Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The TSA Deception

More evidence that the TSA is just an expensive deception:

A plane left the gate at DFW Airport with a gun on board before transportation officials alerted the pilot about the problem, FOX 4 has learned.

Airport spokesman David Magana said a 65-year-old woman from Little Elm, Texas had a gun in her carry-on bag that got through the security checkpoint .

By the time the woman took her bag and walked away, a TSA agent scanning the D-30 checkpoint noticed the .38-caliber handgun.

Magana said the TSA shut down only the security checkpoint, not the entire terminal, and began searching the D concourse and other terminals for the woman.

At least ninety minutes elapsed before the woman was in custody, Magana told FOX 4's Richard Ray.

The plane, American Airlines flight 2385 to Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport, returned to the gate before it got on the runway.

It's not clear if the gun in the luggage was loaded.

The woman, whose name has not been made public, is charged with "places weapons prohibited" -- a violation of state weapons control law, said Magana.

So let’s see here: a woman has a gun and gets past the checkpoint.  The TSA agent does not notice it until she is gone.  They end up shutting down the whole terminal and force a plane back to its gate in order to get her.

Will the agent be fired I wonder?  He should have been able to stop her before she got too far, right?

In any case, I am willing to bet that many people have managed to bring guns and various other weapons on board airplanes and the TSA is none the wiser.  In fact, I am almost sure of it and that this time around the government got lucky.

To be honest, I’d rather have this woman on the plane with a gun than a TSA agent checking the diapers of cancer patients.  I would rather that we be allowed to bring guns onboard because that would prevent any person from hijacking it without having to resort to drastic measures.  Heck, the last couple of attempts involved faulty explosives and passengers willing to beat the snot out the terrorist.

I say let’s leave airline security to the airline companies and shutdown this farce of an agency.

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