Relax, if your grandfather had hidden a bomb in his diapers, they’d have nabbed him


Potty break!

Potty break!

LAX (how appropriate) security guards were either on snack breaks or ran away when gunman arrived and began shooting.

LOS ANGELES — Minutes before a gunman opened fire in a Los Angeles International Airport terminal last fall, killing a security screener and wounding three other people, the two armed officers assigned to the area left for breaks without informing a dispatcher as required.

As terrified travelers dived for cover, TSA officers — who are unarmed — fled the screening area without hitting a panic button or using a landline to call for help. It took a call from an airline contractor to a police dispatcher, who then alerted officers over the radio — a lag of nearly a minute and a half, the officials said.

When the shooting started, the two officials say one of the armed officers assigned to the terminal was at or just outside an adjacent terminal. One of the officials said the officer was on a bathroom break and the other foot-beat officer was in a vehicle on the tarmac outside Terminal 3, headed for a meal break.


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11 responses to “Relax, if your grandfather had hidden a bomb in his diapers, they’d have nabbed him

  1. Cos Cobber

    Wait, while I understand your point – more shameful dereliction of duty – aren’t you the advocate for no TSA or security what so ever?

    Personally I have no problem with the TSA. I think we would have a lot more airline craziness w/o our security process. It would be just too easy for the suicidal nut to wreak havoc on a plane.

    • As designed and operated, the TSA “security” program at airports does nothing but create a false sense of safety, at enormous cost. We could privatize the thing – probably by contracting with an Israeli firm – and achieve more, at far less cost.

      • Mazama

        What TSA does is known as “security theater”, an illusion rather than the real thing with the additional “benefit” of conditioning Americans to being constantly submissive to government intrusion into their daily lives.

        TSA as currently operated is basically a make-work agency for mostly otherwise unemployable people with the additional “benefit” of providing more unionized government employees to support expansion of government in general and more votes for Democrats.

        For this state of affairs and the excesses of HSA in general I DO blame George W. Bush.

  2. Anonymous

    Let’s not forget the ” in violation of the 4th Amendment ” non-airport TSA activities including the highway VIPR teams manned by folks who are NOT law enforcement officers.

    John Pistole, head of the TSA and protege of the now departed bull-dyke weirdo Napolitano, wants to make the TSA a “co-equal partner in the war on terror,” with a staff largely recruited from ads on pizza boxes.

  3. AJ

    “As designed and operated”, CF? “Security theater”, Mazama? You guys are on to something.

    Let’s take a look at the video, and see how the whole LAX thing falls apart. First at 2:13, we see that the victim being run around in the wheelchair is actually a dummy.

    Next at 3:20, we see this witness, a huge guy, who says the shooter — Mr. CIA ‘n’ CIA, yep, that’s his name — was much bigger than himsef and dressed in blue — he knows this because he stacked up a big pile of luggage as a defense to hide behind while he witnessed the whole thing.

    At 5:03 we see the dead shooter who is much smaller than the witness at 3:20, who is not dressed in blue, who doesn’t look anything at all like photos of the alleged shooter, and who is very obviously a dummy lying next to some piles of fake blood.

    At 6:50 – 7:50 we see a bunch of armed officers reacting to the shooting before it happened.

    And at 8:00 – 13:30 we see witnesses, the same witnesses that somehow just happen to be at all the attacks: WTC, Boston, and Sandy Hook, yep, all of them, and get interviewed by everybody. How can that be?

  4. Anonymous Citizenette

    Article in the NY Daily News today about the huge disparity in pay between JFK security staff working for a privatized company vs working for an airline sub-contractor. BTW, they both look like homeless people.

  5. Mazama

    Article in today’s WSJ: Subtle Signs That May Mark You an Airport Security Risk (,7,121,122,201,401,641,1009 )

    “…The Transportation Security Administration has about 3,000 officers trained to detect behavioral clues of “mal-intent.” They eye travelers at checkpoints and throughout the airport for signs of above-normal stress, fear and deception, and sometimes engage in casual conversation to measure reactions. After the fatal shooting of a TSA officer in Los Angeles in November, the Behavior Detection Officers, or BDOs, have increased roaming in public areas of airports.

    The Government Accountability Office, the auditing arm of Congress, concluded in a recent report there is no credible evidence that TSA’s behavior-detection program, which costs about $200 million a year, is effective. Scientific studies in general show human ability to identify deceptive behavior without conversation is at best only slightly better than 50-50 chance, the November report said. GAO urged Congress to cut back funding.

    TSA says the program is a vital part of a multilayered regimen, crucial to the agency’s effort to get smarter about risk-based, targeted security…”