AviRaider From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 169 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2400 times:
Yea saw this on the news here in the DFW area, apparently TSA was aware of it but was delayed in stopping her. They didn't even know what she looked like until they reviewed the CCTV footage and then using a print-out of her picture went around asking people if they've seen her. Her flight was already taxiing when the pilot was told to return to the gate. Funny thing is, if her flight hadn't been delayed she would have already been in the air.
And the TSA released a statement saying that their process worked!
BD338 From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 654 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2376 times:
Quoting AviRaider (Reply 2): TSA was aware of it but was delayed in stopping her
In my experience they seem fully capable of stopping people carrying a 4 oz tube of toothpaste but are "delayed" when someone carries a gun through security???? What were all those folks they have stood around actually doing???
Charles79 From Puerto Rico, joined Mar 2007, 1315 posts, RR: 5 Reply 5, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2258 times:
I feel a bit sad for the lady, her picture in an article I just read shows her and she looks like a nice, regular grandmother who just so happens to carry a weapon. I'm giving her the benefit of the doubt and assuming that it was an honest mistake; otherwise she should have known better. Mistake or not, she will have to face the legal consequences as her action caused delays to other flights and passengers.
As for TSA...seriously? In the article I just read (NY Daily News) there's a statement from TSA that she left the screening area before her screening was complete and that she removed her bag before the X-Ray screeners had a chance to check her belongings. I have a hard time believing this when you consider that the typical X-Ray machine for hand luggage usually has the scanner enclosed within the conveyor belt and that passengers can't easily reach in and grab their belongings until after it has crossed the scanner (and thus, became visible on the screen for the TSA agent). I don't necessarily wish for anyone to lose their job over a single mistake but I do hope that there are serious repercussions for TSA for this blatant omission. As passengers we are required to comply with TSA rules 100% of the time; I think it's only fair to hold the agency to the same standard.
kpitrrat From United States of America, joined Oct 2011, 154 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (1 year 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2117 times:
As other posters have said I too believe this woman made an honest mistake as well. I am willing to giver her the benefit of the doubt and also expect her to understand the consequences. With that being said I believe this is a SERIOUS breakdown of the screening process.
I am in no way an expert in screening baggage, but in my experience going through the checkpoint the officer generally is sitting in front of a monitor looking at the baggage in real time. What happened here? Did they just send the bag through and look at the image 5 minutes later? Furthermore, I would assume (or like to assume) that TSA officers could spot a handgun in baggage with relative speed. Especially in this case where I would assume the woman was not trying to conceal it to any high degree.
Please, the process worked?? AFTER the woman had already boarded the plane. I'snt the point to prevent this from happening? Oh wait....
Quote from Star-Telegram Article.
"It is unreasonable to expect airport security to be perfect, he said.
Guns in carry-on bags are spotted 9 times out of 10, he said, so terrorists are unlikely to bring guns into airports given the high chance of being caught."