In a trio of stories, TSA has managed to highlight why this agency is totally useless and a danger to airline security as well as demonstrate that the TSA is merely a jobs program for otherwise unemployable misfits incapable of providing any meaningful contribution to society.
The agency recent doubled the security fee, apparently to cover the money wasted on the abandoned Rapi-Scan nudie scanners and to investigate their criminal workforce. For this we find that while they have doubled their costs to travelers and will soon be barring passengers with dead cell phones from boarding US flights.
As if that wasn’t sufficient to infuriate frequent fliers, now we learn that their record of failure to detect guns at the checkpoints remains intact albeit not five times so far as we know.
Also, while an American citizen who loses their identification will likely find themselves in a back room with their drawers around their ankles in order to board their flight TSA has now decided that anyone who claims to be an illegal immigrant can fly by providing an easily forged “Notice to Appear” form that can be produced on plain copy paper by anyone with a computer or access to a library.
Travelers who believe that we must endure these blatant assaults on our privacy “because of the world we live in” will now have to explain to those of us who have a functional brain and sense of decency how this makes us safe when TSA will let anyone on board, including terrorists, so long as they have a copy of the NTA form and a home computer.
It may be too late to salvage the cowardly lemmings, but if there is any justice and should this idiocy end in tragedy they will be the victims and not those who have protested.
TSA Allowing Illegals to Fly Without Verifiable ID, Says Border Patrol Union
Breitbart – by Brandon Darby 11 Jul 2014
MCALLEN, Texas—Illegal aliens are being allowed to fly on commercial airliners without valid identification, according to the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC). “The aliens who are getting released on their own recognizance are being allowed to board and travel commercial airliners by simply showing their Notice to Appear forms,” NBPC’s Local 2455 Spokesman, Hector Garza, told Breitbart Texas.
“This is not the CBP [Customs and Border Protection] or another federal agency renting or leasing an aircraft, these are the same planes that the American public uses for domestic travel,” said Garza. “This just adds insult to injury. Not only are we releasing unknown illegal aliens onto American streets, but we are allowing them to travel commercially using paperwork that could easily be reproduced or manipulated on any home computer. The Notice to Appear form has no photo, anyone can make one and manipulate one. They do not have any security features, no watermark, nothing. They are simply printed on standard copy paper based on the information the illegal alien says is the truth.”
Breitbart Texas reached out to the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) for comment without receiving a response at the time of this article’s publication.
TSA misses loaded gun, knife on passengers boarding separate London-bound flights
FoxNews.com – By Jana Winter – July 10, 2014
A TSA agent blamed for letting one man carrying a loaded handgun and another with a flip knife board Phoenix-to-London flights on the same day last month is out of a job, FoxNews.com has learned.
Both passengers flew the more than 10 hour flights to London with the weapons in their carry-on bags, sources told FoxNews.com. Neither passenger tried to use the weapons while aboard the flights, though the shocking security lapse raises obvious questions about whether passengers with bad intentions might slip through security.Both weapons were found by security officials at London’s Heathrow Airport as they attempted to transfer onto connecting flights.
In the more serious of the two June 22 incidents, William Joseph Richardson was going through transfer screening at Heathrow Airport to board a British Airways flight to Paris when airport security discovered his loaded Glock handgun, according to a document reviewed by FoxNews.com.
A TSA official with knowledge of the incident said the agent responsible for the breach is no longer employed by the agency.
TSA increasing fees for fliers starting July 21
Philadelphia Inquirer – Linda Loyd – July 11, 2014
Travelers may soon pay more for a plane ticket because the Transportation Security Administration is raising the passenger security fee at U.S. airports.
Fliers currently pay $2.50 for each leg of a connecting flight, capped at $5 per one-way trip. Starting July 21, the fee will jump to a flat $5.60 per one-way trip. The $5 cap on one-way travel will disappear.
The security fee has been built into airfares since the TSA was created after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.