Skip to comments.Airport Security Breach Over 500 Missing TSA Security Badges and Uniforms at LAX (Los Angeles)
Posted on 02/05/2007 12:50:32 PM PST by bd476
There are over 500 badges and uniforms missing from Los Angeles International Airport's TSA division. According to the KCAL 9 report, no one knows what happened to the badges and uniforms.
KCAL 9 interviewed one LAX official who said that it is to be expected that there will be missing TSA uniforms and TSA badges because there are so many TSA employees employed at LAX.
KCAL 9 also showed a video of someone in a TSA security uniform walking through the metal detectors as the alarms went off. The person in the TSA uniform was waved through.
KCAL 9 said that employees of all airlines and LAX workers must be screened each time as they pass through the installed metal detectors but that anyone dressed in a TSA uniform with a TSA security badge is only required to go through once a day.
Then KCAL showed video of a voice disguised/face disguised person saying that if you're wearing a TSA uniform and badge, all that is required to avoid going through the once a day required metal detection screening process which is required of all other airport workers is to just tell them you already went through there earlier that day.
KCAL 9 said that the missing TSA uniforms and badges is the highest in the nation but then listed hundreds of TSA uniforms and security badges missing at airports throughout the USA.
Jihadists in Iraq have started attacks wearing Iraqi police/security uniforms.
All-Access Airport Attire At Large
CBS 2, CA -
Feb 2, 2007
These airport security screeners are talking about TSA uniforms and badges. Nearly 800 hundred combined. Missing or stolen at LAX. The most in the nation! ...
Thousands Of TSA Uniforms Go Missing
Local6.com, FL -
Jan 15, 2007
TSA officials said the missing uniforms do not cause a security risk because airport sceeners are searched when they arrive at work whether they are in ...
Federal TSA under fire for missing uniforms
Jan 17, 2007
He called on the Department of Homeland Security to tell Congress how the uniforms went missing and confirm that all those lost from BWI were recovered. ...
Family Security Matters
A Case of Missing Identity
Family Security Matters, NJ -
Jan 17, 2007
Over 1000 TSA uniforms and ID cards have been “lost” at airports across America. FSM Contributing Editor Mike Cutler asks why no one in Washington seems to ...
New Concern Over Missing ID Badges At BWI-Marshall
WJZ, MD -
Jan 16, 2007
TSA records showed that 128 uniforms and 31 badges disappeared in 2003 compared to only 97 uniforms and 35 ID cards missing at Washington's Reagan National ...
BWI second in losses of uniforms, ID cards
Washington Times, DC -
Jan 15, 2007
TSA officials said the missing uniforms and badges alone aren't enough to gain access to sensitive areas of any airport.
Annapolis Capital, MD -
Jan 22, 2007
MISSING UNIFORMS - The Transportation Security Administration has reportedly lost track of more than 3700 uniforms and security badges over the past five ...
Lost and looking foolish
Baltimore Sun, MD -
Jan 19, 2007
... TSA employee uniforms and badges, with more than 400 missing (second only to Los Angeles International among US airports), according to news reports. ...
Well what else can be missing now? First it is missing hard drives, with TOP SECRET classified security information on them...then its more of the same from Los Alamos, Lawrence Labs and more...now its uniforms from the TSA...
Another indicator of just how hard our goverment works to keep our country safe and secure, to protect our people and our critical information....such high standards of performance help us sleep better at night.
Records detail missing TSA badges, uniforms[3700 Badges/Uniforms]
KGBT-4 ^ | 21Dec 2006 | Brian Collister
Posted on 01/16/2007 6:54:33 AM PST by FLOutdoorsman
And on E-Bay, for $5.99 plus shipping and handling, one can purchase a lovely Air Marshal patch to wear on casual clothes when not dressed in a purloined TSA uniform and badge.
TSA PATCH US FEDERAL AIR MARSHAL DRAGON TEAM
AUTHENTIC AIR MARSHAL PATCH SERIES, #2060612
FEDERAL AIR MARSHAL Patch is approximately 5" (H) X 4" (W)
"Badges!? We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges! I don't have to show you any stinking badges!!"
Where were these badges and uniforms kept?
In a broom closet?
Do they really have such a large force that they need 500 extra badges?
500 badges just dont walk away, has anyone checked ebay?
We'll never know. It's way too late to check Sandy Burglar's underwear. (Although that would have made a good episode on that Dirty Jobs television show.)
They need to hire some security professionals to guard their items. Oh, wait a minute, they ARE security professionals! Oh, never mind, problem solved!
In your sarcasm, you got it right. The point of things like TSA is not to actually keep America safer, but to give a perception of safety to the citizens. That way, if anything bad happens, the folks in charge can shrug their shoulders and say "well, but we did everything we could..."
I'll give you a for instance: as recently as 10 years ago (and probably long before that), everyone knew that you could use liquid explosives to blow up an airplane. In fact, the US foiled a terrorist plot to blow up an airplane using explosives disguised as ordinary liquids. But there wasn't a need to ban liquids from airplanes because they weren't perceived as dangerous.
Fast forward to last year when the British arrest some folks with liquid bombs, and *suddenly,* liquids are no longer safe to carry on airplanes? Huh?
The level of risk hadn't changed--we all knew this was a possibility--but the perception had changed. This was all over the news, so the government had to do something to make it look like it was doing something, so it banned liquids. Completely asinine, but yet designed solely to ensure that there was an acceptable perceived level of safety.
Same thing with the TSA itself. There was a reason why the government contracted security out before 9/11--it was cheaper and more efficient. But after 9/11, the government has to make it look like it's doing something, so it takes over security and announces "See? We're cracking down on terrorism. Everything is fine. Nothing to see here. Carry on."
I've always thought that LAX was well named.
These are probably not the missing TSA uniforms but E-Bay provides a handy place to buy and sell such items.
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"To professionalize you must Federalize."
As we drove by the big LAX letters at the entrance to the airport my son said they referred to the security there.
Could you provide an exact link to this story please,I can't locate it from the link you provided.
Gawd.....what a mess!
Apparently they're kept in a place where anyone can help themselves.
I'm wondering how much the Federal government paid for those uniforms and badges and why security badges and uniforms are not kept under lock and key and inventoried.
Where is GSA these days?
See posts #9, #13, #18, #19 and #21 in this thread for E-Bay listings and photos.
Even easier and more secure:
5 different color vests go with each uniform.
Highly secure log-on to find out the color of the day.
This is the stuff of nightmares and such a big joke... on us, the taxpayers.
ohhhh, I think I'm gonna have to grab me an ICE badge and see if I can make the illegal Messicans next door to me poop their pants.....LOL.
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Since November of 2002, 789 uniforms and id badges are missing from LAX -- the most in the nation. That's nearly double Baltimore Washington Airport. They're at number two.
By comparison Chicago's O'Hare Airport had 307 and JFK just 97.
Locally -- Burbank is missing 30, John Wayne 22, Ontario nine and long beach three.
These uniforms -- with TSA logo's and badges -- can get you just about anywhere.
Time to re-issue.
I'd like to see that u-tube video.
The screeners do not wear blue shirts. So, the ebay uniforms are probably from a private company.
Your son made a brilliant observation. ;-)
These people cant even secure their badges and uniforms and they are security for air flights??
Its enough to make me stay on the ground.
We got a discrepancy....on the Feb 2 CBS Report....??????
As the destination of 911 terrorists, the name is a welcome mat to a soft target.
I meant post #36 for you....
That's true and what is keeping anyone from doing the same here?
The people in charge of protecting us from death are incompetent.
This story was not in print on the KCAL 9 television site when I posted this. The story was typed as I heard it on the news.
KCAL 9 had billed the on-air report as an exclusive story with an attached undercover investigation.
However, if you will read Post #3 here and Post #7 here you will have confirmation that there have been similar reports of missing TSA security badges and uniforms at airports throughout the USA.
I'm going to forward it to DHS just for fun;)
Thanks Ernest. For some reason the video doesn't play on my computer.
Nice attitude. "Pfft. This is minor stuff. If we'd found some Lite Brites with menacing illuminated cartoon characters, that'd be a different matter."
That sure seems to be the case.
I'll tell you what happened. Some TSA goon just sold them to parties unknown. Check the accounts of the TSA folks, check for a murder of a TSA agent recently.
TSA = Union Autoworker dedication for airline safety.
If that's the case they shouldn't let any powders on the planes either. I can think of a few that will take an airliner down.
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