TSA Fudging the Weapons Numbers?

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Fisher1949, Jan 7, 2012.

  1. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    I never bothered to read BB's propaganda about TSA's 'big catches" in 2011 but came across the following article which had some interesting information in it. So is TSA counting rolling pins and corkscrews in their 1,200 weapons number? They also slso seem to be making a nice chunk of change extorting property from passengers, which leads to the inevitable question as to where this money goes and if there is an incentive for TSA to tilt the rules so they confiscate more items.

    As is typical with the rags in Pittsburgh, there was no comment area.

    Screeners confiscated wrenches, wire cutters, pocketknives, corkscrews, screwdrivers and pairs of scissors, along with several bricks, complete sets of kitchen cutlery and at least one marble rolling pin, Davis said.

    Aside from weapons or other illegal items, the TSA gives all surrendered items to the state Department of General Services' Surplus Property Division.

    General Services spokesman Troy Thompson said the agency has made $700,000 from selling items from Pittsburgh and other airports in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland and New York since 2004. People can sift through items at a warehouse in Harrisburg; soon they'll be able to buy them online at www.govdeals.com.

    http://pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/s_775490.html
     
  2. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    That 1,200 count probably includes nail clippers and eyelash curlers, and the most dangerous weapon found to date: a potentially explosive cupcake!
     
  3. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    As you know, they keep the change and other stuff they steal from us. So not only are billions of our tax dollars already going to pay for them to abuse us, but then more of our money and belongings get taken on top of that. "Double-dipping" doesn't even begin to describe it.
     
  4. FaustsAccountant

    FaustsAccountant Original Member

    Wait, if these items are so dangerous that they have to be taken from us-we cannot have them in our possession? Why are they being resold?

    I mean, if TSA takes a bomb, a brick of c-4, or a bundle of TNT because it's dangerous, are thse items being resold in a warehouse/online afterwards?

    Sure you can it a brick of c-4 is different from an eyelash curler (and it is!) but where does who decide that a crowbar or diving knife is too dangerous or not dangerous enough to resell to the public?

    But anyway it's sliced; taking something away from me to resell is theft.
     
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  5. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Don't you know that rolling pins are used to make those explosive cupcakes?! Get a grip, girl! They're dangerous!!
     
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  6. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    As with the loose change, how much of it goes home in screeners pockets?
     
  7. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Very likely. At one time, the TSA had a sterling silver cake server on their wall of confiscated items at one airport.

    Besides - the TSA lies. Their management lies, their employees lie. Why would you even consider the idea that they wouldn't lie about their "weapons detected" numbers?
     
  8. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

    What airport was that? The only display of items I've ever seen was in the old terminal in SAV a long time before the TSA.
     
  9. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    It was before I quit traveling for business, but I believe it was CLE, probably 2009 or 2010.
     

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