sometimes just the presence of someone "guarding the wall" is enough to stop someone from trying. RB--didn't think I would ever hear you supporting federal control of the screening point since almost everything you write has a strong odor of anti-federalism. I believe the policy of local law enforcement control has been there since 9/11--can't guarantee since I was in the military up to a couple of years ago, but I can verify that is the policy now. Airport officials and local law enforcement get to deal with what the TSA finds. I will stress my 11th Commandment again--"thou shall not use thy luggage as a shooting range bag." Please pass it on.

Submitted by RB on

In the comments from the Pistole thread of 12/8/14 was a comment referring to a work slow down posted at .

I took a look at that group and was surprised to see the magnitude of the disgruntled TSA employees represented there.

Even more surprising is how the TSA employees posting in the TSA TALK group disrespect themselves, their co-workers, their superiors, and their agency.

Worst of all is the animosity and disrespect these TSA employees are displaying towards people who choose to fly and it is very concerning.

To think these people can compartmentalize their opinions and emotions when dealing with the public is beyond belief.

TSA has a much bigger problem than even I thought. The public generally receives TSA in a negative manner and I suggest the negative attitudes seen displayed at TSA Talk is being represented at the TSA checkpoints.

On a second topic, much of the discussions at TSA Talk deals with pay issues. Seeing as how TSA employees require minimal education (not even High School), and are working in a non-skilled job I think the pay is about right. However, I do think moving TSA to the GS pay schedule would be appropriate.

Using 5 U.S. Code § 5104 - Basis for grading positions as a guideline I think the following brackets are more than fair.

TSO GS-3 & 4
LTSO GS-5 & 6
STSO GS-7 & 8

The truth be told these grade level are exceptionally generous for the work required of TSA employees.

TSA has some serious personnel issues and that points to a failure by those in leadership positions. Introducing a union hasn't help the problem and most likely has aggravated the issues.



Submitted by Anonymous on

Anonymous said...
Daryl said, "This is what we get for EIGHT BILLION TAX DOLLARS EVERY YEAR. Nothing."

Exactly. When "Nothing" happens in security it's always a success. You should know better.

Money well spent TSA!

December 13, 2014 at 6:34 PM
Anonymous said...
SSSS said, "Seriously! We expect more and better for eight billion dollars a year."

I expect exactly what TSA always delivers: 100% success. When was the last successful terrorist attack?

December 13, 2014 at 6:54 PM
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the number of TSA employees illegally posting anonymously is going up. what is TSA doing about it?

Submitted by Anonymous on

RB said...
DARYL said...

Hi SCOTT, Whether someone who carries a weapon into an airport screening area is arrested or not depends upon state and local laws.

The police (real law enforcement), not the TSA, determines whether a state or local law may have been broken and applies these state and local laws accordingly
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This is something that has puzzled me for some time. I think a case can be made that the area comprising the TSA checkpoint is federalized territory and if so what jurisdiction do local or state LEO's have? Compare this to other federsl lands, installations, or buildings. Federal LEO's have police authority, not local or state. For proof of this position, if a person is accused by TSA of a violation of some secret TSA rule the matter is settled in a federal hearing with the case being heard by an Administrative Law Judge, a Federal ALJ, not a local or state proceeding.

If necessary I believe a person could mount a defense that only federal LEO's have jurisdiction for any violations taking place within the boundaries of a TSA checkpoint.

December 13, 2014 at 9:17 PM
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hard to think of a more counter-productive defense strategy. it might work, and might be legal, but a big part of why TSA is so wrong is the constant federal intrusions into aspects of life and living where they do not belong. don't encourage them. these intrusions and restructions on our liberties must be stopped.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Bill Craig said...
Thanks for all you do to keep us safe, Bob and Company!

December 12, 2014 at 8:41 PM
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except that nothing they do keeps us safe, Bill. they waste billions of dollars on security theatre that has not stopped anything.

Submitted by GSOLTSO on

Jack and Jill sez - "What say you about reusing photos, indicating maybe those weapons weren't really found this week and you are inflating TSA stats?"

I am not aware of reusing photos, except in the case of file photos for specific types of posts (like the Xmas postings, the travel advisements and such. There may have been some photos reused in an end of year review post and the like. If a photo was reused in weekly posts, then it was most likely an oversight. As far as stats, the Blog Team have nothing to do with the compilation and distribution of statistical data - well, that is not entirely true, we publish the information to the general public here from time to time, but we do not compile or collate it.

West
TSA Blog Team

Submitted by Anonymous on

"... GSOLTSO said...
Jack and Jill sez - "What say you about reusing photos, indicating maybe those weapons weren't really found this week and you are inflating TSA stats?"

I am not aware of reusing photos, except in the case of file photos for specific types of posts (like the Xmas postings, the travel advisements and such. There may have been some photos reused in an end of year review post and the like. If a photo was reused in weekly posts, then it was most likely an oversight. As far as stats, the Blog Team have nothing to do with the compilation and distribution of statistical data - well, that is not entirely true, we publish the information to the general public here from time to time, but we do not compile or collate it."

So in other words, you are just following orders.

Submitted by RB on

Anonymous said...
RB said.... " I think a case can be made that the area comprising the TSA checkpoint is federalized territory "

No.

Some airports are owned by the local municipality, some are privately owned.

As a general rule the municipalities are not going to give up 'control' of their airport to the Feds because of the risk of loss of revenue.

As for the TSA operating in airports, most airports, and all of the airlines, like the idea of TSA being in charge of security because if something does happen to an aircraft that can be blamed on terrorism then the operators and owners, passengers and families too, will have a very clear target for all of the law suits.

December 14, 2014 at 8:41 PM
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I'm not talking the whole airport but only the small areas that comprise TSA Checkpoints. It is within the bounds of the checkpoint that federal jurisdiction should be in place.

Just my opinion.

Submitted by RB on

Anonymous said...
I would think that failure of the body scanners would be defined by how many prohibited items made it through the machine without being detected. I don't think I've ever seen one of you naysayers publish that data. Just because stuff isn't being found doesn't mean failure--sometimes just the presence of someone "guarding the wall" is enough to stop someone from trying. RB--didn't think I would ever hear you supporting federal control of the screening point since almost everything you write has a strong odor of anti-federalism. I believe the policy of local law enforcement control has been there since 9/11--can't guarantee since I was in the military up to a couple of years ago, but I can verify that is the policy now. Airport officials and local law enforcement get to deal with what the TSA finds. I will stress my 11th Commandment again--"thou shall not use thy luggage as a shooting range bag." Please pass it on.

December 15, 2014 at 9:58 AM

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Let me be clear, I was only referring to federal law enforcement at TSA checkpoints since the checkpoint is currently a federal operation. I am not arguing what the policy currently is but what it should be.

For the bigger picture, I don't think TSA should be doing any direct screening at any airport or any other location. TSA does not belong at football games, bus stations, or anywhere. TSA should be an oversight agency only. Just like the FAA and other federal agencies.

Airport, aviaiton, and other security functions should be the responsibility of the property owners. Period. Full Stop.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Anonymous said...
I would think that failure of the body scanners would be defined by how many prohibited items made it through the machine without being detected. I don't think I've ever seen one of you naysayers publish that data. Just because stuff isn't being found doesn't mean failure--sometimes just the presence of someone "guarding the wall" is enough to stop someone from trying.

December 15, 2014 at 9:58 AM
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methinks you've been paying little attention. it is a rare post that does not have a comment referencing TSA's own red team results, and the fact that at least double the number of items confiscated are getting through (last publicly released reports indicate a 70% fail rate).
in fact, DARYL mentioned it in this very thread.

Submitted by Anonymous on

DO THESE PEOPLE GET ARRESTED AND PUT IN JAIL???
Some do. Its up to locval law enforcment to decide

Submitted by Anonymous on

NOT ONE of the people found, and not any of the people who got weapons through the TSA screening areas (over twice as many as TSA finds), has EVER been found to be a terrorist trying to disrupt air travel
do you know this? What is your source? HAd the 9-11 terrorist been caught, they would not have been arrested either nor would they have been called terrorist. So your comment as ussual is completly without merit.

Submitted by Anonymous on

This is what we get for EIGHT BILLION TAX DOLLARS EVERY YEAR. Nothing.
not one single terrorist attack on an American based flight since the inception of TSA. Thousands of weapons kept off flight.Sounds like 100% success to me.

Submitted by Anonymous on

SLP, you're quite mistaken. The body scanners in use at airports for primary screening of non-precheck elites generate a nude image of the passenger being scanned. The nude image is then converted into the "cartoon" figure. Therefore, TSA is, in fact, using naked body scanners, and West Cooper and Curtis Burns are for some reason unwilling to address or answer questions about the false positive rates of the naked body scanners. Why does it bother you so much that people call naked body scanners naked body scanners?
completly fales. The machine that did take images have all been pulled off line.

Submitted by Anonymous on

Why don't you post photos of the non-weapons (e.g., the large bottles of water) that you confiscate?
I think I understand why people are havng a hard time...ignorance to the simple and obviouos. TSA does not "confiscate" anything. Never has, never will.

Submitted by Anonymous on

The scanners can see through clothes and the images are generally considered unsafe for small children to view because they show genetalia.
completly, 100% false on all accounts

Submitted by Anonymous on

"I would think that failure of the body scanners would be defined by how many prohibited items made it through the machine without being detected. I don't think I've ever seen one of you naysayers publish that data."

Here's your data:

http://www.wired.com/2014/08/study-shows-how-easily-weapons-can-be-smugg...

The definition of 'failure' is quite a bit broader than a low detection percentage. The worst type of failure here, IMO, is TSA's failure to test the scanners as thoroughly as the researchers did before spending millions of taxpayer dollars on the scanners, training, etc.

Submitted by Anonymous on
"TSA does not use naked body scanners, they won't be "trumpeting" much about them. Get some facts and get off your high horse!!"

Fact: TSA implemented the MMW scanners in conjunction with 'remote viewing booths' due to the explicitness of the images generated by the scanners.

Fact: TSA removed Rapiscan's backscatter scanners because Rapiscan could not implement a privacy filter for them quickly enough--the filter being required due to the explicitness of the images generated by the scanners.

Now what proof do you offer to contradict TSA's own procedures?
Submitted by GSOLTSO on

Anon sez - "the number of TSA employees illegally posting anonymously is going up. what is TSA doing about it?"

Posting anonymously is legal for all visitors to this site. Just because some folks "say" or accuse" someone else posting of being employees of TSA, does not make it true. Just like someone saying or accusing others here of being former employees does not make it true. Bottom line, anyone that wishes to post anonymously here is free to do so regardless of what kind of flak they take for it. The same goes for folks that wish to name themselves - all of our commenters are welcome to post as identified (or unidentified) as they wish.

West
TSA Blog Team

Submitted by GSOLTSO on

Anon sez - "So in other words, you are just following orders."

Hah! I see what you did there! Let me answer with a question of my own, have you never followed the guidelines and rules/regulations set forth by your employer?

West
TSA Blog Team

Submitted by Susan Richart on

Excellent post by RB at
December 15, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Is it any wonder that screeners are so obnoxious to passengers? However, attitudes such as seen on that FB page as well as at checkpoints filter down from the top. Pistole is arrogant and dismissive and that filters down to the lowliest screener.

Don't forget that DHS is close to the bottom of the list of best places to work in the federal government.

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

Submitted by RB on

Anonymous said..

SLP, you're quite mistaken. The body scanners in use at airports for primary screening of non-precheck elites generate a nude image of the passenger being scanned. The nude image is then converted into the "cartoon" figure. Therefore, TSA is, in fact, using naked body scanners, and West Cooper and Curtis Burns are for some reason unwilling to address or answer questions about the false positive rates of the naked body scanners. Why does it bother you so much that people call naked body scanners naked body scanners?completly fales.
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The machine that did take images have all been pulled off line.
December 16, 2014 at 12:28 PM

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The only TSA Body Scanners to be pulled were the Backscstter X-Ray machines and then only because ATR (Automatic Target Recognition) upgrades didn't work with the backscatter units.

The remaing machines are MMW (millimeter wave) based machines that now have ATR updates but they are exactly the same machines that can create, can store, and can transmit naked images.

The UK banned using these machines on children because of child porn charge possibilities but not TSA.

TSA's Body Scanners are near useless. On more than one occassion I have had bare skin patted down due to false alarms on the Strip Search machine.

Submitted by Anonymous on

"...HAd the 9-11 terrorist been caught,"

And if a frog had wings it wouldn't bump its arse when it hopped.

That kind of means your comment, and the several after it are, as ussual, completly without merit.

AS to your defending the scanners and trying to say they don't see through clothes..... here is a nice quote directly from the TSA administrators

"“Detection should occur through a minimum of 2 layers of clothing concealment where those layers are composed of cotton, cotton-polyester, wool, silk and leather materials among others,” DHS officials said.""

Through clothing. A MINIMUM of two layers. How is that not a nudie-scanner? It is looking *through* my clothes. I am a fair-weather nudist so I don't care what they are seeing, but I care very much about why they feel the need to look. Just because I want to fly from here to there is not reason enough to assume I am a potential terrorist and that the desire to fly means I should be willing to give up my First, Fourth, and Fifth Amendment Rights.

Submitted by Bob (Not That One) on

Oh, the Bold Blotter Intern is back and pretending to be a poorly paid, poorly educated TSA employee with no knowledge of autocorrect.

Back on the holiday post, the BBI showed he could spell, generally use grammar correctly, and was quite insistent that he was paid a lot and had a lot of education. When pressed about it, BBI suddenly disappeared and shows up here, pretending to be an oh-so-knowledgeable, but oh-so-unschooled TSAnonymous.

Hmmm...are you approving his posts, West, or is he approving his own posts?

Submitted by DARYL on
GSOLTSO said...
"I am not aware of reusing photos, except in the case of file photos for specific types of posts (like the Xmas postings, the travel advisements and such. There may have been some photos reused in an end of year review post and the like. If a photo was reused in weekly posts, then it was most likely an oversight. As far as stats, the Blog Team have nothing to do with the compilation and distribution of statistical data - well, that is not entirely true, we publish the information to the general public here from time to time, but we do not compile or collate it.

West
TSA Blog Team

December 16, 2014 at 8:18 AM"

Now that you are aware, West, what is the Team going to do about it? Are you going to leave misleading duplicated photos on this blog or will someone on the Team correct the issue with appropriate notation? Bob either intentionally or unintentionally made an error. He has been informed multiple times. He has a chance to do the right thing and fix it. What is the Team going to do?
Submitted by RB on

GSOLTSO said...
Anon sez - "the number of TSA employees illegally posting anonymously is going up. what is TSA doing about it?"

Posting anonymously is legal for all visitors to this site. Just because some folks "say" or accuse" someone else posting of being employees of TSA, does not make it true. Just like someone saying or accusing others here of being former employees does not make it true. Bottom line, anyone that wishes to post anonymously here is free to do so regardless of what kind of flak they take for it. The same goes for folks that wish to name themselves - all of our commenters are welcome to post as identified (or unidentified) as they wish.

West
TSA Blog Team

December 16, 2014 at 3:38 PM
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And what percentage of the Anon postings are coming from DHS or other government computers?

Submitted by Agrippa on

What role does Blogger Bob play on this blog currently?

When was the last question answered by Bob posted?

Submitted by Anonymous on

> TSA does not "confiscate" anything. Never has, never will.

You're right. We should be more honest instead of using euphemisms like "confiscate".

Submitted by RB on

An interesting article at:

TSA chief: Travelers from some nations targeted

So TSA asked for the ability to Profile. Yet Pistole not so very long ago stated that profiling had no place at TSA.

Statement of Administrator John S. Pistole
Transportation Security Administration
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Before the United States House of Representatives
Committee on Homeland Security
Subcommittee on Transportation Security
November 14, 2013


"Not only is racial profiling generally prohibited by Federal law and under Department and agency
policy, but it is also an ineffective security tactic. TSA has zero tolerance for this kind of
behavior and has taken several steps to reinforce the agency’s nondiscrimination and antiprofiling
policies with our workforce"

Also in the Yahoo article:

"However, Pistole said he doesn't see any reason for extra caution this holiday. Terrorists are more interested in "windows of opportunity" and not especially focused on anniversaries, he said."

NO EXTRA TRAVEL CAUTION THIS HOLIDAY SEASON PER PISTOLE!

also....

"During Pistole's tenure, the TSA shifted from one-size-fits-all screening procedures to a risk-based system that divides travelers into three groups: No known risk, uncertain risk and known risk. Most people fall into the no-known-risk category, allowing the agency to shift them into expedited screening lines. As a result, wait times and traveler complaints are down."

So most passengers are in the No Known Risk category yet TSA is still extorting passengers money for so-called Pre Check screening when they know all along that most passengers represent NO RISK.

Folks, the terrorists aren't the people we need to worry ourselves with when flying, it's the criminals and liars wearing the TSA uniforms.

Submitted by RB on
TSA profiling at airports has yet to nab a terrorist

"The TSA’s behavior-profiling program at airports has been in effect for seven years, but has yet to identify any potential terrorists who pose a threat to aviation, the agency’s administrator acknowledged Thursday."

The article is from November 2013 so that makes the TSA BDO program a complete waste of time, taxpayer money, and effort for over 8 full years.

The impact is that TSA has employees ("Today, TSA deploys more than 3,000 full-time Behavior
Detection Officers (BDOs)") who should be terminated or reassigned.

TSA's budget should be reduced by the full amount of the cost of the current BDO program.

If TSA wants to continue this waste of a program then hard scientific proof should be demanded by Congress to show any benefit of the program.

TSA has been extremely wasteful of tax dollars. Explosive Trace Portals, trashed.

Whole Body Scanners that were ineffective, exposed passengers to dangerous xrays, and provided TSA employees with daily doses of porn, Trahsed!

Handheld Metal Detectors, Trashed.

Two warehouses near DFW filled with unused or unneeded items that TSA purchased with our tax dollars not counting the cost to lease the buildings!

TSA's budget should be reviewed line by line and reductions taken at every opportunity.
Submitted by Wintermute on

Blogger GSOLTSO said...
Anon sez - "So in other words, you are just following orders."

Hah! I see what you did there! Let me answer with a question of my own, have you never followed the guidelines and rules/regulations set forth by your employer?

Not when they were illegal and/or immoral. As a matter of fact, even our military recruits are told to never follow an illegal order (at least, we were back when I enlisted, which, admittedly, has been quite some time ago)

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