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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Terrorist On "Dry Run" At Airport In Houston

So this Middle Eastern guy is getting on an airplane in Houston, and is asked if he has a laptop computer. He says no, yet when his bag is X-Rayed, there is a laptop in his luggage. (Click the title bar for the entire piece.)
So they check him further:

A search of the man's baggage revealed a clock with a 9-volt battery taped to it and a copy of the Quran, the report said. A screener examined the man's shoes and determined that the "entire soles of both shoes were gutted out."

So what do the authorities do? Nothing. That's right, they allow the guy to get on board. Maybe we need another attack? The Houston police who were present at the time give this lame excuse:

"Our job is not to be the gatekeepers," police Capt. Dwayne Ready said. "That burden falls squarely on the airline and TSA to make that final decision.

But the TSA people disagree:

TSA spokeswoman Andrea McCauley said screeners have the authority to stop people from going beyond the checkpoint to the boarding areas, but they rely heavily on local police.

"It's just agencies talking with each other," Ready said, downplaying the disagreement.

It seems nobody wanted to take action:

a confidential TSA report obtained by the Houston Chronicle details a dispute between screeners and a police officer on duty at the airport.

So while Rome burned, Nero fiddled.

I know one thing, I'm not going through Houston's airport.

I'll be back



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