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Did You Know? 21 Factoid Nuggets You Might Not Know About TSA

Friday, August 25, 2017
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Did You Know? 20 Factoid Nuggets You Might Not Know About TSA

Why struggle for conversation at your next social gathering when you can impress your friends by dropping some knowledge about TSA. You’ll be the life of the party for sure. A legend even…

1) TSA is responsible for security of more than 20,000 domestic flights and 2,000 outbound international flights daily.

2) TSA screens 1.3 million checked and 4.9 million carry-on items for explosives and other prohibited items daily.

3) TSA screens 100% of cargo transported on passenger aircraft.

Firearms

4) TSA officers discovered a record 3,391 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation in 2016.

5) TSA officers discovered a record 96 firearms in one week in carry-on bags around the nation? 85 were loaded.

6) In 2016, TSA officers screened 738,318,264 passengers (more than 2 million per day).

7) July 2017 was the highest passenger volume month on record? 72,117,046 passengers and crew were screened by TSA officers.

8) Newly hired TSA officers are trained at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia.

9) Air travelers are subject to a robust systems that employs multiple layers of security, both seen and unseen.

10) Liquid explosives still pose a threat to aviation security and small containers lessen the risk.

11) Twenty percent of TSA employees are either veterans or are currently serving in the military.

12) TSA has a team of employees (AskTSA) that answer traveler’s questions real-time via Twitter and Facebook Messenger.

13) TSA has nearly 400 explosives specialists that provide expertise in aviation and multimodal environment.

TSA Canine

14) There are 900+ TSA canine teams nationwide tasked w/ screening passengers and cargo & supporting other security missions.

15) An average of 250 explosives detection canines complete training each year.

16) TSA uses German Shepherds, Labrador & Golden Retrievers, German Short-haired & Wirehaired Pointers,Vizslas & Belgian Malinois as explosives detection canines.

17) Canine teams work at more than 100 of the nation’s airports, mass-transit and maritime systems.

18) TSA established visible intermodal prevention and response teams to enhance security of rail and mass transit in wake of 2004 Madrid train bombings.

Transportation Security Operations Center

19) TSA works with other government agencies at the Transportation Security Operation Center (TSOC) including DHS, FAA & FBI to monitor incidents across all modes of transportation in U.S.

20) TSA is enhancing screening of personal electronic devices larger than a cell.

21) TSA officers discovered some strange items last year.

Bob Burns - TSA Social Media

Comments

Submitted by RB on

Bobby, you left off several key points.

TSA has hired an exceptionally high number of screeners who commit crimes.

TSA screeners can't figure out how to screen breast milk or other beverages for children.

TSA screeners profess to know screening SOP but routinely demonstrate a complete lack of knowledge.

TSA screeners miss 95% of target items when internal testing is conducted.

I'm sure there are more.

Submitted by Will Zachmann on

Well done, Mr. Burns. It's a safe bet that the majority of the traveling public is wholly unaware of these worthwhile Nuggets, and might approach their next checkpoint with a more positive mindset if they were more aware of our agency's role in keeping us all safe. Keep up the good work!

Submitted by S Richart on

Mike England says:

“Pat-downs result in the discovery of knives and other dangerous items carried on a passenger’s person on a daily basis.
They are a valuable tool in keeping our skies safe.”

If this is so, why are these "great catches" never mentioned in the weekly round-up? Could it be because the "knives" are little pocket knives that aren't going to bring down a plane or the only things that are found are drugs?

Submitted by No on

"Liquid explosives still pose a threat to aviation security and small containers lessen the risk."

Curtis Burns and TSA have been perpetuating this lie for over a decade. But the simple facts of the matter are these:

1. The 2006 "liquid explosive" plot was purely aspirational; the plotters had neither passports, plane tickets, nor a functioning liquid explosive.

2. There is zero independent, peer-reviewed research that supports TSA's liquid obsession. Any liquid volatile enough to harm an aircraft is too volatile to be brought to an airport without going off on the way. TSA is just plain lying.

3. TSA has never intercepted a dangerous liquid at an airport.

4. The liquid policy makes nobody safer and wastes everyone's time. It's a perfect example of everything that is wrong with this demented and dangerous agency.

Submitted by Um on

How many insulin pumps has your agency broken lately?

Submitted by Hey on

How many physical searches do you perform on passengers because of false alarms from your slow, invasive, and worthless naked body scanners?

Submitted by Hm on

What percentage of Americans use private, harmless medical devices - insulin pumps, ostomy bags, pressure garments, breast and other prosthetics, and the like - that ensure that TSA will subject them to an invasive, physical searches each and every time they fly?

Submitted by Laura Monteros on

Ah, Bob, not going to divulge what teh "strange items" are? Interesting post, especially the part about 85 of the 96 firearms in one week were loaded. Sheesh.

Submitted by Yvonne Favela on

And also TSA is the least respected agency on DHS and therefore is paid very little for the important job they do.

Submitted by Sharon Alessandroni on

You all are awesome 👏 Thank you for keeping us safe.

Submitted by Elias on

Good informative article Bob. And that Youtube video is hilarious.

Submitted by Chip In Florida on

Lists! I love lists!

10 Factoid Nuggets About TSA that really show you how little we need the TSA.

Why struggle for conversation at your next TSA Cheerleading rally when you can impress your friends by dropping some knowledge about TSA that negates the very arguments for why TSA is even needed. You’ll be the life of the party for sure. A legend even…

1) TSA officers discovered a record 3,391 firearms in carry-on bags around the nation in 2016. Which by the numbers provided by the TSA represents less than a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a tiny fraction of one percent. The percentage is so small it has to be expressed in scientific notation. Lots and lots of zero's between the first integer and the decimal point. Your odds of winning the powerball are better. Your odds of winning the powerball while being struck by lightening are better.

2) TSA officers discovered a record 96 firearms in one week in carry-on bags around the nation? 85 were loaded. Which is entertaining because the 11 that were unloaded were still deemed so dangerous they could not fly. And see above bullet point number 1 about the percentage that find represents out of roughly nine million passengers screened that very same week.

3) Air travelers are subject to a robust systems that employs multiple layers of security, both seen and unseen. None of which actually do anything even remotely 'secure' but we gotta make it look important, like we're not just pissing away eight billion dollars a year in tax money.

4) Liquid explosives still pose a threat to aviation security and small containers lessen the risk. Because we all know that it is impossible to return the explosives back into a larger container once past the security pat-dow....check point.

5) TSA has a team of employees (AskTSA) that answer traveler’s questions real-time via Twitter and Facebook Messenger. They can't however, answer questions asked in any other medium of communications (including this blog). And you are not supposed to notice they don't tell you how many questions they actually get asked to know how effective their answers really are.

6) TSA has nearly 400 explosives specialists that provide expertise in aviation and multimodal environment. No one has ever seen then deployed for any reason, but trust the TSA... they have them at the ready.

7) There are 900+ TSA canine teams nationwide and they add An average of 250 explosives detection canines complete training each year. Meaning this program is just about four years old and to date hasn't caught a terrorist or discovered any explosives.

8) Canine teams work at more than 100 of the nation’s airports, mass-transit and maritime systems. So you have ten to twelve dogs at some locations and none at other locations. So why don't the terrorists just use the airports where there are no dogs? And why are you even involved with mass-transit? When was the scope of your Agency expanded, who authorized it, and when?

9) TSA established visible intermodal prevention and response teams to enhance security of rail and mass transit in wake of 2004 Madrid train bombings. And the first real implementation of the system was to inspect rail passengers after they had arrived at their destination.

10) TSA is enhancing screening of personal electronic devices larger than a cell. Because we all know that anything smaller, like the mythical liquid explosives, is not a threat to aviation. Sorry, a threat to Transportation since you have expanded your reach well past the airports.

Submitted by O Curtis on

Anyone else surprised Curtis isn't letting comments on this post through?

Submitted by Anonymous on

Rumblings about TSA preventing stranded travelers at Houston airports from going in the gate areas to access health and comfort items during the flooding in Houston.

Takes a special kind of people to keep victims from food and water during an emergency. Good Job TSA!

Submitted by Did You Know? on

The moral cowards at TSA are afraid to post any responses to this blog entry!

Submitted by RB on

The most recent readers comments posted are dated 8/23/17. It's now 8/29/17 and no comment postings for almost a calendar week. What's wrong TSA, comments not to your liking?

Submitted by Weird on

Curtis has time for another post but not for approving comments to this one.

Submitted by Not TSAgent West on

Legit comments not allowed. Obvious spam approved. With a 90+% failure rate in other areas, I'm surprised it's not worse.

Submitted by More Competent ... on

Who approved the spam? Why is it still there despite being reported?

Submitted by Flabergasted on

AND IT'S STILL THERE! CAN SOMEONE PLEASE DELETE THE SPAM?!?! Sorry... I don't know why I am surprised. If the failure rate of the bloggers matches the rest of the TSA, I'll only have to report the same spam.. what is it, now? 90-ish more times?

Submitted by Spammer on

Daily reminder: there is spam in the comments. Please remove, per posting guidelines. West? Hello?!

Submitted by RB on

Submitted by Spammer on Sun, 2017-09-17 22:57
Daily reminder: there is spam in the comments. Please remove, per posting guidelines. West? Hello?!
....................
Commercial SPAM is apparently OK with TSA. Critical Comments about TSA not so much.

Submitted by Notimportant on

This article was pretty funny. The comments are hilarious! I only recently started to travel, and TSA is a joke to deal with. I've been held up in security line because my hair was wet...another time, I think I was diagnosed with a tumor in my stomach that required a 'security pat-down' and the female TSA person gave me a play by play as she felt me up. Interestingly enough, the mass found through the scanner of my belly has disappeared by the time I returned home. Is TSA connected to the Vatican?