TSA Failures : *shakes head*

After two of the latest terrorists to hit the US were white and American, it’s comforting to see the news that the TSA are dealing well with their job at hand.

When I was working in the US fairly regularly, I would go to a shop called Fudgie Wudgie.  It sold fudge.  It was amazing.  I used to go to buy fudge for the people who had been looking after my house while I was away.  It would come in a box about the size of a brick, wrapped in metallic string.

Without fail, I would open my suitcase when I got home to find a note from the TSA that they’d gone through my bag.  Presumably on an x-ray, two blocks of fudge wrapped in metallic string look like plastic explosive.

However, in recent undercover tests of multiple airport security checkpoints by the Department of Homeland Security, inspectors said screeners, their equipment or their procedures failed more than half of the time, according to a source familiar with the classified report.  Important people have called this “disturbing”.

Never fear, though!  The good news is that as “disturbing” as all this news is, the TSA are actually getting better!  The results do show an improvement on the same results generated from tests 2 years ago.

Part of me was wondering how big these misses are.  If nothing happens as a result, one could say that their severity is not that high.

A quick look at reaction to the story on Reddit:

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this is sarcasm, but when the “Best Comment” and the first reply to it are of people carrying bullets and a dozen box cutters (the tools used to get in to the cockpits of planes on 9/11), you do begin to wonder whether people are missing the point that, somewhere along the line, it might be good for them to look after themselves.


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