Southwest cancels flight after box cutter found

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by RB, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Just heard on local news, a Southwest flight from Houston to Dallas was cancelled this morning after a box cutter was found on the aircraft. Of course all of the people were taken off and re-screened. Nothing else found on aircraft.

    Speculation by a local (sorry didn't catch his name) security expert suggests that the box cutter did not go through TSA security screening but was most likely brought on by one of the thousands of airport workers who are not screened.

    I suggest if an airport worker has any tools and they go unaccounted for after the job then the companies tool control program is dysfunctional not to mention the issues with TSA not screening everyone and everything entering the misnamed sterile area of the airport.

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  2. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

  3. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    and the passengers' experience rapidly deteriorated from that moment on...
    No good deed goes unpunished.
  4. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Unbelievable. Canceling a flight because sombody found -- gasp! -- an implement!

    How can anyone believe this country is going to pull back from lunacy?? Look at what's going on. Look at it. This stuff is now the norm. It's insane. That's the only word for it. Well, that, and lunatic, mindless, irrational, sick, pathetic, embarrassing, nuts, you get the drift.

    And they re-screened everyone?? Again?? Is that their flipping answer for everything??
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  5. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    That's what Gropenmenschen do. It's all Gropenmenschen know how to do. When you put ads on pizza boxes & gas pumps, you're not exactly targeting people with decision-making & problem-solving skills.
  6. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    But isn't this also the fault -- primarily the fault -- of the airline? Why did Southwest cancel the flight? How stupid can they be?
  7. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    Passengers will never learn to just keep their mouths shut, will they?
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  8. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Houston Hobby is their main hub. They probably rebooked the Houston passengers on other flights & subbed a different 737 for that plane in Dallas or farther along on its planned route. That avoids cascading delays all day long as the original plane tries to catch up.
  9. FaustsAccountant

    FaustsAccountant Original Member

    In reference to the Disney incident:
    wait until a dutiful passenger 'sees' a rolled up piece of paper and 'says something.'
    I dread flying even more now, didn't think that was possible.
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  10. JoeBas

    JoeBas Original Member

    The best part? The quote in the Chronicle article:

    ""Anything that is not permitted on the TSA list should be of concern," Romero said. "We dealt with the issue, and our customers went on their way to Dallas. It's over."

    In other words... "I got it, I got it, shut up, I got it." :td:

    What do you mean, it's over? If this was a threat to Aviation, and therefore National, Security, shouldn't there be a full-scale investigation including a JTTF sub-group of multiple alphabet soup federal agencies to determine how some dastardly no-gooder managed to somehow THWART our INVUNERABLE security????
  11. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    Well if you 'see something...'
    and you 'say something' this may be what you'll get.
    The pilot called security but I'm sure the FAs were integral to the overreaction.
    But once passengers are boarded, there's really no other screening they can do but (re)grope each passenger at a gate-gauntlet, right? If they did as Mike suggests was possible, move them a gate over to clean plane?
  12. FaustsAccountant

    FaustsAccountant Original Member

    "Anything that is not permitted on the TSA list should be of concern,"

    How many days until we all have to fly empty-handed, naked, bound, gagged and blindfolded?
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  13. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    But why the (expletive deleted) did the pilot call security? For a frigging utility knife?? Come on.
  14. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    Because, that's what caused 9/11! 9/11! OMG! 9/11!

    That knife got there one of 2 ways:

    1. Left by an absent minded utility/maintenance worker (most likely)
    2. Slipped past the crack TSA "security" theatre troupe (just as likely)

    Regardless, the plane obviously wasn't in danger because nothing happened on the new plane.

    Morons. Every last one of them.
  15. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    And this is why the 'see something, say something' program will die.
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  16. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Or turn into Stasi-style USA.

    Hey, maybe we could make it into a theme park!
  17. FaustsAccountant

    FaustsAccountant Original Member

    but it also looks like as it die, it take down as many bystanders it possible can bleed on.

    An abandoned utility knife: I think these people simply shouldn't be out and about in public, stay at home under their safe beds.
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  18. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    I don't think so. Maybe I'm just being hopeful, but we survived the McCarthy era, we should be able to survive this too.
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  19. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Oh, we'll survive. The question is just how long is it going to take to get there, and how many people are going to be hurt along the way.
  20. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    Sadly, I agree with you.

    I know!! So many things we do in life are a risk, but if you don't do them, you lose out on so much.
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