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Amid pressure from the WH, media outlets have been promoting so-called discoveries by TSA and ignoring stories that expose abuse, criminal activity by TSA workers and corruption within the agency.
In the latest example the Chicago ABC affiliate expounds the value of the agency by noting that for $8 billion a year taxpayers get screeners who “discover” non-threat inert shells, bombs squads that inspect non-threats and declare as such and a nifty TSA mouthpiece that announces that TSA successfully intercepted a non-threat, confiscated said non threat and sternly warned the owners of these non-threats that even if the article is a non-threat they can prosecute the non-threat owner for attempting to get one past these denizens of non-threats.
We can thank the brain trust in Washington for yet another creative waste of money by creating this dysfunctional agency and hiring all of these unemployable misfits. At least it keeps them off the streets.
TSA: Minors arrive at O’Hare with military-grade munitions
WLS TV – ABC Chicago Tuesday, April 08, 2014
April 8, 2014 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — Two minors were interviewed by Chicago police and the FBI after Transportation Safety Administration officers at Chicago O’Hare International Airport say they spotted two military-grade shells in their checked baggage Monday evening.
Large munitions are prohibited from being carried in checked or carry-on luggage. They were seized Monday evening while the teens were transferring to a flight to Seattle.
The bags belonged to a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old who were returning from a school field trip to Europe. The teens were questioned then allowed to travel onward. They weren’t charged
The teens told law enforcement they obtained the shells at a French World War I artillery range. It was not clear how.
TSA spokesman Jim McKinney says a bomb disposal crew determined the shells were inert and no one was ever in danger.TSA explosives experts believe they are French 77 mm shells.
Small arms ammunition, including under .75 caliber and shotgun shells, can be packed in checked baggage in accordance with airline policies. Passengers who bring prohibited items to the airport are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA.