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."
But Cupcakes in a Jar are Strictly Prohibited....