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(LA Times)   Spokeswoman says that a few thefts by TSA agents shouldn't make us forget all the good that they've done. You could tell the Spokeswoman was a pro, because she managed to say that with a straight face   (latimesblogs.latimes.com) divider line 95
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2012-02-03 09:14:34 AM
Have their been any other 9/11s submitter? See, they are effective. Then again, it might be because Mark Wahlberg is now the chief security officer for all airlines. Or maybe, it is because of all the security rocks I've sold to travellers since 9/11.
 
2012-02-03 09:52:31 AM
 
2012-02-03 10:41:58 AM
Meh, that's only the thefts that we know about. How many went unreported?
 
2012-02-03 11:54:45 AM
The Tiger Security Administration has been remarkably effective at keeping tigers away.
 
2012-02-03 12:28:32 PM
Good things like stealing my toothpaste yet allowing me on board with gigantic scissors that are more dangerous than box cutters?
 
2012-02-03 12:29:53 PM

basemetal: Meh, that's only the thefts that we know about. How many went unreported?


You never hear enough about all the drug deals thefts that go well.
 
2012-02-03 12:49:00 PM
All the good what?

Big Brother for the fail.
 
2012-02-03 12:54:49 PM

Backwards Cornfield Races: Good things like stealing my toothpaste yet allowing me on board with gigantic scissors that are more dangerous than box cutters?


Did you have a ribbon-cutting ceremony to attend?

www.whatdoyouneed.com
 
2012-02-03 12:54:59 PM
CSB:

A while back there was an article that listed all the items that TSA goons stole from check-in bags. Naturally, the list mentioned items like cameras, electronics, and cash.....CASH.

Who the hell puts cash in their carry-on bag?
 
2012-02-03 12:55:58 PM

The_Sponge: CSB:

A while back there was an article that listed all the items that TSA goons stole from check-in bags. Naturally, the list mentioned items like cameras, electronics, and cash.....CASH.

Who the hell puts cash in their carry-on check-in bag?



Fixed that for myself.
 
2012-02-03 01:00:19 PM
In before the brain dead TSA apologists.

/Write your Congresscritters
//Write to the US Travel Association
///Write to the US Travel and Tourism Advisory Board
 
2012-02-03 01:00:47 PM
Who the fark carries $5000 in cash?
 
2012-02-03 01:01:16 PM
It wasn't theft; it was confiscation of proscribed items. Honest.
 
2012-02-03 01:02:27 PM
Actually, if some of them get trained to actually check for prostate cancer while they're poking around back there, it would save me a co-pay at the doctor's office.
 
2012-02-03 01:04:03 PM
The team found that the grenades were inert

They've protected us from inert grenades and returned a lost diamond that wouldn't have been lost if it hadn't been for the TSA checkpoint
 
2012-02-03 01:05:20 PM

Langston: Actually, if some of them get trained to actually check for prostate cancer while they're poking around back there, it would save me a co-pay at the doctor's office.


Already being done.
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2012-02-03 01:06:50 PM
Some inert grenades and edged weapons carried by people who apparently weren't charged with terrorism.

Certainly worth the tens of thousands of dollars in cash and belongings stolen, along with the humiliation of the elderly, children, the disabled, and any other random person who is fortunate enough to help TSA "protect us."
 
2012-02-03 01:08:46 PM
I wasn't really big on my TSA experience. Next time I'll pay a professional so I have a say in how roughly my balls are handled.
 
2012-02-03 01:20:02 PM
www.welovetheiraqiinformationminister.com
 
2012-02-03 01:21:12 PM
Inert grenades and a collection of bladed weapons that would have been noticed, and probably confiscated or put into checked luggage, pre-911 and pre-TSA.

Golly gee whiz! I'm sure impressed.
 
2012-02-03 01:24:12 PM
If someone could point me in the direction of all the good they'be done I'd love to read over it...
 
2012-02-03 01:25:37 PM
The TSA is a good thing in that it will help you through those dry spells. Got your horn on, but no honey? Just run out to the airport for a good old fashioned fondling. You need to be heteroflexable, but hey, if's free.
 
2012-02-03 01:26:48 PM
just why did it matter if a guy had 5 knives in his checked in luggage? it was checked in, not carry on

Ok, i'll give em the grenade thing, but if they were inert why were they disposed of?
 
2012-02-03 01:32:41 PM

enforcerpsu: If someone could point me in the direction of all the good they'be done I'd love to read over it...


They've made dozens of complete morons feel slightly safer about flying.
 
2012-02-03 01:34:12 PM

loonatic112358: just why did it matter if a guy had 5 knives in his checked in luggage? it was checked in, not carry on

Ok, i'll give em the grenade thing, but if they were inert why were they disposed of?


Pretty sure "disposed of" means the TSA officer took them home and gave them to his kids. My buddy's dad was a PO for awhile, hence my buddy always had the biggest and baddest knife collection. Quite a few screwdrivers in the garage too...
 
2012-02-03 01:39:13 PM
FTFA An agent at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport was suspended after a passenger's stolen iPad was allegedly found at his home -- where seven other iPads also were found. "That's what they do, they don't even think twice about it."
 
2012-02-03 01:47:47 PM
As opposed to taking any perfumes/colognes over 0.00001 ounce, which isn't really stealing because, hey, it was going to get thrown out anyway, amirite?!
 
2012-02-03 01:49:07 PM

EggSniper: FTFA An agent at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport was suspended after a passenger's stolen iPad was allegedly found at his home -- where seven other iPads also were found. "That's what they do, they don't even think twice about it."


Suspended, not even fired , this is why I travel by car.
 
2012-02-03 01:50:36 PM
I'll be flying next week. And yes, I'll be refusing the display-my-nut-o-cam deal. This means I'll be felt up (again) by a fat man with a bad combover.

/why can't they be hot women?
 
2012-02-03 01:51:52 PM
Early last month, a man headed from JFK International Airport to San Juan was stopped by baggage screeners who found five knives in the man's checked baggage. Police confiscated the knives and arrested the man on a local charge.

So, these were knives (not guns, not ammunition, not explosives) that he CHECKED?

A few years ago, the TSA trained new hires in our office building. I was unimpressed and told them so.
 
2012-02-03 01:57:12 PM
Oh no, they're going to grab your wiener!
 
2012-02-03 01:57:53 PM

rkiller1: Early last month, a man headed from JFK International Airport to San Juan was stopped by baggage screeners who found five knives in the man's checked baggage. Police confiscated the knives and arrested the man on a local charge.

So, these were knives (not guns, not ammunition, not explosives) that he CHECKED?

A few years ago, the TSA trained new hires in our office building. I was unimpressed and told them so.


You're also allowed to check firearms. Not sure on ammo, though. Believe the requirement I've seen is unloaded and in a locked container, must be declared, etc.
 
2012-02-03 02:01:00 PM

ronaprhys: rkiller1: Early last month, a man headed from JFK International Airport to San Juan was stopped by baggage screeners who found five knives in the man's checked baggage. Police confiscated the knives and arrested the man on a local charge.

So, these were knives (not guns, not ammunition, not explosives) that he CHECKED?

A few years ago, the TSA trained new hires in our office building. I was unimpressed and told them so.

You're also allowed to check firearms. Not sure on ammo, though. Believe the requirement I've seen is unloaded and in a locked container, must be declared, etc.



Ammo is allowed too... original factory packaging or other secure container, in a different piece of luggage than the gun.
 
2012-02-03 02:02:56 PM
FTFA: "The actions of a few individuals in no way reflect on the outstanding job our 50,000 security officers do every day"

But the actions of few individuals who happened to use commercial airliners as weapons means the TSA treats all air travelers as though they're criminals bent on terrorism until proven otherwise.

Turnabout is fair play, coont.
 
2012-02-03 02:05:10 PM
Random Anonymous Blackmail

Who the fark carries $5000 in cash?

I've carried as much as $3 to 4k when I flown to a some countries where ATMs/wire transfers aren't readily available. So that's probably not that unusual.
 
2012-02-03 02:05:43 PM

i.r.id10t: ronaprhys: rkiller1: Early last month, a man headed from JFK International Airport to San Juan was stopped by baggage screeners who found five knives in the man's checked baggage. Police confiscated the knives and arrested the man on a local charge.

So, these were knives (not guns, not ammunition, not explosives) that he CHECKED?

A few years ago, the TSA trained new hires in our office building. I was unimpressed and told them so.

You're also allowed to check firearms. Not sure on ammo, though. Believe the requirement I've seen is unloaded and in a locked container, must be declared, etc.


Ammo is allowed too... original factory packaging or other secure container, in a different piece of luggage than the gun.


TSA doesn't specify that, the TSA regs will let you lock your loaded mags and boxes of ammo in the same lockbox as the gun, so long as the gun itself is unloaded. Individual airline regulations can be more restrictive tho.
 
Skr
2012-02-03 02:07:41 PM
They may have groped us in unmentionable places but at least they shut the door on the way out.

They did shut the door didn't they?
 
2012-02-03 02:11:48 PM
I heard that if you turn your head and cough they can diagnose you for a hernia for free. That's part of the TSA training.
 
2012-02-03 02:11:58 PM

livewire98801: i.r.id10t: ronaprhys: rkiller1: Early last month, a man headed from JFK International Airport to San Juan was stopped by baggage screeners who found five knives in the man's checked baggage. Police confiscated the knives and arrested the man on a local charge.

So, these were knives (not guns, not ammunition, not explosives) that he CHECKED?

A few years ago, the TSA trained new hires in our office building. I was unimpressed and told them so.

You're also allowed to check firearms. Not sure on ammo, though. Believe the requirement I've seen is unloaded and in a locked container, must be declared, etc.


Ammo is allowed too... original factory packaging or other secure container, in a different piece of luggage than the gun.

TSA doesn't specify that, the TSA regs will let you lock your loaded mags and boxes of ammo in the same lockbox as the gun, so long as the gun itself is unloaded. Individual airline regulations can be more restrictive tho.



Traveling with Special Items (new window)
Firearms & Ammunition

Travelers may only transport unloaded firearms in a locked, hard-sided container in or as checked baggage. Firearms, ammunition and firearm parts, including firearm frames and receivers, are prohibited from carry-on baggage.

Failure to adhere to the following regulations will preclude passengers from traveling with firearms, ammunitions or firearm parts:

* The firearm must be unloaded.
* The firearm must be in a hard-sided container.
* The container must be locked. A locked container is defined as one that completely secures the firearm from being accessed. Locked cases that can be pulled open with little effort cannot be brought aboard the aircraft.
...
* Travelers must securely pack any ammunition in fiber (such as cardboard), wood or metal boxes or other packaging specifically designed to carry small amounts of ammunition.
* Firearm magazines and ammunition clips must be securely boxed or included within a hard-sided case containing an unloaded firearm.
* Small arms ammunition, including ammunition not exceeding .75 caliber for a rifle or pistol and shotgun shells of any gauge, may be carried in the same hard-sided case as the firearm, as long as it follows the packing guidelines described above.
 
2012-02-03 02:12:06 PM

enforcerpsu: If someone could point me in the direction of all the good they'be done I'd love to read over it...


It's on the other side of the leaflet with Famous Jewish Sports Legends.

content7.flixster.com
 
2012-02-03 02:32:11 PM
A TSA Agent relieved my checked bag of 3 articles in my dop kit once, but to their credit, they didn't turn me in and left me the other 4 to enjoy on my trip. So there's some good....
 
2012-02-03 02:34:32 PM

Snarfangel: The Tiger Tyger Security Administration has been remarkably effective at keeping citizens in order.



sfx-360.com
/Protocol 10 will commence in 8 hours.
 
2012-02-03 02:39:14 PM
Sometimes I wonder how reporters can keep a straight face when PR people says stuff like this.

I would think if I heard it, I would laugh so hard, thinking this was some sort of stunt by the Yes Men or something.
 
2012-02-03 02:46:00 PM

Pythagoras: Sometimes I wonder how reporters can keep a straight face when PR people says stuff like this.

I would think if I heard it, I would laugh so hard, thinking this was some sort of stunt by the Yes Men or something.


They get special training from the MPAA.
 
2012-02-03 02:58:15 PM

livewire98801:
* Firearm magazines and ammunition clips must be securely boxed or included within a hard-sided case containing an unloaded firearm.
* Small arms ammunition, including ammunition not exceeding .75 caliber for a rifle or pistol and shotgun shells of any gauge, may be carried in the same hard-sided case as the firearm, as long as it follows the packing guidelines described above..



Yup, that's correct.

Due to the nature of my job, my firearm usually travels around the country with me. The firearm goes in the top portion of a hard sided locked case. The magazines and ammunition go in the bottom portion of the case. Badge, handcuffs, cuff keys, PT2L and Bokker Cop Tool all go in the case too. The the case gets a cable lock through it's handle and around the metal support bean built into the case.

It's gone around the country several times with no problem.
 
2012-02-03 02:58:51 PM

SonOfSpam: [www.welovetheiraqiinformationminister.com image 300x225]


Ten marks, subby.

Baghdad Bob should be the PR person for TSA. He has the same credibility as the present government spokesperson.
 
2012-02-03 03:01:26 PM
The TSA: We molest your children so you don't have to.
 
2012-02-03 03:11:34 PM

j__z: Random Anonymous Blackmail

Who the fark carries $5000 in cash?

I've carried as much as $3 to 4k when I flown to a some countries where ATMs/wire transfers aren't readily available. So that's probably not that unusual.


I used to work at a press. The publicity director would routinely attend book conventions and return with 5-10k in cash.

I told her the post office would issue a cashier's check for something like 2.50 per 500 (which I'm sure some accountant could figure out a way to write off) but she preferred to save the 25-50 bucks.

It wasn't an everyday thing but these conventions averaged over 100 booths. No excuse for the TSA to freak out.

Hell, even when I travel, I always make sure I've got enough cash on hand to pay for:
A few nights in a hotel
Meals for a few days
Clothes (it really sucks to spend 3 days in the same underwear because the airline sent your luggage to Timbuktu or you dressed for Tahiti and you're stuck in Reykjavik)

And if I'm driving, I drop the clothes reserve but add a vehicle breakdown. Which saved my tuchus one time when I hit a deer and it pushed my grill into the radiator, puncturing it. And the only parts store in town with the right replacement and wrench monkeys was a cash only place.

Anyway, it costs me nothing for the peace of mind that I can handle these situations so why not? But then I don't fly commercial air anymore. Thank FSM for having a couple private pilots in the family...
 
2012-02-03 03:16:02 PM

Click Click D'oh: livewire98801:
* Firearm magazines and ammunition clips must be securely boxed or included within a hard-sided case containing an unloaded firearm.
* Small arms ammunition, including ammunition not exceeding .75 caliber for a rifle or pistol and shotgun shells of any gauge, may be carried in the same hard-sided case as the firearm, as long as it follows the packing guidelines described above..


Yup, that's correct.

Due to the nature of my job, my firearm usually travels around the country with me. The firearm goes in the top portion of a hard sided locked case. The magazines and ammunition go in the bottom portion of the case. Badge, handcuffs, cuff keys, PT2L and Bokker Cop Tool all go in the case too. The the case gets a cable lock through it's handle and around the metal support bean built into the case.

It's gone around the country several times with no problem.


So I googled the cop tool, that looks really handy.

It's not a restricted police item, is it? Cuz that would make a nice addition to my traveling toolbox.
 
2012-02-03 03:16:03 PM

6655321: SonOfSpam: [www.welovetheiraqiinformationminister.com image 300x225]

Ten marks, subby.

Baghdad Bob should be the PR person for TSA. He has the same credibility as the present government spokesperson.


Farkers stole not only my favorite hat, but my wife's favorite hat.

Then they had the balls to put one of those "This Luggage has been inspect by" notes in the exact place in both bags where the hats had been packed.

Keeping America safe.... one hat at a time.
 
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