TSA misses knife in passenger's luggage on 9/11 anniversary Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by THawk996, Sep 13, 2011.

  1. THawk996

    THawk996 Original Member

    New York Post: TSA misses knife in passenger's luggage on 9/11 anniversary


    The article includes the X-Ray image with the knife clearly visible -- you don't even need a week's worth of training to identify the knife in the image.
     
  2. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    The screener was probably busy fantasizing about the new XBox they're planning on buying with their share of the Oxycontin smuggling profits.
     
  3. Cartoon Peril

    Cartoon Peril Original Member

    Oh, was there a fighter escort scrambled?
     
  4. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    Profiling much?
     
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  5. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    More like, "Oh crap - who had it? Quick, make up something semi-plausible while we figure out who (expletive deleted)!"
     
  6. Cartoon Peril

    Cartoon Peril Original Member

    Again, checkpoint confusion, noise, bullhorns -- all bad for security.
     
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  7. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    But good for security theatre.
     
  8. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

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  9. Cartoon Peril

    Cartoon Peril Original Member

    "Out of an abundance of caution" -- what is this, a new word for "I'm a damn fool"?
     
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  10. THawk996

    THawk996 Original Member

    The New York Post has updated the article:

    Given the readily apparent (lack of) fitness level of most TSA screeners, it isn't surprising that she was "too quick" for them to catch her.
     
  11. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    "An abundance of caution" appears to be the latest colloquialism to excuse atrocity. Or stupidity. Sometimes both at once.
     
  12. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    So many studies have been done on the completely normal human tendency to overlook that which one has gotten used to. It's normal ordinary fatigue, compounded by fatigue induced by familiarity (I'm sure there's a technical name for it but I don't know what it is). I'm talking way before the TSA even existed. Way before it was even a glint in somebody's eye.

    Have you ever written a note to yourself and posted it on, say, the bathroom mirror, to remind yourself of something days ahead of time, only to get so used to its being there that you continually overlook it? That's the phenomenon I'm talking about.

    All this bogus security theater is exactly that -- bogus.
     
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  13. THawk996

    THawk996 Original Member

    The phenomenon is called Inattentional Blindness.
     
  14. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    THawk996, thank you!
     

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