Monday, January 7, 2013

Shoe Removal at TSA Checkpoints



Alex Jones arguing with police officer.
(Photo courtesy of Infowars)

I kept noticing a story circulating around the web involving Alex Jones, shoes, and TSA, so I checked it out. After reading, I felt a bit let down.



I would have expected that Alex knew all of TSA’s policies and procedures by heart. He talks about them fairly often. Well, today, he refused to remove his shoes at the Austin-Bergstrom Airport (AUS) while on his way to an interview with Piers Morgan in New York City. As you can see from the photo, (Conveniently taken by somebody from InfoWars), it was quite the scene.

Shoe removal has been mandatory for quite some time now. Even I have to take my shoes off when I travel. There are a lot of questions that could be asked about his motivation today, but what is clear, is that our officers followed standard operating procedures today. The only exceptions for shoe removal are:

All other passengers must undergo shoe screening and passengers with a disability or hindering medical condition who cannot remove their shoes can be screened using alternative methods.



TSA’s objective is to mitigate risk in a way that ensures security measures while both promoting the safe movement of people and commerce and guarding against a deliberate attack against our transportation systems.  





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TSA Officer at CLT Terminated for Theft



A former Transportation Security Officer at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) recently stole money from a passenger’s checked bag – a small amount. To be exact, $36.00. Regardless of how little, no amount of theft by a TSA employee is tolerable.  The Agency moved immediately to terminate this individual. To add some context, the number of TSA officers fired for theft represents less than one-half of one percent of officers that have been employed.



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