Skip to comments.TSA Unable To Detect 33% Of Land Mines Sent Through Security
Posted on 05/05/2012 10:08:01 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
TSA Unable To Detect 33% Of Land Mines Sent Through Security
A mechanical engineer from the Army's Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey was stopped by TSA officers at Newark Airport after they found two Claymore mines in her bag. This would be a victory for the TSA had they not just let the woman's co-worker through with a similar mine in their checked baggage.
Which government agency deserves your scorn, the one whose employees tried to bring anti-personnel mines (even inert ones) on a plane or the one whose employees didn't detect a third of them?
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Just make those test grenades to look like expensive tablets or Rolex watches. They will definitely find them then.
“Duh, what’s that thing?”
Sadly, not satire. I could see this happening.
I’m thinking the reason they found it was because they thought it was a camera and an IPOD.
The lesson: carry Claymore mines through security one at a time.
I’ve never thought of Claymores as land mines. I’ve always thought of land mines as something that was buried in the ground.
Or the chick they decided to stop and search had an impressive azz and boobs
I went through the Madison Wisconsin airport yesterday. Had some art paint brushes in my carry on tote bag. They scanned the bag twice, took out the brushes, LOOKED at them and SCANNED them, AND swabbed the inside of the tote bag. Said they dont see many brushes come through. I thought, GEEZ, how many times to you have to see a brush before you recognize it? And when was the last time they were a threat?
If the pen is mightier than the sword, and a picture is worth a thousand words, imagine what a terrorist could do with a paint brush!
Yea they’ll miss a Claymore in a suitcase but they damn sure found my 6 ounce bottle of Old Spice and made me throw that away!
If they were inert, they weren’t explosives.
Good luck with that. I once had UPS insist that a disassembled bolt-action rifle was still a “firearm” even though it had no bolt and no trigger assembly.
For all the carping about liberals we can thank Bush for creating this agency full of incompetent Affirmative Action sluggards. And if a terrorists wanted to inflict mass casualties all he has to do is blow up the checkpoint now. He doesn’t even have to buy a ticket.
Well, per the ATF, the receiver is a firearm, no other parts required. I have to use my FFL to purchase a receiver, but not for any other part of a gun.
But the ATF does not consider an inert grenade to be an explosive. However, it won’t make it onto an airplane.
My point was that I somewhat understood how military personnel might think of inert Claymores as nothing more than training aids, which to the military and ATF, is all that they are. My biggest worry with the inert BDU-45s (concrete filled 500 pound bombs) was dropping one on my toe.
I know they consider it a firearm (at least for a bolt action). For some reason, on ARs it’s the lower receiver that requires an FFL, and not a barreled upper.
From a common sense perspective, a barreled bolt action is no more a firearm than an inert Claymore is an explosive. I know what regulations say, but common sense says something else. It’s no different than arguing that half of a disassembled desk is a desk for regulatory purposes. You can put that into law, but it sure doesn’t make it a desk.
Oh, I would never argue that federal laws make logical sense, especially concerning firearms.
The issue with AR lowers is hilarious, as all the lower really is, is a trigger housing and a magazine guide. An upper can be loaded and fired (disable the gas system) as a single shot, without the lower. But as you point out, the ATF has decided that the lower is “the gun”.
Probably get a one man show in a NYC art gallery. :-) I have always thought that sometimes an artist just needs a gimmick. I may have just been handed mine. “Painted with terrorist brushes”.
Well, it is a “LAND” mine. No problem in the air.
“No problem in the air.”
600 or 700 1/8” steel ball bearings traveling at 4000 feet per second in whichever direction you pointed the claymore DOES make one an effective anti-aircraft weapon against low flying aircraft.
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