It must be my lucky day, because man does the TSA want to be made fun of today. First let’s start with this gem out of JFK, from the NY Post:
The TSA’s bungling reached a new low yesterday when a JFK Airport terminal had to be evacuated and hundreds of passengers marched back through security screening all because one dimwitted agent failed to realize his metal detector had been unplugged, sources told The Post.
Yep, TSA forgot to plug in the machine, which is pretty bad. BUT, this story gets better:
Amazingly, he failed to realize that alert lights never flashed once as streams of passengers filed through the dead detector, the sources said.
Majed was so clueless that he couldn’t even tell police how long the machine had been shut off or how it happened, the sources said.
I guess if you mess up that bad, there’s no point in even trying to pretend that you did you job. Now, one would think, that the TSA would fire this person and apologize to the, umm, world. Nope, not the case with the TSA who stated:
The TSA would not confirm or deny that its detector had been unplugged, releasing a statement saying only that a metal detector suffered a “malfunction.”
Would have been better if they had said the screener suffered the malfunction.
Though, not to be out done, Newark wants you to know that even when their equipment is plugged in — well they aren’t paying attention to it:
The TSA said investigators are also looking into photographs of screening supervisors who appear to be sleeping in front of monitors used for detecting bombs and other threats in checked bags about to be loaded onto planes.
The TSA has already fired 8 screeners for sleeping on the job in Newark, so at least the TSA has fired some screeners — which is news to me.