Possibly the Most Incompetent TSA Story Yet
- TSA screener finds two pipes in passenger's bags.
- Screener determines that they're not a threat.
- Screener confiscates them anyway, because of their "material and appearance."
- Because they're not actually a threat, screener leaves them at the checkpoint.
- Everyone forgets about them.
- Six hours later, the next shift of TSA screeners notices the pipes and -- not being able to explain how they got there and, presumably, because of their "material and appearance" -- calls the police bomb squad to remove the pipes.
- TSA does not evacuate the airport, or even close the checkpoint, because -- well, we don't know why.
I don't even know where to begin.
Posted on January 31, 2012 at 5:03 PM
@Dilute Me - they were obviously homeopathic bombs. Security found no traces of explosives, which had been diluted to the point that it wasn't present - thus making the devices even more effective
@bill - the police here make about 3x my mere physicist salary, it doesn't seem to have been reflected in the performance level of the people.
@Chelloveck - it did used to happen. When we had a real terrorism problem your luggage would be searched outside of the terminal building in an open area before you were allowed into the airport
Now with 'improvements in security' - thousands of people are funneled into a crowded underground room with concrete walls for screening.
Photo of Bruce Schneier by Per Ervland.
Schneier on Security is a personal website. Opinions expressed are not necessarily those of Co3 Systems, Inc..