MSP now says discarded box didn’t contain propane tank

  • Article by: Paul Walsh , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 26, 2013 - 6:23 AM

Traveler’s husband said he tried to explain that box held only a grill.

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pkbrandonDec. 25, 13 1:29 PM

More 'security theater'. The TSA is a farce that has stopped about as many real terrorist attacks as the NSA.

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kwirkyDec. 25, 13 1:29 PM

No doubt a lot of people are working on their defense during the holiday. Do you think they may corroborate their stories too? I mean, not that anyone has anything to lose at this point, right? BUT - It would be refreshing to have the TSA just say "ah, it looked like a bomb, you go open it!" I could believe that.

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pkbrandonDec. 25, 13 1:30 PM

And I assume that the police has authenticated pictures of the open box and its contents. Even better, a video showing the box being opened. I would assume that that's standard procedure these days.

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samiamDec. 25, 13 1:32 PM

If you see something, say something. The system worked exactly as intended.

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mlnelsonDec. 25, 13 1:55 PM

The box was unattended, folks! As a traveler, they acted appropriately and with caution. LOL! Profiling bc she's Latino! Always goes back to ethnicity!

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DufferHDec. 25, 13 1:58 PM

Now this story is starting to make no sense. It made no sense as first reported that she had a tank of propane. And then it made even less sense when the tank was reported empty. Now it's starting to make sense after finding out it was a grill but no tank.

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lowertowntugDec. 25, 13 2:05 PM

Judgement is clearly not required in either the officer of the TSA or the police department.

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walshpjDec. 25, 13 2:12 PM

Not taking sides, but a factual point: This incident occurred in the ticketing/checkin area. It did not involve TSA agents, who screen beyond the ticketing area and leading to the concourses. Resume debate.

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kenw1952wDec. 25, 13 2:17 PM

TSA can definitely be over-aggressive in many ways but the system did work as it is suppose to. Also, so sad to hear the husband play the race card. I've been "patted down" (molested) by TSA so many times I lost count, I'm caucasian , perhaps I should start screaming race.

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rlitfinDec. 25, 13 2:20 PM

I smell a lawsuit coming.....

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