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Wierd, I somehow don't have a big problem with this. I like to see people tested without knowing they're being tested.
Next time you feel like complaining about your job, remember the guy that has to try and sneak fake bombs past armed security.
I guess I'm not surprised there was poor communication on the part of TSA. I fly every week and today's TSA comedy was classic. An obvious infrequent traveler had issue with something in her bag and the xray screener called 9 times for a bag check! On three different occasions three different "supervisors" came up and said verbatim "what you got" during this circus. Then each looked at the sceen, apparently agreed with the screener and then walked off to do more important things besides checking bags and keeping the public moving through the process. 10 minutes later, after finally getting through security I got to watch one of these dolt's cut open this passenger's wrapped presents (obviously a no-no) and confiscate a butter knife used to spread cheese (part of a cheese board present). No issue with the elimination of the passenger's item, however watching as many TSA officers be part of a process that was so comically inefficent and clearly frustrating to the screener reminded me this is ultimately a government run debacle that can only stand improvement!
Well, I certainly feel safer. The BILLIONS that we're spending on airport security are definitely being put to good use. Yep.
Is this telling us that a screener should NOT call for police help if a potential bomb is found? The article does not say what they should do instead.
This is odd, usually the TSA doesn't find these devices on the test runs. They have an abismal record of failure in this area.
Why warn the police? So they don't shoot the tester to death in a panic when a "bomb" is found in the security line. Thank goodness they had enough restraint not to do so this time.
Hey, what do you expect? It's probably the first time the TSA screeners at MSP have actually CAUGHT one of these. After all, the nationwide TSA failure rate on internal tests is consistently around 85%.
"Is this telling us that a screener should NOT call for police help if a potential bomb is found? The article does not say what they should do instead."
I think the point is to tell the police it's a drill so they don't evacuate the area, cause general panic and missed flights, and point loaded guns at people.
Here's something the Europeans do: armed military personnel at airports, train and bus stations. I think we need to take it a step further and have the TSA require military training for the gate checkers. Hey, why not put homeland security under the military? Makes sense to me...
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