TSA officers detain passenger over 'bomb' comments about sandwich

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by KrazyKat, Apr 13, 2013.

  1. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    Is "Go (expletive deleted) yourself, Pedosmurf" probable cause for arrest?
     
  2. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Depends on whether you're asking a Pedosmurf, one of their pet LEOs (like certain "officers of the law" at ABQ, for example), or a real LEO who's aware that such is probably considered "protected speech."
     
  3. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    "See something say something" goes awry again.

    It's a wonder they didn't arrest the snitch for bad information.
     
  4. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    That's a joke, right? The TSA is far more likely to arrest the person being eavesdropped upon than their pet blue-shirted, soulless, ethically defunct, utterly-lacking-in-anything-resembling-morals, and doesn't-know-what-"honor"-means "employee" than the Joe Plumber who happens to utter the word "bomb" in a public place.
     
  5. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Laughingstock of the world ...

    Russian Times: TSA detains travelers for discussing sandwich

    A TSA officer had overheard the young man talk to a friend and describe a deli sandwich he bought as “the wrong kind of bomb.” Cruz was referring to a 12-inch sandwich that a local Astoria deli calls “The Bomb” – a slang term that indicates both the excellence of the sandwich and the ‘explosively’ jam-packed ingredients between the bread. The sandwich was fully packed with cold cuts, cheese and toppings, but a nearby TSA agent didn’t know the context of the conversation between Cruz and his friend, Matthew Okumoto.

    Cruz said he wanted to bring “The Bomb” aboard the plane in his carry-on luggage, which a TSA official interpreted as a discussion about an explosive device, the New York Post reports. Paranoid that the men planned to detonate an explosive weapon on their plane to Los Angeles, the official reported the conversation to her supervisor, Robert Haddock.

    Officers then detained the pair at a security checkpoint, subjected them to questioning in a holding area, called the airport police and caused the men to miss their flight.

    And a plug for TUGger/TSA News Blogger Lisa Simeone ...

    “The TSA clerk probably got a merit badge for her quick thinking in reporting the Scary Terroristy Threat to a supervisor, and that supervisor probably got promoted. Meanwhile, Cruz missed his flight,” writes Lisa Simeone, a blogger for the TSA News Blog.

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch ...

    Meanwhile, TSA agents fail to discover explosives going through airport security. Last month, an undercover TSA agent successfully bypassed security at Newark Liberty National Airport with a mock bomb. To test the effectiveness of the security screening procedures, the agent went through two screenings with an improvised explosive device-like contraption in his pants.

    TSA never discovered the device. Instead, agents have stopped passengers for describing sandwiches, removed the legs of a double-amputee, laughed at nude images of airline passengers, stolen expensive jewelry from travelers and arrested a man for carrying a jar of peanut butter.

    (Wonder if they're borrowing links from Bill & Lisa? :D )
     
  6. RB

    RB Founding Member

    That's a natural act for TSA clerks.
     
  7. I'm sure the Russians remember what it was like to be arrested because somebody heard you say something. I suspect they feel bad for us now.

    Solzhenitsyn's story "An Incident at Krechetovka Station" is actually about arresting a guy traveling by train who didn't answer questions correctly, basically said the wrong thing. When one aparatchik is concerned that maybe the guy was innocent, his boss says, "Don't worry. We never make mistakes."
     
  8. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    I disagree. Most of them would screw up a wet dream.
     
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  9. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Laughingstock of the world, the continuing saga ...

    Love the punch line!

    MSN: TSA detains man for referring to his sandwich as 'the bomb'

    "Meet The Parents" taught us to never, ever say "bomb" in an airport, but even so, this story is still a bit of a stretch. Jason Michael Cruz was at JFK International in New York last week, talking to a friend about a sandwich purchased at a deli in Astoria. The sandwich is called "The Bomb," though Cruz referred to it as "the wrong kind of bomb," apparently making a gastrointestinal reference. He then said he wanted to take it aboard in his luggage, at which point he and his friend were detained and questioned. Naturally, they missed their flight, and the TSA lived on to bungle another day (<-- link :D).



    Maped & rugged at the checkpoint & he's still got da bomb!

    MSN: Fake bomb makes it through screening, pat-down at Newark airport

    The TSA has given the OK for small knives and other previously banned items to be carried on to planes, but bombs are still supposed to be taboo ... We think. Still, an undercover inspector stashed a fake expolosive in his pants and managed to make it through the magnetometer at Newark's Liberty International Airport, as well as one of the TSA's ever-so-fun pat-downs.
     
  10. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Laughingstock of the world, part (++N)

    At least we've got the name of one of the imbeciles at JFK: Robert Haddock (feel free to Google him and start a Robert Haddock, Imbecile, thread on anything "fishy" that you find)

    Albany Tribune: TSA Detains Travelers For Discussing Sandwich

    Paranoid that the men planned to detonate an explosive weapon on their plane to Los Angeles, the official reported the conversation to her supervisor, Robert Haddock. Officers then detained the pair at a security checkpoint, subjected them to questioning in a holding area, called the airport police and caused the men to miss their flight.​

    “The TSA clerk probably got a merit badge for her quick thinking in reporting the Scary Terroristy Threat to a supervisor, and that supervisor probably got promoted. Meanwhile, Cruz missed his flight,” writes Lisa Simeone ^ , a blogger for the TSA News Blog.​

    Meanwhile, TSA agents fail to discover explosives going through airport security. Last month, an undercover TSA agent successfully bypassed security at Newark Liberty National Airport with a mock bomb. To test the effectiveness of the security screening procedures, the agent went through two screenings with an improvised explosive device-like contraption in his pants.​

    TSA never discovered the device.​

    But we have been saved, O Lord, we have been saved from all sorts of nefarious evils:

    Instead, agents have stopped passengers for describing sandwiches, removed the legs of a double-amputee, laughed at nude images of airline passengers, stolen expensive jewelry from travelers and arrested a man for carrying a jar of peanut butter.​
     
  11. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

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