How does TSA at LAX miss a gun and bullets in a woman's purse?
It isn’t the TSA’s responsibility to keep you from violating foreign laws. With the right paperwork, cops can carry through security.
She’ll probably get out of it better than if she’d been going to Mexico.
So the fact the TSA missed a gun is not her problem?
She still broke the law and is in a world of bleep regardless of what the TSA did or didn’t do.
Because the TSA is NOT a security agency, despite what their shiny tin badges say. The TSA is the largest governmental make-work program since the Works Projects Administration in the 1930s. The hard-core unemployable are given badges and pensions and are turned out to do everything BUT their jobs.
Tom Daschle said, “You don’t professionalize until you federalize.” And you can see over and over again exactly how much the federal government is capable of professionalism. Is this maddening, infuriating, driving you to violence? Yes.
Is it surprising? Not on all of our lives.
But yet they pull some five year old kids’ plastic sword he got as a gift from Disneyland.
This brings to light several issues that were bound to happen.
1) TSA, like all government departments, is inept.
2) Government workers break laws by accident and get off. While if we do the same thing, the punishment is worse (its the old rule, “everybody is equal but some are more equal than others”).
3) I hope she would have remembered the gun in her purse if the plane was hijacked.
4) Taiwan has higher quality standards than we have.
Did she go through the full TSA inspection or did she badge her way through at LAX?
I know in this country, if I landed with a piece in, say, New York City, I’d immediately rent a car, drive very legally through New Jersey on I-80, and then find a gun dealer in Pennsylvania to send my piece back to a gun dealer at home.
I would NEVER, EVER, tell law enforcement about it, as there are simply too many stories with bad endings.
Now in Taiwan, changing airplanes for another international flight, she might get re-screened in that situation, so things get more interesting there. If I did have possession of the piece in Taiwan it would be a tough call - in all cases, I have to get through Immigration and Customs, so they’re going to get a good look at me (being scared Shiiteless). Another option might be to stash the piece in no-man’s land, perhaps in a bathroom and hope to get out of the country (ideally back in the US) before it’s found, since the serial number will trace it. If not possible, then turn it in.
... but the TSA did find 5 tubes of toothpaste over 4 oz, 3 hair gels over the size limit, an electric toothbrush, and a package of Tic-Tacs.
TSA grabbed over 3000 guns last year. (Frankly, travel would be safer if they allowed guns and banned alcohol).
She should have flown through Dallas (most for a city - 249)or Atlanta (most for a single airport - 198) - they do a good job of finding guns there. Upstate NY, on the other hand, seems to do a mighty poor job (Rochester - 0, Syracuse and Albany, 2 each).
Did the gun harm anyone?
And why is an LA cop headed to Taiwan with a firearm in tow?