TSA destroys passengers' luggage at Palm Springs airport

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Aug 26, 2011.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    KPSP 2: UPDATE: TSA Confirms "Suspicious Item" in Palm Springs International Airport Evacuation

    Major correction here: the x-ray does not detect anything. The x-ray was misread by one of TSA's pizza-box specials.

    Obviously if you can't understand him, you need to destroy his stuff.


    And the latest gems of wisdom from Nico Melendez, TSA's resident blithering idiot:

    Every time you open your trap, Nico, I want to :td: even more than the last time you opened it.

    Several flights were also delayed, and the terminal was evacuated to celebrate the occasion.

    Get these retards out of our airports, please!
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  2. FriendlySkies

    FriendlySkies Member

    No aircraft were permitted to move for 4.5 hours :rolleyes:
  3. jtodd

    jtodd Original Member

    Cheese and rice! The stupidity of the TSA knows no bounds!
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  4. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    So, let me see if I understand what happened here. Ten years into this gig, TSA can't tell from harmful to harmless on an x-ray screen?

    And these are the same people who are reading x-ray screens of our naked bodies, and then feeling them up because they can't tell from harmful to harmless.

    Do they have any idea how stupid they look?
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  5. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    Yet another overreaction by the fear mongers at TSA. So, they cancelled the flight, wrongfully detained an innocent passenger only to discover routine items in his bag.

    Geniuses. Maybe soon they'll get dogs at Palm Springs and raise the collective TSA IQ.
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  6. jtodd

    jtodd Original Member

    So, a citizen is found guilty of being a terrorist, and without a trial by his peers or a warrant, his personal items are seized, confiscated and destroyed by the state. :mad:

    Oh, and then found to be harmless, he is released without compensation or recourse. How is this not a police state?!
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  7. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    It's for your safety, jtodd, you should be grateful. Why aren't you grateful?
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  8. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    I wonder if he can sue them for illegal detention and destruction of property? Seems a reasonable case to me.

    I see some "anything for safety" TSA troll posted in response saying it was a good move by TSA. Maybe some others can flame this cretin to get the point across.
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  9. jtodd

    jtodd Original Member

    I'll say it again. John Pistole and his organization are a greater threat to me, my property and my rights than any terrorist in the world, and I will treat him as such.
  10. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    As I've said before:

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  11. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    Nice comment!
  12. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach


    Did you see that you can VOTE on the comments? ^
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  13. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    Didn't notice that but I'll make a contribution. Thanks!
  14. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    This is a one (expletive deleted) of an American Tourister commercial just begging to be made, replacing the old ones with the gorillas throwing luggage around...
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  16. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    My heroes! :rolleyes:
  17. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    That was the same article I posted at the top of the thread, but I did notice one thing very wrong about the headline:

    They didn't "confirm" diddlyquat because there was nothing illegal or hazardous to aviation in the luggage. All they confirmed is that they have ill-trained employees who can't read their x-ray monitors and can't communicate with their customers victims but they celebrate destroying an innocent person's belongings.
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  18. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    Mike, you're so difficult to please.
    See? The suspect traveler was let go. Jeesh.;)
  19. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

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  20. SATTSO

    SATTSO Original Member

    It amazes me what some of you think... or perhaps don't think.

    This did NOT happen because of what was seen on the x-ray.

    But lets list what did happen.

    An anomoly was seen on x-ray. That certainly kicked off the process, but that did not result in what happened.

    Next, there were multiple ETD alarms.

    A BAO had to form their own opinion of what was observed on x-ray, and reconcile that with the ETD alarms. At that point the BAO could have helped to clear the item. Obviously, someone who IS an expert in explosives - the BAO - did not clear the item. And despite what you may think of TSO's, BAOs only come from previous employment with the FBI, and/or military EOD.

    An outside EOD (bomb squad) was called in. Those people using their OWN ETD equipment received alarms. They conducted their own interpertation of the x-ray image, and came to their own conclusion.

    As a note, when an outside agency is called in, such as a local bomb squad, TSA is no longer in control. That agency makes the decisions as to what to do with that item.

    So, multiple ETD alarms from different equipment. Three (3) groups of people observed the x-ray image (the TSO/STSOs, BAO's, local EOD) and could not clear the item. And an interview of the passenger did not help. Even if the passenger spoke English, it may not have helped, not when you have what I list above. Unless you wish to play stupid and ignore multiple ETD alarms, ignore the observations of 3 groups of people. But somehow I think that is what the people here want...

    But its great you all jump to conclusions: something "scary" was seen on the x-ray, so TSA had the bag destroyed. Yeah, right. Its a little more complicated than that.

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