Skip to comments.The TSA Blog: A Look at the Items our Officers Found in 2012
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.
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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.”
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.
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.
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.
Couple sues over sex toy incident
Updated: Wednesday, 29 Aug 2012, 11:30 PM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 29 Aug 2012, 2:21 PM EDT
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 didnt 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 Continentals 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 Continentals 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.
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.
Like the item in post #18.
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....
No mention of the 3.2 oz Crest toothpaste they took from me In Chicago after I had used it on 20 other trips...
I carry several deadly weapons on me everytime I fly. They happen to be attached to me
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.
And which party was in power when TSA was formed in 2001?
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.
He signed it, right? How many Republicans objected?
Just like it was his fault for allowing the AWB to expire. If he hadnt, hussein wouldnt 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?
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.
Ah, my sarcasm detector was switched to ‘off’. Sorry about the friendly fire:)
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.
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?
I ducked! LOL!
What about the list of stuff the TSA stole?
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