And, Then, There’s This With The TSA ……

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Investigation: Undercover agents snuck fake explosives, banned weapons past TSA

Undercover agents were able to sneak fake explosives and banned weapons through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints, in an investigation that revealed a massive, system-wide security failure at America’s airports. 

The findings were part of a DHS inspector general probe. The report is still classified, but Fox News has confirmed the investigation found security failures at dozens of airports. 

Homeland Security officials confirmed to Fox News that TSA screeners failed 67 out of 70 tests — or 96 percent — carried out by special investigators known as “red teams.” 

In one case, an undercover agent with a fake bomb strapped to his back set off a magnetometer — but the screener still failed to find it. ……..

However, this article fails to acknowledge the success rate the screeners have in “copping a feel” …… which is at about 96%. 

To quote a popular actor from a former popular TV series …… “My God, Magnum!!!!!”

And, this is why we have to have conversations about how we keep Americans safe!  Sure, it sounds reasonable.  Let’s check flight passengers.  Yes, it’s a horrible inconvenience, and awfully intrusive, but, it keeps me and my fellow citizens safe …… right?  Well, no……

If these percentages are an accurate representation of the effectiveness of the TSA, then this intrusive inconvenience is entirely ineffectual.  A baggage checker would be better than that! 

Simply put, we have to rethink the way we’re going about our attempts to keep our citizenry safe!  We must do this, and we must do it now!

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6 Responses to And, Then, There’s This With The TSA ……

  1. DirkH says:

    I think the poor TSA agents are just too shy, fearing bad press. Give’m a training; REAL fondling; and HARD!

  2. squid2112 says:

    I just returned from a trip to the Netherlands, France and Switzerland. The TSA is a bad joke at best. The results of these tests do not surprise me in the least. The TSA are a laughing stock the world over. And I must say, airports in general are a screwed up mess the world over. The most inefficient processes I have ever witnessed. As for the TSA security… pfffftt… I was able to wander on through the so-called “express” line unabated, usually reserved for the “special people” who are on the “prefered” list of “trusted” flyers. They didn’t ask me a thing, didn’t ask to look at anything other than my boarding pass, and, even after they stopped me through scanning my carryon and found a tiny pocket knife that was part of a shaving kit (about a 1″ knife). They were more concerned with making sure that I didn’t bring a bottle of water with me than they were about the 1 1/2 ton neutron bomb in my luggage. Pathetic… Their demeanor was commical, acting as Billy The Badass while pretending to do something effective.

    We seriously need to get rid of the NSA (and DHS) and replace them with private security. Let the airlines provide their own security. They will do a much better job at a fraction of the cost. The biggest reason airports run so inefficiently, is because they (a) have to contend with ridiculous government regulations, and (b) are designed for aesthetics by politicians, not by engineers.

  3. squid2112 says:

    A baggage checker would be better than that!

    A purely random and thorough passenger check would be more effective. Just the odds in a random sampling would likely yield better than 96%. These results are almost as if they are purposely trying to fail. Oh, but they certainly keep their employment numbers up. There seem to be about 2 TSA agents per passenger (almost). Going through security, all you see are fields of TSA agents standing around with their thumbs up their asses pretending to be doing something. A pretty great job if you can get one.

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