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Saturday, July 08, 2017

When put to the test, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport failed 95 percent of security tests conducted at the airport last week, according to Fox 9 sources. Last Thursday, what's referred to as the "Red Team" in town from Washington D.C., posed as passengers and attempted to sneak items through security that should easily be caught. In most cases, they succeeded in getting the banned items though. 17 out of 18 tries by the undercover federal agents saw explosive materials, fake weapons or drugs pass through TSA screening undetected. Two sources said that the tests carried out Thursday were eventually stopped after the failure rate reached 95 percent.

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So what? The TSA is a charade. The war on terror is fake.

Bankers and war profiteers needed a new source of profits, so they chose muslim boogeymen. They probably fund them too.

#1 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-07-08 07:18 PM | Reply

Why would this information be made public?

#2 | Posted by danni at 2017-07-08 07:46 PM | Reply

if only this was the case when senator craig was traveling.

#3 | Posted by cjk85 at 2017-07-08 08:24 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Or ..... they passed 5%, given the fact its a unionized government outfit, that is really an accomplishment.

Why is the glass always empty to proponents of more government?

Why do you act surprised when they fail so biggly?

#4 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2017-07-08 08:48 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Unionized government outfit just like most of the police in this country. You going to now go anti-police Andrea? Stuck between a rock and a hard spot. The failures are due to management not unions. Any fool would know that. You think if only we busted the union the security would improve? If only we privatized it the security would improve? I know a couple of TSA agents, reasonably competent, not bad guys, I'm quite sure they would carry out the instructions from above about how to insure the safety of passengers.

#5 | Posted by danni at 2017-07-08 09:38 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Thank heavens the private sector can do the job cheaper and more efficiently.

#6 | Posted by morris at 2017-07-08 11:41 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#4 | POSTED BY ANDREAMACKRIS

What did you expect? You pay them $12/hour. Did you expect to get the best and brightest? It's not the union. It's the fact that we are cheap --------.

#7 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-07-09 01:06 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

What did you expect? You pay them $12/hour.

And that's the excuse you use for their complacency and failure? A failure rate so high would have a little to do with training.

#8 | Posted by Crassus at 2017-07-09 01:11 AM | Reply

You get what you pay for.
Looks like Andy reads too much National Review. She may need to get out more.

#9 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2017-07-09 04:02 AM | Reply

You mean if you paid these same people $20/hour they wouldn't make these mistakes? If that's the case then these people are purposely not doing their job because of money, they should be fired, forget training.

#10 | Posted by Crassus at 2017-07-09 05:26 AM | Reply

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Did you expect to get the best and brightest?
#7 | SYCOPHANT

I'm beginning to think that there aren't as many 'best & brightest' available as there once were.

#11 | Posted by sunuvavitch at 2017-07-09 09:44 AM | Reply


@#10 ... If that's the case then these people are purposely not doing their job because of money, they should be fired, forget training. ...

One aspect of all this that is not known --- is this incident more of an outlier, or is it the norm? We'll never know.

I doubt if "sources" would talk to the press about the aspects of TSA programs that work well. So we tend only to hear the instances where things fail.

I like that the TSA uses these types of tactics to check how well security is working.

#12 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-07-09 10:13 AM | Reply

Lamp, I agree, I like the idea of testing to see if they are indeed securing our safety. I do think they should be paid more but to suggest the excuse is low pay doesn't cut it for me.

#13 | Posted by crassus at 2017-07-09 10:21 AM | Reply

The fact that their failure rate is so high yet we still havent been attacked illustrates the whole war on terror is a fraud meant to keep us in line.

#14 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-07-09 10:32 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It was only 94.4%... No offense to the good employees but the TSA has been an ongoing joke.

But seriously - you have a boring job. You don't pay well. I am sorry but you look at the caliber of the hires... Complacency will set in no matter what. Watching the people working when I flew a couple weeks ago, I don't find this surprising at ANY airport in the US. If you are flying BACK to the US they are ALL business in my experiences.

Why the difference? I don't know. Might be worth learning from the Europeans or Israelis though.

#15 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-07-09 11:10 AM | Reply

This is a prelude to privatizing the TSA.

Quick history lesson, airport security used to be done by the government, but the airlines complained it cost too much, so the got Congress to privatize it.

So for about twenty years the airlines saved a few pennies by having minimum wage workers do security. Then 9/11 happened, and even though the airlines had saved so much money on security, they still needed a thirty billion dollar bailout to remain solvent.

And because government growth is much easier for a POTUS to achieve than private sector growth, and because government growth masks the deep job losses in the private sector on the overall jobless report, Bush created the TSA.

#16 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-07-09 01:09 PM | Reply

Ahh Snoofy with the blind defense of the government running everything.

The only thing that could have stopped 9/11 was locked doors, and that's on the FAA, and has always been on the FAA to require them.

#17 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-07-09 04:38 PM | Reply

So why have security at all...

Locked doors just makes the pilot a threat vector, like on Germanwings or Egypt Air.

#18 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-07-09 05:03 PM | Reply

"What did you expect? You pay them $12/hour."

At that pay scale they probably can't even pass the Citizenship test either.

#19 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-07-09 05:07 PM | Reply

Ahh Snoofy with the blind defense of the government running everything.

There's plenty of things I don't want the government running. Like Apple. Or Pornhub.

It's just that national security is a thing I do want the government running.

#20 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-07-09 05:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The $12.00 per hour meme is baloney, they start at $16.59 per hour. Make it to Lead Officer you make $44,186 per year. You won't get rich, that's for sure but reasonably competent people could be hired for that amount.

$12.00 represents the hourly rate those who dream of privatizing TSA would pay so they could pocket the difference.

#21 | Posted by danni at 2017-07-09 05:30 PM | Reply

It's just that national security is a thing I do want the government running.

#20 | POSTED BY SNOOFY AT 2017-07-09 05:10 PM | REPLY

This is air travel security, and the government failure rate is 95%+ at major airports.

The only line of defense that works is cabin doors (turns out walls can work sometimes), and passengers who will immediately jump any would be attackers.

Molesting travelers and treating body scanners like PornHub isn't making anything safer.

#22 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-07-09 05:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

You won't get rich, that's for sure but reasonably competent people could be hired for that amount.

#21 | POSTED BY DANNI AT 2017-07-09 05:30 PM | FLAG:

Pay them $100/hr. It doesn't matter.

People have been shooting holes in this security theater since just after 9/11.

#23 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-07-09 05:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The site doesn't encapsulate google maps links, but this is typical of every airport in the US.. pull up Maps, search for Hobby Airport. Zoom to 1000 feet scale. See all those roads around it? There are many, and they're accessible to anybody. Anybody so motivated can drive through it with a truck, there are zero vehicle defenses. They can drive right across the pavement and storm any aircraft they want. They can shoot them up on the tarmac. There's enough time to storm a loading aircraft, taxi it out, and fly away before SWAT can respond, getting a 737 off the ground isn't hard at all. They'll be smashing into the Williams Tower long before any armed fighters can make it up from San Antonio, and I've been on the ramp at Ellington many times, everything is unarmed there.

This applies to pretty much every airport in America. Security is theater. It's a sitcom with a laugh track. It makes people feel warm and fuzzy, but in reality it doesn't do anything at all.

#24 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-07-09 06:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Fly to Charleston. Charleston's airport is half civilian half military. iirc, they build A-10 wings next to it. Same situation, but this time there's at least 2 dozen, extremely, extremely expensive US transports from the Strategic Airlift Command. The sticker price is a lie, once they have all the combat systems and engine it's more like half a billion each. Protected by.. a fence. 1 VBIED and it's the biggest single attack material loss since Pearl Harbor.

#25 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-07-09 06:10 PM | Reply

Yeah, the correct answer to the TSA is shut it down.

And don't replace it with anything. Just clear their garbage out of the hallway, and let people walk to their gates without being harassed.

#26 | Posted by DarkVader at 2017-07-10 07:46 AM | Reply | Funny: 2

I disapprove of nearly everything the Israelis do with American money; but they got airport security right, after a terrorist attack in the seventies. There have been NO successful attacks since that time. What do they do differently?

#27 | Posted by john47 at 2017-07-10 02:26 PM | Reply

What do they do differently?

#27 | Posted by john47

Are you actually suggesting we take the best ideas that work for some foreigner and adapt them for use in America?

What are you...one of them dang socialist community organizers or something?

#28 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-07-10 08:40 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#28 Donnerboy

The Israeli police at the airports regularly accost random people and ask them a few questions. When being interviewed by the police, ALL people have tells, by which the extremely trained police can identify problem people with astounding accuracy. On the other hand, the TSA has nothing to offer but security theater.

#29 | Posted by john47 at 2017-07-10 09:37 PM | Reply

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