TSA. What they have done for you lately (revisited)

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Another busy week for the folks at TSA. For the period between January 1st and 8th, 2012, this is what they’re admitting to in their latest Week At A Glance feature:

  • 1 artfully concealed prohibited item found at checkpoints
  • 21 firearms found at checkpoints
  • 0 passengers were arrested after investigation of suspicious behavior or fraudulent travel documents

And TSA has a blog! (Who knew?) A recent post details their top ten good catches for 2011. Be sure to read the comments for some other “good catches” not included on the list.

TSA costs us billions of dollars every year in time and money wasted on security theater, but at least it’s saving us from Molotov cupcakes.

6 Responses to TSA. What they have done for you lately (revisited)

  1. Steven G Sun, Jan 15, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    The problem is at this point if you got rid of the TSA more weapons would end up on planes. Of that you can be certain. I think everybody should be x-rayed and put through the chemical analysis sniffer before getting on a plane and those that don’t want to can take the train, ride a bus, or take a boat. I understand the joke about TSA security that it is, but would we really be better without it?

  2. Wes Sun, Jan 15, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

    Oh Steven, what a good little sheep you are. How does it feel living in so much fear? Your odds of dying in a car crash every day are 100x higher than a plane. Maybe you should stop driving..

    • Steven G Mon, Jan 16, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

      Tell me the last time that a terrorist drove a car into a building and it collapsed killing thousands?

      • Bob Morris Mon, Jan 16, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

        How does banning cupcakes with frosting on flights prevent that?

  3. Bill Fisher Sun, Jan 15, 2012 at 7:11 pm #

    The guns were detected by the private screeners using metal detectors in 1995. They didn’t need to grope passenger genitals or strip search them to find guns, so replacing TSA with private screeners following Constitutional requirements will work just as well.

    This agency is stripping away our rights and those of children and people are whining that they want more of this “to keep them safe”.

    TSA failed 60%-70% of GAO tests in 2011 and there were dozens of reported incidents where guns and knives made it aboard aircraft without incident. There were certainly hundreds that made it aboard and went unreported.

    This incompetent agency is nothing more than a jobs program for criminals and the chronically unemployed and supporting them endangers not only our rights but encourages an expnsion of the agency and yet more incompetence.

    • Steven G Mon, Jan 16, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

      What about explosives? What about ceramic knives and ceramic guns? Metal detectors don’t detect those kinds of weapons. There are far more dangerous things that can pass right thought a metal detector and not set off the alarm.