Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Jul 2, 2011.
Injury Board Blog Network: 10 Year Later and Airport Security Is Still Failing
just remind me again, which are those 'reported efforts that have been made by the TSA to improve security measures'?
What's worse is the fact very little air cargo is scanned to any degree. Talk about a black hole or glaring security issue. The problem cited in the article was preventable and should have been. Don't get me wrong, I am not trying to credit the TSA but add in a human factor and there is always chance for error. This time it did have disastrous results, but it was another example that continues to give the department a black eye.
I thought after those toner cartridges were sent air freight, there was more concern with bombs in the hold.
Based on a bit of research, it seems the requirements for shipping cargo has changed since I left the airlines. When I was employed in LAX, not much of any air cargo was screened. Of course some of those items being shipped would fall under what was a "known shipper" or "in the post-September 11th era, shippers who have been properly vetted with the TSA by an air carrier or freight forwarder" (source). I still believe there are risks when shipping air freight that have not been adequately addressed. In a piece at AirSafe News, "According to the GAO, as of March 2010 about 68% of all cargo (by weight) on domestic US passenger flights was screened. This is less than TSA's target of having 75% screened by March 2010" (source).
Had a discussion with a TSA suit type at MSP. He said 100% of all air freight was screened at MSP. I really hate being lied to by a government official.
It could depend on whose side of the air cargo story you believe. The TSA suit type made one claim. Here is a piece from March, 2011 that says, "...there's no way the TSA can know that"in regards to screening 100% of the air cargo. The screening of air freight is better, but "unclear on how effective" (source) it has been.
Since on another front I'm dealing with identity theft--simultaneous with my TSA assault come to think of it---involving items sent through "shippers who have been properly vetted with the TSA by an air carrier or freight forwarder", take it from me, NOTHING should be given a pass simply because of the shipper!
I agree but this is how they want to run their ship. With the amount of cargo that is shipped as air freight I don't see how they inspect every piece of freight. I can remember flight crews denying cargo to go when the description said nothing more than, "Consumer Commodity." Without breaking open the box, you had no idea what the item was.
Just pointing out that no one knows, or possibly cares: With "vetted" shippers being paid to move criminal freight, it's more porous security-wise than most law-abiding citizens generally imagine.
Damn, I'm glad TSA is on the job, in the terminal, keeping America safe!
Suspect the next biggie with air transportation and security issues will involve TSA employees who sold out to the terrorists.
Oh I thought about that too... then I realized that a TSO wouldn't know a terrorist if one came face to face with him and said "Hey I'm a terrorist!" They'd just steal his watch and iPad, irradiate him, grab his jewels, and put him on his flight. No need to sell out.
Duh. If they'll steal your stuff, what will they do if someone offers serious money? And we know the management hasn't a clue about managing security, so why expect them to catch it before something happens? Yeh, that wouldn't surprise me one bit.
I have not read the requirements to be a TSO with this beloved organization, but terrorists seem to take their time setting up operations. No reason why they could not get a few into the system working with the TSA. With an "in" who knows what else could happen.
& there will be plenty of opportunities given their high turnover rate & low qualification barriers.
Inside Job: My Life as an Airport Screener
by Barbara S. Peterson | Published March 2007 |
Now it's time for another person to go undercover and get a job as a screener, then report back to the world on the "training", how they are instructed to do the gropes, what they are told about swarming around recalcitrant flyers in an attempt at intimidation, what they are told about photography at checkpoints, and on and on and on and on.
Thanks for the flashback!
Three simple words: Respect is earned.
And remember -- this was written before the punitive gropefests were instituted. If they want respect, they might try engaging in it themselves.
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