A couple of weeks ago, I pointed out that, despite all the shiny new government-mandated sexual abuse that people have to put up with in airports, TV personality and “Mythbuster” Adam Savage still managed to board a commercial aircraft with two 12″ razor blades.
Today, the Daily Mail is reporting that an American businessman, Farid Saif was screened by TSA agents and had his baggage X-rayed — the article doesn’t say whether he himself went through the X-ray machine or was given the “funny touch” by a TSA employee — and ended up a few hours later checking into his hotel only to realize that he’d been packing heat in his carry-on luggage the entire time, and no one noticed. Mr. Saif was understandably shocked:
‘It’s just impossible to miss it, you know. I mean, this is not a small gun,’ Mr Seif told ABC News.
‘How can you miss it? You cannot miss it.’
Well, they missed it.
Then again, no one should be surprised, given that a recent article in the Journal of Transportation Security declared that the X-ray machines are pretty worthless:
While carelessly placed contraband will be detected, the machines have glaring blind-spots and have difficulty distinguishing explosives from human tissue… It is very likely that a large (15–20 cm in diameter), irregularly-shaped, cm-thick pancake [of PETN explosive] with beveled edges, taped to the abdomen, would be invisible to this technology. … It is also easy to see that an object such as a wire or a boxcutter blade, taped to the side of the body, or even a small gun in the same location, will be invisible.’
Considering that Mr. Seif apparently took no special precautions to hide his “not small” gun, I think it’s probably safe to say that the X-ray machines are not very adept at detecting “carelessly placed contraband,” either.
This is your government at work, people. Tell me again why we’re supposed to trust these people to solve anything.