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Incompetent TSA Allows Boxcutters on Airliner

A passenger managed to waltz past JFK's ramped-up security gantlet with three boxcutters in his carry-on luggage -- easily boarding an international flight while carrying the weapon of choice of the 9/11 hijackers, sources told The Post yesterday. The stunning breach grounded the flight for three hours Saturday night and drew fury from Port Authority cops, who accused the Transportation Security Administration of being asleep on the job. ( More...

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So, if according to the TSA there are so many on aircraft measures that would negate the use of a box cutter to high jack a plane, why does the traveling public still need to go through full body scanners (that have been shown not to show guns under clothing in testing)?
Bill Halpin 0
"They include the possible presence of armed federal air marshals, hardened cockpit doors, flight crews trained in self-defense and a more vigilant traveling public who have demonstrated a willingness to intervene."

Just smoke and mirrors to cover their screw-up!
Chip Hermes 0
This happens every few minutes, it's just that it isn't discovered and/or the media doesn't find out about it. The TSA is totally ineffective at finding anything dangerous. Possibly one of the biggest wastes of taxpayer money in the history of this country.
Donny Malinoff 0
But they do a great job at making sure your liquids are in a sealed plastic baggy and contain no more than 3.4oz.
Chris Bryant 0
I'm so glad these guys are "professionals."
Thanks, Tom Daschle.
AccessAir 0
3 Hours???? Uh, how did that help? Bust the offender and let the airplane take off without him/them...Sheesh, gimme a break...
Yeah, looks like TSA is paying attention....Too busy feeling up Granny and checking shoes and baggies..
Gary Kendall 0
Great job Janet, you screwed up Arizona, now, you have a Federal job. Need I say more?
TTail 0
there is another story on the squawk box today about lazy TSA agents. they are government employees, with union protections, how is that working out??? i think they ought to do away with the TSA, and find another alternative. just another level of overpaid, AND UNDERWORKED airport security. WHAT A JOKE!!!
TTail 0
@GARY KENDALL how is she screwing up arizona??
dmanuel 0
Roland makes an excellent point. It appears that the Emperor (TSA) has no clothes, no matter how much spin is applied.
Gary Kendall 0
TTail, reread my comment. SCREWED, past tense, while she was governor.
Dan Stugan 0
The two TSA agents and supervisor who completely missed the blades at a security checkpoint "will all be disciplined and undergo remedial training," said spokeswoman Ann Davis

GREAT what is wrong with TERMINATION. Whats this going to cost us.
Robert George 0
Has TSA made it safer to fly or are is it a very expensive government program that could be handled by contract security?
If the government, republicans and democrats, truly wanted to cut spending they could start by abolishing this agency and others that do nothing but waste money.
Greg Becker 0
I'm not saying the TSA is great, but, what is someone getting onto a plane with 3 sets of boxcutters for? They have some boxes to open in-flight? More likely, in order to get a few minutes of media spotlight, every right-wing traveling freak is packing this stuff in hopes of sliding by. If it gets spotted they do the "oh dear me, I completely forgot about that," but if they get through its the "Oh my God! These incompetent bastards!"

How many passengers go through security each day? How many times do we hear of something like this? No system is perfect. Maybe if people stopped looking for a way to get on TV with their amateur security investigator routine, we would all be better off.
dmanuel 0
I don’t buy the premise people are testing the security system on their own. My group flies dozens of times a year where flights are a mix of commercial and private flights. There have been cases where tools end up remaining in your flight bag, instead of being transferred to checked luggage. Because of remote work locations, we always carry spares, thus one could end up with multiple box cutters, screwdrivers, spike probes etc. in your carry-on. The only reason so much focus was given to this event was the item discovered were box cutters. Yet, the flight attendants think nothing of providing metal knives for use with dinner (first/business class).
herls one 0
I recently flew to the UAE and back, then to Canada, then vegas, then Nashville, with a 4 inch pairing knife in my briefcase. The Nashville TSA pulled it out and I was incredulous as it had been missing from my desk for 2 months! I went through 10 or 15 x-ray machines? I also had a leatherman (like the one in the post photo, go with me back and forth to canada out of ord. They never saw that either.
victoria10 0
While flying with my partner, he was told in a few minutes he was going to be taken to a private area and searched. While waiting we were left together with our belongings. The question remains: what would prevent him from putting anything he did not want discovered into my belongings???
Dave Blevins 0
Ooooh ........ Box cutters. Aren't you so scared ? Please. Sounds like a bunch of liberal Pus_ _sies to me. I remember losing a pocketknife in Pennsacola because I was helping Hurricane Ike victims (my in-laws), and the agent said:"What are you doing with a pocketknife?" I said I simply forgot there were so many different rules as to what you could carry on the plane, and what you had to have in checked baggage. I was here to help family that lost their home, and 50 years of photos et al; I wasn't too concerned about some "security agent" at an airport. He was kinda mad, but he got over it quickly. I also had my Guitar to carry on, and he asked me if I was famous. I said: "Yes, don't you recognize who I am" ?
He said "no". I said: "Names' Dave, would you like me to pick you a tune"? He said sure, but some other time. I'm kind ob getting busy. So I said: "Okay". DuuuuuuuuuuuuuH !!
Joe Daileda 0
So when will Janet Napolitano announce that the "system" worked, as she did with the underwear bomber?.
Ronald Padgett 0
If there are security procedures to prevent boxcutters from being a security threat, Why In The Hel.... Why In Hades Are We Still Screening For Them?!??! Perhaps THESE TSA agents did the RIGHT thing.
jatibi 0
The TSA is so busy scanning the body with the new overpriced equipment. Problem is they still don't have scanning luggage down properly. Maybe they should spend the money the right way.
Ronald Padgett 0
If you had a choice of looking at naked pictures or just going through underwear; which would you choose?


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