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After TSA agents figured out the gun was a fake,

by JP Bill / December 3, 2011 8:28 PM PST
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It was like, I was like...
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / December 4, 2011 3:24 AM PST

It's spreading!

But back to the TSA, was this a scan or just a luggage search? That isn't clear in what I read.

If it was an X-ray scan then their concerns seem about right.

But a baggage search, not quite so clear cut, but then I could imagine, sort of, someone attempting the double bluff. A holdall of some sort with a relief design of a gun, but inside is the actual gun.


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A different site . . .
by Coryphaeus / December 4, 2011 4:02 AM PST

carried a better story. It was a purse, carried in plain sight. The TSA has gone nuts.

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Well, perhaps
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / December 4, 2011 4:15 AM PST
In reply to: A different site . . .

but what if....

What if there was a gun in the bag? Do they do nothing, ignore it?


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You're missing the point, Mark . . .
by Coryphaeus / December 4, 2011 4:36 AM PST
In reply to: Well, perhaps

All items are scanned by X-ray. No gun was found IN the bag, only the small decoration on the outside. The TSA said it was a "replica" weapon. Good God, a replica three inches in length and sewn to the outside of the bag. Any sane person would know that this could not be construed as a real weapon.

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If that's the case
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / December 4, 2011 4:41 AM PST

I must have missed it. I didn't see where they X-Rayed the baggage/purse.

Haven't replica guns been used in hijacks before? I know this was a relief of a gun, but I would still ask again, do the TSA or any airport security around the world simply ignore it and turn away?

Would they risk that?


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X-rays . . .
by Coryphaeus / December 4, 2011 4:53 AM PST
In reply to: If that's the case

I flew and traveled for many years. Nothing gets past the checkpoint without being X-rayed, even shoes. Laptops, bags, purses, everything, gets irradiated. Even baby carriages!!

My point is that the TSA person should use a little common sense.

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They pay idiot wages
by James Denison / December 4, 2011 5:39 AM PST
In reply to: X-rays . . .

Is it any wonder that's what they get?

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Probably most of them but
by Roger NC / December 4, 2011 6:08 AM PST
In reply to: They pay idiot wages

have you seen the low to high range of TSA salaries?

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Not great
by James Denison / December 4, 2011 10:19 PM PST

Looks like you have to advance 5 grades at least just to get into starting salary of someone with a college degree at many other jobs. My daughter started out at $50K with her degree, so I guess that's about starting salary for many college graduates. Those first two grades wouldn't be far above poverty level for a family, not great even for a single person.

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(NT) But how many have more than HS education?
by Roger NC / December 5, 2011 6:56 AM PST
In reply to: Not great
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Slices both ways
by Willy / December 4, 2011 3:29 PM PST

Any idiot and that includes the TSA should have noticed upon closer inspection that it wasn't a working weapon. Even, if real looking, it was apparent what it was. Though, I'm sure upon X-ray viewing the relief of the weapon would appear otherwise, but then close inspection(follow-up) would deem it harmless. As for them claiming it was a "replica weapon", well that;s CYA answer. At the same time, if they're going to confiscate liquids, nail clippers and sharp objects, etc.,(relaxed now) anything that looks like the real thing, can't be disregarded once challenged. At the same time, I would think the time frame to verify would have been over and done with in minutes, but it wasn't. No one should think even with this example that at least someone was doing their job. IMHO, both parties here are to blame. If anything next time, traveling with that purse should be reconsidered. -----Willy Happy

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flying at all should be reconsidered
by James Denison / December 4, 2011 10:12 PM PST
In reply to: Slices both ways

And they want to increase public transportation over private. Yeah, that ought to be a lot of fun.

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Already done
by Willy / December 5, 2011 12:38 AM PST

All forms of transport which are public are already scrutinized, so its not flying alone. I submit that busing and RxR is also under TSA in some form or another.

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