More harassment and false alarms to come from TSA canines

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    If you can pick up enough powder residue on your shoes at a gun range to alert these dogs, I suspect there are going to be a LOT of false alarms, and consequently more excuses for the thugs to harass flyers. And note that they are doing this AFTER the checkpoint.

    Over time I foresee a lot of missed flight and unnecessary expense (e.g. overnight house, meals) due to disrupted travel post check point. People should be cleared at the checkpoint and left alone.

    And if a few unburned powder granules from a gun range set them off, a few ounces of powder dropped on the floor in the right locations outside security would probably keep these mutts tied up all day.

    Times Union: Whatever happened to ...

    It was nearly a year ago that the Albany County Airport Authority leased space to the federal Transportation Security Administration to house a canine unit. Now, the residents of the unit are ready to go to work. The TSA has several highly-trained Labrador retrievers who reportedly are even better than the best mechanical detection machines at finding explosives and other hazardous materials. And earlier this month, they demonstrated their skills.

    "We actually did our first live operation with three of them on Dec. 18th," said Brian Johansson, the TSA airport security director at Albany. "They are checking passengers after the checkpoint." The dogs sniff the air, and during their first outing, one detected something and tracked it to an individual passenger. The dog had picked up traces of gunpowder. The passenger, it turns out, had been on a shooting range and picked up traces of the powder on his shoes.
  2. FliesWay2Much

    FliesWay2Much Original Member

    The only way for the reporter to have found out this fact was to talk to the TSA goons who obviously interrogated the innocent passenger. I wonder if a "resolution pat-down" was inflicted on him?
  3. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    of course it was. why would it not be. would they take the person's word for it?
  4. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Any bets on when the first airport closure due to "salting the floor" happens?
  5. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    Over/under is six months. And it can be done easily by anyone who has seen Stalag 17 or any of the other WW2 prison camp movies.

    And the beautiful part is that even if you're caught, there isn't much of a crime beyond littering that can be pressed.
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  6. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    The dogs seem like an appropriate secondary for cause. Too bad the dogs are so much smarter than their handlers.
  7. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    The problem is that they will do anything to please their handlers, and that includes false alerting on command. TSA dogs will be even worse than narco dogs.
  8. RB

    RB Founding Member

    We already know TSA workers are near impossible to train to do anything. Why should TSA dog handlers be expected to be more trainable? I suspect it would be easier to train the dogs.

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