Friday, June 22, 2012

TSA Week in Review: Bazooka Round Discovered in Bag at DFW


Bazooka Round
Bazooka Round: After an alarm on checked baggage at Dallas Fort Worth (DFW), TSA Officers discovered an old military bazooka round. Not knowing if this was live or inert, Law Enforcement Officers established a 100-foot perimeter around the item and evacuated the baggage area and terminals near the  item. An explosive ordinance disposal team put the item in a containment box and moved it to a remote location where they deemed the item inert. After all was said and done, 5 flights were delayed 1 hour, 23 minutes, affecting an unknown number of passengers. This is why we highly encourage people to contact us before flying with items such as this before they get to the airport, so they don’t inconvenience themselves and others. On a related note, do you know how the bazooka got its name? It was named after it’s resemblance to a novelty instrument played by 1930’s  era comedian Bob Burns.

IED Training Aid Discovered at Norfolk
IED Training Aid Discovered at Norfolk – An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) training aid was discovered in a passenger’s checked baggage at Norfolk (ORF). As I’ve said before, we’re all too familiar with instructors and other people in this type of business needing these types of items for their jobs, but as with all inert training items and replicas, we don’t know they’re not real until we’ve gone through all the motions. These motions can include evacuated baggage areas and closed checkpoints which lead to delays and missed flights. People that need to travel with INERT items should plan ahead and contact their preferred shipper about mailing the training aids to their destination.

Holy Bat Stars, Batman – These bat stars are exactly what you would need in your arsenal when fighting diabolical crime, however, they’re not OK to take on a plane. These were found at San Diego (SAN). Throwing stars were also discovered at AUS, DCA, and SEA and throwing knives were discovered at LAX.
Holy Bat Stars, Batman – These bat stars are exactly what you would need in your arsenal when fighting diabolical crime, however, they’re not OK to take on a plane. These were found at San Diego (SAN). Throwing stars were also discovered at AUS, DCA, and SEA and throwing knives were discovered at LAX.

Eau de Kaboom – A bottle of cologne in the shape of a grenade was discovered in a passenger’s carry-on bag at San Diego (SAN). On the X-ray, it looked like a regular hand grenade, so it took time to clear.  In addition, two training grenades were discovered after an alarm in checked baggage at Norfolk (ORF). The passenger at ORF also had 4 magazines loaded with 120 .223 rounds. And if that’s not enough, two other inert grenades were discovered in a carry-on bag at Savannah (SAV). Read here and here  for more information on why inert items cause problems at checkpoints. We don’t know they’re inert until we check them out and checking them out can often inconvenience your fellow passengers.
Eau de Kaboom – A bottle of cologne in the shape of a grenade was discovered in a passenger’s carry-on bag at San Diego (SAN). On the X-ray, it looked like a regular hand grenade, so it took time to clear.  In addition, two training grenades were discovered after an alarm in checked baggage at Norfolk (ORF). The passenger at ORF also had 4 magazines loaded with 120 .223 rounds. And if that’s not enough, two other inert grenades were discovered in a carry-on bag at Savannah (SAV). Read here and here  for more information on why inert items cause problems at checkpoints. We don’t know they’re inert until we check them out and checking them out can often inconvenience your fellow passengers.

Body Scanner Discoveries This Week – There were a total of 13 illegal and prohibited items discovered this week with the body scanners at AVP, EWR, BTV, 2 for OGG, SEA, FAI, PHX, 3 for SFO, SMF, and BDL. Among the items were drugs and drug paraphernalia, but one of the passengers was loaded for bear!!! After alarming the body scanner, a large can of bear mace was found concealed in the passenger’s sock at Newark (EWR). Finding these types of items in areas where explosives could also be hidden is a testament that the technology works.  

         A knife was discovered wrapped in a towel and concealed in a water bottle at Denver (DEN). The passenger admitted they were trying to sneak it past our officers.         Two cane swords were discovered at Las Vegas (LAS).         A knife was found concealed inside a hollowed out book at Kahului (OGG).         Marijuana was discovered taped inside of a book after a checked baggage alarm at Philadelphia (PHL).         Brass knuckles were discovered concealed under multiple rolls of quarters in a gift box at Philadelphia (PHL). The passenger admitted they were trying to sneak it past our officers.
Items in the Strangest Places - It’s one thing to forget you had a prohibited item in your bag, but when you intentionally try to sneak it past us, you could wind up being cited or even arrested by law enforcement. Here are a few examples from this week where passengers tried to sneak items past our Officers.
  • A knife was discovered wrapped in a towel and concealed in a water bottle at Denver (DEN). The passenger admitted they were trying to sneak it past our officers.
  • Two cane swords were discovered at Las Vegas (LAS).
  • A knife was found concealed inside a hollowed out book at Kahului (OGG).
  • Marijuana was discovered taped inside of a book after a checked baggage alarm at Philadelphia (PHL).
  • Brass knuckles were discovered concealed under multiple rolls of quarters in a gift box at Philadelphia (PHL). The passenger admitted they were trying to sneak it past our officers.
Knife in Book and Bear mace.
Stun Guns – 6 stun guns were discovered in carry-on bags at checkpoints around the nation at: SFO, ORF, DEN, MSP, RIC, and LAX.
People Say the Darndest Things – Here is an example of what not to say at the airport. Statements like these not only delay the people who said them but can also inconvenience lots of other passengers if the checkpoint or terminal has to be evacuated:
A passenger at Kansas City (KCI) who was frustrated after being on standby stated: “I’m going to go get a gun and shoot everybody if I don’t make this flight.”
Stolen Laptop in Tampa Recovered in New York – After reporting her laptop missing, TSA at Tampa (TPA) reviewed the checkpoint video footage and observed a passenger taking the laptop and placing it in their bag. Thanks to the footage, a description was provided and the thief’s flight was met at LaGuardia by NY Port Authority Police and TSA. The passenger confessed and the laptop was eventually returned to its rightful owner.

Miscellaneous Prohibited Items - In addition to all of the other prohibited items we find weekly, our Officers also found firearm components, realistic replica firearms, stun guns, brass knuckles, ammunition, batons, and oodles of knives.

3 loaded guns.
4 loaded guns.
4 loaded guns.
2 loaded guns.
4 loaded guns.
29 firearms discovered. 28 were loaded.
Firearms - Here are the firearms our Officers found in carry-on baggage since I posted last Friday.

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. 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.



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70 comments:

Anonymous said...

I thought a 'Bazooka' was named after a one time Bubble Gum??

Anonymous said...

http://goo.gl/fdvWf

Bob, you can keep repeating the canard, "Finding these types of items in areas where explosives could also be hidden is a testament that the technology works.", all you want.

It won't make it any more scientifically valid.

[Screenshot recorded.]

Anonymous said...

Again, explain to me why marijuana is considered a WEI? Still waiting for the almighty drug sermon.

Anonymous said...

Kansas City's airport code is MCI (for "Mid-Continent International"), not KCI.

Anonymous said...

...and still not a mention of:

* The woman who did to a TSA employee what TSA employees do to everyone else. And was arrested. You see, when the TSA employees do it, it's perfectly fine. When it gets done _to_ a TSA employee, it's "violence".

* Congress looking into the new TSA ID scanners as being a waste of money.

* a congressman suggesting the TSA 'give celebrities a pass' (ie: not search them)

* The TSA fired 7 employees at Philadelphia International Airport for paying bribes to an instructor in exchange for passing annual proficiency exams.

* A former TSA inspector sentenced in theft of iPads over 8 months.

- ... and many other, relevant, interesting stories about the TSA.

Instead, we get a list of items you managed to find. Of course, based upon the latest data, you miss twice as many as you actually find.

a. h. said...

why don't you just ask the person who owns it whether it's live or inert before going through the theatrics? since it was in checked baggage, i don't see why this was an issue.

Anonymous said...

Regarding the stolen laptop. Seems to me that TSA is largely responsible for this theft since it is TSA policies and procedures that keep people from being able to control their personal property.

In other words TSA is the thieves accomplice.

Anonymous said...

So lots of stupid Americans carrying things they think they have a right to carry.

But; how many terrorists did you find? How many WMDs did you find?

Security theatre continues.

Anonymous said...

Any comment on this story?

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/06/24/jfk-airport-evacuated-after-tsa-agent-metal-detector-found-to-be-unplugged/?test=latestnews

"The truth is, this is the failure of the most basic level of diligence," a law-enforcement source said.

"How can you expect the public to feel confident of the mission of the TSA if they don't even know if the lights are turned on?"

Anonymous said...

Blogger Bob said:
"Finding these types of items in areas where explosives could also be hidden is a testament that the technology works."

Repeating a lie many times doesn't make it true.

You haven't even shown that the scanners find more stuff than just searching people at random.

Stan said...

When will you be commenting on the thousands of passengers TSA subjected to extreme danger and inconvenience because of a "malfunctioning" metal detector?

FYI, I have personally found that my electronic devices function better when they are plugged in.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/queens/unplugged_tsa_airhead_triggers_jfk_kKxMANCPErCWn6KLfDbbVI

Anonymous said...

(Ahem)

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/queens/unplugged_tsa_airhead_triggers_jfk_kKxMANCPErCWn6KLfDbbVI#ixzz1yjPS9o1a

I wonder if this means that we should be lucky you discovered anything at all, even if it was just to make lame jokes about non-threatening materials.

Anonymous said...

No mention of the metal Detector that was left unplugged at JFK (one of the 9/11 airports!)

The TSA takes up exactly HOW many Billion dollars of out tax dollars, and you hire people who can't even plug in a power cord?!?!?

Anonymous said...

Blogger Bob said:
"TSA at Tampa (TPA) reviewed the checkpoint video footage and observed a passenger taking the laptop and placing it in their bag."

This shouldn't have been necessary. If the checkpoint was properly designed it wouldn't be so easy to steal stuff.

The TSA makes no effort to protect the passenger’s belongings.

Anonymous said...

I see that a metal detector was unplugged at JFK, resulting in entire terminal being rescreened, including planes returning to the gate. That had to have cost a fortune in not only money, but time. Was anything found when the passengers were rescreened? What would happen to any liquids purchased past security if that passenger had to be rescreened? It doesn't seem right that the passenger would have to surrender that liquid.

We finally found an advantage of the AIT scanners over the metal detectors, besides finding drugs that aren't a threat to the planes. It's a lot easier to tell that the AIT scanners are plugged in. They still seem expensive and unnecessary though. This video shows their ineffectiveness.

http://tsaoutofourpants.wordpress.com/2012/06/20/watch-tsa-nude-body-scaners-get-defeated/

Anonymous said...

Regarding the laptop theft: The body scanners put passengers in a position where they cannot see their belongings after they have come out of the x-ray belt.

The TSA's screening *facilitates* such kinds of thefts.

Anonymous said...

"Finding these types of items in areas where explosives could also be hidden is a testament that the technology works."

Very true. Anyone dumb enough to not do 15 minutes of research will likely get caught 30% of the time.

Anyone who is at all motivated to get past security will encounter little trouble.

Anonymous said...

That's crazy that a metal detector can be left unplugged for that long. I would think the first thing I would do when starting my shift would be to walk through carrying a metal object just to see if it alarms.

It looks like it is easy to get metal objects through the AIT scanners. I found this video and it really looks like this guy got a metal object through the AIT scanner.

http://tsaoutofourpants.wordpress.com/2012/06/20/watch-tsa-nude-body-scaners-get-defeated/

Screen shot taken

Anonymous said...

Regarding the stolen laptop: I would have to agree that the TSA needs to have a program to protect travelers belongings at the checkpoint. I was randomly selected for a pat down and was not allowed to touch my belongings until it was over. In order to keep my items within view, I could not have a private pat down, which I would have preferred, but had to do it next to the checkpoint or else my computer, iPad, money, everything would have been unattended.

Anonymous said...

"Regarding the laptop theft: The body scanners put passengers in a position where they cannot see their belongings after they have come out of the x-ray belt.

The TSA's screening *facilitates* such kinds of thefts."

When I insisted on being able to stay in sight of my bag when it was "rescreened" in Norfolk, I was accused of being a racist.

Why is that, TSA? Why is it, TSA, that I'm expected to follow your rules scrupulously but when I demand that you follow the rules, I'm accused of heinous acts?

Anonymous said...

Bob, will the TSA release the checkpoint video footage of this alleged incident?

http://www.theindychannel.com/news/31224633/detail.html

"A man's attempt to bring the ashes of his grandfather home to Indianapolis ended with an angry scene in a Florida airport, with the ashes spilled on the terminal floor."

Or does your employer only crow about and release footage when it casts the agency in a good light?

[Screenshot captured.]

Anonymous said...

"Finding these types of items in areas where explosives could also be hidden is a testament that the technology works."

Today I found a dollar on the sidewalk. Finding this kind of item indicates that I will likely find enough hundred dollar bills to quit my job.

Anonymous said...

Who is Jon Corbett?

Screenshot.

Anonymous said...

I can only assume TSA will do the right thing and fire the employee who laughed after spilling a passengers' grandfathers ashes on the floor.

http://www.theindychannel.com/news/31224633/detail.html

Anonymous said...

Bob,

You have a choice. You can comment on this story or not.

http://www.theindychannel.com/news/31224633/detail.html

This is the face of the TSA most people see everyday. Who in the TSA will be part of the solution and who will carry the whitewash?

Anonymous said...

http://www.theindychannel.com/news/31224633/detail.html

Yet more confirmation that the TSA continues utterly disregarding the dignity of the traveling public.

An apology is not enough.

Anonymous said...

So, have you abandoned all pretense that this blog serves as anything other than a platform for self-congratulatory rhetoric?

Anonymous said...

Here's another real TSA story to ignore, Bob-

http://www.theindychannel.com/news/31224633/detail.html?source=wrtv

"Confrontation With TSA Agent Leaves Grandpa's Ashes On Floor"

Anonymous said...

And here's the problem:

http://www.theindychannel.com/news/31224633/detail.html?source=wrtv

TSA's policy is NOT to open a container with human remains. Screener does it anyway. What will happen to her?

Scott G. Lewis said...

http://www.theindychannel.com/news/31224633/detail.html

Instead of posting NOTHING each week except your own "week in review" where you highlight a few successes, ignore any mistakes and ignore the news and media reports, how about immediately acknowledging the TSA agent who opened cremated remains, spilled them, and laughed.

I for one have done two things:

1) Taken a screenshot of this comment.
2) Written letters to my elected officials.

Enough is enough. It is inappropriate to trample the Constitution, and inappropriate to trample on people's deceased.

Crispian said...

Bob,

The TSA is not making apologia easy for you! I think we all think it's great that the TSA discovers rocket launchers and throwing stars with the help of xray machines. That stuff was true before 9/11 and really is not news-worthy (for anyone unaware, boxcutters were permitted on planes pre-9/11, it's not that we weren't using metal detectors).

The problem, Bob, the reason for your blog getting any significant traffic, is that new procedures have been unduly intrusive and carried out far too often in ways that are insensitive, reckless, and just plain unconstitutional.

Good job on finding the throwing stars.

Anonymous said...

Bob, do you have a soul?

If so, why do you continue to work for the most reviled of government agencies?

Anonymous said...

The agent that dropped Grandpa's ashes and laughed should be fired, immediately. No wait, no discussion, no review.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
"TSA's policy is NOT to open a container with human remains. Screener does it anyway. What will happen to her?"

Let me guess - she will be sent for "retraining".

Anonymous said...

Now being reported by ABC News.
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2012/06/ashes-spilled-after-tsa-confrontation/

Anonymous said...

Do your moronic "agents" even know their own policies? Don't bother replying, the answer is no. http://consumerist.com/2012/06/man-claims-tsa-agent-spilled-his-grandfathers-ashes-during-security-screening.html

Seriously, I can't go a week without reading something like this, far too frequent to be isolated incidents.

Blogger Bob said...

Containers with remains (ashes) are never opened. Initial review concludes circumstances described are inconsistent with what happened.

Blogger Bob Burns
TSA Blog Team

Anonymous said...

"Containers with remains (ashes) are never opened. Initial review concludes circumstances described are inconsistent with what happened."

Bob,

It is also TSA policy for their employees to never steal anything from passengers either, but we all know this has happened over and over and over and over again at airports all over the country. Blindly siding with your agents immediately after each of these incidents does nothing but make the public trust TSA even less than they already do.

Anonymous said...

Show the tape of the gentleman with the human remains in Orlando. Or did you all lose it after you reviewed it?

You're really good at showing pictures of harmless, inert weapons, but can you show a video supporting the TSA claim that the passenger is a liar?

Anonymous said...

You know Bob, every time a story comes out, you say that the passenger was involved. Every. Single. Time.

I don't believe you anymore.

Please release the video that proves the container was not opened.

Anonymous said...

"Blogger Blogger Bob said...

Containers with remains (ashes) are never opened. Initial review concludes circumstances described are inconsistent with what happened.
"

OK, Bob. Lets stipulate that your above statement is correct. I note you don't elaborate. Why is that?

Anonymous said...

"Initial review concludes circumstances described are inconsistent with what happened."

Sure, because they were bribed.

Anonymous said...

>> Containers with remains (ashes) are never opened.
>> Initial review concludes circumstances
>> described are inconsistent with what happened.

http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-06-26/news/os-tsa-agent-orlando-spilled-human-ashes-20120626_1_tsa-agent-ashes-jar

«Dropping to the floor after the spill, Gross said he reached for all the bigger pieces of remains but there was no way to collect everything without a dustpan and broom.

The TSA agent kept laughing without offering help, he said. And passengers waiting to get their bags were stalled behind him as he spent 10 to 15 seconds on his knees grabbing what he could, Gross said.

"I didn't want to cause a scene because I didn't want them to throw me off my flight or put me on the no-fly list," said Gross, 30, a restaurant manager. "It didn't really hit me until I got on the plane."»

So you're calling Mr. Gross a liar then, right?

Please have your bosses release the surveillance tapes to show us what really happened.

Anonymous said...

comment on this please

http://www.theindychannel.com/news/31224633/detail.html

Anonymous said...

Wow! I just stumbled on this site and quite frankly in shock. It's amazing that it's only when something does go terribly wrong like 9/11 that everyone all of a sudden becomes patriotic and for a few months, maybe years doesn't mind the extra pat downs or security measures.

Most of you probably have nothing better to do than sit at home and complain about not finding a job and living off the taxpayer.

Anyhow, here's my suggestion. People should be given the option to pick from two lanes at the airport, secure travel and unsecure travel. The concept is simple, if you decide that you want to breeze through the security checkpoint choose the unsecure travel lane and maybe you might make it safely to your destination, and maybe you won't, it's your life risk it if you want to. I'd be curious to see how many people would actually choose that lane.

I travel about 75% of the year so I've seen my share of incidences at airports and considering what TSA officers have to deal with on a daily bases, I can't imagine doing the job. Keep up the good work TSA!

Drew Rinella said...

TSA Agents say the darndest things:

"Get yer freak on girl"

"C'Mon, Son!"

Anonymous said...

Containers with remains (ashes) are never opened. Initial review concludes circumstances described are inconsistent with what happened.

The outcome of every TSA "review" you've ever described in this blog is that the TSA employees acted properly, and the passenger was either at fault for the "incident" or was lying about it. What I've seen here suggests that the only purpose of whatever "review" the TSA conducts is to evade any responsibility or accountability for TSA employees who fail to meet the standards you insist they follow.

Bob, can you you prove me wrong? Can you provide even one example of a TSA "review" of an incident that found one or more TSA employees at fault, resulting in effective, specific corrective action that held the offending employee accountable and changed procedures to prevent the failure from occurring again?

Is such a thing even possible in the alternative reality on the other (classified) side of the looking glass, where the TSA makes and implements its rules and procedures?

Wintermute said...

So, we know that about 10 years ago, your failure rate was around 70%. We also know that as of Nov 2011, it had changed little over time. Given that you found 29 guns, then we can assume approximately 70 made it on. And yet, not a single domestic hijack attempt involving a gun. Please enlighten us with the actual failure rate if you are going to argue that it is not accurate.

Also, if the passenger had not been separated from their laptop, there would have been no need to recover it. It was the TSA's fault that it was stolen in the first place.

Finally, repeating the lie "Finding these types of items in areas where explosives could also be hidden is a testament that the technology works." does not make it any more true than it was the first time. One item found with the potential to cause major discomfort to passengers, but not dangerous enough to take down the flight. And it potentially could have been found using pre-TSA methods. This justifies the TSA's budget?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
--"Most of you probably have nothing better to do than sit at home and complain about not finding a job and living off the taxpayer."

Personal attacks are not a substitute for logical argument. For the record, I've held the same job for 32 years.

--"Anyhow, here's my suggestion. People should be given the option to pick from two lanes at the airport, secure travel and unsecure travel."

Currently having any choice is against the law. Many would like to see that changed.

You also make the false assumption that the only choices are the current TSA or nothing at all. There are many other options for more sane levels of security between these two choices.

Anonymous said...

Blogger Bob said...
"Containers with remains (ashes) are never opened. Initial review concludes circumstances described are inconsistent with what happened."

You do realize that no one will believe you don't you?

The initial TSA reaction to *every* problem is "we didn't do it". It's like the old joke - "How can you tell when they're lying? Their lips are moving."

Show us proof.

Anonymous said...

Post.
The.
Tape.

Anonymous said...

All these items, and not one single terrorist. This is proof against the flop idea of detecting terrorists by looking for these items.

P(terrorist|weapon) less than 1 out of 32

Phil said...

With respect to the spilling of ashes in Orlando, it seems as if no one really believes you, Bob. More than that, you see to be almost universally reviled.

Serious question: do you have any idea why that could be?

It's not because poor old TSA is just misunderstood. It's because--true or not--you have a reputation for controntation, fabrication, prevarication, sloppy personnel practices, poor decision making, fraud, waste, and abuse.

The very fact that so many posts say "screenshot taken" is prima facia evidence that you are not trusted.

Do you understand that?

[screenshot taken]

Anonymous said...

"Blogger Bob said...

Containers with remains (ashes) are never opened. Initial review concludes circumstances described are inconsistent with what happened.

Blogger Bob Burns
TSA Blog Team"

####

Containers with remains (ashes) are never SUPPOSED TO BE opened.
Initial review of concludes that circumstances are inconsistent with THE IMAGE TSA WANTS TO PROJECT AND PUBLIC RELATIONS POLICY.

Wintermute said...

Anonymous said...

"Wow! I just stumbled on this site and quite frankly in shock. It's amazing that it's only when something does go terribly wrong like 9/11 that everyone all of a sudden becomes patriotic and for a few months, maybe years doesn't mind the extra pat downs or security measures. "

I believe you're mistaken. It is unpatriotic to violate our constitutional rights. The patriotic ones are those standing up against these violations.

"Most of you probably have nothing better to do than sit at home and complain about not finding a job and living off the taxpayer."

When did insults become allowed in the comments of this blog? Regardless, you may be incorrect here as well. I can't speak for the others, but I have a nice paying job.


"Anyhow, here's my suggestion. People should be given the option to pick from two lanes at the airport, secure travel and unsecure travel. The concept is simple, if you decide that you want to breeze through the security checkpoint choose the unsecure travel lane and maybe you might make it safely to your destination, and maybe you won't, it's your life risk it if you want to. I'd be curious to see how many people would actually choose that lane. "

Do you insist on pat-downs and nude scans when you go to the movies, out to eat, or even outside of your own home? It's a crazy world out there, so you're at risk every single time you leave your home. Not only that, but you risk home invasion by staying there. Nothing comes without risks, and the TSA puts us at greater risk because they lull the masses into a false sense of security. With a 70% failure rate, they are doing nothing to stop a determined terrorist. Therefore, I would fly the unscreened skies if given the chance.

"I travel about 75% of the year so I've seen my share of incidences at airports and considering what TSA officers have to deal with on a daily bases, I can't imagine doing the job. Keep up the good work TSA!"

Those incidents are caused by several things. If the TSA didn't exist in the first place, along with their inconsistencies and ineffective policies, the number of incidents would likely drop.

Anonymous said...

" People should be given the option to pick from two lanes at the airport, secure travel and unsecure travel."

Give me a lane with pre 9-11 security ( metal detector and X-ray machine only) and I will take it and the additional "risk" that goes along with it every single time. I've been on over 2k flights in the past 10 years and the only thing that worries me about flying is the potential for having something stolen from me by TSA or having my genitals fondled by an agent, both of which have happened to me already.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if the Airport TSA Officer ever asked the owner if the Bazooka round was live or inert. That thing look like a war relic fit to be in a museum. Over reaction to small situation it seem to me, great read tho. It look like TSA is bound to go down as the worse agency ever created

Mike Toreno said...

"People should be given the option to pick from two lanes at the airport, secure travel and unsecure travel."

First, that's a false dichotomy. There are more alternatives available than the options presented.

Second, there is at present no secure travel lane. There is, instead, a lane staffed by slovenly, lazy, inattentive screening clerks that let 70% of contraband items through the checkpoint without noticing them. The TSA is a success as an employment program for low-education, low-skill, low-integrity workers, but as a mechanism for protecting the United States it is a failure. If you want to know why it is a failure, you need do no more than look in a mirror.

Anonymous said...

More TSA dishonesty. No shame for repeating this lie Bob?

Anonymous said...

How's come y'all haven't caught any terrorists yet? Oh yeah. Because there aren't any.

Anonymous said...

Yea just believe a strangers word that just happened to bring a suspicious device to an airport. Glad people like u arent working there, eventhough Tsa knuckle heads arent any better.

Anonymous said...

Drew Rinella said...
TSA Agents say the darndest things:

"Get yer freak on girl"

"C'Mon, Son!"


You forgot: "such as… you know… things that go BOOM."

Anonymous said...

That's it, keep putting on that display and try to make it look like you're worth the money you're costing us. It's a lie, as more and more people are discovering.
All we needed to do was secure the cockpit doors, and that was done long ago.

Anonymous said...

Bob the TSA Blogger stated,"There were a total of 13 illegal and prohibited items discovered this week with the body scanners at AVP, EWR, BTV, 2 for OGG, SEA, FAI, PHX, 3 for SFO, SMF, and BDL."

My question is how many TOTAL scans were taken for these airports? What percentage of the 'total' is this?

Anonymous said...

I think, we should have a choice. Line to the left, TSA screening. Line to the right, ya takes your chances....

Any guess which one will be busiest?

Anonymous said...

Personally, I *love* the idea of having a "secured" line and an "unsecured" line.

I'd take the "secured" line over the "TSA" line any day.

Anonymous said...

The body of your average American is not something I'd want to see without clothes on, so I commend your patriotism for your willingness to subject your eyes to even a fuzzy version of it. I say "yuck" to most of you people out there. Please join a gym or go on a diet. I would suggest having A.H. cover the fake IED with his body to shield everyone else from a potential blast while you go politely seek the owner to inquire about their honest mistake. I travel through airports weekly, and I'm really glad to have you guys on the job!

Anonymous said...

"The concept is simple, if you decide that you want to breeze through the security checkpoint choose the unsecure travel lane and maybe you might make it safely to your destination, and maybe you won't, it's your life risk it if you want to."

You know, if a terrorist wants to maximize the terror they plan to cause, they would target the "secure" lane.

Anonymous said...

Grow up!!! TSA officers take s lot of crap, howevr, if it was your plane they had kept a person with ill intention off by simply doing their job, you'd probably feel differently!

Anonymous said...

"People should be given the option to pick from two lanes at the airport, secure travel and unsecure travel. The concept is simple, if you decide that you want to breeze through the security checkpoint choose the unsecure travel lane and maybe you might make it safely to your destination, and maybe you won't, it's your life risk it if you want to. I'd be curious to see how many people would actually choose that lane."

They already do. It's called charter, commuter airlines and TSA-free airports. They're growing while commercial flight is shrinking. Call your airport and ask them to return to private security with the Security Partnership Program. END THE TSA!