Friday, June 27, 2014

TSA Week in Review – A Plethora of Credit Card Knives are Being Discovered (as well as some other interesting items)


Credit Card Knife
Credit Card Knife (BUF)

Credit Card Knives - There has been a growing trend in the number of credit-card knives discovered at checkpoints. Including this week, 186 credit card knives have been discovered. Check out this blog post for more information on credit card knives. 61 credit card knives were discovered just this week alone. 10 were discovered at San Francisco (SFO), nine at Nashville (BNA), five at Knoxville (TYS), five at Little Rock (LIT), four at Tampa (TPA), three at Billings (BIL), three at Grand Rapids (GRR), three at Long Beach (LGB), three at Minneapolis (MSP), two at Cincinnati (CVG), two at Colorado Springs (COS), two at Providence (PVD), two at Tri-Cities (TRI), and the remainder were discovered at Grand Forks (GFK), Manchester (MHT), Petersburg (PIE), Sarasota (SRQ), St. Croix (STX), Traverse City (TVC), Minneapolis (MSP), Williston (ISN), and Wilmington (ILM).
Spent Artillery Shell and Rounds (HNL), Inert Grenades (PDX)
Spent Artillery Shell and Rounds (HNL), Inert Grenades (PDX)
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 resolve the alarm to determine the level of threat. Even if they are novelty items, you cannot bring them on a plane.  Read here on why inert items cause problems.

  • Two inert grenades were discovered in a carry-on bag at Portland (PDX).  
  • An inert flashbang grenade was discovered in a carry-on bag at St. Louis (STL).
  • A spent artillery shell was discovered in a checked bag at Honolulu (HNL).
Brush Dagger (DEN), Razor Blade in Hat (TPA), Stun Phone (RIC)
Brush Dagger (DEN), Razor Blade in Hat (TPA), Stun Phone (RIC)

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

  • A razorblade was discovered in the hatband of a baseball cap at Tampa (TPA).
  • A hair brush dagger was discovered in a carry-on bag at Denver (DEN). 
  • Two knives were discovered under the lining of a hard-sided carry-on bag at Denver (DEN).

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…
Hatchet (MHT), Dagger (ORD)
Hatchet (MHT), Dagger (ORD)
Knuckle Stunner (PHX), Wolf Bow (ORD), Road Flare (LAN)
Knuckle Stunner (PHX), Wolf Bow (ORD), Road Flare (LAN)
Three Throwing Stars (JFK), Throwing Knife (JAX), Throwing Star (IAH)
Three Throwing Stars (JFK), Throwing Knife (JAX), Throwing Star (IAH)
Knuckle Knives - Top (JFK), Bottom (HNL)
Knuckle Knives - Top (JFK), Bottom (HNL)
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 Albuquerque (ABQ) passenger stated the following to a gate agent: “I have explosives in my pocket. We all have bombs. I have cyanide in my wallet.” He didn’t have explosives or cyanide.
  • A Rochester (ROC) passenger approached a ticket counter to check in and stated to the ticket agent that he had a bomb in his bag. He didn’t have a bomb in his bag.
Airsoft Gun (SMF)
Airsoft Gun (SMF)

Stun Guns – 25 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation: Two were discovered at Dallas Love (DAL), two at Kansas City (MCI), Las Vegas (LAS), two at Phoenix (PHX), two at San Diego (SAN), and the remainder were discovered at Akron (CAK), Albuquerque (ABQ), Anchorage (ANC), Austin (AUS), Baltimore (BWI), Burbank (BUR), Denver (DEN), Kodiak (ADQ), Nashville (BNA), New York LaGuardia (LGA), Northwest Arkansas (XNA), Portland (PDX), Richmond (RIC), Sacramento (SMF), Texarkana (TXK), and Vegas (LAS).
Ammunition (SAN)
Ammunition (SAN)

Airsoft Guns – An Airsoft gun was discovered this week in a carry-on bag at Sacramento (SMF). Airsoft guns are prohibited in carry-on bags, but allowed in checked baggage. Airsoft grenades are not permitted in checked or carry-on bags. Read this post for more information: TSA Travel Tips Tuesday: Traveling with Airsoft Guns

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.




40 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 40 firearms, 35 were loaded and eight had rounds chambered. 

Firearms Discovered at (L-R / T-B) OMA, HOU & GPT
Firearms Discovered at (L-R / T-B) OMA, HOU & GPT
Firearms Discovered at (L-R / T-B) ATL, LAS, IAD, TVC, GSO & PIT
Firearms Discovered at (L-R / T-B) ATL, LAS, IAD, TVC, GSO & PIT
Firearms Discovered at (L-R / T-B)DAL, AUS, PDX & CHS
Firearms Discovered at (L-R / T-B)DAL, AUS, PDX & CHS
40 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 40 firearms, 35 were loaded and eight 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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44 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm shocked that so many loaded guns are found, and that so many people are packing weapons in their carryon bags and suitcases. I don't understand why ammunition is allowed to be packed into checked luggage. That doesn't make sense to me. I have been flying for over forty years, and it's becoming a very scary experience. I just hope I have an air marshall on my next flight.

Anonymous said...

These guns do not put themselves in the carry on bags, real people do. So, why don't' you include a list of the fines and punishment placed on the individuals committing these crimes? Maybe that will get more attention than a picture of an illegal item.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if the uptick in found credit card knives only tells us that TSA screeners only recently learned how to detect them?

Anonymous said...

The TSA should just allow credit card knives on board planes. Nobody is going to take over a plane with one. They don't look like they would be that useful as a weapon anyway. If someone is concerned about being stabbed by one of those knives, nothing is stopping someone from using them outside of planes and airports.

If you stop trying to find the credit card knives, the TSA could focus on actual threats to airplanes.

Anonymous said...

Why not use the national TSA website to publish the photo and name of any passenger caught carrying a gun in their carry on? There has been a lot of squawking by the public lately about their right to carry a firearm if they have a permit. Fine. If they are so proud of it I wouldn't guess they'd mind their picture plastered everywhere in public that we can.

RB said...

 Anonymous said...Why not use the national TSA website to publish the photo and name of any passenger caught carrying a gun in their carry on? There has been a lot of squawking by the public lately about their right to carry a firearm if they have a permit. Fine. If they are so proud of it I wouldn't guess they'd mind their picture plastered everywhere in public that we can.June 29, 2014 at 7:17 PM
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Just as soon as TSA post pictures and names of every TSA employee who have committed a crime.

Anonymous said...

"A Plethora of Credit Card Knives are Being Discovered"

so what?? those knives are no longer a threat, now that cockpit doors are reinforced and passengers and aircrew alike realize that passive = dead.

pens, knitting needles, and many other items are just as dangerous as these knives, which TSA would know if they actually practised anything remotely like "risk-based" methodologies.

Anonymous said...

"Anonymous said...
I'm shocked that so many loaded guns are found, and that so many people are packing weapons in their carryon bags and suitcases."

why would you be shocked?? it makes no sense to carry a gun if it is not loaded.

"I don't understand why ammunition is allowed to be packed into checked luggage."

I don't either. it should be allowed in carryon bags too.

I have been flying for over forty years, and it's becoming a very scary experience."

so have I. what is "becoming" scary about it?? you've been traveling with the carry weapons that screening has missed for all that time. how many have you ever seen?? pre-911 screening missed on the close order of 60%, and TSA misses around 70%, so you've been traveling with weapons that never hurt anyone all that time. it is about time we stopped the security theatre and let folks protect themselves.

Anonymous said...

I continue to wait for some justification for active duty military being included in pre-check, but not retired military or holders of current DoD or LE background investigations. military retirees have at least 20 years documented service to this Nation, pretty much proving their lack of risk. both DoD and LE background investigations should reveal any risk factors. active duty military do not, necessarily, have a background check or any significant length of service. neither citizenship nor a background investigation is required to enlist in the military, in fact there are likely illegal immigrants serving. if it is really about safety, then why are potentially unscreened non-citizens allowed through? sounds like it is just pandering to an admirable group to get PR, not adjusting the rules to ease screening on those who present a lower likelihood of threat.
Let me be clear: pre-911 screening should be the norm. it is all that is required, now that cockpit doors have been reinforced and locked, and flight crews and passengers know that the rules have changed and passivity=death. however, if we are going to continue this massive waste of tax dollars on security theatre, at least have _some_ of the rules make sense.

Anonymous said...

As he always states, it's local or state law that determines the final course of action. I live in Illinois and it can depend on whether the individual is a state resident or not (Google FOID). It is illegal to conceal carry in all of the airport, not just past the screening point, which is different from other states. So no, its really not possible for them to do what you're asking for. Besides, the benefit of concealed carry is the criminals not knowing who is armed--your idea negates that. Please pass the blog to your friends so they can learn from other's mistakes--real purpose of the blog. The train really slows down when they have to deal with these prohibited items.

Anonymous said...

Another week, another total lack of anything that needed your slow, invasive, and dangerous naked body scanners to be detected.

Now tell us, how many false positives did the naked body scanners have last week? How many innocent people were "patted down" by your screeners because the naked body scanners can't differentiate between, say, a firearm and pleats?

/screenshot

SSSS for Some Reason said...

"...Credit Card Knives - There has been a growing trend in the number of credit-card knives discovered at checkpoints. Including this week, 186 credit card knives have been discovered."

First, not a threat to the aircraft.

Second, you can get these things for about $3. I have even seen some given away free as marketing items.

Third, not a threat to the aircraft. Not much of a threat to the passengers either. I don't want to get cut, obviously, but I don't automatically assume having one of these things makes that person a threat to anyone else.

Having sharp things, or ammunition in your bag but no gun, does not make you a bad guy or a terrorist just waiting for perfect opportunity to do whatever you are waiting for the perfect opportunity to do.

Anonymous said...

If I'm a Trusted Traveler, why can't I carry a credit card knife? The government says I am trustworthy, so let me bring my pocket knife and big bottle of water through the checkpoint.

Anonymous said...

i believe that the tsa attempted to allow small knives on planes. it was met with strong defense by many organizations including airline unions. so tsa wanted to allow them but they were stopped.

Anonymous said...

To the MANy who have posted comments like this..
"The TSA should just allow credit card knives on board planes. Nobody is going to take over a plane with one. They don't look like they would be that useful as a weapon anyway. If someone is concerned about being stabbed by one of those knives, nothing is stopping someone from using them outside of planes and airports."

as you may recall, TSA was going to allow small knifes to be carried onto flights as they are not a threat. However the flight attendants unions, and teh pilots unions faught TSA to reverse the policy. Because of that, TSA did not change the policy and knives are still not allowed.
I would suggest blaming the FA unions and pilots unions, NOT TSA.

You folks really need to do some research and know what your talking about before blindly blaming TSA for everything.

Anonymous said...

I have mixed feelings about what has happened to ability to travel freely in this post-911 age...

But....

Just wondering what the assessed threat to the aircraft a [SPENT] artillery shell might be..

That word, I don't think it means what you think it means...

Anonymous said...

"You folks really need to do some research and know what your talking about before blindly blaming TSA for everything."

Certainly the unions in question can be faulted for their fearmongering.

However, TSA chose to cave in to the unions. Ergo, TSA is responsible for the prohibition on itty bitty knives.

Maybe if TSA had conducted a risk assessment or a cost-benefit analysis in support of lifting the prohibition on itty bitty knives, it would not have been cowed by the unions.

Anonymous said...

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jun/30/airports-could-beef-security-because-new-explosive/

an interesting article about liquid explosives, it appears that an expert says that liquid explosives do in fact exist and that a very small quantity can take down a plane. interesting read for those that have an interest.

SSSS for Some Reason said...

Anonymous said...an interesting article about liquid explosives, "

From the linked article....

"Mr. Laird, the former security director for Northwest Airlines, ....“It only takes about an ounce, ounce and a half, of a liquid explosive to bring down an airplane,” he said."

Without context, without supporting details, without links to sources, without citing any source at all, or anything other than 'he said.'

Many more, and more reliable, sources have pointed out that there is not a liquid explosive available with enough explosive energy in an 'ounce, ounce and half' to bring down an aircraft.

For that small an amount to be hazardous it would have to be applied to parts of the aircraft that passengers and flight crew do not have access to. Unless the TSA wants to start screening Mechanics and Ground Crew the linked story is nothing more than an entertaining read.

Anonymous said...

SSSS for Some Reason said...
Without context, without supporting details, without links to sources, without citing any source at all, or anything other than 'he said.'

thank you for pointing out the flaw in almost every comment on this blog. its a shame that a newspaper would post such information to mislead the public. the public should come onto the blog and see the real information that is posted by the bloggers.

RB said...

Here we are the day before celebrating our nations Independence Day living under the oppressive power of TSA.

It is a sad time for our country.

How will our children's children ever forgive us?

Anonymous said...

Why do Curtis Burns and West Cooper refuse to answer repeated questions about false positives on the naked body scanners?

Anonymous said...

"Now tell us, how many false positives did the naked body scanners have last week? How many innocent people were "patted down" by your screeners because the naked body scanners can't differentiate between, say, a firearm and pleats?"

Really? Naked body scanners? those have not been at ANY AMERICAN airport in years. Get your information up tp date if your going to ask questions.
And your right, the current machines may not be able to tell teh difference between a gun and a pleat..would you rather error on the side of caution? False positives? Id say probably none. The machines are picking up something, again..error on the side of caution. Some folks just liek to complain....

RB said...

Anonymous said...
"Now tell us, how many false positives did the naked body scanners have last week? How many innocent people were "patted down" by your screeners because the naked body scanners can't differentiate between, say, a firearm and pleats?"

Really? Naked body scanners? those have not been at ANY AMERICAN airport in years. Get your information up tp date if your going to ask questions.
And your right, the current machines may not be able to tell teh difference between a gun and a pleat..would you rather error on the side of caution? False positives? Id say probably none. The machines are picking up something, again..error on the side of caution. Some folks just liek to complain....

July 3, 2014 at 10:21 AM
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The MMW Whole Body Imagers are exactly the same machines that are required by contract to have the ability to Save Images, Transmit Images, and they still create a revealing image.

The only thing that has changed is that TSA was forced by Congress to install Automatic Target Recognition software and a gumby display at the machine.

IF ATR had worked on the Backscatter Xray machines TSA would still be irradiating innocence travelers.

Why would TSA require the ability to save and transmit Strip Search Machine images if they didn't intend to use those features? To just add unnecessary cost to the machines for taxpayers to bear?

Anonymous said...

"Really? Naked body scanners?"

Yes. The current naked body scanners generate the "cartoon" image by creating an image of the victim's naked body. TSA has admitted as much.

"And your right, the current machines may not be able to tell teh difference between a gun and a pleat..would you rather error on the side of caution?"

No. TSA's naked body scanners have NEVER found a firearm, nor any other dangerous object. In fact, their error rate likely approaches 100%.

"False positives? Id say probably none. The machines are picking up something, again..error on the side of caution. "

If the naked body scanners are "picking up" things that are harmless, necessitating invasive pat-downs, etc., then the naked body scanners don't work very well.

Again, all TSA needs to do is tell us how many false positives the naked body scanners produce, each and every week. But for some reason Curtis Burns and West Cooper refuse to even acknowledge the question. Why is that, do you think?

"Some folks just liek to complain...."

Nonsense. I'd be thrilled to have no naked body scanners to complain about.

Anonymous said...

The MMW Whole Body Imagers are exactly the same machines that are required by contract to have the ability to Save Images, Transmit Images, and they still create a revealing image.
False, the current AIT machines have no ability to take, store or display an image of any sort other than that of the cookie cutter that is exactly that same for every person.

The only thing that has changed is that TSA was forced by Congress to install Automatic Target Recognition software and a gumby display at the machine.

False.

IF ATR had worked on the Backscatter Xray machines TSA would still be irradiating innocence travelers.
correct, however the ATR did not work on the back scatter machines thus they have ALL been removed.

Why would TSA require the ability to save and transmit Strip Search Machine images if they didn't intend to use those features? To just add unnecessary cost to the machines for taxpayers to bear?

They didn't

Anonymous said...

Yes. The current naked body scanners generate the "cartoon" image by creating an image of the victim's naked body. TSA has admitted as much.

False. There is NO abilty to take, stor eor transmit any image with the new AIT machines, NONE


No. TSA's naked body scanners have NEVER found a firearm, nor any other dangerous object. In fact, their error rate likely approaches 100%.

False. untold numbers of items including drugs,guns and knives have been detected by the current ATR machines.


If the naked body scanners are "picking up" things that are harmless, necessitating invasive pat-downs, etc., then the naked body scanners don't work very well.
Calling then "naked body scanners" does not make them so, it only shows your ignorance to current technology. Harmeless or not,they are pickiing up something. Because they cannot xray as some claim, a search must be done to see what the item may be. If they did xray, the item could be seen. This is so simple to understand...

Again, all TSA needs to do is tell us how many false positives the naked body scanners produce, each and every week. But for some reason Curtis Burns and West Cooper refuse to even acknowledge the question. Why is that, do you think?
There are no false positives. Only anomolies that need to be checked to be cleared, again..simple.


Nonsense. I'd be thrilled to have no naked body scanners to complain about.
your wish has been granted. Now if they could just get you to quit calling them that..

Next item please...

Anonymous said...

Again, all TSA needs to do is tell us how many false positives the naked body scanners produce, each and every week. But for some reason Curtis Burns and West Cooper refuse to even acknowledge the question. Why is that, do you think?

I think if you asked in an adult way, and stopped referring to them as naked body scanners they would take you more seriouos and perhaps answer your question.
by calling them a naked body scanner your asking about a machine that only exsists in your mind not at the airport. why take that kind of questions serious?

Susan Richart said...

"those have not been at ANY AMERICAN airport in years."

Get your facts right. It was June 1, 2013 that the backscatter had to be removed from airport. Further, the MMW machines do take a naked picture but convert that naked image to a cartoon.

I challenge you to go through all the weekly reports of "dangerous" contraband found at checkpoints and tell us how many were found by naked body scanners.

The GAO recognizes that no contraband is being picked up by MMW and wants the TSA to do an analysis of "false alarms" on the MMW scanners but TSA doesn't seem to want to do that.

I wonder why.

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

Anonymous said...

RB said...
Here we are the day before celebrating our nations Independence Day living under the oppressive power of TSA.

It is a sad time for our country.

How will our children's children ever forgive us?

that has to be one of the most dramatic over reactions i have ever seen/read. i thank you for making my day!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
"Now tell us, how many false positives did the naked body scanners have last week? How many innocent people were "patted down" by your screeners because the naked body scanners can't differentiate between, say, a firearm and pleats?"

Really? Naked body scanners? those have not been at ANY AMERICAN airport in years. Get your information up tp date if your going to ask questions.
And your right, the current machines may not be able to tell teh difference between a gun and a pleat..would you rather error on the side of caution? False positives? Id say probably none. The machines are picking up something, again..error on the side of caution. Some folks just liek to complain....
July 3, 2014 at 10:21 AM


WRONG. Strip-search scanners continue to be used in airports all over the country. Just because you can't see the naked image -- you see only the "Gumby" stick figure at the checkpoint -- doesn't mean the scanners aren't recording, storing, and able to transmit nude images -- all capabalities that were required in the specs when the scanners were purchased.

You're the one who needs to get your facts straight. And you're obviously eager to get groped since you think it's just dandy that a $175,000 machine can't tell the difference between pleats, sweat, and Big Scary Terroristy Things. Talk about a farce.

Susan Richart said...

To the TSA screener who wrote:

"False. There is NO abilty to take, stor eor transmit any image with the new AIT machines, NONE."

From the procurement specs for the whole body scanners.

"the WBI: shall allow exporting of image data in real
time; . . . shall provide a secure means for high-speed transfer of
image data; [and] shall allow exporting of image data (raw and
reconstructed)"

screen shot/DHS OIG statement


Russ Farble said...

TSA Blotter Team, why are TSA employees allowed to post anonymously, posing as the flying public? Additionally, they are posting misinformation, either due to a lack of training or all out lying to US taxpayers.

Why is this being allowed on a goverment website, paid by US taxpayers?

Are these anonymous TSA employees your coworkers or even the Blotter Team itself?

Will you allow this comment through moderation?

*screen shot*

GSOLTSO said...

Russ Farble sez - "TSA Blotter Team, why are TSA employees allowed to post anonymously, posing as the flying public? Additionally, they are posting misinformation, either due to a lack of training or all out lying to US taxpayers.

Why is this being allowed on a goverment website, paid by US taxpayers?

Are these anonymous TSA employees your coworkers or even the Blotter Team itself?

Will you allow this comment through moderation?"

All people commenting here anonymously are doing just that - posting anonymously. If they do not wish to identify themselves, that is entirely up to them (and is certainly allowed by the blog guidelines).

This site has allowed anonymous postings since the beginning, and I do not see that changing anytime soon.

I have no idea who the anonymous posters are, that is essentially the reasoning behind someone posting anonymously - they wish to remain so. As for the Blog team members, I have not heard of any of them posting anonymously here, and I have not done so.

Yes.

West
TSA Blog Team




Russ Farble said...

West, you don't see a problem with a government employee posting misinformation anonymously on a government website?

*screen shot*

@SkyWayManAz said...

Anonymous said...
"Really? Naked body scanners? those have not been at ANY AMERICAN airport in years."

Part of the reason they're gone is because that was one issue the American public wouldn't just lay down and accept. The more the public found out the more upset they got. The whole setup doomed TSA to accusations of personal gratification real or imagined. Personally I always had a problem with the fact that when I worked briefly as a screener in the 80's I was required to wear a dosimeter badge. Not only does TSA refuse to provide them to their workers they appear to consider it a uniform violation if an employee buys one to wear. Whenever a screener tried to bully me into back scatter what usually ended their argumentative behavior was me calmly asking them to show me they wore a dosimeter badge to insure the ongoing safe operation of the equipment. I always requested the pat down if I was directed the back scatter and screeners always seem to hate that so they're probably glad to see them go too.. The risk may have been very small but not enough to justify putting children and pregnant women through it.

Anonymous said...

TSA - I hate the lines, the delays, the invasiveness of the inspections, the restrictions on items I may take with me during air transport.

Thank you for making it safer than the prior free-for-all that allowed multiple planes to be taken over for use as a weapon of mass destruction, or that allowed hostage taking. There are still areas in the world where passenger safety is not a priority, and I happen to frequent those parts and it is unsettling.

Yours is a thankless job, you fail, your team take 100% of the blame, your success only inflames those that say you are unnecessary.

Take a bow, and the next time a complainer steps through your area, just say "You're Welcome".

Hand out for a shake, hat off in respect, belt, shoes, and laptop on the belt by requirement...

Regards Anonymously from the Middle East,

RB said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
The MMW Whole Body Imagers are exactly the same machines that are required by contract to have the ability to Save Images, Transmit Images, and they still create a revealing image.


False, the current AIT machines have no ability to take, store or display an image of any sort other than that of the cookie cutter that is exactly that same for every person.

Again, you are wrong. The machines are required by contract specs to have the ability to save and transmit images via common computer network.

The only thing that has changed is that TSA was forced by Congress to install Automatic Target Recognition software and a gumby display at the machine.

False.



You are wrong. The original MMW machines had ATR added and Congress passed legislation requring ATR.

"Section 826 of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (Public Law 112-95) directed TSA to make the change by June 2012, but it also allowed the TSA chief the option of extending that deadline for a year, which Pistole did."


IF ATR had worked on the Backscatter Xray machines TSA would still be irradiating innocence travelers.
correct, however the ATR did not work on the back scatter machines thus they have ALL been removed.

Why would TSA require the ability to save and transmit Strip Search Machine images if they didn't intend to use those features? To just add unnecessary cost to the machines for taxpayers to bear?

They didn't

Actually they did. It is part of the contract specs.

July 3, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Just curious are you a TSA employee?

SSSS for Some Reason said...

"...No. TSA's naked body scanners have NEVER found a firearm, nor any other dangerous object. In fact, their error rate likely approaches 100%.

False. **untold numbers** of items including drugs,guns and knives have been detected by the current ATR machines. "

Why would it be an *untold* number? The weekly blotter posted here lists exact quantities of firearms, ammunition, hairbrushes, and credit card knives. So why would the number of finds from the scanners remain a secret and untold?

RB said...

Anonymous said...
TSA - I hate the lines, the delays, the invasiveness of the inspections, the restrictions on items I may take with me during air transport.

Thank you for making it safer than the prior free-for-all that allowed multiple planes to be taken over for use as a weapon of mass destruction, or that allowed hostage taking. There are still areas in the world where passenger safety is not a priority, and I happen to frequent those parts and it is unsettling.

Yours is a thankless job, you fail, your team take 100% of the blame, your success only inflames those that say you are unnecessary.

Take a bow, and the next time a complainer steps through your area, just say "You're Welcome".

Hand out for a shake, hat off in respect, belt, shoes, and laptop on the belt by requirement...

Regards Anonymously from the Middle East,

July 7, 2014 at 12:54 AM
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9/11 screeners didn't miss weapons during security screening.

The knives/box cutters were allowed under FEDERAL REGULATIONS at the time. The terrorists were able to take over the airplanes because of UNLOCKED COCKPIT DOORS and because flight crews were taught under FEDERAL GUIDANCE TO COOPERATE WITH HIJACKERS.

It was a failure of Federal Government that allowed 9/11 to happen, the same federal government now doing the screenings directly.

Anonymous said...

@SkyWayManAz said...
Anonymous said...
"Really? Naked body scanners? those have not been at ANY AMERICAN airport in years."

Part of the reason they're gone is because that was one issue the American public wouldn't just lay down and accept

i travel daily and i rarely saw any people not go through the scanners. in fact, in parts of the country with mainly elderly populations the people were happy to see the scanners so they did not need to be patted down.

Anonymous said...

"There are no false positives. Only anomolies that need to be checked to be cleared, again..simple."

What exactly do you think a false positive is?

Go read the government's naked body scanner (i.e., WBI) specs at https://epic.org/open_gov/foia/TSA_Procurement_Specs.pdf. The information about the scanners' capability to store and transmit images is there for you in black and white.

Please also support your claims of "false" et al. with facts.

Anonymous said...

'...i rarely saw any people not go through the scanners."

That is because the TSA was forcing everyone to go through the scanners; it was not by choice of the passengers.

If you "travel daily" (I travel daily also and rarely see the inside of an airport. Do you "travel daily" to your job as a TSA screener?) then surely you know that the TSA had and still do have the WTMD machines blocked off. Let's have a bit of honesty here.

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RB said...

false–positive adj

If any TSA testing machine alarms and there is no valid item that caused the alarm that is a false positive.

That would tell me that every ETD test that TSA has conducted and not found an explosive item is a false positive and apparently these machines alarm on false positives 100% of the time.

I have personally been through the MMW Strip Search Machine on a number of occasions. I have also been patted down for a false alarm when screened by these machines on more than one occasion. My personal experience indicates that TSA's MMW Strip Search Machines false alarm more than 50% of the time.

Two of TSA's most used human screening devices fail the screening process in more cases than not.

Is it any wonder that TSA is considered incompetent?

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Definition of FALSE-POSITIVE

: relating to or being an individual or a test result that is erroneously classified in a positive category (as of diagnosis) because of imperfect testing methods or procedures <a false–positive pregnancy test —compare false-negative
—false positive noun