Friday, December 12, 2014

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


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).

(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 GunsTen 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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98 comments:

Anonymous said...

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?

SCOTT said...

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

Sherine E Gabriel said...

seem it on out on please

Bill Craig said...

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

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!!

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.

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.

SSSS for Some Reason said...

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.

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?

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!

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?

Anonymous said...

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?

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.

Anonymous said...

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.

DARYL said...

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!

Jack & Jill said...

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?

RB said...

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!

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.

Wintermute said...

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.

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.

RB said...

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.



Anonymous said...

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?

Anonymous said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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.

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.

West
TSA Blog Team

Anonymous said...

"... 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.

RB said...

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.

RB said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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

Anonymous said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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.

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. The machine that did take images have all been pulled off line.

Anonymous said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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

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."

Here's your data:

http://www.wired.com/2014/08/study-shows-how-easily-weapons-can-be-smuggled-past-tsas-x-ray-body-scanners/

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.

Anonymous 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!!"

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?

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

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?

West
TSA Blog Team

Susan Richart said...

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

RB said...

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.

Anonymous said...

"...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.

Bob (Not that One) said...

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?

DARYL said...

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?

RB said...

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?

Agrippa said...

What role does Blogger Bob play on this blog currently?

When was the last question answered by Bob posted?

Anonymous said...

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

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

RB said...

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.

RB said...

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.

RB said...

The is a comment posted by a reader of this article.

TSA profiling at airports has yet to nab a terrorist

His comments are 100% dead on and clearly identify the expansive faults of TSA.

Wintermute said...

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)

Wintermute said...

Anonymous said...
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.

Anti-terror rocks. Haven't had a single attack since I got mine. 100% success rate. Much cheaper than the TSA (and can be used to throw at terrorists, before they make it through the cockpit doors. Much easier than throwing a TSAgent.)

In all seriousness, read a GAO report sometime if you want to see what a failure our own government thinks the TSA is.

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

Again, read the RFP's. They're pretty eye-opening.

Puddintane said...

When is the recycled holiday travel thread going to appear again?

RB said...

RB said...
The is a comment posted by a reader of this article.

TSA profiling at airports has yet to nab a terrorist

His comments are 100% dead on and clearly identify the expansive faults of TSA.


December 17, 2014 at 1:09 PM
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Not sure what happened to the comment. Trying again.
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Jeff Green • a year ago
The TSA's mission is utterly ridiculous. While I agree that you would want some level of security when boarding an aircraft in this day and age. The way security is being done by these guys is all wrong.

Here is a list of things I have observed about the TSA during my travels:

Being confrontational, barking orders at the passengers like they are prisoners, attempting to act or give the impression of being law enforcement, employing intimidation tactics to those who appear nervous or frightened for no other reason than having to submit to this idiotic treatment, patronizing responses to someone who questions a nonsensical policy or command, retaliation for someone who chooses to opt-out of the scanner, smug or indifferent attitudes toward the passengers, nit picky and inconsistent procedures not only at different airports but within a single airport itself, attempting to convey they know something secret or hidden about you when they actually have no idea and could never in a million years be adequately trained in that field of study, the snickering and juvenile comments, poor and aggressive attitudes displayed by more than a few of these clowns, theft, groping, invasion of privacy above and beyond what would be reasonable to discern whether one is a threat to the aircraft or not, the deeply held belief that they truly are there to make a difference and can't understand what all the fuss is about.

Thats all I can think of off-hand but I'm sure I missed a few more for the list.

This agency has got to go. It won't, but it MUST change. I have hated, despised this organization from the beginning but I am heartened to see more and more voices are finally starting to really question this agencies value and role it plays in truly keeping our transportation and hence us, safe. It would appear not very much at all. I'm hoping public opinion and much better technology will make TSA obsolete. It should never have been here in the first place.

Did the terrorists win when this cancer to our civil liberties sprung up? No! The American people did this to themselves by not standing up and stopping this farce and money pit from continuing. Now its much larger and much more dangerous and only appears to be growing. Fortunately, it is rife with incompetence and corruption. That is no guarantee it will die but one can always hope.

Amicus Brief said...

Oh, my. This is most distressing.

Anonymous said...

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?
you answered it yourself...REMOVED

Anonymous said...

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. Correct

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. false. Backscatter were xray machine, current machines are not. They use millimeter waves just like your cell phone.


Anonymous said...

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.

simple, they dont "see" anything and are not "looking" through anything. They are emittiing millimeter waves that deflect off of skin.

Anonymous said...

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?
pressed about what?
disappeared? I havent gone anywhere.

Anonymous said...

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.

Anti-terror rocks. Haven't had a single attack since I got mine. 100% success rate. Much cheaper than the TSA (and can be used to throw at terrorists, before they make it through the cockpit doors. Much easier than throwing a TSAgent.)
Excellent idea...but what happens if a terrorist has 2 rocks? Maybe TSA should keep everyone from bringing rocks onto planes. The nobody has to worry about rocks be they anti-terrorist rocks or anti-flight crew rocks...Hey, rocks was your analogy..

RB said...

What is the cost to taxpayers for the fake "Cop" badges given to every TSA employee?

RB said...

Anonymous said...
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. Correct

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. false. Backscatter were xray machine, current machines are not. They use millimeter waves just like your cell phone.



December 18, 2014 at 11:38 AM
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Dudette, you seem very confused.

Both Backscatter and MMW Strip Search Machines generate a revealing image and both machines required Remote Viewing Rooms before the addition of ATR which did not work for Backscatter.

These are the same MMW machines that have been in place all along with the ATR upgrade being the change. The machine still has the ability to create a revealing image, has the ability to transmit that image, and has the ability to store the images.

If you are a TSA employee you are really demonstrating just how misinformed you really are.

Anonymous said...

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.

simple, they dont "see" anything and are not "looking" through anything. They are emittiing millimeter waves that deflect off of skin.

~~~~~~~~~~~

If the machines don't *see* anything, then why are they being used?

If the machines are not looking through, per the TSA' instructions, a minimum of two layers, then why are they being used at all?

If all they are doing is emitting millimeter waves then what good are they? And how are the waves going to be deflected by skin if they don't first go through the clothes?

If you have to try that hard to defend a technology that isn't working you should probably take the hint and stop. I know your stock portfolio will probably take a hit, but seriously, you are working way to hard to defend something that by your own defense you are just making worse.

Wintermute said...

TSAnonymous said...

"Excellent idea...but what happens if a terrorist has 2 rocks? Maybe TSA should keep everyone from bringing rocks onto planes. The nobody has to worry about rocks be they anti-terrorist rocks or anti-flight crew rocks...Hey, rocks was your analogy.."

I think you're missing the point. Correlation does not imply causation - ie, just because there have been no terror attacks on US-based flights does not mean it's a result of the TSA. As a matter of fact, your bosses have admitted that there is currently no known threat to US aviation at this time.

Wintermute said...


I would suggest that anyone charged with upholding these terms of use, Constitutionally questionable as there are, should at least be familiar with them:


West, you do know, don't you, that TSA's Code of Conduct states:

"An employee’s off-duty access/use must not adversely reflect on TSA or negatively impact its mission, cause embarrassment
to the agency, or cause the public and/or TSA to question the employee’s reliability, judgment, or trustworthiness. The above non-permissible or prohibited use/access is applicable while off duty and/or while using non-government supplied resources if an employee’s off-duty internet access/use is identified with, or contains references to TSA in a manner that may reasonably imply a connection between TSA and the internet access/use."

Among the "above non-permissible" uses is:

"Creating personal web pages or posting content to ‘blogs,’ or other types of internet communication, the content of which constitutes non-permissible use."

and

"Concealing or misrepresenting user identity or affiliation"

I believe that posting anonymously to a blog constitutes "concealing" identity. Therefore, posters who claim to work for the TSA but post anonymously are in violation of the TSA's code of conduct.

It seems that our Anonymous friend who posted 7 comments today at 12:18 and 12:38 p.m. could be one of those TSA employees who is in violation. (He also still can't read and understand that the TSA does confiscate items from travelers.)

So your post on 12/16, at 3:41 p.m. condones TSA employees concealing their identities. I wonder if your boss would
approve of that. (Actually, your posting using the handle "GSOLTSO"
also conceals your identity and is in violation of the Code.)"

Anonymous said...

There is a reason TSA does not respond to the former TSOs on this blog with an ax to grind (RB, Susan, and Daryl etc...) Because their ill-informed, jealous, and biased misinformation have zero credibility with those who have critical thinking skills.

Over 2 million passengers arrive safely at their destination daily since TSA took control and all we find here are a few chronic disgruntled conspiracy theorists.
Perhaps in 10,20, maybe 50 years, when TSA still stands, these misguided "patriots" will move on or find legitimate causes to fight.

Until then you should thank TSA for giving you this forum to obsessively rant.

Anonymous said...

RB said,"What is the cost to taxpayers for the fake "Cop" badges given to every TSA employee?"

Less than the TSA spends to read and post silly rants and misinformed opinions.

Susan Richart said...

"There is a reason TSA does not respond to the former TSOs on this blog with an ax to grind (RB, Susan, and Daryl etc...) Because their ill-informed, jealous, and biased misinformation have zero credibility with those who have critical thinking skills."

This is such fantastic entertainment. You prove every time you put your fingers to the keyboard that you are a flaming ignoramus.

Daryl, welcome to our exclusive club, we're pleased to have you.

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Anonymous said...

"...Over 2 million passengers arrive safely at their destination daily since TSA took control and all we find here are a few chronic disgruntled conspiracy theorists."

Funny, but there were over 2 million passengers arriving daily *before* the TSA too.

And ours is not the only nation with the technology to fly aircraft, there are millions of passengers flying millions of miles all over the world and they don't seem to be having any difficulty doing so without the TSA.

You seem to have all these critical thinking skills.... how come there aren't aircraft raining out of the sky in other parts of the world?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...Until then you should thank TSA for giving you this forum to obsessively rant.

And then followed up the next comment with... Less than the TSA spends to read and post silly rants and misinformed opinions.

~~~~~~~~

Your comments and opinions give yourself away as a TSA employee. The TSA has no respect for the travelling public just as you have no respect for those commenting on this public forum. The TSA does everything it can to intimidate travellers by saying things like "do you want to fly today" just as you dismiss any comment that doesn't support your agency as a silly rant or misinformed opinion.

Thank you for sharing your opinion, it is duly noted.

Now that we know where you stand on the issue perhaps you could enlighten us on how your opinion of us has anything to do with what we say in this comment section.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...RB said,"What is the cost to taxpayers for the fake "Cop" badges given to every TSA employee?"
Less than the TSA spends to read and post silly rants and misinformed opinions.December 19, 2014 at 6:58 AM
?....................?

Misinformed opinions like yours?

RB said...

Anonymous said...There is a reason TSA does not respond to the former TSOs on this blog with an ax to grind (RB, Susan, and Daryl etc...) Because their ill-informed, jealous, and biased misinformation have zero credibility with those who have critical thinking skills.

Over 2 million passengers arrive safely at their destination daily since TSA took control and all we find here are a few chronic disgruntled conspiracy theorists.Perhaps in 10,20, maybe 50 years, when TSA still stands, these misguided "patriots" will move on or find legitimate causes to fight. 

Until then you should thank TSA for giving you this forum to obsessively rant.
December 19, 2014 at 6:53 AM
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You know, if having government watchers at airports is such a grand plan then why not at the doors to malls, theaters, apartment complexes, and other high traffic areas?

Wouldn't having government watchers everywhere make us all safer? If a little TSA is a good thing just imagine how great it would be to have TSA everywhere.

A See Something, Say Something National Corps to protect us, all in an abundence of caution. The SSSS corps, keeping the formerly free subjects of the country safe from water, hand lotion, and cupcakes.

Susan Richart said...

OK, Bob and West, so a friend of mine showed me a comment he had submitted on Thursday. That comment still has not appeared.

It's o.k. for you to post comments that you know for a fact contain lies, but you won't post a comment about a troll posting here.

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

Susan Richart said...

BTW, the OIG as well as my legislators have been informed of a comment of mine that you have not posted.

Is that because it came too close to the truth?

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

Anonymous said...

@ Susan - Sorry the truth stings.

screen shot/DHS OIG statement not necessary.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said, ".... how come there aren't aircraft raining out of the sky in other parts of the world?"

Flawed logic. By your statement you imply cities with low crime rates shouldn't have Police departments!?! Fail.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous boldly spewed:
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.

I, mimicking the ignorant manner of Anonymous, say: The reason there have been no terrorist attacks on American-based flights since TSA started is because my nephew was born in late 2001. My nephew is obviously a counterterrorism prodigy. He even traveled by plane once. You don't believe me? Well, you must be disgruntled.

I, mimicking the fact-despising manner of Anonymous, add: The red team tests that showed TSA misses 70% of contraband and John Pistole's statement in USA Today that looking for guns at TSA checkpoints is a 'distraction' are lies made up by the media and the Disgruntled People. TSA is completely trustworthy. They had very good reasons for x-raying millions of innocent travelers as if those people were prison inmates and for looking at naked photos of little kids. I don't know what those reasons are, but that's okay because it's probably really, really scary stuff.

I, mimicking the deep-seated denial of Anonymous, add: Stop calling them naked body scanners! I go into the scanner while wearing clothes--except my jacket and belt and shoes--so I'm obviously not naked! The people who stand inside the machine in Surrender Pose aren't naked either! It's not possible for a machine to look under peoples' clothes using millimeter waves and stuff, despite what university researchers and security vendors say. Like, duh!"

*Note Anonymous's picking and choosing of facts here. He/she does not want to bring up the incidents of the shoe bomber and underwear bomber, which were thwarted by travelers, not government agencies. He/she does not want to remind people that the US government had ignored warnings about the underwear bomber received before his flight: a true failure of US counterterrorism efforts, that.

Anonymous said...

'simple, they dont "see" anything and are not "looking" through anything. They are emittiing millimeter waves that deflect off of skin.'

What do you think vision is? It's signal processing!

Anonymous said...

I think you're missing the point. Correlation does not imply causation - ie, just because there have been no terror attacks on US-based flights does not mean it's a result of the TSA. As a matter of fact, your bosses have admitted that there is currently no known threat to US aviation at this time.
first, I have no Bosses. 2nd could it be that the reason there are no known threats is because of TSA? Of course it is possible. Would there be a threat without TSA? you cannot with 100% confidence say no.

Anonymous said...

These are the same MMW machines that have been in place all along with the ATR upgrade being the change. The machine still has the ability to create a revealing image, has the ability to transmit that image, and has the ability to store the images.

false

Susan Richart said...

"Anonymous said...

@ Susan - Sorry the truth stings.

screen shot/DHS OIG statement not necessary.

December 20, 2014 at 11:46 AM"

To what is this in reference? Were you hurt by my comment about your being a flaming ignoramus?

screen shot/DHS OIG statement

Anonymous said...

Susan said, "BTW, the OIG as well as my legislators have been informed of a comment of mine that you have not posted"

I'm sure that'll be at the top of their piority list.

RB said...

Anonymous said...
These are the same MMW machines that have been in place all along with the ATR upgrade being the change. The machine still has the ability to create a revealing image, has the ability to transmit that image, and has the ability to store the images.
.............
. "false" .
.............
December 22, 2014 at 12:41 PM

...................
Anon, your one word response is incorrect.

Same old MMW Whole body Imagers with the addition of ATR.

TSA did not remove all of the installed MMW machines just to replace them with ATR equiped units.

If you would spend a few minutes in airports you would know this.

Susan Richart said...

" Anonymous said...

Susan said, "BTW, the OIG as well as my legislators have been informed of a comment of mine that you have not posted"

I'm sure that'll be at the top of their piority list."

Actually, for one it is.

Anonymous said...

"could it be that the reason there are no known threats is because of TSA? Of course it is possible. Would there be a threat without TSA? you cannot with 100% confidence say no."

If TSA is spending $8 billion per year in taxpayer funds, TSA is obligated to provide proof of effectiveness to justify the expenditures.* TSA willfully continues to provide nothing of the kind. How is a US citizen or taxpayer supposed to assess the value of TSA when TSA provides no studies or evaluations for public review? Are we supposed to blindly trust the TSA and continue to feed it billions of dollars per year, even if those funds might be more effectively spent keeping people safe on the highways and in hospitals?

What limited data the public has access to are data provided by non-TSA parties. Two examples:

1. The GAO (at the direction of Congress) provided an assessment of TSA's BDO program and found it to be an ineffective. Did TSA offer counter-evidence? No. Is the BDO program still in use? Seems so.

2. A team of researchers from Johns Hopkins, U of Michigan, and other schools found that TSA employs its naked body scanners ineffectively. Did TSA offer counter-evidence? No. Did TSA change its procedures? No.

Basically, TSA has no interest in being accountable to US citizens and taxpayers. TSA's continued use of procedures and technologies that have not been rigorously and transparently assessed and proven is a giant middle finger to US citizens and taxpayers.

*Justifying the impact of TSA procedures and technologies on civil and basic human rights is another area wherein TSA has failed to be accountable.

Anonymous said...

FYI: This "reCAPTCHA" system is not good. It took me six tries to figure out what letters to type. The TSA blog is, accordingly, not accessible.

Plane Lee said...

@ Bold Blotter Intern, you need to work on your capitalization skills. Sentences start with capital letters. Also, contractions contain apostrophes, such as "haven't."

Your refusal to accept the fact that MMW scan images reveal intimate details of our bodies is getting absurd. Talk to the bosses (not "Bosses") you deny having. Look at the low resolution versions of the scan images from this very blog. Very revealing.

Do you approve your own comments?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Anonymous said, ".... how come there aren't aircraft raining out of the sky in other parts of the world?"

Flawed logic. By your statement you imply cities with low crime rates shouldn't have Police departments!?! Fail.

How is the logic flawed? The US has TSA and no terror attacks on commercial airlines. Europe has NO TSA and no terror attacks on commercial airlines.

If the TSA was the part of the process that kept terrorists off of planes then other countries should be having problems. They aren't. Why is that?

Anonymous said...

Why is Susan so bitter?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Why is Susan so bitter?

Why are you so concerned with Susan?

Susan Richart said...

"Anonymous said...

Why is Susan so bitter?

December 23, 2014 at 5:17 PM"

Susan is not bitter. Susan is sickened by those like you who accept that the TSA is in any way keeping us “safe.” Susan is sickened by the billions of dollars being thrown at the TSA , billions of dollars that could do far more for the health and safety of our citizens if spent on improving our infrastructure, on education, on feeding the hungry in this county rather than lining the pockets of people like Chertoff, Smiths Detection principals and all the others who are profiting from the machinery being sold to the TSA. Susan is sickened by the TSA’s Pre-Check extortion program. Susan is sickened by Pistole’s arrogance in refusing to abide by the laws of this nation, in basically giving his middle finger to the GAO when it has asked for justification to and improvements in the TSA’s “screening” process, specifically refusal to justify the BDO program and refusal to document nude body scanner false alarms. Susan is sickened by all of you who have capitulated to the 9/11 terrorists - it's you who helped them to succeed in their goal of terrorizing the U.S. Thank you so very much.

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Anonymous said...

"Why is Susan so bitter?"

Do you ask because you can't isolate any particular "Anonymous" for weak insults?

Also: The new reCAPTCHA system is terrible! If it is still here on Monday, I'm reporting its continued use as an obstruction to the public's full use of this blog.

Mike Toreno said...

"Susan is not bitter. Susan is sickened by those like you who accept that the TSA is in any way keeping us “safe.”"

Susan, "Anonymous" is obviously a clerk - Clerk West from the looks of it, due to his clumsiness and dishonesty.

He accepts what the TSA does because it is the only agency that hires people with no skills and no integrity. Without it, he wouldn't have a job.

Susan Richart said...

" Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Why is Susan so bitter?

Why are you so concerned with Susan?

December 24, 2014 at 8:11 AM"

'Cause he's got nothing better to do with his life? :-)

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GSOLTSO said...

Mike sez - "Susan, "Anonymous" is obviously a clerk - Clerk West from the looks of it, due to his clumsiness and dishonesty.

He accepts what the TSA does because it is the only agency that hires people with no skills and no integrity. Without it, he wouldn't have a job."

Any comment I write here has my personal handle on it - no exceptions.

West
TSA Blog Team

GSOLTSO said...

Scott sez - "DO THESE PEOPLE GET ARRESTED AND PUT IN JAIL???"

It depends entirely on the local Law Enforcement - some folks are charged and some are not. It depends upon local laws and regulations.

West
TSA Blog Team

Wintermute said...

Anonymous said...
I think you're missing the point. Correlation does not imply causation - ie, just because there have been no terror attacks on US-based flights does not mean it's a result of the TSA. As a matter of fact, your bosses have admitted that there is currently no known threat to US aviation at this time.
first, I have no Bosses. 2nd could it be that the reason there are no known threats is because of TSA? Of course it is possible. Would there be a threat without TSA? you cannot with 100% confidence say no.


Actually, I can, as other nations do not have TSA, and other nations do not have flights raining from the skies. Also, if TSA were effective, the terrorists would move on to softer targets, such as the screening area itself. There have been no terror attacks in screening areas, or at other soft targets. No no, the TSA is not effective. They are only there for those too easily taken in by their theatre.

RB said...

GSOLTSO said...
Mike sez - "Susan, "Anonymous" is obviously a clerk - Clerk West from the looks of it, due to his clumsiness and dishonesty.

He accepts what the TSA does because it is the only agency that hires people with no skills and no integrity. Without it, he wouldn't have a job."

Any comment I write here has my personal handle on it - no exceptions.

West
TSA Blog Team

December 27, 2014 at 3:51 AM
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Really?

Sure doesn't look that way to many of us readers.

Anonymous said...

The December 12, 2014 "LAS" photo of three throwing knives on a green/yellow grid is a reuse of the exact same image turned 90 degrees from the November 14, 2014 "LAS" photo of three throwing knives.

You have reused photos and claimed the exact same knives were found on two different dates and blog posts.

This is not the first time the TSA Blog Team has been caught lying to the American public.