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Because a TSA agent failed to notice his metal detector was unplugged, hundreds of passengers at JFK Airport in New York had to go back and be rescreened, including those already on two planes on the runway, causing hours of delays.

Doesn’t this make you feel safer? Because a TSA agent failed to notice his metal detector was unplugged, hundreds of passengers at JFK Airport in New York had to go back and be rescreened, including those already on two planes on the runway, causing hours of delays.


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  • Chris L

    While I don’t exactly expect to find Delta Force operators or trained Mossad agents working for the TSA, I do expect to find people who can manage the complex machinery that is a wall socket. The cashier at my local super market would notice if her cash register was unplugged, but that’s only because she’d be held accountable if it weren’t.

  • Patrick

    The culprit of the massive error was Alija Abdul Majed, a TSA agent assigned to Lane No. 1 for the morning shift.

    A Port Authority source said whoever caused the malfunction was long gone and there was no way to be sure that every passenger who passed through the powerless detector was accounted for and hadn’t gotten on a flight.

    Someone could have slipped something through and left it behind for a future use by someone else. the whole of the airport needs to be searched by competent security teams.

    Or this could have been a test of our responsiveness. It only took a few hours to catch this so we should be fine. Nothing could happen inside of a few hours.

  • wade

    this event ,as well as other recent flaws, is a Scare Tactic to make everyone “embrace” more scrutiny.

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