As TSA has myriad problems like sexual assualts at screening checkpoints and agents who manipulate naked imaging devices so they can get a nude glimpse of passengers they find attractive.
But airport security — along with customers and border patrol — at New York JFK is something in a special league of its own. Whether it’s a plane full of passengers from Mexico being allowed to skip immigration or a plane full of passengers from Mexico being allowed to skip immigration, New York JFK is home to the gang that couldn’t shoot straight. And the (TSA) gang who ran through the terminal screaming maniacally about a bomb and a shooting victim (neither of which were real).
So it’s really no surprise that TSA at New York JFK didn’t notice passengers walking through a checkpoint in JetBlue’s terminal 5 yesterday morning without being screened (“because the TSA left the area open and unattended”) and then decided not to tell anyone about it for two hours hoping they could find the passengers in the terminal themselves and not have to admit the screwup.
“The TSA tried to mitigate the situation by sending their screeners through the terminal in violation of all the protocols,” a source said. “The protocol says law enforcement is immediately notified.”
Three of the eleven passengers were identified and screened once they landed at their destination. Because that’s how it’s supposed to work. Good thing they caught the passengers before they left the terminal after their trip, or else they might have traveled without ever having been screened.
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As with each and every collossal failure at TSA, they pull out the same statement.
The TSA said it was “confident” the incident represented “no threat to the aviation transportation system.”
“TSA works with a network of security layers both seen and unseen,” the statement said.
This is actually true, since TSA screening does nothing to detect actual threats, the lack of screening does not increase risk of threat.
Fixing the TSA really isn’t that complicated, you need to separate regulating security from performing the actual screening in order to get better accountability. Having the screening agency regulate themselves simply doesn’t work.