from raw replay: A group of pilots and the Homeland Security Inspector General have warned that a gun holster required by the TSA makes it likely that firearm could discharge in airplane cockpits. CNN’s Jeanne Meserve reported that some pilots have refused to participate in the program until the TSA changes the holster design. This video is from CNN’s American Morning, broadcast Dec. 4, 2008.
tsa needs better policies for catching insider criminals
from fcw: A security breach in which two airline employees smuggled guns and marijuana aboard a commercial flight originating from from Orlando in March 2007 shows gaps in the Transportation Security Administration’s procedures, but 100 percent screening for airline employees may not be a feasible response, according to a new report from Homeland Security Department Inspector General Richard Skinner. (3.9mb PDF) The employees of Delta Airlines' Comair took advantage of employee-only procedures to carry 14 guns and 8 pounds of marijuana aboard the aircraft. Police, acting on a tip, removed one of the employees shortly before takeoff but did not remove a second employee who remained on board with the guns and drugs. The worker was arrested on arrival in San Juan, Puerto Rico.