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Offline zorgon

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Re: TSA - When will we put a stop to this?
« Reply #15 on: July 09, 2013, 06:04:28 PM »
TSA Fails at Security, TSA Follies

Talking About a Deli Sandwich at the Airport? That’s a Detaining
April 16th, 2013




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29-year old Jason Michael Cruz has learned the hard way to watch what you say in airports.

Cruz was at New York’s JFK Airport last Thursday, waiting to board a flight to Los Angeles when a TSA agent overheard him on the escalator,  talking to a friend and saying that he “had the wrong kind of bomb”.

Concerned, the TSA agent reported the conversation to her supervisor, Robert Haddock, who then sent officers to the security checkpoint to question the pair. The officers brought Cruz and his friend, identified as Matthew Okumoto, to a holding area. Both men were detailed and questioned until airport police officers arrived.

Cruz explained to TSA and police officers that he had been talking about a sandwich called The Bomb – a 12-inch sandwich available from a local Astoria deli that is packed with cold cuts, cheese, and toppings – that he planned to bring aboard his flight.

The TSA agent who reported the bomb comment admitted that she had only heard a snippet of the conversation and the two men were released.

No charges were filed, but unfortunately for Cruz, the questioning and detaining forced him to miss his flight.

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Sal, Kris and Charlie’s Deli (photo credit)

http://tsa-watch.com/tsa-blog/tsa-fails-at-security/talking-about-a-deli-sandwich-at-the-airport-thats-a-detaining/#more-434

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Re: TSA - When will we put a stop to this?
« Reply #16 on: July 09, 2013, 06:07:56 PM »
April 5th, 2013
TSA Security FAIL
Undercover TSA Agent Sneaks Fake Bomb Past Newark Airport Security




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You will be relieved to know that while TSA agents are diligently protecting our airports from the dangers of toothpaste and peanut butter, an undercover TSA agent managed to sneak a fake bomb, hidden in his pants, past security screeners at New Jersey’s Newark Airport on February 25th.

The undercover agent was a member of the TSA’s “Red Team”, a four man special operations team of agents who pose as ticketed passengers in order to test airport security.

The kicker here is that the undercover TSA agent was able to get past not one, but TWO security checks without the bomb being detected. The first security check was the magnetometer in Terminal B and the second check was a pat-down. That’s right. Even with a TSA agent groping his junk, the bomb went undetected.

I can only imagine how that bit of conversation went down:
Screener: “Is that a bomb in your pants or are you just glad to see me?

Agent: “I’m just glad to see you, sir.”

Screener: (awkward pause) “Er…yeah…carry on. And have a nice day.”

I know what you’re thinking. “But you said there were four of them!” So I did. Four undercover TSA agents tried four different methods of sneaking a fake bomb on board a flight. Of those four, only one was caught by screeners. They found the fake bomb in a rather obvious looking doll with wires sticking out of it.

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http://tsa-watch.com/tsa-blog/tsa-fails-at-security/

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Re: TSA - When will we put a stop to this?
« Reply #17 on: July 09, 2013, 06:17:44 PM »
TSA Agent Terrorizes 3-Year Old in Wheelchair

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Every time I say “Just when I thought the TSA couldn’t stoop any lower”, the TSA goes and does something that proves that yes, they absolutely *can* stoop lower.
On February 9, Nathan Forck and his wife Annie, along with their three children, were at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport on their way to Orlando for a family vacation to Disney World. The Forcks’ three-year old daughter, Lucy, has spinal bifida and is confined to a wheelchair.

They got through the TSA security checkpoint quickly and without incident but as they were getting ready to walk to their gate to board their flight, a TSA agent approached them and pulled 3-year old Lucy aside for additional screening.

Nathan, Lucy’s father, told Fox News, “They specifically told me that they were singling her out for this special treatment because she’s in a wheelchair.”

The TSA agent informed the distraught parents that they needed to pat down their toddler and swab her wheelchair – in the name of “National Security”, you understand – even though both had passed through the previous security checkpoint with no problem.

When Annie Forck, Lucy’s mother, began filming the incident, over the repeated objections of the TSA agent.

In the video, Mrs. Forck can be heard saying, “You can’t touch my daughter unless I record it,” to which the TSA agent replies, “It is illegal to do that.”

The Forcks refused to stop filming and soon the family was surrounded by TSA agents.

Next, just in case the TSA agents weren’t traumatizing this child enough, they took away her stuffed animal, Lamby. Then they stood around discussing how they were going to handle the situation and this family who wouldn’t bend over and toe the line. All the while, little Lucy was screaming and crying in obvious fear.

“I don’t want to go to Disney World!” she wailed, as her parents tried to console her.

Thirty interminable minutes later, the Forck family was rescreened and allowed to board their flight (“Your papers are in order, Citizen…move along!”) and continue their trip.

I am happy to report that they had no problems going through security at Orlando International Airport (OIA) and, yes, Lucy was reunited with Lamby.

Author’s note: I know this story is several months old, but it is an incident that we should not allow ourselves – or the TSA – to forget. By the way, in case you were wondering, it IS legal to record or photograph screening locations so long as you are not holding things up or interfering with the screening process (blog.tsa.gov).

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http://tsa-watch.com/tsa-blog/tsa-agents-harass-passengers/tsa-agent-terrorizes-3-year-old-in-wheelchair/#more-411

http://radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes/top-stories/tsa-detains-3-year-old-in-wheelchair.html

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Re: TSA - When will we put a stop to this?
« Reply #18 on: July 09, 2013, 07:20:54 PM »
TSA Agent Terrorizes 3-Year Old in Wheelchair

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eta: These guys are really lucky I have other fish to fry at the moment!



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Re: TSA - When will we put a stop to this?
« Reply #19 on: July 16, 2013, 05:51:37 PM »
February 16, 2011
Two TSA agents busted at JFK Airport for stealing $160,000 from checked bags



Two TSA agents were busted for stealing $39,000 from a traveler's checked bag.

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Two TSA agents were busted today at Kennedy Airport for stealing $160,000 in cash from bags, authorities said.

Davon Webb, 30, and Couman Perad, who turned 36 today, were arrested after admitting they had regularly stolen from checked bags, sources said.

In one instance, Perad, who joined the Transportation Security Administration in 2002, and Webb, who has been an agent since 2004, stole $39,000 on Jan. 30 from a bag at Terminal 8, sources said.

The passenger whose money was stolen was on his way to Argentina, sources said.

The $39,000 was later found in their homes after TSA notified Port Authority police, sources said.

Perad and Webb would screen bags looking for loot, then swipe the cash once the luggage was opened in a private screening room, sources said.

The men will be charged with grand larceny, possession of stolen property and official misconduct.

In a statement, TSA said it has "a zero-tolerance policy on theft in the workplace" and called the incidents "a disgrace."

Also today, the TSA confirmed that a string of security lapses took place at Newark Airport within the past month, the Newark Star-Ledger reported.

A knife inside a carry-on made it past a checkpoint and two passengers were allowed to board flights despite issues with their full-body scans, TSA officials told the newspaper.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the two incidents were among a string of five security lapses at Newark within the last 30 days.

Another incident reported by the officials involved a dead dog that was brought to the airport by its owner and loaded onto a Continental Airlines jet without ever being screened.


TSA officials had reportedly ordered that the dog's carcass be screened, but it never happened.

Newark airport averages about one security breach every couple of months, according to the newspaper.

Additional reporting by John Doyle

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So they let a knife get through but make sure the money can't

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Re: TSA - When will we put a stop to this?
« Reply #20 on: July 16, 2013, 06:01:34 PM »
This one is older but has a lot of followups

Nov 19, 2010
Young Boy Strip Searched by TSA


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Lets get the facts straight first. Before the video started the boy went through a metal detector and didn't set it off but was selected for a pat down. The boy was shy so the TSA couldn't complete the full pat on the young boy. The father tried several times to just hold the boys arms out for the TSA agent but i guess it didn't end up being enough for the guy. I was about 30 ft away so i couldn't hear their conversation if there was any. The enraged father pulled his son shirt off and gave it to the TSA agent to search, thats when this video begins.

******* THIS VIDEO OCCURRED AT SALT LAKE CITY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ON NOVEMBER 19TH AT AROUND THE TIME OF 12:00 PM **********

***Insertion of what happened after the video (full story)****

After I finished videotaping the incident I went through the check point myself. I collected my things and went over to talk to the father and son. Before I could get to them a man in a black suit who had been talking with the other TSA officials approached me. He asked to speak to me and I obliged, wondering what was to come. He then proceeded to interrogate me about why I was videotaping the "procedures of the TSA". I told him that I had never seen such practices before on a young child and decided to record it. The man being frustrated at this point demanded to know my plans with the video, of which I didn't respond. Repeatedly he asked me to delete the video, hoping his mere presence could intimidate me to obey, but I refused. By this point it became obvious that he felt TSA had done something wrong and that I caught it on tape. After the interview, I left for my gate. I called my brother who told me I should put the tape on YouTube because this had been a recent hot topic in the news.

My gate was a long way off, but about 15 minutes after arriving 2 TSA agents came and sat 15 feet or so away from me. I stood up and moved so that they were in front of me and then took a picture. A 3rd and then a 4th agent came and sat down with the others. They would occasionally glance at me and talk on their walkie-talkies. I don't know why they were there or if it was a huge coincidence but they stayed for 30-45 minutes and left just before I boarded the plan. Interesting to say the least, intimidating? Maybe a little...

BLAZE EXCLUSIVE: REP DEMANDS TSA CORRECT ACCOUNT OF BOY’S STRIP SEARCH


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Re: TSA - When will we put a stop to this?
« Reply #21 on: July 20, 2013, 04:07:14 PM »
When is Security too much?

Man dies of heart attack in JFK airport after security doors delay responders
July 17, 2013 19:21



United Airlines terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York (Reuters / Jessica Rinaldi)

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A 50-year-old man died of a heart attack at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Monday because emergency responders were stuck behind secure doors and unable to open them with their ID cards.

Gunseye Adekunle, a New Jersey resident, died of cardiac arrest shortly after two separate teams of paramedics struggled with the locked airport doors, the New York Post writes in an exclusive report. Their ID cards failed at the Delta terminal, even though the $1.4 billion terminal had been newly renovated.

A police operator received the 911 call around 6:30 a.m., and was told that the victim was breathing, but unresponsive. A Port Authority Police Department (PAPD) ambulance was quickly dispatched, but unable to enter the terminal doors from the street.  The fire department (FDNY) also responded to the scene, but was likewise denied entry when the security system failed to recognize the ID card of the police officer who was escorting them.

FDNY responders were denied entry at 7:10 a.m., about 40 minutes after the 911 call had been made. At that point, each passing minute without medical care put the heart attack victim at greater risk of death.

“Seconds are critical when responding to a cardiac event,” an anonymous source familiar with the incident told the Post. “And unfortunately, unnecessary obstacles take away those critical seconds and possibly a patient’s fighting chance.”


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Emergency medical responders from the Port Authority dispatch were eventually able to enter the building through another route, but they were delayed by two minutes. The PAPD EMTs lacked the required medical equipment and training to help the victim, but the FDNY team was still stuck outside.

Responders then decided to bring the patient down to the ambulance. They placed Adekunle into the vehicle and transported him to Jamaica Hospital. But the 50-year-old man died in the ambulance. It is unclear if he received medical treatment in the vehicle.

A Port Authority dispatcher later told the Post that there was a “delay in patient contact due to elevator/SIDA card denied access in T-4,” thereby suggesting that the delay contributed to the man’s death.

The newly expanded and renovated Delta Terminal was completed in May at the cost of $1.4 billion. It features 16 lanes and boasts having a consolidated security checkpoint and more efficient screening procedures. The JFK Airport website describes the new terminal as “modern, efficient, spacious and unique,” and calls it a “successful paradigm for air terminal management.”

But the error in the security system that denied EMTs crucial access to the terminal was a fatal flaw that may have cost one man his life. A Delta spokeswoman denied any fault and told the Post that the company was not responsible for the error.

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Re: TSA - When will we put a stop to this?
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