TSA Agent Fired After Letting Two Passengers Board Separate Flights Carrying Weapons

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  1. City Extra

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    TSA Agent Fired After Letting Two Passengers Board Separate Flights Carrying Weapons

    A Transportation Security Officer agent has been fired after he unknowingly let two passengers, one with a loaded gun and the other with a knife, onboard separate flights on June 22, Fox News reported Friday. Flying from Phoenix to London, both the passengers were later discovered carrying the weapons in their hand luggage. The passengers, both confirmed to not be terrorists, didn't make use of the items during the flight. However, they were caught by security staff at Heathrow Airport while they made their way to connecting flights. William Joseph Richardson, 34, was making his way to a flight from ...


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    Heightened Security Didn't Stop Two Armed Men From Boarding Flights From The US To London

    One passenger was carrying a loaded gun and the second managed to smuggle a flick knife onto the aircraft. They were both missed by the same agent employed by the Transportation Security Administration, a US government agency which screens passengers at American airports on June 22. One of the two passengers, who is understood to have a criminal record, was picked up when trying to board a connecting flight to Paris. The second passenger, who was carrying the knife, was also intercepted while transferring to another flight.


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    US airport security let man fly to Heathrow with loaded gun in hand luggage
    • Police at Heathrow discover Glock pistol in passenger's hand luggage
    • He was caught attempting to catch a connecting flight to Paris
    • Seven hours later passenger from Phoenix was caught with a folding knife
    • Comes as airport security is heightened in response to terror bomb threat
    • Passengers told to ensure all electronic devices are charged and working

    A Transportation Security Administration agent who unwittingly let two people board separate aeroplanes one with a loaded gun and the other with a knife has been sacked. Both passengers were flying from Phoenix to London on June 22 and both took the weapons on board in their hand luggage. Neither passenger was a terrorist or tried to use the items during the flight. Both weapons were found by security staff at Heathrow Airport as the passengers tried to transfer to connecting flights.

    William Joseph Richardson was making his way to a flight from London to Paris when security staff found the loaded Glock in his hand luggage. Police confiscated the gun and ammunition and held Richardson, 34, for further investigation. It was later revealed that he has a criminal record. Seven hours later, airport security found the 3.9-inch folding knife on another passenger getting ready to board a connecting British Airways flight. The knife was confiscated.


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  2. Mike

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    And of course TSA responds with some typical mumbo jumbo about their idiotic "layers" of security:

    TSA spokesman Ross Feinstein told FoxNews.com: ‘TSA employs multiple layers of security to protect the travelling public. On board aircraft, these layers include reinforced cockpit doors, Federal Air Marshals, armed pilots and a vigilant public, as well as many others, both seen and unseen.’

    Only British Airways (BA 288) flies PHX-LHR nonstop.

    There are U.S. Federal air marshals on British Airways flights? I don't think so.

    British Airways pilots are armed? I doubt it. I'm not aware that any foreign governments have endorsed the concept of armed pilots.

    They were protected by a "vigilant public"?
    • Nobody in PHX notice the gun or the knife.
    • Nobody on a 747-400 full of people noticed the gun or the knife.
    • Nobody in LHR notice the gun or the knife, until they were finally screened for their connecting flights.
     

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