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TSA, an easy target?

January 23, 2008

My experiences with the TSA, like most, are not good.  They, like many government agencies are an easy target.  But I don’t blame the employees (Why shoot the messenger, right?).  It stems from our philosophy of how to protecting airlines and passengers.  The knee-jerk reaction to public terrorism activities.  Granted, I want to fly on safe airplanes too, but I would like to see some common sense inputed into the protocols.

Why do I have to surrender a 4 oz. cannister of  shaving cream, but am allowed to bring 25 lbs. of electronic gadgets on board?  Why does my sleepy, fussy, 2 1/2 year old daughter have to take off her shoes, coat, and walk through the scanner, when all it does is make her scream because at 6 o’clock in the morning, she just wants her daddy to hold her?  HOw come this guy was able to get a loaded gun through security, and I can’t take water for my kids to drink?

Loaded gun slips through airport security

WASHINGTON (CNN) — A passenger who went through an airport security checkpoint — before remembering that he had a loaded gun — is facing charges after going back to report his error, authorities said.

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Gregory Scott Hinkle, 53, of Davis, West Virginia, went through a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport about 7:30 a.m. Sunday, an airport spokeswoman said.

After the traveler evidently recalled having the gun, he returned to the checkpoint and disclosed the weapon, authorities said.

The TSA contacted airport police, who charged the man with possessing or transporting a firearm into an air carrier terminal where prohibited, a misdemeanor, and released him. He is scheduled to appear April 2 in Arlington County, Virginia, General District Court.

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