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Hawaii TSA airport screeners fired over explosives lapse

• RawStory.com
US transport authorities announced Friday the sacking of more than 30 staff at Honolulu International Airport for failing to screen baggage properly for explosives.

The Transportation Security Administration took the action after a probe on the US island state of Hawaii triggered in December when two TSA staff reported baggage being loaded onto aircraft without proper screening.

"The investigation determined that some checked baggage during one shift, at one airport location was not properly screened, impacting a limited number of flights each day during the last few months of 2010," said a TSA statement.

The federal transport body said it had "proposed the removal of more than 30 Honolulu International Airport TSA employees following an extensive investigation into allegations of improper screening of checked baggage."

"TSA holds its workforce to the highest ethical standards and we will not tolerate employees who in any way compromise the security of the traveling public," said TSA Administrator John Pistole.

"We have taken appropriate action through our newly established Office of Professional Responsibility and are committed to ensuring our high security standards are upheld in Hawaii and throughout the country."

Senior TSA staff have been temporarily assigned to the airport "to augment the current staff and continue to ensure that a high level of security operations continues," said the agency.

Authorities also warned of a need for heightened vigilance for possible reprisals after the May 2 killing of Al-Qaeda chief Osama in Laden.

 

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Had there been a blow up of the flying aircraft carrying explosives that was not properly "groped" so to speak by TSA personnel of the Hawaii airport, the cost of the argument against the hated pat down would have been terrifyingly mind-boggling! That’s why I consent to "groping" even of genitals but only where there is a REASONABLE suspicion or PROBABLE CAUSE to believe that sophisticated, high-technology-oriented terrorists might have surgically planted a bomb. Although that passenger’s extraordinarily large testicles were "thoroughly examined" by a "good-looking" middle-age female security agent reportedly in one of the airports in Texas, the out-of-pocket cost of that feeling of humiliation of one individual is much, much more a bargain, compared to the cost of hundred of human lives aboard the airport had the airline on flight been blown up to smithereens because like in the Hawaii airport, no serious pat down was made by obviously fed up TSA security scanners who are experiencing a psychological let down to almost a spiritual collapse due to the heavy bombardment of public disapproval of what they are doing to protect out-bound passengers in the airport.

In the airport, we are all standing in this long security line gingerly inching forward with our airline tickets and ID, waiting while impatiently expecting to be "groped". So when we hear "next, please" at the forward end of the line, we have to move forward and into this kind of guillotine for the invasion of our personal privacy right. Unless you are the subject of a reasonable suspicion or probable cause for the security examiners to believe that you are some kind of a "security risk", the cost of it all is not more than the cost of your time at MacDonald queuing for your order of a lip-smacking fried chicken with a large cup of ice-cold diet coke.

In the airport, we are all standing in this long security line gingerly inching forward with our airline tickets and ID, waiting while impatiently expecting to be "groped". So when we hear "" at the forward end of the line, we have to move forward and into this kind of guillotine for the invasion of our personal privacy right. Unless you are the subject of a reasonable suspicion or probable cause for the security examiners to believe that you are some kind of a "", the cost of it all is not more than the cost of your time at MacDonald queuing for your order of a lip-smacking fried chicken with a large cup of ice-cold diet coke.

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