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Saturday, December 18, 2010

And while you receive radiation just to go visit grandma.....
Posted by Jill | 5:10 AM
GUNS are slipping by airport hand luggage scanners:
Last fall, as he had done hundreds of times, Iranian-American businessman Farid Seif passed through security at a Houston airport and boarded an international flight.

He didn't realize he had forgotten to remove the loaded snub nose "baby" Glock pistol from his computer bag. But TSA officers never noticed as his bag glided along the belt and was x-rayed. When he got to his hotel after the three-hour flight, he was shocked to discover the gun traveled unnoticed from Houston.

"It's just impossible to miss it, you know. I mean, this is not a small gun," Seif told ABC News. "How can you miss it? You cannot miss it."

But the TSA did miss it, and despite what most people believe about the painstaking effort to screen airline passengers and their luggage before they enter the terminal, it was not that unusual.

The issue is not that the guy is Iranian. The issue is that a loaded gun got through the security theatre that has YOU either getting x-rayed just to get on an airplane or groped by strangers -- or sometimes both.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...
And this surprises you _why_???
Anyone with a 3rd grade education who has spent 10 minutes observing an airport security station can think of a dozen ways to circumvent their efforts....

I travel far too much! Colleagues and I frequently sit in airport bars watching the checkpoints [ever notice how many airport concessions are just behind and well within sight of security checkpoints!?] and pondering how we'd go about taking ...xxx... [name your contraband!] through...

Discussing such things in an airport bar is probably a federal felony -- or would certainly get us on some sort of no fly list, so I think I'll post this anonymously!!!