TSA screeners slacking off, report finds [HNL]

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Newark yesterday, Honolulu today, TSA's Cl*st*rf*ck World Tour continues!

    UPI: TSA screeners slacking off, report finds

    Security Administration screeners routinely failed to check bags for explosives at Honolulu International Airport, a government report said. The report, issued by the inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security, found "a lack of effective and consistent supervision of TSA screeners by their managers, as well as inconsistent adherence to operating procedures."

    ABC News said screeners routinely opened bags and inserted TSA luggage screening notifications without actually looking through the bags, and then allowed them to be loaded onto flights carrying hundreds of passengers to destinations all over Asia and the Americas. ABC noted the instances in which luggage screeners stole items from passengers' bags. Pythias Brown, a former TSA screener who was sentenced to three years in prison, estimated he'd stolen $800,000 in cash and other items while employed as a luggage screener before he was caught. Brown said the practice was commonplace.

    USA Today: TSA reacts to 'widespread' failures at Honolulu from 2010

    A government watchdog is recommending the Transportation Security Administration better supervise and monitor staffers in Honolulu, after an investigation found luggage getting onto planes unscreened.

    In a 50-page report released Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general found screeners were returning checked bags to airlines in the overseas terminal without inspecting them as required from September to December 2010. The report says the problem could have been avoided if supervisors provided better oversight and if the operation had enough staff and equipment.
    "Without ensuring that baggage is screened as appropriate, TSA risks the safety of the traveling public by allowing unscreened baggage on passenger aircraft," wrote Anne Richards, assistant inspector for audits.

    In a written response, TSA Administrator John Pistole acknowledged "widespread and frequent failures" in Honolulu screening after 40 officers and supervisors admitted knowingly violating the rules. At times in Lobby 4 for overseas flights, officers "were not screening any bags at all," he wrote.
  2. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Which means we not only bought expensive equipment that went unused -- taxpayers had to pay to keep it in storage as well.

    Bloomberg: TSA Lapses Preceded Honolulu Failures, Audit Concludes

    Transportation Security Administration mistakes, including leaving explosive-detection equipment in a warehouse for more than two years, contributed to unscreened baggage being loaded onto planes at Honolulu International Airport for several months in 2010, a report said. TSA managers struggled to implement changes in procedures and had too few screeners for the volume of luggage, the Homeland Security Department’s Inspector General said in a report released today. The agency doesn’t know how many bags went unscreened, the report said. “This report and one TSA fiasco after another have demonstrated that this isn’t the problem of a few bad apples,” U.S. Representative John Mica, a Florida Republican who requested the review, said in a statement. “There are system- wide problems with this massive bureaucracy.”
  3. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    WLS: Report: Unsupervised TSA agents fail to screen bags for bombs

    Unsupervised TSA agents at an international airport repeatedly failed to screen bags for explosives before putting them on flights with hundreds of passengers, according to a new report from the Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General.

    "Without ensuring that baggage is screened as appropriate, TSA risks the safety of the traveling public by allowing unscreened baggage on passenger aircraft," the report says.

    The Inspector General's report, which focused on Hawaii's Honolulu International Airport, in part blamed the security failures on lack of supervision from TSA managers at security screening locations, something that DHS Acting Inspector General Charles Edwards said also could have contributed to hundreds of luggage thefts blamed on TSA screeners across the country, as detailed in a recent ABC News investigation.
  4. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    Do you know what this OIG report tells me?

    It tells me that we don't need TSA. At all.

    An unknown number of unscreened bags went on flights and nothing happened? Well, that's all we really need to know, isn't it?
    nachtnebel and Doober like this.

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