Arrested TSA Employee Another Smurf in the Hoosgow (Subtitle: Thieving Morons at MIA)

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Jan 20, 2012.

  1. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    People get more upset over not getting free junk food on the plane than in the thieving and assaulting that's going on. Unbelievable.
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  2. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    That's the TSA defined. Top to bottom.
  3. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    I love etymologies!
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  4. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    I have so many (mostly random) thoughts about this.

    A year after the TSA instituted their 'no locking your luggage' "rule", my organization did a FOIA request to see how many theft complaints the TSA was getting. We were denied, denied, denied. Others I know have had only very limited success on this front. I bet the number of complaints is actually quite large.

    Before I quit traveling, my self-defense method was to never check bags. I got really good at packing my carry-ons. Don't for a moment think that I blame the victims for having stuff stolen out of their checked bags, because I don't. For me it was more a matter of peace of mind. I just didn't want to have to worry about my stuff being stolen out of my bag by some low rent TSA person.

    As for the thefts at the checkpoint... part of me is still so surprised by the sheer brazenness of it all. I'm not sure what I'd do if faced with being separated from my bags. I'm sure whatever I did it would result in me going to jail. I guess at this point I'd probably lock up my bags and not unlock them until they were ready to be searched. Not sure what I'd do with my laptap.... Make sure it's fully turned off and use TrueCrypt?

    Maybe there's a business opportunity for creating a suite of 'anti-TSA theft' products to help us out at the checkpoint. They could include cameras, tracking devices, and whatever else might help.

    Also -- the fact that we're even having this conversation on this site, other sites, and in the news, should tell everyone who has any oversight over this rogue agency that there is a problem.
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  5. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Alas, it doesn't.

    And the fact that we're having conversations, at this site and others, about how to dress so as to minimize the risk of sexual assault -- it's mind-boggling.
  6. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    This is one of the things that bothers me the most. I will not be told how to dress - particularly by a government agency. (this is me avoiding jail once again)
  7. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    Its sad that its come down to having to dress a certain way to avoid getting raped by governemtn ASSes.

    Now for my checked luggauge I have a whole schema in place. Each bag I now I simply pack one of my CC weapons in each bag, so now if my bags are opened outside of my presence it now brings in BATFE. At that point TSA is screwed and they get to answer to the BATFE who is not known for having a sense of humor, and loves to cause pain and misery.
  8. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    I just the other night saw that there is an app for some smartphones that can track the phone if it is stolen. Here's a link to some apps for androids:

    Seems to me if such apps exist, they could be put on tablets, laptops and other electronic equipment. My knowledge of such things, however, is still in the Dark Ages.

    Someone should develop small chips for jewelry so one has the ability to track such if it goes missing.
  9. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Laptops and tables don't have the hardware to do this.

    'droids can receive GPS signals and calculate your location within ~50 feet. Where GPS doesn't work well (urban areas where you're in a "valley" between lots of tall buildings) and or you disable it (activatate GPS is a big drain on your battery), they can estimate your location based on cell phone reception. This is usually only accurate to a few blocks in urban areas or a few miles in rural areas.

    Most laptops have neither GPS nor cell modems. If an unsuspecting thief were to connect one, they could be preprogrammed to take advantate of it, but the odds of all that falling into place are ... ?

    Tablets have cell modems, so you could get the less accurate triangulation, but I don't believe most tablets have GPS receivers.
  10. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Also, there are already more suitable apps for laptops that notify a call center when the laptop is connected to the internet. The IP address will often trace to the location of the laptop at the time of the connection or to an ISP that will be able to identify the specific user's account.
  11. FaustsAccountant

    FaustsAccountant Original Member

    But a 'smart' thief would power up the laptop, keep it off the internet (just be where there's no connection) to wipe it clean. Nothing is foolproof.

    On principle, I am adverse to having to spend more money to keep my stuff safe from the so-call screeners who are paid by my tax dollars to keep me 'safe.'

    And thirdly, I can't wait to see how BlabberBlah is going to spin this guy, his wife, and their special pocket into heros.
  12. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    He'll just ignore it. Or give us that line he and his fellows always trot out: "The TSA has zero tolerance blah blah blah."
  13. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    Funny how this story disappeared (although it never made it mainstream) once the Rand Paul story hit.
  14. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Hate to scare people like this but here's an almost life-size muggie of the perp, Michael Pujol (click on the muggie for arrest details):

    pujol michael.jpg

    I was unable to find a muggie for his uxorial codefendant, Betsy Pujol Salazar.​
  15. jtodd

    jtodd Original Member

    Looks like the typical TSA (expletive deleted).
  16. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    I also apologize for the fright:
  17. jtodd

    jtodd Original Member

    That's about what I was expecting.

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