Video TSA double checks security – YouTube

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Fisher1949, Sep 18, 2011.

  1. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    Your tax dollar at work.
  2. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach


    Is this the bizarro opening ceremony I've heard so much about?

    Seriously, these morons couldn't find the trunk of an elephant.
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  3. RB

    RB Founding Member

    OK, what was in the right hand? Was it a target object and did they move it around?
    What a bunch of BS, and they claim these people are highly trained!:td::td:

    I'm sure Bart can shed some light on the exercise of idiocy.
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  4. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    What was this all about? TSA playing ring-around-the-rosy?
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  5. FetePerfection

    FetePerfection Founding Member Coach

    Until the camera moved closer to the door, I thought this was a room full of smurfs leaving their morning rah-rah session, however upon further inspection Doober's right, it was ring-around-the-rosy. Unbelievable.
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  6. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    Looking at this group I was speculating that it may have been a way to trick them into exercising. Collectively they could stand to lose the weight of a grand piano.
  7. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    What's so unbelievable about a collection of mentally and ethically defective government employees finding a new way to waste time and taxpayer money doing something you might expect to see bored chimps doing at the zoo?
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  8. THawk996

    THawk996 Original Member

    Around the 1:17 mark in the video the supervisor says "We only do this when the ... is out." Unfortunately I can't make out what she says. Perhaps someone else can understand what she says.

    It appears that the TSA screeners are holding metallic objects against their bodies in different locations each time they pass throgh the metal detector. I assume this is to test if the machine can detect the objects in those different locations. They may be calibrating the machine as well.
  9. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    If this did have something to do with testing and calibrating, shouldn't they be doing that before the influx of passengers? Like before they open the checkpoint for the day?
  10. THawk996

    THawk996 Original Member

    I would hope they would do checks at the beginning of the day.

    In this particular case it appears there was some sort of problem with the system during the course of operation and they are testing it before allowing the passengers to go through again. As I mentioned earlier, I can't make out what the supervisor said was the problem was. Perhaps the power had gone out?

    As humorous as the video is, it appears that the TSA screeners are an attempting to make sure the system is operating correctly. Contrast this with a malfunctioning NOS where they would have no hope of getting it back in operation.
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  11. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    If only they had a backup metal detector that could be pulled out of a drawer and used to screen passengers rather than backing up the entire schedule for an airport...
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  12. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    I loved the comment of the photographer as he watched the game being played: "This is going on YouTube."
  13. Rugape

    Rugape Original Member

    The comment was "we only do this when the powers been out". This is part of putting the machines into operation after a powerdown. Anyone that has worked with metal detectors has done this at some time (or should have done this). Usually it is done before the passengers come through, but as they indicate, the power had evidently been off.

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