Archives for category: incompetence

Victor Torres-Rivera went through security screening with a 5-inch ceramic knife. It was detected on his flight home from Newark.

Sources said Torres-Rivera told them that he carried the knife for protection and simply forgot that it was in a day planner.

The Pfizer employee was not believed to be a terror threat, but he was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor weapon possession, sources said.

The TSA did not immediately comment.

“Mr. Torres-Rivera, who was released … is cooperating fully with law enforcement,” a Pfizer spokesman said.


Evelyn Freay went through security screening at Newark and later discovered she had a steak knife in her bag.

TSA officials admitted that TSA contractors kept incorrect records of radiation emitted by the $180,000 whole body scanners being deployed at airports.

More than one in four reports — randomly selected from thousands of reports over two years and covering 15 airports — included gross errors about radiation emissions. That is completely unacceptable when it comes to monitoring radiation.

— Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine)

Unlike other places where employees are subjected to radiation, the TSA doesn’t allow screeners to wear radiation-sensitive badges to monitor for excessive exposure.

Richard Wong made it through TSA screening with someone else’s boarding pass.

Three box cutters fell out of a bag about to be stowed in an overhead bin on a JetBlue flight departing from JFK.

Two screeners and a supervisor were to be disciplined.

Thousands of checked bags were loaded on board planes crossing the ocean without undergoing security screening. This went on for months.

The TSA tries to downplay the incident:

The TSA said the problems should be put in perspective because they happened at one of Honolulu airport’s 12 baggage security screening areas and the 27 or so TSA employees under investigation make up a small fraction of the agency’s 750 employees in Honolulu.

Meanwhile, it kept paying the employees for their no work jobs.

Perhaps the bigger story should be that the TSA has 750 (!) employees in Honolulu.

An undercover agent was testing the efficacy of security screeners in Dallas. In five tries, the gun wasn’t detected once.

The source said the undercover agent carried a pistol in her undergarments when she put the body scanners to the test. The officer successfully made it through the airport’s body scanners every time she tried, the source said.

“In this case, where they had a test, and it was just a dismal failure as I’m told,” said Larry Wansley, former head of security at American Airlines. “As I’ve heard (it), you got a problem, especially with a fire arm.”

The employees working the scanners weren’t disciplined and are still working the scanners.

TSA agents improperly screened passengers who were getting off a train in Savannah. In this video, TSA agents are seen harassing a 9-year-old boy.

In this instance, TSA’s Blogger Blog issued a rare apology for this clear overreach by the agency.

We learned that this particular VIPR operation should have ended by the time these folks were coming through the station since no more trains were leaving the station. We apologize for any inconvenience we may have caused for those passengers.

TSA acted without the knowledge of Amtrak and Amtrak has since banned TSA from its stations.

Amtrak Police Chief John O’Connor said he first thought a blog posting about the incident was a joke. When he discovered that the TSA’s VIPR team did at least some of what the blog said, he was livid. He ordered the VIPR teams off Amtrak property, at least until a firm agreement can be drawn up to prevent the TSA from taking actions that the chief said were illegal and clearly contrary to Amtrak policy.

“When I saw it, I didn’t believe it was real,” O’Connor said. When it developed that the posting on an anti-TSA blog was not a joke, “I hit the ceiling.”

He said the blog indicated that Amtrak had approved of the operation, but it had not. He called the TSA’s posting on “inaccurate and insensitive.”

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.”


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.