Wednesday, January 6, 2010

How Far does one go .... Comment your TSA Experiences here ...

Everyone is conscious of air safety and the risk terrorism poses. Those of us who travel extensively around asia know the possibilities in remote airports that are covered by minimal or very lax security arrangements, but we also know that it is important to keep up the effort. Given the security lapses that led to the Detroit Incident just before Xmas, the story below is quite funny, except for the poor sod who was caught up as an innocent party, just transporting honey from his relatives. 

The TSA in the good ole US of A is a focus for a lot of horror stories regarding abuse of power and the ability and training of those employed by the TSA as the first line of screening defense ..

If you have a good TSA Story, feel free to share it here as a comment, perhaps you can add to the mystery that surrounds the TSA and its decision making ...

Los Angeles, California (CNN) -- The substance that spurred an evacuation at a California airport Tuesday was simply honey, the Kern County Sheriff's Department said.

The security scare happened afterTransportation Security Administrationagents found what they believed to be a potentially hazardous substance inside a passenger's luggage.

"None of the items inside the bag contained explosive or hazardous material, and the liquid inside the five bottles was identified as honey," the sheriff's department said in a statement.

The Meadows Field Airport had been evacuated and shut down for several hours Tuesday morning after authorities found what they called a hazardous substance.

The man whose bag was flagged, told authorities that he had honey packaged in five bottles, Deputy Michael Whorf, spokesman for the Kern County Sheriff's Department told CNN.

The 31-year-old man cooperated with authorities and was released with no charges against him, Whorf said.

The trouble started when two TSA agents were doing a routine swab of the man's bag, which tested positive for a hazardous substance, Whorf said.

The agents who discovered the substance opened the bag and both became nauseated, Whorf said. They were transported to the hospital and later released.

The preliminary tests using the swabs indicated the presence of the explosives TNT and triacetone triperoxide, known as TATP, Whorf said.

The man told authorities that he was on a flight from Bakersfield, California, where he had visited relatives, back to his home in Milwaukee, and was carrying the bottles of honey back with him.

Flights in and out of Meadow Fields resumed Tuesday afternoon

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