Each week the TSA likes to remind the public how much contraband it confiscates at security checkpoints across the country. Among the items listed is nearly always some number of firearms (44 last week, if you’re counting). Because apparently sometimes people forget that they have a gun in their backpack. But that’s nothing compared to the sixteen (16!!!) guns one man recently brought on to a plane. And it wasn’t his first time.
Since early May the man flew from Atlanta to New York City on 17 different flights where is is presumed to have transported a weapon. As for how he got them on board, well, that’s easy. Just get an employee to help you out. The accused, a former Delta employee, was receiving the guns after passing through a TSA checkpoint thanks to help from an accomplice who was still a Delta employee (presumably not so much anymore).
And the most surprising part is that apparently the investigators never considered this avenue of illicit activity, despite the concerns aired regularly by security experts and TSA antagonists. According to Lupe Todd, a spokeswoman for the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office (as quoted in the NYTimes piece), “This office had absolutely no knowledge that guns were being transported by plane until the December 10 arrest.”
Months of investigating amongst the TSA, FBI, local authorities and other agencies and no one bothered to even consider that possibility.
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