Friday, July 17, 2015

TSA Week in Review: 48 Firearms, 27 Stun Guns, Batarangs and More

Loaded firearm.
48 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 48 firearms discovered, 37 were loaded and 19 had a round chambered. The firearm pictured above was discovered in a carry-on bag at Sacramento (SMF). 
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. 

Inert and replica grenades.
Three inert/replica grenades were discovered this week. Two were discovered in carry-on bags at Atlanta (ATL) and Salt Lake City (SLC), and one was discovered in a checked bag at Charleston (CHS). L-R, the grenades pictured above were discovered at ATL, SLC and CHS.
Artfully Concealed Prohibited Items – Artfully concealed is a term used to describe an item that was intentionally hidden. It could be anything from a knife sewn into the lining of a bag to a sword hidden inside of a walking cane. If a concealed prohibited item is discovered in your bag or on your body, you could be cited and possibly arrested by law enforcement. Here is an example from this week where an artfully concealed item was discovered by our officers. 

An artfully concealed cane knife was discovered at Bradley (BDL).
An artfully concealed cane knife was discovered at Bradley (BDL).
Miscellaneous Prohibited Items – In addition to all of the other prohibited items we find weekly, 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. 

Counterclockwise from top, the items pictured above were discovered at BDL, DEN, IWA, RIC, MCI, BUF, SLC, LAX, IAH, SMF and SFO.
Stun Guns - 27 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Four were discovered at Dallas Fort Worth (DFW), three at Las Vegas (LAS), two at San Francisco (SFO), and the remainder were discovered at College Station (CLL), Columbus (CMH), Dallas Love (DAL), Denver (DEN), Fayetteville (FAY), Jackson (JAN), Kahului (OGG), Little Rock (LIT), Medford (MFR), Milwaukee (MKE), Nashville (BNA), Newark (EWR), Orange County (SNA), Phoenix (PHX), Portland (PDX), Punta Gorda (PGD), Sacramento (SMF), and St. Louis (STL). 

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 discovered in carry-on bags.
Clockwise from top left, the firearms pictured above were discovered in carry-on bags at CVG, SGF, HOU, ANC and ATL.
Loaded firearms discovered in carry-on bags.
Clockwise from top left, the firearms pictured above were discovered in carry-on bags at PBI, ATL, ATL, BNA and FLL.
48 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 48 firearms discovered, 37 were loaded and 19 had a round chambered.
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 $11,000. 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.

*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.

Read our 2014 Year in Review post! If you haven’t read them yet, make sure you check out our year in review posts for 2011, 2012 and 2013.

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Bob Burns
TSA Social Media Team


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45 comments:

Chris Boyce said...

No drugs or illegal cash again???

SSSS for Some Reason said...

"...the grenades pictured above were discovered at ATL, SLC and CHS."

Umm, no. The one in the middle is a perfume bottle. AND it is less than three ounces so if it was in the magic zippy bag is should be allowed to fly. Why wasn't it?

RB said...

Of the three grenade shaped objects shown the center picture is neither a grenade nor is it a realistic replica of a grenade.

What is it actually?

Nothing other than Black Matter men's cologne.

And while the TSA Blog Team shows a picture sized way larger than it actually is, in an attempt to fool the gullible into thinking this is a "scary" object, it actually only holds 1 fluid ounce of cologne. Hardly the size of a grenade, real or realistic replica.

Seems ashame that the TSA Blog Team can't display even a little honesty on these things, but not surprising.

Jim Huggins said...

Care to comment on the TSA TDC who wouldn't let a passenger proceed through the checkpoint because they used "Monsieur" on their boarding pass instead of "Mr."?

http://crankyflier.com/2015/07/16/tsa-and-american-discriminate-against-the-french/

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?

Anonymous said...

How many innocent flyers had they breasts, buttocks, and genitals touched this week, blotter team?

How many of these 48 people found with a gun in the screening area went on to catch their flights?

Did you know, blotter team, that 48 people is a tiny fraction of a single percent of the 12,000,000 people who flew last week?

How many bottles of water and other non-harmful liquids did the TSA confiscate last week?

Will you actually answer questions this week, blotter team?

*screen shot taken*

Benjamin said...

Yes cannon balls were filled with explosives and grapeshot. They had a time fuse and were timed to explode when they were overhead of the enemy.

Anonymous said...

Is West on vacation yet again?

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. now you're even allowing college kids (kaydets) to endure more reasonable screening, but those who sacrificed for 20+ have to take their bloody shoes and belts off!! it's pretty clear that TSA doesn't understand risk assessment or risk-based anything, much less security.

GSOLTSO said...

Anon sez - "Is West on vacation yet again?"

Nope, but I am off a couple of days this week! As explained ad nauseum before, all blog team members have other jobs and responsibilities that fall upon us. I have been around and the blog has been moderated some, but not on Saturday and Sunday - which is pretty much normal. I moderate on the weekends if I get the time, but it is not as often as I would like!

West
TSA Blog Team

Anonymous said...

West, why do you refuse to answer questions about the naked body scanners' false positive rate?

Anonymous said...

It seems like there should be some way to automate the comment posting. Plenty of other sites do it. I'm sure some spam will get through but that can be removed or ignored.

This blog seems like is should focus on more practical issues instead of how many guns were found each week. Everybody knows you can't bring a gun on a plane, or at least I hope they do. Post things about what to do if you feel the initial screener is wrong about not permitting an item or is conducting a patdown incorrectly or inappropriately. Who should that be escalated to? You could post about why we still have to remove our shoes when the rest of the world doesn't require it anymore. YOu could post about why 6 oz of sunscreen isn't permitted, yet two 3 oz bottles are allowed, even though they both fit inside a quart baggie.

Anonymous said...

Its actually Black Matter Mini Grenade Cologne and the fact that Hot Topic sells it probably explains a whole lot. So can all you self-proclaimed screening experts tell us what that looks like when passing through the X-ray machine?

Wintermute said...

GSOLTSOJuly 20, 2015 at 10:48 AM
"As explained ad nauseum before, all blog team members have other jobs and responsibilities that fall upon us."

The public deserves more from the blog than a few people who's blog duties fall under "other responsibilities, as assigned." Does the TSA not employ spokespeople who speak on the TSAs behalf as part of their primary duties? Why does the blog's responsibility not fall upon them?

RB said...

GSOLTSO said...Anon sez - "Is West on vacation yet again?"

"Nope, but I am off a couple of days this week! As explained ad nauseum before, all blog team members have other jobs and responsibilities that fall upon us."

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With three bloggers it would seem a bit of coordination would allow for a fairly regular posting schedule.

Perhaps not all are pulling their weight.

Anonymous said...

What other jobs or responsibilities do Bob and Lynn have, West, that they continue to ignore comments posted by the American public to this government website?

They aren't answering questions on Twitter. Very few questions are answered by any of the dozen or so TSA employees with official Twitter accounts. Apparently, your "social media team" is so bad about ignoring questions from taxpayers, the TSA wants to waste even more money outsourcing answering questions to a private company. Sadly, I expect the whole "social media team" will keep their jobs and Twitter accounts to continue spamming the Internet with lies and puppy posts.

Such a sad, pathetic waste of tax dollars.

Three TSA employees can't handle approving an average total of three comments per day. There is no way spamming Twitter and playing on Instagram takes up eight full hours every work day for Lynn and Bob.

Anonymous said...

Hey West, you never answered the question posed by a commenter a couple of weeks ago.

When do you claim to have seen a shoe bomb at GSO?

Anonymous said...

Why didn't you answer any other questions posted above, West?

Anonymous said...

Umm, no. The one in the middle is a perfume bottle. AND it is less than three ounces so if it was in the magic zippy bag is should be allowed to fly. Why wasn't it?

really? Why do you waste time writing these questions? do you need a hobby?

RB said...


RESPECT THIS BADGE!

TSA Harassment: TSA Supervisor Calls Police on 16 year old at New Orleans Airport.

"After being denied the right to film the process of being patted down by a TSA supervisor at MSY even after I politely asked, I went back and had a talk with the supervisor that refused to let me film him. He then proceeded to call the police on me......"

A TSA STSO who doesn't know it is ok to film activities at a TSA Checkpoint and then demands that a traveler respect his badge.

This is one of TSA's highly trained Supervisors, a person who is training others.

Is there any question why the TSA and its employees are the most distrusted federal employees ever?

Anonymous said...

Another fine TSA employee who doesn't believe that he is bound by the laws of his state or the policies of the TSA.

You work for such a skilled, eloquent, and disciplined group of people, you know that? Why, your levels of competence and professionalism certainly meet those on display by your blue-suited brethren on a daily basis, Bobby and West! You must be proud.

Anonymous said...

Looks like a screener in New Orleans (MSY) needs some retraining: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhD-AvD3-OE

Telling a young man he can't videotape a public touching of his father by a TSA screener and calling the police. Then telling them they should respect the badge in bitter, angry tones.

The young man and his father were respectful, but stood up for their rights.

What say you, TSA social media team? Just another bad apple?

RB said...

West may not be on vacation but he might as well be along with Bob and Lynn.

It's pretty clear that TSA no longer supports this blog as far as citizen comments are concerned.

How many tax dollars does this propaganda blog consume?

Anonymous said...

Four days since any content had been approved. Bob and Lynn are so busy (doing what?) they couldn't bother to approve afew comments?

It isn't that hard and doesn't take that long to quick skim and click a button.

Who are Bob and Lynn's bosses? Do they know that their staff isn't doing their jobs?

Anonymous said...




Has this blog ceased operations?

GSOLTSO said...

Anon sez - "Hey West, you never answered the question posed by a commenter a couple of weeks ago.

When do you claim to have seen a shoe bomb at GSO?"

I have never claimed to have seen a shoe bomb at GSO.

Anon sez - "Why didn't you answer any other questions posted above, West?"

Because I was on the way out the door to go fishing when I posted that comment.

Anon sez - "West, why do you refuse to answer questions about the naked body scanners' false positive rate?"

Because I do not have that information available to me - and before you say something along the lines of "Well why don't you do your job and ask someone else what the stats are"be advised, I am a front line Joe at GSO that works part time on the blog. If HQ was publishing the information you are specifically requesting here, we would have done at least a tweet or two about it. I do not have that info, HQ has not sent that info to me, and I do not have access to many of the statistics that HQ keeps (or even access to what statistics HQ actually keeps or does not keep).

West
TSA Blog Team

Anonymous said...

When are you going to answer the posters question on the MSY screener {sp} and fully answer other posters questions like I asked you before?

Anonymous said...

So why don't you ask someone who may have that information?

You've never answered that.

SSSS for Some Reason said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Umm, no. The one in the middle is a perfume bottle. AND it is less than three ounces so if it was in the magic zippy bag is should be allowed to fly. Why wasn't it?

really? Why do you waste time writing these questions?

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Dear Bold Posting Intern... I have learned that you can gauge the validity of a question based on your reactions to it. It seems a simple enough question, why would the 2 inch large bottle be prohibited from flying when it is under three ounces? You react to this question and none of the others. I think you are trying to deflect attention away from a perfectly valid question because you are afraid that if the public at large starts asking the same questions you might find yourself out of a job. If the public starts to figure out that the TSA is little more than a group shouting look at that terrorist over there they might then figure out that the we don't need the TSA.

RB said...

 Anonymous said...When are you going to answer the posters question on the MSY screener {sp} and fully answer other posters questions like I asked you before?July 26, 2015 at 5:50 PM
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Supposedly TSA released a statement about the MSY incident but I haven't been able to find it.

How can this STSO ever be trusted again and TSA have confidence that his excessive anger issues don't result in a situation where a traveler is harmed?

This screener should be fired for cause.

RB said...

Our Bold Blotter Intern seems to have a no better understanding of the term "Realistic Replica" than the rest of TSA. A one ounce cologne bottle (6 teaspoons), no matter the shape, is not a realistic replica of a dangerous weapon.

Trying to pass off this bottle as a dangerous item by manipulating the image to make it appear much larger than it really is was just one more example of the lack of honesty and integrity displayed by TSA employees across the country.

RB said...

 Anonymous said...Umm, no. The one in the middle is a perfume bottle. AND it is less than three ounces so if it was in the magic zippy bag is should be allowed to fly. Why wasn't it? really?

Why do you waste time writing these questions? do you need a hobby?July 22, 2015 at 9:44 AM
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Our Bold Blotter Intern seems to have bought into the dishonesty of TSA. The image of the cologne bottle is much lsrger than the actual item in an attempt to make it look scary. This container holds 6 teaspoons and if TSA would bother to look up the definition of a "Realistic Replica" would see that this tiny bottle does not fit that definition.

This is another demonstration of how TSA employees are devoid of honesty and integrity.

Is it any wonder that the public does not trust TSA screeners.

Anonymous said...

West, who on the TSA propaganda team released the alleged statement? Did he or she Tweet about it on their TSA spam account? Is it on the TSA website? It appears this alleged press release by a government agency is difficult to find.

GSOLTSO said...

Anon sez - "West, who on the TSA propaganda team released the alleged statement?"

I am unaware of a press release in this case. Many times these communications are done via email or direct quote over phone or in person. The only solid post with some follow up that I have found is at PetaPixel, where they indicate they are awaiting an email to update with, others merely stated that they were awaiting comment. Please include a link for the site that indicates a statement was released (because I have not seen one at any of our sources).

West
TSA Blog Team

RB said...

"TSA put out a statement after the video was released saying the agent is has been reassigned until their investigation is complete."

http://wn.ktvu.com/story/29618200/tsa-agent-under-investigation-after-denying-teen-right-to-film-pat-down

Well that's what was stated in this article.

Anonymous said...

West says:

"I am unaware of a press release in this case."

Sweet! So we have confirmation that Bobby lied.

Such integrity from the TSA...

GSOLTSO said...

Anon sez - "Sweet! So we have confirmation that Bobby lied.

Such integrity from the TSA..."

I must have missed that, where did someone named Bobby claim that a press release was made? Was that at an other site? If so, could you please include a link to it?

Rb sez - "Well that's what was stated in this article."

Sometimes a member of the PR group will email back and forth, or will receive a request for comment or information that they have to clear with the legal team (usually because of SSI regulations or ongoing litigation), or other elements of HQ. Many of our press releases are just that, the PR group releases a specific statement or collection of information, and some of the press releases are simply an email responding to a request for comment or information - many of which are "no comment at this time". Sometimes, there can be some miscommunication or misunderstanding (not saying that happened here, but that it is a possibility), sometimes we (that are not on the press release notification roster) just miss the pressers because they do not grab widespread media dissemination. Of course, I could be completely wrong, it wouldn't be the first time in my life!

Anon sez - "When are you going to answer the posters question on the MSY screener {sp} and fully answer other posters questions like I asked you before?"

I am not going to, with an investigation ongoing, I am fairly certain that there will be no official statement until after it is concluded... Even then, there is no guarantee that a statement will be issued, because it would be dealing with a personnel issue (which is not traditionally published unless there are criminal charges filed).

West
TSA Blog Team

RB said...

GSOLTSO said...
Anon sez - "Sweet! So we have confirmation that Bobby lied.

Such integrity from the TSA..."

I must have missed that, where did someone named Bobby claim that a press release was made? Was that at an other site? If so, could you please include a link to it?

Rb sez - "Well that's what was stated in this article."

Sometimes a member of the PR group will email back and forth, or will receive a request for comment or information that they have to clear with the legal team (usually because of SSI regulations or ongoing litigation), or other elements of HQ. Many of our press releases are just that, the PR group releases a specific statement or collection of information, and some of the press releases are simply an email responding to a request for comment or information - many of which are "no comment at this time". Sometimes, there can be some miscommunication or misunderstanding (not saying that happened here, but that it is a possibility), sometimes we (that are not on the press release notification roster) just miss the pressers because they do not grab widespread media dissemination. Of course, I could be completely wrong, it wouldn't be the first time in my life!

Anon sez - "When are you going to answer the posters question on the MSY screener {sp} and fully answer other posters questions like I asked you before?"

I am not going to, with an investigation ongoing, I am fairly certain that there will be no official statement until after it is concluded... Even then, there is no guarantee that a statement will be issued, because it would be dealing with a personnel issue (which is not traditionally published unless there are criminal charges filed).

West
TSA Blog Team

August 3, 2015 at 9:54 AM

Blogger Bob is on the PR team, why not ask him?

And government employee actions are not exempt from FOIA request so why not be proactive and simply state if the employee has been disciplined or fired? I know I never want to encounter this particular STSO when going through screening. No telling what that person could do what with his uncontrolled anger issues, not knowing TSA policies, and abusive behavior. But of course TSA seems to cherish that type of employee.

You guys didnt' even make mention of that incident here on the blog, as if it didn't happen. Was there a quick review and TSA decided he was properly following SOP?

If every TSA employee currently on the payroll doesn't look in a mirror after this type of thing hits the media and ask why they are still willing to work for an agency like TSA then I see them as being no better than this guy.

TSA can buy all of the fake cop uniforms and fake cop badges in the world but that won't buy one bit of respect for TSA employees until they start treating people with respect and learn how to do their jobs.

TSA and its employees are 100% responsible for how the public views TSA. The question is if there is anyone at TSA that has the leadership skills to fix the problems.

My money is on not!

Anonymous said...

Well then when are you going to answer the other posters questions?

GSOLTSO said...

Rb sez - "Blogger Bob is on the PR team, why not ask him?"

Because the comment did not indicate "Blogger Bob made a comment/press release". The comment indicated that "we have confirmation that Bobby lied", I merely would like to have the information that they are claiming is a lie. If they are unable to produce such information or a link or comment specifically - why would I waste the time on erroneous or unfounded accusations?

West
TSA blog Team

RB said...

GSOLTSO said...
Rb sez - "Blogger Bob is on the PR team, why not ask him?"

Because the comment did not indicate "Blogger Bob made a comment/press release". The comment indicated that "we have confirmation that Bobby lied", I merely would like to have the information that they are claiming is a lie. If they are unable to produce such information or a link or comment specifically - why would I waste the time on erroneous or unfounded accusations?

West
TSA blog Team

August 4, 2015 at 7:31 AM
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To communicate with the public and set the record straight.

I didn't say that Bob made a statement. You asked for a reference to a statement being made which I supplied as you requested. So we all know that TSA did in fact make a statement but for some reason that statement is MIA. Don't you find that odd?


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GSOLTSO said...

RB sez - "To communicate with the public and set the record straight.

I didn't say that Bob made a statement. You asked for a reference to a statement being made which I supplied as you requested. So we all know that TSA did in fact make a statement but for some reason that statement is MIA. Don't you find that odd?"

Then we were on two completely different comments at that point (as evidenced by the quotes in the previous comment that you responded to)...

Just for those of you having difficulty following, I responded to a set of comments here - August 3, 2015 at 9:54 AM - in this thread, and it begins with "Anon sez - "Sweet! So we have confirmation that Bobby lied."...

RB quoted the entire comment here - August 3, 2015 at 11:15 AM - in this thread, also beginning with "GSOLTSO said...
Anon sez - "Sweet! So we have confirmation that Bobby lied." - giving the common impression that the first comment after the quoted section refers to the first line of the quoted section... Obviously, this was an incorrect impression based upon the follow up comments later on.

So, to get the card straight - the question I believe RB is now referring to was one answered earlier with - "Sometimes a member of the PR group will email back and forth, or will receive a request for comment or information that they have to clear with the legal team (usually because of SSI regulations or ongoing litigation), or other elements of HQ. Many of our press releases are just that, the PR group releases a specific statement or collection of information, and some of the press releases are simply an email responding to a request for comment or information - many of which are "no comment at this time". Sometimes, there can be some miscommunication or misunderstanding (not saying that happened here, but that it is a possibility), sometimes we (that are not on the press release notification roster) just miss the pressers because they do not grab widespread media dissemination. Of course, I could be completely wrong, it wouldn't be the first time in my life!"

So, why not ask Blogger Bob about the comment? Because Blogger Bob is not a part of the "PR team" in the fashion that RB seems to think - and due to that, he is not always privy to all press releases (there is also an explanation above of how some of those press releases work - such as email responses, direct contact like communicator or phone calls, etc).

I would like to take this opportunity to once again point out that I am merely a part time moderator/commenter on this site, and have a limited amount of time given to work on this page (if you would like to send emails to HQ asking that I be given more time to work on this page, I would be forever grateful, because it always seems like I am rushing to try and get the comments done!).

Rb also sez - " So we all know that TSA did in fact make a statement but for some reason that statement is MIA. Don't you find that odd?"

No, I don't find that odd at all, and you do not actually have confirmation of anything except the source stating that TSA put out a press release. Sometimes, miscommunication or misunderstandings occur, meaning that the original story was incorrect in stating that a press release was made. I tend to lean this direction in this case, because most sources will post or imbed a link to the press release, or include parts of it to augment their story and neither is in evidence here. Again, I could be wrong, and I would welcome someone setting the record straight by including a link of said press release if they happen across it.

West
TSA Blog Team



RB said...

West
TSA Blog Team
August 5, 2015 at 12:15 PM

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I agree that the quotes mislead the conversation but you have figured out where things went off track.

I thought Blogger Bob was part of TSA's PR Department, perhaps I am wrong. Never figured out what Strategic Communications were but sounds like a job without any kind of purpose or work.

I do agree that the only place that indicates that TSA did put out a statement was the story on KTVU. I still find it odd that TSA would put out a release and it not be on record. That is just pure sloppy and needs to be fixed.

Perhaps TSA's Press Secretary Ross Feinstein could help sort this out.

GSOLTSO said...

RB sez - "I agree that the quotes mislead the conversation but you have figured out where things went off track.

I thought Blogger Bob was part of TSA's PR Department, perhaps I am wrong. Never figured out what Strategic Communications were but sounds like a job without any kind of purpose or work.

I do agree that the only place that indicates that TSA did put out a statement was the story on KTVU. I still find it odd that TSA would put out a release and it not be on record. That is just pure sloppy and needs to be fixed.

Perhaps TSA's Press Secretary Ross Feinstein could help sort this out."

I would ask Ross for confirmation, but according to this, he no longer works here.

Bob works in PR, but not like Ross used to.

If we indeed put out a press release and it was not found, then I would truly wonder about what happened to it - but I do not recall that being the case very often in the past. I also do not find it all that weird because of the consistent miscommunication/mishearing/misunderstanding of information that is rampant nowadays - especially in the blogosphere.

West
TSA blog Team

RB said...

I would ask Ross for confirmation, but according to this, he no longer works here.

 Bob works in PR, but not like Ross used to. 


If we indeed put out a press release and it was not found, then I would truly wonder about what happened to it - but I do not recall that being the case very often in the past. I also do not find it all that weird because of the consistent miscommunication/mishearing/misunderstanding of information that is rampant nowadays - especially in the blogosphere. 
West
TSA blog Team
August 6, 2015 at 12:16 PM
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I fully agree that TSA is noteable for its consistent miscommunication, mishearing, and misunderstanding of information.

Wonder if the departure of Ross was related to his attempt at reaching out at Flyertalk? TSA loses on this exchante.