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TSA Left Gate Unattended For 90 Minutes

From the Dallas-Fort Worth NBC affiliate NBC5:

DFW Security Checkpoint Left Unattended for 90 Minutes

Agency suspends 3 agents, calls incident "serious and unacceptable"

Thu, Dec 31, 2009

The Transportation Security Administration has launched an internal investigation after a security checkpoint at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport was left unattended and unsecured for 90 minutes earlier this month.

Three agents have been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.

The agency said the agents left the checkpoint at Gate E8 from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Dec. 16. Personnel from the airport’s Department of Public Safety discovered the gate was not secure during a routine patrol, the TSA said.

TSA spokeswoman Andrea McCauley called it a "serious and unacceptable security failure."

"An immediate review of closed-circuit television tapes verified that no passengers or items entered the sterile area while the gate was unsecure," the TSA said in a statement…

McCauley said the TSA is focused ensuring the lapse in security never happens again.

The TSA’s complete statement on the incident:

On Wednesday, December 16, 2009, at the conclusion of screening operations at DFW, the "E8" checkpoint gate was not appropriately secured. Personnel from the DFW Department of Public Safety (DPS) discovered the unsecured gate during a routine patrol of the area. DPS promptly contacted TSA, at which time officers responded and properly secured the gate. An immediate review of closed circuit television tapes verified that no passengers or items entered the sterile area while the gate was unsecure.

TSA finds this unacceptable and has moved swiftly to conduct a complete investigation and take all appropriate corrective action.

The TSA is definitely having a bad time of it of late.

In truth, this kind of story only shows how much the Muslim terrorists have done to us.

They have already won more than anyone could have imagines just a few short years ago.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, January 1st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “TSA Left Gate Unattended For 90 Minutes”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Something to remember …

    When the Department of Homeland Security was announced and Directive issued that every federal agency involved in criminal investigation, national security and intelligence would second staff to this new layer of bureaucracy, what happened?

    Each of those federal agencies UNLOADED THEIR DEADWOOD. Their incompetents, their trouble makers, their stiffs and their Civil Rights assignees.

    Apply paradigm to TSA and … well, I think the ‘record’ in both instances speaks for itself.

    • U NO HOO says:


      Unfortunately entities never unload the person who hires the deadwood.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Possible reasons for this occurrence:

    1) The three TSA agents were all at Sbarro getting some ‘za
    2) There was (yet another) news report about Michael Jackson on TV
    3) It was Bush’s fault.

    My money’s on #3

    • neocon mom says:

      It was not just Bush’s fault. There has to be a social justice angle girding things too.

      (And btw, za is a great Scrabble word.)

  3. proreason says:

    Count of TSA employees:……………….40,000+

    Count of Flying Dutchmen on flight 253:…….1

    But I feel good about providing employment to the 40,000+,

    a long as they allow guys like the Flying Dutchman on the flights.

  4. arb says:

    The system worked.
    The system didn’t work.
    Give ’em a solid B+.

  5. Laree says:

    Much Needed: Paula Deen PSA needed for New Year. Proper Preparation For “Pigs In A Blanket” GRIN.

    Recipe For Disaster:
    Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab aka Panty Bomber .
    So You Want To Set The World On Fire Or How I Spent My Christmas Vacation In United States Federal Prison.


  6. U NO HOO says:

    “”An immediate review of closed-circuit television tapes verified that no passengers or items entered the sterile area while the gate was unsecure,” the TSA said in a statement…”

    Then what is the question?

  7. proreason says:

    The Moron got a pre-Christmas briefing about terror threats. From the brave Terror Warriors at Newsweek, who actually use the word “terror” and its variations multiple times in this report:

    “EXCLUSIVE: Obama Got Pre-Christmas Intelligence Briefing About Terror Threats to “Homeland”
    Mark Hosenball
    President Barack Obama received a high-level briefing only three days before Christmas about possible holiday-period terrorist threats against the US, Newsweek has learned. The briefing was centered on a written report, produced by US intelligence agencies, entitled “Key Homeland Threats”, a senior US official said…”


    Obamy applied his heralded judgement to the situation, and decided to get an extra round of golf in.

    And why not. Air Force One is about as secure as it gets.

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