The ‘Security’ Menace: TSA screening endangers us
By BECKY AKERS
So it turns out that Transportation Security Administration screeners not only rob passengers of cash, jewelry and soiled diapers; they also run drugs.
We don’t even need to leave New York state for two examples within the last month. On Aug. 26, Minetta Walker admitted conspiring to get smugglers through checkpoints at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, and now cops have busted a ring ferrying oxycodone between Westchester and Florida that includes three screeners.
What if, next time, it’s terrorists who bribe screeners to look the other way?
Remember: TSA screeners have never caught a terrorist — and they’ve missed a bunch. Federal investigators found last year that “at least 16 individuals later accused of involvement in terrorist plots [had flown] 23 different times through US airports since 2004,” according to CBS News. “Yet none were stopped by TSA … officers working at those airports.”
No doubt they were too busy groping Grandma instead.
If terrorists the TSA misses don’t bring down your next flight, the equipment it damages might. CNN reported in 2008 that one TSA inspector boosted himself into nine “commuter aircraft” by stepping on “sensitive” thermometers that help pilots “gauge the probability of icing” — the bane of these smaller planes.
“We caught it this time,” said a bemused spokesman for the airline’s pilots, “but who knows if this has happened other times … and with other planes that are out there?”