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Although US Transportation Security Administration screeners are encouraged to caress others' trousers, one blue-shirted crotch watchmen used his own as a temporary cache for an iPad he'd bagged from a traveller's bag. TSA employee Nelson Santiago was spotted by a Continental Airlines employee as he was stuffing said …

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Note who turned the guy in

It was a Continental airline employee who turned this guy in. If it had been a TSA employee who saw the trouser-stuffing going on they would have just looked the other way.

Theft out of luggage is rampant, everyone knows it is, but the TSA never sees anything. Why would they? They're too busy grabbing the goods out of everyone's luggage.

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TSA

Look at some of the TSA people who have been caught committing crimes. You have ones that have spread images from the full body scanners, another beat their boss up (the one spreading said images if Peewe around), others committing crimes. Hell, I have seen one use an electric rascal scooter to take one of their own out. When a terrorist does something at an airport out of the control of TSA (i.e. foreign) they come up with new security measures to make things even worse.

Would the TSA please show the American people just ONE terrorist that they have caught. That is all we ask for, one terrorist. We don't care about the hundreds of bottles of water, the numerous "knives" or the assortment of gels, aerosol or liquids above the 3.4 ounce limit either that you have stolen from the public either.

I think there is a greater chance for Stevie Wonder to pick someone out of a line-up than the TSA actually catching someone. Haiti has a better chance at getting into space than the TSA does catching a terrorist.

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This is what happens

When you put Security in the hands of underpaid members of the underclass. The TSA staff I have met have been either illegal immigrants, drug addicts, or ESN dribblers.

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Holmes

ESN

European Society of Nematologists?

Erasmus Student Network?

European Society for Neurochemistry?

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Re: ESN

ESN - or educationally subnormal. Used to be an official label for children in British schools - but now derogatory.

The American equivalent would be kids who take the short bus.

The phrase now is "special needs"

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TSA?

Tourette Syndrome Association ?

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ESN

After all, it couldn't possibly mean Educationally Sub Normal, could it?

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RE: ESN

Don't forget:

Enterprise Social Network

Echo state network

Electronic Serial Number

Endor's Silly Natives (Ewoks)

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Big Brother

TSA?

TSA = 'Terminally Stupid Assholes'

TSA = 'Trouser Snake Arrestors'

TSA = 'Terrorists Screwing Americans'

Any others??

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More Acronyms

TSA- Twits Stealing Anything

TSA- Total Security Abomination

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Headmaster

Well, no, Hardcastle, it couldn't

Because "educationally subnormal" is two words, not three. Anyone who isn't educationally subnormal knows that, and so would never use "ESN" as an acronym to describe people who are.

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The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

They might also know that ESN is an abbreviation, not an acronym.

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Airport 'security'

Let's just stop pretending there's any point to airport 'security'

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Remember when...

... the iPad first came out and people moaned that it was too big to fit in your pocket?

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Well, well; how times changed.

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Goodies ahead of their time?

I seem to remember an episode where they marketed a 'pocket sized camera' that required special trousers with enormous pockets.

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Coat

Security Theatre is proud to present:

This weeks episode:

Bag a bargain and stash the cash.

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Fondleslab out.. bomb in?

So how long before someone in TSA puts a bomb in a suitcase - either because they are a terrorist or because they've been blackmailed.

As someone who has suffered "loss" from suitcases and my wife had a lethal bottle of body mist "confiscated" by a female member of TSA (read - "I like that brand, I'll have that.. thank you") I have often wondered about just how secure airport security actually is.

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What happened with the previous thefts?

What was the TSA reaction to his previous victims when they reported that their property had been stolen? Did they investigate in any way? Or did they just ignore it and tell the victims to get stuffed, even when the volume of complaints must have made it perfectly clear that something was wrong?

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TSA

"What was the TSA reaction to his previous victims when they reported that their property had been stolen?"

I presume they keep a record of who searched which bags so it should be easy to see if there are a larger number of reports of thefts for any one TSA employee?

Seems odd that he could advertise online and no one be able to trace back to him.

It certainly gives very little faith in US security staff if they cannot find such a blatant thief in their own numbers.

MB

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"keep a record of who searched which bags"

For hand luggage: wheb you get to an airport gate, there's people for say 120 different flights filtering in at any time. You give your bags to the screening machine, it beeps, it gets searched; nobody scans your boarding pass + screener's ID.

For check-in luggage: why would it be different?

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what do you expect?

when the job was done by security guards, many times it was the least capable assigned to the task. when the TSA was born, these people got first call and now they're "federal officers" with federal unions keeping their worthless backsides employed. the TSA is a collection of the least intelligent workers looking over a list of "suspected" items and trying to look busy so they stretch the meaning to cover anything possible. not one of these people are trained to know what to look for in a suspected person, they just hope to catch someone in a "by gosh and golly" method. They're applying a 80/20 rule. Search everyone for 80% of the suspected items, and search 20% for everything. Ignore the dark looking fellow in his mid 20's with the heels of his shoes pushed down and the wild look in his eye (that would be profiling) but pat down and put through the backscatter machine the hot blonde that is the "sole support of two dependents" (thanks, Robert H!)

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One reason why I always Travel Light

There are many advantages to not using checked luggage, ala OneBag.com style. You'd be surprised how much you can fit into a MEI Voyageur hybrid bag (which perfectly fits most maximum carry-on size limits around the world).

Checked luggage is just asking for trouble, inconvenience and costs for the vast majority of travellers most of the time. Eventually all frequent travellers realise this ...

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checked luggage?

Sounds more like theft from hand luggage

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Aren't they unionized now?

Expect the union to ride to the rescue of the perp, coz it can't be that TSA employees are being spied upon by lowly private airline company underlings.

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TSA

They Steal Anything...

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How about...

Twits Swiping Anything

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Build...

Surely being sylph-like would be an advantage when hiding a fondle-slab in your trousers, just poke it down the front and leave your T-shirt untucked. In fact being chunky would make it harder as fondle-slabs are flat, and chunky tummies are curved.

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Big Brother

they aint

the brightest sparks in the universe anyway,

I mean, cutting the straps on someone's backpack to open it when 1" away there is a plastic clip you squeeze to release and open it

Maybe someone should look into the rates of pay for TSA employees so that they dont end up recruiting from the shallow end of the gene pool, and that their employees dont need to supplement their income by stealing stuff.

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title

In order to squeeze the clip you need at least one opposable thumb.

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tsa

I have a toolbox that has to be locked. For TSA purposes I hung the key on a bit of string on the handle. That didn't stop them crowbarring it open. I was given a bit of grey paper telling me how to complain. Neither phone number nor web address worked.

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Big Brother

$20k-$40K

From http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Employer=United_States_Transportation_Security_Administration_(TSA)/Salary

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The working poor

Cripes, no wonder they get monkeys, they pay peanuts.

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...at least one opposable thumb

or teeth.

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Tea leaves...

Whenever I fly, I secure the bag with a cable tie. That way security can look inside if they want, but a light fingered grunt will probably go for something easier.

When it gets to baggage collection time, it's obvious if anyone has been in my bag or not, and I can check the contents.

So far that technique has proved safe from Stansted and/or Spanish handlers (who have twice helped themselves to odds and sods - pair of shorts and a Swiss army knife - I know, weird eh!).

All my expensive stuff always goes hand luggage anyway, have you not seen how they throw the hold luggage about?!! What the iPad owner was thinking when he put his animated tea-tray into hold luggage is beyond me!

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Stolen or lost?

I once flew through a US airport where the TSA could be seen over the balcony rail searching the luggage (Chicago? Newark? Some sort of hub). They seemed to upend each case over a steel table, rummage, then sweep everything back in the case and close it up. Small things rolled on the floor and were left there.

That might explain why I have lost things from my toolkit like a 9/16AF socket, or a roll of tinned copper wire, while the $800 crimp tool was still there.

They are still knuckle dragging morons in my book.

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Coloured cable tie best

If you use a black or natural tie, they might have a replacement to hand. Mine are the purple ones.

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Cable tie?

How do you remove the cable tie at the destination? Any possible tools: scissors, cutters, knives, have to be carried inside the case that is cable tied...

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Hold or Hand?

Where did it say he was pilfering from the hold luggage?

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Cutting the Cable Tie at the Other End...Buying Peace of Mind

Ask security.

In 2004, on my way to Japan, I noticed that SFO has (or had?) a personal inspection and shrink-wrap service. I suppose it was for the uuber paranoid. Get it

-- inspected by the authorized agents right there adjacent to the ticketing area

-- sealed with a special seal or tag

-- shrink wrapped

-- trucked/dollied to the sterile or boarding area or to the more secure baggage loading area

-- get a stub or document for ownership verification

IIRC, that cost some $20 or $30 per piece. For those with plenty of slack time or arriving VERY very early, and who want real peace of mind you can buy (other than what comes with your ticket purchase, hehehe), this service probably cannot be beat. Dunno if it still exists. Such a continued program would serve as an indictment that TSA and other inspection agent services cannot be trusted, I suppose...

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Glad I'm not the only one

I had 2 watches stolen from my luggage on my way home from a deployment in the Middle East. They are just a bunch of P.O.S.'s who will rob their mothers blind.

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Happy

Is that a 10 incher you have in your pocket........

................or are you just pleased to see me?

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The terrorists have definitely won

They have got us all at each others' throats. They have poorly educated recruits from the criminal classes patting down little old ladies and treating our external hearing aids as if they might be bombs.

They win! No more flying vacations. Driving to Cape Cod is going to be the extent of my vacation plans. I only have to watch out for poorly educated recruits from the criminal classes driving trucks and SUVs on the interstate highways.

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Won?

We still travel. These are still the best countries to live in.

bolt the terrorists.

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to the anti union people

If you think the unions are so strong then why are traffic air controllers working crazy hours ?

By crazy I mean showing up to work at noon then mid night the next day. Less than 4 hours between shifts and making them work doubles.

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Re: to the anti union people

Easy one. ATCs are smart people and therefore apt to vote the wrong way come union election time. Also they are the sort of people prone to asking difficult questions like: "Where did the union funds go?", "Was that 12 day 'fact finding' junket to the caribbean really necessary?" and "Why is it that all the candidates on this leadership ballot play golf together?".

Union leaders prefer unquestioning sheep and are prepared to go the extra mile for them. Anyone who can spell their own name and count to ten without using their fingers is a dangerous intellectual and any work-related grievances they may purport to have are most likely a right-wing plot to discredit the brothers of the union.

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Easy One, 2

There's a budget limit to everything. Too many employees means more the taxpayers pay to cover for salaries, bonuses, benefits, and training. That many more people means more background checks, more risk that someone affiliated with criminals or dubious characters arises.

It means farrrrr more votes than an administrator or an administration will want to be bothered with. It means more political power, and more bodies than consoles, a greater built-in dependency on an overweight department, and more people to furlough/fire or buy out at inflated prices when more computerization takes over.

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Thieves Support Administration

Well that's what it sounds like.

Flying into Newark all I could think of was Ray Liotta saying "All my life I wanted to be a gangster" along with "The airport was our private piggy bank".

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Ferret-legging punishment, 21st century style

Poetic justice would be that the device he'd hidden down his trousers burst into flames, courtesy of a defective Lithium battery and a rise in temperature.

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Security camera anyone?

It begs the question, why aren't TSA staffers under the watchful eye of security cameras? This would insure that blackmailed or bribed TSA staffers aren't allowing a terrorist to get through check points with anything, as well as keeping the TSA honest about staffers stealing anything from Airline passengers. Also, wasn't the passenger standing right there and able to see this bloke stuffing the kit in his trousers? Or was another TSA staffer (the accomplice) distracting the passenger with fondle grabbing and what not?

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Carry-on

I take all electronics with me in my carry-on because as I'm not allowed to lock my bag, I refuse to put anything in there that I don't want to lose. My checked luggage consists of clothes (possibly worn and smelly if on the way home), local food items that are not easily available at home and are legal to import and a few cheap souvenirs. Irritating if lost, but not too bad. They're also items that are less likely to be stolen in the first place.

Similarly, if I'm ever unfortunate enough to have something placed in my luggage (and I've had a few TSA 'your bag was searched' notices in there), one theme of my defence would be that because I can't lock the bag, I am not responsible for what is found in it once it has left my possession. Probably wouldn't work in most places though :-(

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