Update: The TSA sends a statement…
On Thursday, September 27, 2007 North American Airlines flight #1777 carrying soldiers and marines landed at Oakland International Airport from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) where passengers were screened by U.S. Customs upon landing from overseas.
At no time were service men and women prohibited from entering the sterile area of Oakland International Airport by TSA personnel or regulations. Airport officials, the airline and ground handling company coordinated the arrival and all services associated with this flight, including refueling, refreshing supplies on the aircraft, maintenance checks and all passenger services.
TSA personnel across the country have worked closely with airports to ensure the utmost care when handling flights involving our troops and will continue to facilitate their movement to the greatest extent possible while ensuring a high level of security for all travelers.
Office of Strategic Communications and Public Affairs
Transportation Security Administration
Update: Jonathan at the OC Blog confronts an enraged TSA official. Read the whole thing.
Update: Here’s the video.
In my interview with Megyn Kelly, I mentioned the seditious, anti-war protests in Oakland in 2003 where war supply shipments were blocked. Here’s my column about it.
I’m scheduled to appear on Fox News at around 9:45am Eastern this morning to talk about what happened to our troops in Oakland. Lawmakers have requested an investigation of the incident.