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The TSA Blog: A Look at the Items our Officers Found in 2012
The TSA Blog ^ | January 9, 2013

Posted on 01/16/2013 6:35:21 AM PST by YourAdHere

After screening 637,582,122 passengers in 2012 (around 1,746,800 a day), here are some of the more dangerous, scary, and downright unusual items our officers found in 2012. This post is a reflection of the outstanding work our officers are doing in the field thanks to their vigilance and attention to detail.

More at site...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: tsa; tsapervs
See full article at site. The comments are entertaining.
1 posted on 01/16/2013 6:35:26 AM PST by YourAdHere
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To: YourAdHere

Any count of the number of grannies that were cavity searched in the process of this “amazing” work?


2 posted on 01/16/2013 6:37:49 AM PST by Obadiah (Those who will not hear the messengers of peace, shall be made to hear the messengers of war.)
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To: YourAdHere

Yeah, yeah, yeah, bla, bla, bla.

How many terrorists did you detain?

How many passengers missed flights due to your bumbling?

How many passengers increased their cancer risk due to your overly invasive full body scanners?

Here we have an entire agency serving as an uber poster boy for The Peter Principle.

That the traveling public puts up with this disrespect is a tragedy.


3 posted on 01/16/2013 6:44:24 AM PST by upchuck (America's at an awkward stage. Too late to work within the system, too early to shoot the bastards.)
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To: YourAdHere

Why the excerpt?


4 posted on 01/16/2013 6:45:45 AM PST by Eaker (Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. — Robert A. Heinlein.)
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To: YourAdHere

Just gotta ask: Are chastity belts illegal for the TSA and subject to confiscation?


5 posted on 01/16/2013 6:45:45 AM PST by Truth29
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To: Obadiah
I dug the picture at the top of the page of the "Inert Mortar Round".

I suppose that the TSA was afraid someone might drop it on their foot, and leave a very sore bruise.

6 posted on 01/16/2013 6:46:00 AM PST by wbill
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To: YourAdHere

I wonder what the statistics were BEFORE the TSA. They dont seems any more effective than the previous form of security was, just more annoying.


7 posted on 01/16/2013 6:46:04 AM PST by marstegreg
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To: YourAdHere

They also found one ‘real’ blond.


8 posted on 01/16/2013 6:46:31 AM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: YourAdHere

I wonder if they’re going to post a list of the items TSA agents stole in 2012.


9 posted on 01/16/2013 6:55:35 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
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To: Eaker

The article is graphics heavy. I am too lazy to re-arrabge those in a post.


10 posted on 01/16/2013 6:55:35 AM PST by YourAdHere (January 21: Lets pray for rain, bitter temperatures, cold winds, and gray skies in Washington.)
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To: upchuck

If I can’t drive there, I won’t go there.

Except for an extreme emergency in Canada where one of our daughters lives, I don’t plan to ever board another plane. I’ve been everywhere foreign that I’ve want to go, so I will happily stay right here in the good ole USA.

Being retired does have it’s benefits.


11 posted on 01/16/2013 6:57:04 AM PST by basil (Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: YourAdHere

The TSA was created NOT to stop terrorists, but to take advantage of the fear caused by 9/11 to catch more people in non-terror related crimes.


12 posted on 01/16/2013 6:57:04 AM PST by I want the USA back
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To: YourAdHere
I suppose somebody believes this crap.
13 posted on 01/16/2013 6:57:59 AM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: upchuck

Just wondering what sort of things they’ll be able to add to the list when they start doing random stops and searches on the interstates. Since they don’t have arrest powers at the airport, will they on the roads? I believe they have the authority do “detain” someone at the airport. All sounds like BS to me. Just more from the power hungry radical left wing extremists trying to put their thumb on law abiding citizens who are suddenly criminals.

Carson City. Noon. Saturday 1/19.

Share the lead.


14 posted on 01/16/2013 7:01:12 AM PST by rktman (Live the oath you took or get out of office!)
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To: YourAdHere

There is a category called “prohibited bling”. Also, they confiscated inert replica grenades. One was still attached to a “Take a number please” desk stand.


15 posted on 01/16/2013 7:01:12 AM PST by PJammers (I can't help it... It's my idiom!)
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To: YourAdHere

You all ought to check the border. I bet there’s more scarier stuff there than what you’ll find at the airport. But no...you don’t want to do this. Your delight is in manhandling Americans. Laughing at them because they think they have Constitutional rights.


16 posted on 01/16/2013 7:02:00 AM PST by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: YourAdHere

Uh, oh. Prohibited bling...


17 posted on 01/16/2013 7:04:09 AM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: YourAdHere
OMG! Deadly 20 amp Fusetron fuses! Thank goodness they found them before they blew up the airplane!


18 posted on 01/16/2013 7:09:32 AM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: YourAdHere

For all the grief we give them here, you have to admit that many of those items have to be from terrorist probes or attempts.


19 posted on 01/16/2013 7:14:25 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The only thing that Hollywood gets right about guns is that criminals will always get them.)
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To: wbill

Either it was a very stupid attempt by someone to transport it or it was a terrorist probe to see if TSA would catch it.


20 posted on 01/16/2013 7:16:22 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The only thing that Hollywood gets right about guns is that criminals will always get them.)
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To: YourAdHere

Propaganda to say, “So we should also be allowed to search your vehicle, persons on the street, and your homes, and who knows what more we will find.”


21 posted on 01/16/2013 7:20:10 AM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: Truth29

I would like to know what ‘prohibited bling’ is. I may own some and try to get it past TSA not knowing what it actually is.


22 posted on 01/16/2013 7:23:08 AM PST by sheana
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To: Fresh Wind

That watch is super scary! Imagine if it had been painted flat black! The entire airport would have been closed for a week and the TSA agents would have had to go through PTSD counseling.


23 posted on 01/16/2013 7:29:43 AM PST by zagger
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To: Obadiah

Well I am a Grannie and just flew back from Springfield MO Monday so a quick story. When I flew out of LAX they pulled me out of line because the xray guy did not like something in my purse. I told the guy there is jewelry and everything else in there. Turns out it was my ecig filter refills. I said......millions of people travelling through here and you guys have never seen an ecig refill?
Leaving SGF Monday the walk through xray beeped....now what? Gal says random and swabs my hands. I said.....didn’t know burger grease was illegal. lol Then she is done and the bag xray guy hollers whose bag is this.....sheesh it is mine. He says need to run it through again so I tell another TSA guy standing there I got stopped coming through LAX once and twice here in SGF. He laughed and said....I’m taking you to Vegas.


24 posted on 01/16/2013 7:30:03 AM PST by sheana
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To: YourAdHere

Couple sues over sex toy incident

Updated: Wednesday, 29 Aug 2012, 11:30 PM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 29 Aug 2012, 2:21 PM EDT

Rachel West

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - A Norfolk couple has filed a lawsuit against a major airline after a sex toy was allegedly taped to their luggage.

Christopher Bridgeman and Martin Borger of Norfolk filed the lawsuit in Harris County, Texas against United Continental regarding an incident in May.

Read the lawsuit.

The lawsuit alleges on May 21, 2011, Bridgeman and Borger were returning to Norfolk from Costa Rica when they had a layover in Houston. In Houston, the pair grabbed their bags and rechecked them prior to boarding their flight to Norfolk.

Warning: The second photograph attached to this story is of the item. We have blurred most of it out.

When they arrived at ORF, the couple was shocked to discover a sex toy had been removed from one of their bags, covered with a “greasy foul-smelling substance” and taped to the bag, according to the lawsuit.

“I knew exactly what it was when I saw it,” Borger told NBC News. “I was absolutely and utterly shocked and embarrassed and humiliated and I didn’t even know what to do at the time.”

The lawsuit claims onlookers laughed, causing the pair emotional trauma, even “necessitating treatment from mental health care professionals.”

The lawsuit claims the employee(s) responsible knew that the bag belonged to a man due to a name tag and the male clothing inside of the bag. The lawsuit goes on to say “there is a high likelihood that these acts were directed towards [the men] because they are homosexuals and because they are males.”

The NBC News report said Bridgeman thought an airline employee found the toy, saw it belonged to a man and decided to humiliate them.

“I absolutely, fervently believe that this was intentional,” Bridgeman told NBC News.

The couple told NBC News they reported the incident to United Continental, but did not like the response. An airline employee said the airline offered the men a “gesture of goodwill,” which was declined.

Christen David, Senior Manager of Media Relations with United Continental released the following statement:

“United does not tolerate discrimination of any kind. After conducting a thorough investigation, we determined that there is no support for this allegation. Nonetheless, we offered these valued customers a gesture of goodwill which they declined. We will vigorously defend ourselves and our employees.”

Faubus and Scarborough LLP of Houston would not disclose now much money the couple was seeking with the lawsuit, but released the following statement:

We have filed this lawsuit on behalf of our clients, Christopher Bridgeman and Martin Borger, to redress the harm they have suffered as a result of United Continental’s callous disregard for their most basic rights. We believe that every person – no matter be treated with dignity and respect. Sadly, in this instance, United Continental clearly did not share that belief and instead chose to humiliate Christopher and Martin by crudely exposing a very personal and private item. United Continental’s conduct was reprehensible and should be shocking to all. With this lawsuit, our clients hope to effect change at an airline, and to an industry, that has clearly lost sight of the importance of personal privacy, human dignity, and respect.


25 posted on 01/16/2013 7:35:11 AM PST by doug from upland (Obama and the leftists - destroying our country one day at a time)
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To: YourAdHere
FROM THE COMMENTS SECTION...

January 9, 2013 11:44 PM
>>>>>>>>>>>>

Since you mention me directly I ask of you to demonstrate that TSA is doing a very good job. What evidence can you show to support this claim?

I can show that from the last Red Team testing results available to the public that TSA screeners missed 70% of all target items.

I can show that DFW TSA screeners missed a handgun carried through DFW TSA checkpoints 5 out of 5 times by a TSA security tester.

I can show that a significant number of TSA employees are thieves, drug dealers, or other criminal types which cannot help improve airport security.

I can show that TSA doesn't screen all peoples who enter the secure areas of airports. How does that make anyone any safer?

I can show how TSA policies endanger peoples health. Just walking through a checkpoint with numerous hazards to peoples feet where TSA requires people to be shoeless is one such example.

TSA's use of unproven and untested Xray devices on people endangers everyone, especially TSA employees who are forbidden to wear a xray exposure dosimeter.

TSA's useless ID screening takes valuable manpower away from real screening functions yet offers exactly nothing of value in return, hardly makes anyone safer.

So HARIQBAL SINGH, I invite you to explain how TSA is making anyone more secure.

TSA as a whole is a complete eight billion dollar a year failure!

America deserves a better return on our taxes.

26 posted on 01/16/2013 7:42:07 AM PST by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: Blood of Tyrants; Fresh Wind

Like the item in post #18.


27 posted on 01/16/2013 8:08:24 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: YourAdHere
See full article at site. The comments are entertaining.

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I wonder if they included the number of items THEIR AGENTS ROBBED FROM PASSENGERS' LUGGAGE ?!?!?

How many cases of BLATANT SEXUAL BATTERY in the name of "security" ? How man agents were FIRED???--- much less PROSECUTED(???) for these sanctioned criminal behavior patterns??

nada.... nada... nada...

The entire agency & its small army remains "window dressing" in the WOT...
.... And a crowbar for the dismantling of our Constitutional rights....

Don't get me started....

28 posted on 01/16/2013 8:14:55 AM PST by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: YourAdHere

No mention of the 3.2 oz Crest toothpaste they took from me In Chicago after I had used it on 20 other trips...


29 posted on 01/16/2013 8:16:58 AM PST by Wyatt's Torch (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: YourAdHere

I carry several deadly weapons on me everytime I fly. They happen to be attached to me


30 posted on 01/16/2013 8:37:43 AM PST by clamper1797 (De-throne King Obozo)
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To: basil

A big AMEN! to your comments.

Lots ‘o bennies to being retired. Like never having to be physically assaulted by a low-information TSA goon.


31 posted on 01/16/2013 8:38:04 AM PST by upchuck (America's at an awkward stage. Too late to work within the system, too early to shoot the bastards.)
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To: rktman
All sounds like BS to me. Just more from the power hungry radical left wing extremists trying to put their thumb on law abiding citizens who are suddenly criminals.

And which party was in power when TSA was formed in 2001?

32 posted on 01/16/2013 8:47:25 AM PST by Ken H
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To: Ken H

Doesn’t much matter which party was in power. TSA has far exceeded any bounds of decency. I know for the most part their just folks doing their jobs. And, I respect the ones that put in an honest days work. Sadly they mostly go along to get along. But, I guess it was Bush’s fault. Just like it was his fault for “allowing” the AWB to expire. If he hadn’t, hussein wouldn’t be having to rule by fiat and Newtown would never have occurred. Dang unintended consequences.


33 posted on 01/16/2013 8:55:58 AM PST by rktman (Live the oath you took or get out of office!)
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But, I guess it was Bush’s fault.

He signed it, right? How many Republicans objected?

Just like it was his fault for “allowing” the AWB to expire. If he hadn’t, hussein wouldn’t be having to rule by fiat and Newtown would never have occurred. Dang unintended consequences.

By signing TSA into law, he stuck us all with a massive new agency that intrudes into law abiding citizens' lives.

By letting the AWB expire, he reduced intrusion into citizens' lives. See the difference?

34 posted on 01/16/2013 9:03:15 AM PST by Ken H
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To: Ken H

Hey Ken. Yeah. I get it. Sorry that I’m just being my usual smart ass cynical sarcastic self. My sig other is always warning me that a LOT of people don’t get me. LOL! She MAY be right.


35 posted on 01/16/2013 9:06:48 AM PST by rktman (Live the oath you took or get out of office!)
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To: rktman

Ah, my sarcasm detector was switched to ‘off’. Sorry about the friendly fire:)


36 posted on 01/16/2013 9:16:37 AM PST by Ken H
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To: Wyatt's Torch

Nor the 2mm Allen wrench or the Razor blade knife HANDLE. No blades, just the handle was enough to give them a collective case of the vapors.


37 posted on 01/16/2013 9:30:50 AM PST by cyclotic ( Obama's golden halo is really just a rusted hubcap)
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To: YourAdHere

All I saw was property people’s personal confiscated by the Totalitarian Security Agency.
If something is clearly a dummy and marked that way, why is it confiscated?


38 posted on 01/16/2013 10:40:46 AM PST by BuffaloJack (Children, pets, and slaves get taken care of. Free Men take care of themselves.)
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To: Ken H

I ducked! LOL!


39 posted on 01/17/2013 6:52:19 AM PST by rktman (Live the oath you took or get out of office!)
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To: YourAdHere

What about the list of stuff the TSA stole?


40 posted on 01/18/2013 8:27:01 PM PST by matt04
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To: matt04

TSA agent foils terrorist team attempting to board airplane.A group of terrorists all wearing identical sweaters with the motto Al-Gebra Team on thier backs tried to board a plane headed to Ma.They claimed they were a highschool math class headed for a mathematics competition.The TSA agent saw the Al-Gebra words on thier letter jackets and captured them before boarding.Obama praised the agent in a speach saying everyone will be much safer once we defeat Al-Gebra once and for all.


41 posted on 01/22/2013 8:55:27 PM PST by Craftmore
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