Houston – businessman Farid Seif boards plane at IAH with loaded gun in carry-on – TSA caught with THEIR pants down

Man boards plane at IAH with loaded gun in carry-on

Friday, December 17, 2010

HOUSTON (KTRK) — TSA checkpoints at airports are at the front lines of preventing terrorism. When you go through security, you expect to be scanned and searched. And you expect TSA to prevent contraband from getting on planes, but as we’ve learned, that doesn’t always happen.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

1st collector for Man boards plane at IAH with loaded gun in carr…
Follow my videos on vodpod

Houston businessman Farid Seif says it was a startling discovery. He didn’t intend to bring a loaded gun on a flight out of Houston and can’t understand how TSA screeners didn’t catch it.

Nearing the height of last year’s Christmas travel season, TSA screeners at Bush Intercontinental Airport somehow missed a loaded pistol, one that was tucked away inside a carry-on computer bag.

“I mean, this is not a small gun,” Seif said. “It’s a .40 caliber gun.”

Seif says it was an accident which he didn’t realize until he arrived at his destination. He says he carries the glock for protection but forgot to remove it from his bag. He reported the incident as soon as he landed, shocked at the security lapse.

“There’s nothing else in there. How can you miss it? You cannot miss it,” Seif said.

Authorities tell ABC News the incident is not uncommon, but how often it occurs is a closely guarded government secret. Experts say every year since the September 11 attacks, federal agencies have conducted random, covert tests of airport security.

A person briefed on the latest tests tells ABC News the failure rate approaches 70 percent at some major airports. Two weeks ago, TSA’s new director said every test gun, bomb part or knife got past screeners at some airports.

“It’s very concerning. I’m very scared. First of al, I can’t even believe it could happen,” traveler Joy Mansfield said.

“It makes you wonder what exactly all the security hoopla is all about if a loaded gun can go through,” traveler Leeza Erfesoglou said.

KTRK’s Aviation Security Expert Jim Conway says screeners have a demanding job and are susceptible to fatigue, staring for hours at monitors while looking for prohibited items.

“Look, this is simply human error,” Conway said. “When something like this happens, it’s human error. I mean, these folks are doing the best job they can.”

Seif and others say that’s not good enough, not when lives are on the line.

A representative for the Houston Airport System would not comment on the security breach at Bush Intercontinental Airport.

A TSA spokesperson says the agency has conducted an investigation, saying remedial training was provided to the security officers involved in the incident. Advanced imaging technology and more stringent pat downs have also since been implemented.

(Copyright ©2011 KTRK-TV/DT. All Rights Reserved.)

http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=7848683

Advertisements

2 Responses to Houston – businessman Farid Seif boards plane at IAH with loaded gun in carry-on – TSA caught with THEIR pants down

  1. Houston – businessman Farid Seif boards plane at IAH with loaded ……

    Here at World Spinner we are debating the same thing……

  2. RobertOt says:

    The doctor appearing in the cialis commercials, Jack Barkin, is a urologist and surgeon who is director of the Male Health Center in Toronto, Mr. Beebe said. “We looked around for someone with the skill set and credibility,” Mr. Beebe said, adding: “He was our first pick. And the only pick.”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: