max999
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Smuggled Birds Escape In Cabin On B6 SJU-EWR

Wed May 17, 2006 3:18 am

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wi...7.story?coll=ny-region-apnewjersey

Quote:
The two small African parrots were smuggled onto the early morning flight by a passenger who hid them in a 6-inch by 6-inch cardboard box, which he then shoved inside a carry-on bag and sneaked through security, said Todd Burke, a JetBlue spokesman.

"It appears we became aware of them in-flight when one of the birds got loose," he said.

Video Here...

http://wcbstv.com/video/?id=87752@wcbs.dayport.com

The WCBS journalist reported that the TSA says it is not responsible for checking for animals, only weapons and explosives. So in this age of bird flu, who is going to check for smuggled animals before they get on the plane?
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RE: Smuggled Birds Escape In Cabin On B6 SJU-EWR

Wed May 17, 2006 4:06 am

Quoting Max999 (Thread starter):
TSA says it is not responsible for checking for animals, only weapons and explosives

TSA...Thousands Standing Around. Gotta love it. I cannot imagine what the bag screener saw as it went through the x-ray machine or better yet what he/she thought. Hmmmmm..., shoes, hair dryer, toothbrush, 2 bird skeletons, deoderant...LOL! Things like this have both a positive and negative effect.

Positive effect: The question of who is liable for an incident like this is taken into consideration with (hopefully) a final decision being made and this problem not happening again in the future.

Negative effect: Really pissed off customers, vouchers for the inconvenience of having a bird fly around the cabin and crap on their head. Potential of lawsuits for exposing customers to Bird Flu. If it is decided that the airline is responsible for checking all the bags, we will have more lines for folks to wait on so the bags can be checked along with yet another stupid question to answer at check in "...okay, and do you have any animals inside your carry on luggage that you may have packed other than a dog or cat that can escape from your bag and ruin the flight for the other 155 customers on boar? No? Okay, lets go ahead and print your boarding pass...".

I hope this customer gets nailed by the ASPCA for animal cruelty, is forced to pay a HUGE fine, forced to pay back all the monitary debts incurred by his/her stupidity (including vouchers, civil suits, etc.) and then has to write a thoughtful hand-written letter of appology to all customers and crewmembers onboard this flight along with make a public statement for all the world to see how much of a dumb ass he/she really is. AND if the person is not a citizen of the US should be sent back to PR and black listed.

**My thoughts are only in my own opinion and do not reflect the thoughts of JetBlue.**
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RE: Smuggled Birds Escape In Cabin On B6 SJU-EWR

Wed May 17, 2006 4:42 am

Quoting B6JFKH81 (Reply 1):
if the person is not a citizen of the US should be sent back to PR and black listed.

Puerto Rico is a territory and a part of the USA and their citizens are USA citizens. I do agree that the person should be blacklisted from flying for a number of years and pay through the nose for his cruality and stupidity. I would assume that the birds value was enough to pay for a few tickets to/from NYC and PR.
I do question why there wasn't better TSA checks? One has to question their ability if they cannot determine a bird's skeleton unless it just doesn't show up in the x-rays? Some low volume airports do hand searches as they just don't have the need for fancy equipment, or to do it on top of the x-rays before you check in to check all luggage for any counterban.
 
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RE: Smuggled Birds Escape In Cabin On B6 SJU-EWR

Wed May 17, 2006 4:46 am

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 2):
Puerto Rico is a territory and a part of the USA and their citizens are USA citizens.

Yeah, sorry about that. I was thinking DR instead of PR!

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 2):
I do question why there wasn't better TSA checks?

According to the video, TSA states it is not their responsibility. Is this something that is regulated by airline maybe...then putting the responsibility on the airline instead of the TSA? Anybody work for a 121 carrier that allows birds onboard?
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RE: Smuggled Birds Escape In Cabin On B6 SJU-EWR

Wed May 17, 2006 8:09 am

Quoting B6JFKH81 (Reply 1):
TSA...Thousands Standing Around. Gotta love it. I cannot imagine what the bag screener saw as it went through the x-ray machine or better yet what he/she thought. Hmmmmm..., shoes, hair dryer, toothbrush, 2 bird skeletons, deoderant...LOL! Things like this have both a positive and negative effect.

Unfortunately, the TSA will never win any popularity contests because of its mission. Their mission is to make flying safer for everybody. And in order to make things safe and secure, they got to be tough. But if they're too tough, then people will start complaining. ("The TSA agent touched me in the wrong way!") But if they aren't tough enough, other people will criticize the agency for being lax on security. So what is the TSA to do? I don't think anybody has a good answer to that question.
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