Archives for the month of: December, 2010

A TSA Behavior Detection Officer killed himself after kidnapping his estranged wife and daughter in Albuquerque.

Police say the family of Ashley Varela-Gonzalez, 26, contacted police Tuesday evening to report their daughter’s kidnapping.

The family told police eight months pregnant Varela-Gonzalez and her 2-year-old son had been kidnapped from Pecos by her estranged husband Diego Gonzalez, 27, and gave dispatch a description of the suspect’s vehicle: a large, dark Ford F-350 with Marine Corps plates.

http://www.kob.com/article/stories/S1900502.shtml

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A pilot pointed out something that is obvious to anyone who travels frequently: that the TSA only focuses on what passengers see and ignores what goes on behind the scenes at the airport. Airport employees, caterers, baggage handlers and others who have access to planes don’t have to go through security screenings.

Airport security is kind of a farce. It’s only smoke and mirrors.

To thank him for his efforts, four federal air marshals and two sheriffs deputies arrived at his house. The TSA also had his concealed carry permit taken away.

http://abcnews.go.com/WN/pilot-hasseled-tsa-uncovering-security-breaches-major-airport/story?id=12470082

Troy Davis stole five laptops and a Sony Playstation from travelers in Philadelphia. He got 3 years probation.

“He put the luggage through special machines to see whether there was any explosives or anything of concern in the luggage,” she told KYW Newsradio.  “When he saw that there was something of value in the luggage, he took out the computers or the games.”

http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2010/12/17/tsa-worker-avoids-prison-after-stealing-travelers-laptops/

Farid Seif accidentally carried a gun on board, passing through security in Houston.

Houston businessman Farid Seif says it was a startling discovery. He didn’t intend to bring a loaded gun on a flight out of Houston and can’t understand how TSA screeners didn’t catch it.

Nearing the height of last year’s Christmas travel season, TSA screeners at Bush Intercontinental Airport somehow missed a loaded pistol, one that was tucked away inside a carry-on computer bag.

“I mean, this is not a small gun,” Seif said. “It’s a .40 caliber gun.”

http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=7848683

 

Teenager Delvonte Tisdale fell out of a wheel well on a US Airways jet as it approached Boston Logan. He apparently had breeched security at Charlotte Douglas International Airport and hid inside the wheel well.

According to Keating, investigators have found forensic evidence – fingerprint and handprints – that indicates Tisdale snuck into the left wheel well of a Boeing 737 aircraft sometime on Nov. 14 while the plane was parked at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, NC.

The flight departed to Boston around 7 p.m. Tisdale came plummeting to the ground, landing in a quiet, upscale neighborhood of Milton shortly before 9:00 p.m. – a neighborhood directly under the airplane’s flight path.

http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2010/12/police_recover_1.html