Isn't TSA Laughable?

I read this somewhere, here’s the LINK

It reads as follows:

Man forgets ammo in carry-on bag – turns himself in

by Scott Carmichael (RSS feed) on Jan 12th 2010 at 11:30AM
It is becoming obvious that the TSA isn’t asking for new technology because of smart terrorists – they need all these new machines because they are incapable of doing their job.

A passenger boarded a plane at Milwaukee General Mitchell airport, but realized he had left some shotgun shells in his bag. Being a good citizen, he reported this to the flight attendant, who informed the pilot.

The plane then returned to the gate so the passenger could turn the ammo into the local police. The man was re-screened, and allowed back on the plane.

After the failed terror attempt on Christmas day, one would expect TSA agents to be extra vigilant. The agency has been asking for more money to invest in full body scanners, and other detection equipment. But at the end of the day, even the most impressive piece of equipment in the world becomes another useless gadget when staffed by idiots.

And why does that surprise you?


Because Im paying for it! Expected but not surprised

But aren’t you getting a lot of value for your $5 9/11 security fee? I mean, where else can you pay $5 and see completely idiotic, incompetent people pretend to give you security?

Lagos maybe?

Exactly why our airport security needs to be privatized. The government cannot compete with the private sector when it comes to cost - in anything.

You know, not to breach security or anything but if you wear DARK (BLACK) undergarments (underwear, bras etc) through the RapiScan or X-Ray (aka pervert screening, child porn) it does NOT expose those areas. In fact, when viewed; those areas of the body come up as opaque on the monitor. For those who would like to keep their privates private, that is a way to go about it. Although, they will request for you to be pat’d (felt up) down.

And you thought the TSA couldn’t get any worse…


Eight-Year-Old on TSA Terrorist Watchlist Gets Frisked

By Kim Zetter

The Transportation Security Administration, attempting to squelch nefarious
rumors, has asserted on its web site under a “Mythbuster” feature that
“No 8-year-old is on a T.S.A. watch list.”

Unfortunately for the TSA, the New York Times found an 8-year-old on its list.

Mikey Hicks, a Cub Scout in Camden, New Jersey, is a frequent flyer who can’t
seem to get a break because he shares a name with another Michael Hicks who
has drawn suspicion from the Department of Homeland Security.

This coincidence has resulted in numerous airport delays for his family over
the years.

Mikey, who was born less than a month before the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist
attacks, received his first pat-down by TSA screeners when he was 2 years
old - an experience that left him in tears.

He was recently frisked aggressively when his family flew to the Bahamas
for vacation on Jan 2, just days after the so-called “underwear bomber”
attempted to ignite explosives on a flight from Amsterdam to Michigan.

“Up your arms, down your arms, up your crotch - someone is patting your
8-year-old down like he’s a criminal,” Mikey’s mother told the newspaper.
“A terrorist can blow his underwear up and they don’t catch him. But my
8-year-old can’t walk through security without being frisked.”

Mikey’s mother, Najlah Feanny Hicks, is a photojournalist who was cleared
by the Secret Service to travel aboard Air Force II with Vice President
Al Gore during the Clinton administration.

She said she wanted to take pictures of her son being frisked at the
airport but was told it was prohibited. She said that while her son “may
have terroristic tendencies at home, he does not have those on a plane.”

Despite the scout’s years-long harassment, his father, also named Michael
Hicks, was never stopped by the TSA until this year, during the trip to
the Bahamas.

Luckily for Mikey and his father, the suspicious Michael Hicks is not on
the government’s “no-fly” list, just a “selectee” watchlist that requires
secondary screening for passengers named on it.

The newspaper reports that there are 1,600 Michael Hicks in a national
phone directory, who may also be getting such treatment each time they fly.

In the last three years, nearly 82,000 travelers have applied for redress
with the DHS due to problems with traveling, the Times reports. More than
25,000 of these cases have yet to be resolved. The Hicks have recently
applied for redress.

See Also: Former DoJ Official Caught on Terror Watchlist


Where’d you read this myth/urban legend? Dark colors are not xray/submillimeter wave opaque.

I think he’s hoping to be felt down.

Never read it anywhere, It’s from my own personal account. (When walking through a Rapiscan 1000)