TSA Fails To Keep Airports Safe
June 26, 2012 by Bryan Nash
The Transportation Security Administration caused quite a ruckus in the Big Apple over the weekend.
TSA failed to screen countless travelers at John F. Kennedy International Airport. A metal detector was unplugged.
Screener Alija Abdul Majed failed to realize that the metal detector was never set off throughout the morning. At 9:44 a.m., it was discovered that the metal detector had not been plugged in.
When agents realized that tons of people had passed through unscreened, the airport was in a state of pandemonium. Flights were delayed, and two planes that had already taken off were called back to the airport. Passengers were forced to go back through security screening.
“How many hours will it take to send a terminal full of people BACK through security?” tweeted one passenger.
The day before, about 10 miles away at LaGuardia Airport, TSA’s efforts to keep travelers safe went up in flames as an X-ray machine caught on fire. Six hundred people were evacuated from the terminal.
“It’s an adventure. They’re doing a good job. They’re doing the best they can. Things happen,” said one passenger.
Despite TSA’s recent boondoggles, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs is considering a bill that would give TSA oversight over other forms of mass transit.
“We have put in place through TSA a very elaborate system [in airports]. We all go through those metal detectors and those secondary searches. And we’ve put a lot of focus on the airlines for good reason. But we have neglected the mass transit components, generally speaking,” said Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.). The House passed the bill on May 30.