November 23, 2010, - 4:41 pm
I’ve noted repeatedly on this site that screening passengers when airport workers ARE NOT screened is a huge waste of time. While you’re obediently bending over, unchecked people and bags continue to get on planes through gaping holes in the whole TSA “screening” policy. If I were an Islamic terrorist, I’d become an airport worker, so I could do whatever I want. And, in fact, most restaurants at Detroit Metro Airport are owned by Muslims allied with Hezbollah and HAMAS. Not kidding. In fact, one restaurant is owned by a guy who is doing time in prison for running an international car theft ring which laundered money to Hezbollah. But the restaurant is in his wife’s name, while he’s away at the big house.
Nothing “Secure” About Screening Passengers, But Not Employees & Extra Baggage
And, as I’ve noted, several airport employees have been caught successfully smuggling huge caches of weapons and drugs on planes because they (the employees) are never screened. We’re lucky they didn’t smuggle a bomb, as the illegal cargo wasn’t uncovered until the flights landed. Now, there’s a new such incident, with baggage handlers putting unscreened bags on planes for cash. If the price is right, they put the bag on. Do you think they know what’s in the bag and whose it really is? Think again. TSA claims the bags were screened, but TSA says a lot of things . . . like that feeling you up makes us safer. I don’t believe either claim. And the agency is “investigating” whether the bags were actually screened which means the TSA denials are phony, and the bags probably weren’t screened. Miami-Dade County Police (which knows a little more about legitimate police work than the TSA) says the bags likely were NOT screened.
Eighteen baggage handlers at the Miami airport are accused of taking cash to let people secretly check extra or overweight baggage, and authorities are investigating whether some of those bags made it onto planes without going through security.
The initial arrests were made on Wednesday. Miami-Dade County police said they are also investigating American Airlines ticket agents and others who may have worked with the skycaps.
The skycaps worked for the company Eulen America, which provides janitorial, baggage and security support at Miami International and 11 other U.S. airports, as well as nine in Latin America. Both Eulen and American Airlines said they are working closely with authorities. The bags all went on American flights. . . .
Police spokesman Detective Roy Rutland said investigators think some of the luggage checked by the skycaps could have gone onto planes without passing through security.
“There were bags that may have been moved by baggage handlers — working with others — onto the aircraft without getting scanned,” Rutland said. . . .
Rutland said the investigation began in February when American Airlines alerted police to unclaimed and unregistered baggage that was ready to go to Bolivia without a passenger.
They discovered this only because there were so many bags on a plane with few passengers, and it raised suspicions. What if the bags contained bombs and they went on a full flight with a lot of passengers?
BOOM! Death. Body parts flying.
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