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TSA's Union Power Grab: Thousands Slowing Down Airports by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2016 When it comes to public employee unions, there's no such thing as a coincidence. All you travelers stuck in mile-long TSA security lines are pawns. Convenient political pawns. Big Labor bosses want more power and more money. Stranded travelers are... Read More
TSA: Total Security Abyss by Michelle Malkin Creators SyndicateCopyright 2016 While a TSA agent pawed my hair bun this weekend, presumably on high alert for improvised explosive bobby pins, I pondered the latest news on the Somalia airplane terror attack. Intelligence officials released video footage of airport employees in Mogadishu handing a laptop to a... Read More
Post-9/11: Protect the freedom to warn by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2014 "If you see something, say something." That's what our homeland security apparatchiks incessantly preach. But 13 years after the 9/11 attacks, the freedom to warn is in danger and vigilant whistleblowers are under fire. Listen to Robert MacLean. He's a former Air... Read More
Not forgotten Homeland insecurity alert: Dry ice and dry runs by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2013 Testing, 1, 2, 3, testing. Jihadists never go on furlough. While shutdown theater preoccupies Washington, terror plotters remain on the clock. The question is: Will America keep hitting the post-9/11 snooze button? At Los Angeles International Airport, two... Read More
In May, I reported on "What Happened on AA Flight 1561." We should make this a series. Here's a new one developing... What happened on United Airlines Flight 944? A nutball aboard a flight from Chicago to Germany violates airline security rules and locks himself in the bathroom when passengers are supposed to be seated.... Read More
Photo taken by passenger Andrew Wai What Happened on AA Flight 1561 by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2011 If you listen to the passengers and crew who flew on American Airlines Flight 1561 last weekend, there's no doubt about what happened on their harrowing trip: A Yemeni man shrieking "Allahu akbar!" at the top... Read More
Sudden Jihad Syndrome.
Photo taken by passenger Andrew Wai Look, up in the air: Classic symptoms of what Daniel Pipes calls "Sudden Jihad Syndrome". If you see something, say something -- and do something. Fortunately, the crew and passengers of AA Flight 1561 did -- tackling a nutball Yemeni Muslim shouting "Allahu Akbar" as he beat on the... Read More
TSA follies: See SPOT fail by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2011 Air traffic controllers have been catching a lot of grief for sleeping on the job lately. But do you know what Transportation Security Administration officials have been doing -- or rather, not doing -- lately? A federal watchdog revealed this week that TSA's... Read More
Don't squeeze the J-Nap.
Don't squeeze the J-Nap. You've heard of the "no-fly" list. Now get a load of the no-grope list -- a roster of the privileged federal officials and politicians who don't have to be subjected to TSA's grabby hands. Lucky them, huh? Cabinet secretaries, top congressional leaders and an exclusive group of senior U.S. officials are... Read More
Photoshop credit: Another Black Conservative Readers know I've been one of DHS Secretary Janet Clownitano's most vocal critics -- dating back to 2006, when she supported a disgraceful 9/11 memorial in Arizona poisoned by left-wing radicalism, through 2008, when the shamnesty wolf in enforcement clothing was tapped by Obama to head DHS, and, of course,... Read More
I noted the growing brouhaha over TSA's new, invasive security procedures at the airport compared to the agency's lackadaisical treatment of illegal alien pilots: Hands-off for law-breakers, hands-all-over for everyone else. The old joke about TSA used to be that it stood for "Thousands standing around." Now TSA stands for "Touching sensitive areas." Or, to... Read More
The San Diego News Network reports that TSA allowed a phony U.S. marshal to log in at San Diego's international airport with bogus ID, escort a "prisoner" through security, and leave the facility no questions asked: A Hemet man who passed himself off as a U.S. Marshal was able to enter the international airport in... Read More
Well, this should make you feel nice and comfortable when you fly: News 8 has recently revealed serious flaws in the way the FAA licenses mechanics who fix planes. There is evidence of years of problems in testing these mechanics. There is also evidence that hundreds of mechanics with questionable licenses are working on aircraft... Read More
Homeland insecurity alert.
The Washington Times raises an alarm over the Obama administration's siphoning off of federal funding for the post-9/11 program to allow pilots to carry arms on airplanes. (hat tip - Infidels are Cool) Feel safer? Not me: After the September 11 attacks, commercial airline pilots were allowed to carry guns if they completed a federal-safety... Read More
Piercing. (Photo...
The incompetence of the TSA has been a constant theme of this blog over the past four years. So has the grievance-mongering of various interest groups who have campaigned to undermine homeland security since 9/11. What to do when those two themes collide in one irresistible, made-for-cable-TV-news story? Such is the case of the TSA... Read More
Homeland insecurity alert.
Whoops. He just forgot it was there! It was al
Remember Andrew Speaker? He's the TB-infected American who was able to slip through several airline security layers and fly around the globe despite being on a no-fly list in May. There were several other TB/security incidents this year that have fallen down the memory hole. Looks like we still haven't learned anything (via SJMercNews): A... Read More
Terrible Stupidity Abounds.
Am I the only one who read this ABC News report and wondered: "Why the hell am I reading this?" What exactly did TSA hope to accomplish by allowing ABC News to tour this no-longer-secret "Secret Security Center" other than puffing itself up? How does this promote and protect our safety? You kno
"Allahu Akbar!"
What's going on here? A South Asian man screaming "Allahu Akbar" and "f***ing white people" freaks out on a plane. He yells at other passengers to "Shoot me! Shoot me!" He's restrained by several large men. The vid is hot on Liveleak and YouTube, where it was posted yesterday. The person who posted it claims:... Read More
Honor guard ordeal.
Lots of folks have e-mailed me Seattle talker Ken Schram's story, "Someone should be fired," about Fort Lewis soldiers serving in an honor guard getting hassled by TSA while escorting the remains of a colleague home to Virginia last month: You know I've reported plenty on TSA bungles, but before calling on anyone to get... Read More
Several MSM outlets got a hold of a joint FBI-DHS homeland security bulletin warning of potential shoe bomb attacks. ABC News: CBS: The joint FBI-Homeland Security bulletin, obtained by CBS News today, bluntly warns that terrorists are still working to use "modified footwear as a concealment method for explosive devices," CBS News correspondent Bob Orr... Read More
Suspicious behavior.
Things that make you go hmmm: They were just testing the locks, I'm sure. Flashback: Flight 327.
"I heard the flight attendant say, 'Help me!'"
Update: Aviation Nation blogger and journalist Annie Jacobsen notes another incident on a separate Frontier Airlines flight. Via Fox News, here's your homeland insecurity story of the morning (hat tip - Roger). John Doe passengers helped restrain the suspiciously-acting passenger: The NYDailyNews has a photo of Bobb
Monkey business.
Un. Freaking. Believable: Here's what I don't get: I can't get my kids' sippy cups and juice boxes past TSA. I've had to throw away toothpaste, hand lotion, and lip balm before boarding flights. But a guy can sneak his living, breathing, furry pygmy marmoset onto two planes? TSA: Tolerating Smuggled Animals
Chee-bomber, chee-bomber. Plus: Whither the John Doe amendment?
NBC News obtained a TSA unclassified bulletin about possible airplane/airport dry runs by terrorists probing homeland security. What caught my eye were the photos of some of the suspicious devices taken by airport authorities: The report states that "individuals involved in these incidents were of varying gender." Oookay. Is that all they can tell us,... Read More
Friday night Factor.
I'll be subbing tonight on The O'Reilly Factor. Tune in at 8pm Eastern. We'll be talking John Doe and criminal alien deportation, among other topics. In light of the John Doe debate, I suggested that the show re-broadcast O'Reilly's 2001 interview with actor James Woods, who you'll recall was on a Boston-to-Los Angeles flight in... Read More
TSA: Thousands Standing Around. Those Silly Asses. Taking Scissors Away.
There was a security breach at Lindbergh Airport in San Diego earlier today (hat tip - reader Mark). A passenger had a bag with liquids in excess of security allowances. The bag also contained a shoe, apparently with a built-in pedometer, which TSA screeners wanted to examine further. But the TSA goofs lost track of... Read More
On alert. Plus: A first-hand report from a pilot on airline (in)security.
Update: "Harmless" Could be something, could be nothing: CBS 4 in Miami has a few more details from the scene: The Miami Herald quotes an airport spokesman: Hundreds were evacuated fro
Chertie has chosen to lie in bed with the very people who make a living intimidating and suing vigilant Americans who...
An American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to London was diverted early this morning to New York over security concerns about a Middle Eastern passenger: The crew member aboard Flight 136 questioned a passenger whom the employee had seen bypassing security by traveling on an employee-only bus from the parking lot to the LAX airport,... Read More
Crying over spilled water.
You might have heard about the public battle between a mother and TSA over her toddler's sippy cup. She says they manhandled her and acted abusively after she was detained for "accidentally" spilled water from the cup. TSA says she purposely dumped it and went so far as to post surveillance video to prove their... Read More
Update: New WashTimes article on the report here. This weekend, dogged Washington Times reporter Audrey Hudson previewed a Department of Homeland Security Inspector General's report on the handling--and mishandling--of Flight 327. Longtime readers will remember this incident as an airline security object lesson on the need for passengers to say something when they see something.... Read More
Back in 2003, a teenager was arrested and charged for joking about a bomb in his luggage. In 2004, a British student was arrested and released after making a bomb joke before boarding a flight from Miami to Britain. We are constantly warned not to make light of homeland security while passing through airport checkpoints... Read More
Christopher Soghoian, a PhD student in the School of Informatics at Indiana University Bloomington, created a fake boarding pass generator to expose flaws in airport security. A reader sent this link to the generator, but it looks like it has been taken down. Looks like he could be in big trouble for blowing the whistle.... Read More
***scroll for updates, including new info from Annie Jacobsen (remember Flight 327?)...who were the ringleaders of Bojinka II (is there a better name? let me know)...here's the reason for the liquid ban: ABC says the jihadists were going to hide the explosives in sports drink bottles...reports of dry runs...USNews now also reporting details involving hydrogen... Read More
***updated...10pm Eastern-new details about Haq via AP - he "forced his way through a security door by holding a gun to a 13-year-old girl's head"...told 911 dispatcher, "These are Jews and I'm tired of getting pushed around and our people getting pushed around by the situation in the Middle East..."*** ***new photo of Haq via... Read More
***scroll for updates...university library cancels its NYT subscription!...and the WSJ explains the circumstances that led the newspaper to publish its SWIFT story...read the whole thing...the NYTimes covers the House resolution condemning the paper...*** I mentioned the other day that I'd been hearing buzz about a protest at the New York Times building. It's coming together... Read More
But don't worry. He's been sent to...Saudi Arabia! Great, just great: New Zealand has deported a Yemeni man identified as having direct links with the terrorists involved in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States who was taking pilot training in the country this year, the government said Saturday. Rayed Mohammed Abdullah Ali... Read More
Annie Jacobsen investigates.
***scroll down for an important update*** A number of us in the blogosphere have been catching wind of rumors that a surface-to-air missile was fired at an America West flight originating out of New York. Here's a post at Little Green Footballs, where many commenters are wisely skeptical but wanting more info. I just got... Read More
The kill-me-first dress code is dead. It's good news for air marshals who exposed this reckless bureaucratic idiocy last December. Via the Washington Post: The dress code for federal air marshals has been modified, apparently relegating a fashion spat to the back of the Homeland Security closet. The issue of what the marshals wear when... Read More
Via AP this morning: I can hear the stampede of ACLU lawyers already.
You've seen some of the news coverage by now of Bassam Khalaf, the self-proclaimed "crazy, suicidal Arabic" rapper fired from his job as a TSA baggage screener. But did you know that he's not the only Islamist who has been poking through your luggage? Debbie Schlussel has the lowdown on both. Repeat: Political correctness is... Read More
This story out of Cleveland is disturbing. And it's not the first report of a laser tracking a commercial plane in American skies. I blogged on Bill Gertz's report in September about a Delta flight to Salt Lake City, Utah, that was diverted when a laser penetrated the cockpit and reportedly injured the pilot. And... Read More
The fashion police at the Federal Air Marshals Service still don't get it. But the Lakeland (Fl.) Ledger does. The paper weighs in with a scathing editorial about the dress code debacle here. Meanwhile, I received a "supervisor's Daily Airport Activity Report" dated 12/15/04, which shows how managers are forced to play clothes cops. Here's... Read More
Audrey Hudson of the Washington Times has another great piece on the Air Marshal dress code story that I wrote about yesterday: Read the whole thing here. Hudson went on Fox and Friends yesterday to discuss David Adams' phony allegation that there is no dress code for Federal Air Marshals. Here is an excerpt: Doocy:... Read More
This post will be unusually long. That's because I've decided to use my bandwith today to combat a government agency's self-serving--and dangerous--spin campaign. The great thing about the blogosphere is that I can give over as much space as necessary to others who don't have a voice. And nobody at the Transportation Security Administration, at... Read More
That's the subject of today's column here. The rank-and-file marshals refer to the stupid dress code as the "kill-me-first dress code," which benefits no one but the terrorists. The Federal Air Marshals Service is a disaster under Director Quinn, and the dress code is the tip of the iceberg, according to insiders. The Washington Times... Read More
Right Wing News delves into the fever swamps of the Democratic Underground and pulls out the 10 Worst Quotes from rabid libs. John Leo compiles the 2004 awards for over-the-top rhetoric. Quin Hilyer highlights the invaluable Media Research Center's top examples of media bias. And keying off the news that "blog" is the word of... Read More
Just heard Washington Times reporter Bill Gertz tease a disturbing story on FOX News a few minutes ago. He said he'll have a piece in the paper tomorrow about a Delta flight to Salt Lake City, Utah, that was diverted last week when a laser penetrated the cockpit. He reported that the pilot was injured... Read More
Unbelievable: Maryland Teacher Faces Possible $10,000 Fine For Bookmark The AP story reports that Harrington will probably not face a possible $10,000 TSA fine, but I have a source who indicates otherwise. More as it develops... Correction (5:55 pm): I erred. Mineta is Secretary of Transportation, of course, not head of the TSA.
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