Posts Tagged security theater

TSA Fails 75% Of The Time


In the wake of the Russian Metrojet crash and the Paris terror attacks, security while flying in the U.S. is of greater concern than ever. Yet in Atlanta, a man said he accidentally carried a loaded gun onto a commercial flight and the TSA never found it.

The TSA is mostly just security theater to make it seem like people are safe. This is worse than doing nothing because now people have a false sense of security.

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Gun Smuggling Ring That Used Airliners Busted

From NBC:

Four men in the group were charged in two separate indictments for allegedly conspiring to sell 153 firearms that were mostly bought in Georgia and destined for the streets of Brooklyn, from May to December 2014, the King’s County District Attorney’s office said in a statement.

One of the men in the group was employed as a Delta bag handler who smuggled weapons — some loaded —into the Hartsfield-Jackson airport in Atlanta, where he handed them off to an accomplice, Mark Quentin Henry, who flew to New York, federal law enforcement officials said.

After the Patriot Act and TSA making everyone go through naked body scanners, guns still got on planes. This same technique could be used by terrorists to smuggle bombs on airplanes. The government was too concerned with passengers and not focused on security in general.

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TSA Procedures Need to Be Remade from Scratch

From RAND:

It is time for a new approach to meeting America’s next-generation aviation security needs, one that dodges the influence of politics and bureaucracies and relies instead on the resources and objectivity of independent researchers operating from a clean slate. This would enable the government to confront the need for cost-risk trades that agencies and Congress find so difficult to acknowledge and present to the public.

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TSA Screeners Plead Guilty to Smuggling Drugs

If the DHS and TSA put as much effort in to policing their own employees as they do into looking for fingernail clippers and harassing flyers maybe I wouldn’t mind going through the  “security theater”.

Who Watches The Watchmen?

Two TSA Screeners Agree to Plead Guilty to Conspiracy Charges in Scheme to Smuggle Narcotics Through Security Checkpoints at LAX

July 24, 2012
– Los Angeles

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TSA Is A Waste Of Money

From Wired’s Danger Room:

According to Ben Brandt, a former adviser to Delta, the airlines and the feds should be less concerned with what gels your aunt puts in her carry-on, and more concerned about lax screening for terrorist sympathizers among the airlines’ own work force. They should be worried about terrorists shipping their bombs in air cargo. And they should be worried about terrorists shooting or bombing airports without ever crossing the security gates.

Brandt says aviation security needs a fundamental overhaul. Not only is the aviation industry failing to keep up with the new terrorist tactics, TSA’s regimen of scanning and groping is causing a public backlash. “From the public’s perspective, this kind of refocusing would reduce the amount of screening they have to put up with in the United States,” Brandt tells Danger Room, “and refocus it where it’s needed.”

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Montreal: Veiled women breeze through security

A screenshot taken from a video posted recently on YouTube showing a group of female passengers boarding a plane at Montreal's Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport. Photograph by: YouTube, YouTube

“OTTAWA – Transport Minister John Baird said a video posted to YouTube showing veiled passengers boarding a plane without showing their faces at Montreal’s Trudeau International Airport was “deeply disturbing.”

The video, filmed July 11 and posted last month by a British traveller, purports to show a man presenting passports to an Air Canada check-in clerk for himself and four women, two of whom have veils covering their faces, two of whom do not.

The clerk does not check to see the faces of the veiled women, and all five board flight AC 864 from Montreal to Heathrow.”

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