By Terrence McCoy
By Scott Fishman
By Deirdra Funcheon
By Allie Conti
By New Times Staff
By Ryan Pfeffer
By Deirdra Funcheon
By Kyle Swenson
Koshetz, the TSA spokeswoman, says the agency has evolved into a critical counterterrorism force whose battles extend far beyond what the average passenger sees at a checkpoint. "Let me ask you this: Do you want to sit next to someone with a knife or a venomous snake in their pocket? Do you have blind faith in the passenger next to you?" she says.
Are travelers really just forgetting it's not OK to bring a gun or knife or sword or cannonball to the most secure public facilities of our era? Consider these items seized at MIA: a marijuana grinder designed to look like a camouflage hand grenade, and a perfume bottle shaped like four sticks of dynamite. Who would intentionally try to carry these kinds of items onto a plane?
"There's a certain stress with air travel and the screening process and the delays," Chief Roy Liddicott of the Broward Sheriff's Office says. "People are nervous from the stress of air travel, so they just become forgetful, I guess." He recalls recently telling a permit-holding gun owner at the Fort Lauderdale airport that TSA screeners found a loaded firearm in his carry-on. "He almost passed out. He just totally forgot he had his gun on him," Liddicott says. When passengers have concealed-weapons permits, they're generally not taken into custody.
"We have yet to have a case that we felt the person was trying to sneak it on or had some nefarious reason to sneak it on," Liddicott says. "We've had stun guns, we've had Tasers, we've had collapsible batons. It's the same thing — people just forget."
This is nothing more than pandering TSA propaganda and a disgusting excuse for journalism.
Maybe he means devolved because TSA is certainly not improved. This is the same airport where 43 screeners were fired or disciplined for not checking luggage.
Does anyone doubt that TSA would be gone in days if people actually had a choice between TSA and another option?
This agency is nothing more than a bloated jobs program feeding on public ignorance and relying on fear mongering to maintain its budget. TSA is inefficient and focused only on its own expansion and not on the mission of airport security.
Some recent reports from Ft. Lauderdale and Miami TSA.
FLL TSA worker hired two months ago charged with child pornography
NBC Miami, September 13, 2012
Three TSA officers arrested on drug charges in Florida and New York
NY Post, September 13, 2011
FLL TSA agent charged in theft of $450 pen
Sun Sentinel, July 22, 2011
Baby, 18 months old, ordered off plane at Fort Lauderdale airport
WPBF News, May 14, 2012
TSA Agent Nelson Santiago Caught With Passenger's iPad in His Pants; Allegedly Took $50,000 in Other Goods, Cops Say
Broward-Palm Beach New Times, July. 8 2011
Bungling screeners miss knife on flight from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to JFK
NY Post, May 11, 2011
FLL Airport: TSA Told Us to Lie About Existence of Security Video
Infowars, March 21, 2012
TSA officer, Milagros Casanas, arrested for attempted theft, battery and disorderly conduct in Key West
Miami Herald – July 30, 2012
TSA employees charged with trashing South Beach hotel room, shooting gun
Miami Herald, March 28, 2012
Miami TSA officer and his wife charged with stealing from passengers' luggage
Fox News, January 1, 2012
Cuba complains that guns in luggage checked in at MIA were not stopped.
Miami Herald April 24, 2012