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(The Consumerist)   Man manages to make it past TSA screeners with a hunting knife. No word where he hid it   (consumerist.com) divider line 145
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2010-12-08 11:57:04 PM  
I wonder why the wanding didn't pick up the knife in his coat pocket.
 
2010-12-09 12:00:46 AM  
Bathia_Mapes: I wonder why the wanding didn't pick up the knife in his coat pocket.

Because he'd probably taken his coat off and sent it thru the x-ray with the rest of his carry-on (carrion? Does someone have a dead deer?) luggage.
 
2010-12-09 12:01:40 AM  
An anonymous note to the consumerist: it must be true!
 
2010-12-09 12:05:19 AM  
dj_bigbird: Bathia_Mapes: I wonder why the wanding didn't pick up the knife in his coat pocket.

Because he'd probably taken his coat off and sent it thru the x-ray with the rest of his carry-on (carrion? Does someone have a dead deer?) luggage.


Then, why didn't they spot the knife when it went through the x-ray?
 
2010-12-09 12:06:14 AM  
Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: An anonymous note to the consumerist: it must be true!

That.

This being said, I've made it through not only airport security but customs with a blowtorch style lighter that I realized was in my bag after the fact. And, for a related point, very much entertained the security at Kennedy Space Center with the USB drive containing Swiss Army Knife I used to have.
 
2010-12-09 12:30:33 AM  
Bathia_Mapes: dj_bigbird: Bathia_Mapes: I wonder why the wanding didn't pick up the knife in his coat pocket.

Because he'd probably taken his coat off and sent it thru the x-ray with the rest of his carry-on (carrion? Does someone have a dead deer?) luggage.

Then, why didn't they spot the knife when it went through the x-ray?


Dude. Seriously. You have to ask that question?
 
2010-12-09 12:45:51 AM  
Bathia_Mapes: dj_bigbird: Bathia_Mapes: I wonder why the wanding didn't pick up the knife in his coat pocket.

Because he'd probably taken his coat off and sent it thru the x-ray with the rest of his carry-on (carrion? Does someone have a dead deer?) luggage.

Then, why didn't they spot the knife when it went through the x-ray?


They were busy, playing Angry Birds.
 
2010-12-09 01:00:19 AM  
ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: Bathia_Mapes: dj_bigbird: Bathia_Mapes: I wonder why the wanding didn't pick up the knife in his coat pocket.

Because he'd probably taken his coat off and sent it thru the x-ray with the rest of his carry-on (carrion? Does someone have a dead deer?) luggage.

Then, why didn't they spot the knife when it went through the x-ray?

They were busy, playing Angry Birds.


one of the last times I flew, I had a similar incident
The TSA found my water bottle, but missed this:
www.3sigma.com

I accidentally left it in my laptop bag along with a bunch of cables and adapters. They focused on the water bottle and missed the knife completely.
 
2010-12-09 08:50:58 AM  
Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: An anonymous note to the consumerist: it must be true!

As many reports as have been coming in about the TSA missing things in the regular X-ray scanner, I'm inclined to believe it.

A personal acquaintance made a transatlantic flight last year with four 12ga shotgun shells in his coat pocket after forgetting they were there. The coat made it through the X-ray machine while he stepped through the metal detector.

This is why these new "naked scanners" and "enhanced pat-downs" are completely farking useless. The morons at the TSA haven't even figured out the shiny toys they already had, and now they demand shiny new toys to confuse themselves even further.

For fark's sake, they haven't even been able to meet their minimum mandated training as per the Inspector General's report.
 
2010-12-09 09:10:02 AM  
queezyweezel

Thats not a knife. THIS is a knife spoon!

30.media.tumblr.com
 
2010-12-09 12:26:44 PM  
So in order to carry out a successful hijacking one merely needs to load up with harmless but banned stuff (5 oz bottles of shampoo) for the screeners to busy themselves with?
 
2010-12-09 12:53:43 PM  
and of course he took over the plane and crashed it into an orphanage full of starving children, nuns and kittens.
 
2010-12-09 12:53:58 PM  
queezyweezel: ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: Bathia_Mapes: dj_bigbird: Bathia_Mapes: I wonder why the wanding didn't pick up the knife in his coat pocket.

Because he'd probably taken his coat off and sent it thru the x-ray with the rest of his carry-on (carrion? Does someone have a dead deer?) luggage.

Then, why didn't they spot the knife when it went through the x-ray?

They were busy, playing Angry Birds.

one of the last times I flew, I had a similar incident
The TSA found my water bottle, but missed this:
www.3sigma.com

I accidentally left it in my laptop bag along with a bunch of cables and adapters. They focused on the water bottle and missed the knife completely.


A few months back, my girlfriend and I were coming back from Memphis with a couple of bags of barbeque, including slaw and two large containers of sauce. She puts it all on the x-ray conveyor, along with her bag.

The stuff goes through and, as she's coming through the metal detector the TSA dude asks here to step over to the side. Assuming it was the 'que he wanted to ask about, she walks over.

He asks her, "is this your bag?"

She indicates that it is and he asks if he can open it. Turns out, she had a 5oz bottle of facial moisturizer in it that she'd forgotten to put in her clear cosmetics bag...

Dude didn't even look at the 'que.

So, hey, if you're trying to sneak illegal liquids through the Memphis airport, make sure to put them in styrofoam containers with your 'que, they'll never even look at them.
 
2010-12-09 12:54:09 PM  
WHAT WHAT?
 
2010-12-09 12:54:57 PM  
jaylectricity: So in order to carry out a successful hijacking one merely needs to load up with harmless but banned stuff (5 oz bottles of shampoo) for the screeners to busy themselves with?

harmless? You ever get that shampoo in your eyes? Shiat stings!
 
2010-12-09 12:55:29 PM  
The purpose of the new rules (soon to be updated) is not to create more security. It's to get us all used to having our Constitutional rights violated on a regular basis and in a variety of settings.

/But we knew that already
 
2010-12-09 12:56:09 PM  
I just wonder if they'd miss something like that if you held it in the open, they seem completely focused with people trying to hide stuff... and grabbing your nuts.
 
2010-12-09 12:56:44 PM  
Bathia_Mapes: dj_bigbird: Bathia_Mapes: I wonder why the wanding didn't pick up the knife in his coat pocket.

Because he'd probably taken his coat off and sent it thru the x-ray with the rest of his carry-on (carrion? Does someone have a dead deer?) luggage.

Then, why didn't they spot the knife when it went through the x-ray?


Because the dude/chick had been staring at that screen for the last seven hours, sure she/he was supposed to have been relieved about five hours ago, but his/her relieve called off and she/he had not had a break since lunch.

Seriously don't trust humans for your security they are always the weakest link. The easiest way to break any security is to subvert the personnel.
 
2010-12-09 12:56:50 PM  
timujin: queezyweezel: ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: Bathia_Mapes: dj_bigbird: Bathia_Mapes: I wonder why the wanding didn't pick up the knife in his coat pocket.

Because he'd probably taken his coat off and sent it thru the x-ray with the rest of his carry-on (carrion? Does someone have a dead deer?) luggage.

Then, why didn't they spot the knife when it went through the x-ray?

They were busy, playing Angry Birds.

one of the last times I flew, I had a similar incident
The TSA found my water bottle, but missed this:
www.3sigma.com

I accidentally left it in my laptop bag along with a bunch of cables and adapters. They focused on the water bottle and missed the knife completely.

A few months back, my girlfriend and I were coming back from Memphis with a couple of bags of barbeque, including slaw and two large containers of sauce. She puts it all on the x-ray conveyor, along with her bag.

The stuff goes through and, as she's coming through the metal detector the TSA dude asks here to step over to the side. Assuming it was the 'que he wanted to ask about, she walks over.

He asks her, "is this your bag?"

She indicates that it is and he asks if he can open it. Turns out, she had a 5oz bottle of facial moisturizer in it that she'd forgotten to put in her clear cosmetics bag...

Dude didn't even look at the 'que.

So, hey, if you're trying to sneak illegal liquids through the Memphis airport, make sure to put them in styrofoam containers with your 'que, they'll never even look at them.


I flew back from SFO to SLC (this was in '95) and put 2-twelve packs of beer on the belt that was in a duffel bag.
The screener laughed, asked what's up, and I said "Hey, I'm going back to Utah!"
He laughed again and said have nice trip.
 
2010-12-09 12:56:50 PM  
Not surprising. Adam Savage from MythBusters claims to have "accidentally" gotten two twelve inch razor blades through a full body scanner.

Link (new window)
 
2010-12-09 12:57:06 PM  
consumerist.com

Is there anything you can't find a stock photo of? I'm actually impressed.
 
2010-12-09 12:58:00 PM  
Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: An anonymous note to the consumerist: it must be true!

Hey why don't you shut up? There's a clipart picture of a guy walking away from a stabbing victim in the article.

Christ!
 
2010-12-09 12:58:04 PM  
Was the knife ceramic? Do they even make ceramic knives?
 
2010-12-09 12:58:23 PM  
Clearly this shows just how vulnerable we are, what if it had been a terrorist? I think the TSA should stet up and stop allowing people to wear clothing if they choose to fly, then incidents like this wouldn't ever happen again and we'd be that much safer for it.

/for the bashful/fatties they can provide hospital gowns before boarding
 
2010-12-09 12:58:36 PM  
The TSA only catches people who accidentally bring things to the airport. And these people are of no concern to me, and should be of no concern to anyone else.
 
2010-12-09 12:58:45 PM  
queezyweezel:
one of the last times I flew, I had a similar incident
The TSA found my water bottle, but missed this:


You took a picture of a knife on the plane with you?
 
2010-12-09 12:59:40 PM  
Dorkemada: Was the knife ceramic? Do they even make ceramic knives?

There's a few hundred of them on amazon.
 
2010-12-09 01:00:03 PM  
I've done this a few times by mistake. Courthouses too. I figure unless someone is trying to take a bomb on that says ACME on the side with a big clock they wouldn't find the damn thing. Actually I think this is proven by them missing ~50% of the test items in the governments own tests.
 
2010-12-09 01:00:11 PM  
The TSA is a joke... Here's a short list of things they've missed on me (I by no means intended to take these items on the plane - haste and shortsightedness resulted in each):

- .300 WinMag cartridge (live, loaded) in the pocket of a shirt in my carry-on bag
- Knives on several occasions (4" hunting knife, several Leathermen at different times) both on my person and in my carry-on
- Lighters (when they were banned after the underwear bomber guy)
- Drinks on several occasions (sealed containers)
- Glass, erm, "paraphernalia" and associated goods (years ago, not that dumb anymore)

I really view the whole security mess as a ritualistic "we're watching you" pain in the ass - I can't even take it seriously. It's just some bullshiat I know I have to endure every time I fly.
 
2010-12-09 01:02:24 PM  
oren0: Not surprising. Adam Savage from MythBusters claims to have "accidentally" gotten two twelve inch razor blades through a full body scanner.

I managed to take a few rounds of .45ACP with me to Florida, much the same way (forgot to do a thorough check of my backpack). Oops.

Dorkemada: Was the knife ceramic? Do they even make ceramic knives?

No, and yes.
 
2010-12-09 01:02:29 PM  
PDX Ghost Hunter: Is there anything you can't find a stock photo of? I'm actually impressed.

That photo was the best part of the article, I lol'd. Fear mongering at it's finest!
 
2010-12-09 01:04:01 PM  
No word where he hid it

Dat be in de butt, Bob.
 
2010-12-09 01:04:02 PM  
Dorkemada: Was the knife ceramic? Do they even make ceramic knives?

Yes, some really cheap now too, but they usually have metal content (handle/coating) to make sure that you don't try that.
 
2010-12-09 01:04:43 PM  
Dorkemada: Was the knife ceramic? Do they even make ceramic knives?

Yeah, and they cost more than you make in a month.

/obscure?
 
2010-12-09 01:05:12 PM  
there can be only one.
 
2010-12-09 01:05:30 PM  
6" just isn't noteworthy.
 
2010-12-09 01:05:47 PM  
hp6sa: Dorkemada: Was the knife ceramic? Do they even make ceramic knives?

Yeah, and they cost more than you make in a month.

/obscure?


That was porcelain.

/Would be interesting to see a porcelain glock though
 
2010-12-09 01:05:49 PM  
Security is a charade.
 
2010-12-09 01:06:39 PM  
screenshots.en.softonic.com
None of your damn business!
 
2010-12-09 01:06:41 PM  
Dorkemada: Was the knife ceramic? Do they even make ceramic knives?

yep

kosmicamusic.com
 
2010-12-09 01:06:51 PM  
The real question here is have they heard of the Consumerist?
 
2010-12-09 01:07:04 PM  
My keychain used to have a 2" knife on it. Thanksgiving 2009 I went to Ireland to discover my roots, and made it through the Newark, NJ airport's secruity by putting them in the basket with my shoes. It didn't make it back though on the return trip. Them Miks saw it right away.
 
2010-12-09 01:08:38 PM  
Bathia_Mapes: dj_bigbird: Bathia_Mapes: I wonder why the wanding didn't pick up the knife in his coat pocket.

Because he'd probably taken his coat off and sent it thru the x-ray with the rest of his carry-on (carrion? Does someone have a dead deer?) luggage.

Then, why didn't they spot the knife when it went through the x-ray?


In the pre-9/11 days my mother and I were on our way back to the states from Germany. The x-ray at customs when we arrived in DC had revealed that she had a long knife-like item in her baggage and they pulled her and the bag aside. They removed everything, searched all the pockets and compartments. At one point they even took a box cutter and started to tear seams because they were so certain that she had a weapon. No luck. So, they apologized about the nearly destroyed bag and she packed everything back up. It had to go through the machine again and they saw the item again. My mother insisted on seeing the image they were referring to so they allowed her to look at the screen. They were two wine bottles overlapping.

/css
 
2010-12-09 01:08:57 PM  
I went through the airport in military uniform last year and they picked me out of 1/2 of San Fran intl to search... wtf?
 
2010-12-09 01:10:02 PM  
Is that a knife in your pocket, or are you just....oh, it's a knife :(
 
2010-12-09 01:10:19 PM  
pebs: I went through the airport in military uniform last year and they picked me out of 1/2 of San Fran intl to search... wtf?


That'll teach you to wear a N. Korean uniform, genius.
 
2010-12-09 01:11:18 PM  
pebs: I went through the airport in military uniform last year and they picked me out of 1/2 of San Fran intl to search... wtf?

Same deal, but I was in Class A's (the fancy green ones with all my ribbons) and they picked me out for that "Enhanced Search"

I figure these lot of retards couldn't make it into the service so they would pick on the only guy in uniform there.

*I was in class A's because I was seeing my family for the first time in a long time and wanted to impress them as i got off the plane.

/in before cool story
 
2010-12-09 01:11:21 PM  
Bathia_Mapes: dj_bigbird: Bathia_Mapes: I wonder why the wanding didn't pick up the knife in his coat pocket.

Because he'd probably taken his coat off and sent it thru the x-ray with the rest of his carry-on (carrion? Does someone have a dead deer?) luggage.

Then, why didn't they spot the knife when it went through the x-ray?


Well, it would depend on the orientation of the knife. If it was edge on, a knife on an xray would (possibly) look like a line.

The most likely answer is the screener just missed it.
 
2010-12-09 01:12:52 PM  
lordlight: pebs: I went through the airport in military uniform last year and they picked me out of 1/2 of San Fran intl to search... wtf?

Same deal, but I was in Class A's (the fancy green ones with all my ribbons) and they picked me out for that "Enhanced Search"

I figure these lot of retards couldn't make it into the service so they would pick on the only guy in uniform there.

*I was in class A's because I was seeing my family for the first time in a long time and wanted to impress them as i got off the plane.

/in before cool story


Thanks for your cool service story, bro.
 
2010-12-09 01:14:27 PM  
Bathia_Mapes: dj_bigbird: Bathia_Mapes: I wonder why the wanding didn't pick up the knife in his coat pocket.

Because he'd probably taken his coat off and sent it thru the x-ray with the rest of his carry-on (carrion? Does someone have a dead deer?) luggage.

Then, why didn't they spot the knife when it went through the x-ray?


See, here is a dog that ate a steak knife. Edge on, a knife is pretty innocuous looking:

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
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