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Is this video a breach in aviation security or just fun to watch?

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

There is never a shortage of potential blog opportunities about aviation security. As a matter of fact, I often have to hold myself back from sharing articles about the latest media firestorm involving the TSA.

For example, I just read this article that two Republican House members are calling for an investigation of the TSA after serious lapses in security led to the firing of dozens TSA employees at the Honolulu airport. Not familiar with that case? Check out this story. Basically, TSA employees weren't properly screening baggage.

Just yesterday, I posted a story about the Texas governor supporting and attempting to push through an "anti-groping" bill making it possible to criminalize enhanced pat downs at Texas airports. This bill previously passed the Texas House, but never made it to the Senate for a vote because the TSA sent a letter saying it wouldn't allow planes to come into the state's airports if passengers weren't being properly screened.

Texas's largest airport, Dallas Fort Worth, has had some security lapses of its own lately. Or that's what some people are saying after two filmmakers posted a video of themselves screwing around at the airport after their flight was canceled. Check it out:

I personally don't think these two men pose a real threat to aviation security (especially since they did have to go through security checkpoints), but the video certainly does reveal some shortcomings of internal security. The fact that they were able to break into the bar and help themselves to a beer would worry me if I were an airport vendor. In the CBS Early Show clip, airport officials say they were keeping an eye on the pair, but if they had seen some of the stuff they were doing (like pounding on the keyboard at the gate or breaking into a restaurant) I'm confident they would have done something about it.

What do you think?

Is this an example of security officials lacking awareness of activity happening in the airport? Or just two people having some harmless fun?

TSA fires 36, suspends 12 for inadequate screening procedures

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06/13/2011

HONOLULU—On June 10, the Transportation Security Administration announced it has fired 36 employees and suspended 12 more after a covert investigation found that screeners at Honolulu International Airport were not adequately inspecting checked luggage during the last few months of 2010, reported Hawaii News Now.

TSA fires 36, suspends 12 for inadequate screening procedures

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06/13/2011

HONOLULU—On June 10, the Transportation Security Administration announced it has fired 36 employees and suspended 12 more after a covert investigation found that screeners at Honolulu International Airport were not adequately inspecting checked luggage during the last few months of 2010, reported Hawaii News Now.

$1b difference: Report finds private screeners more efficient, cheaper than TSOs

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06/06/2011

WASHINGTON—Controversy regarding who should be charged with screening passengers at our nation’s airports has once again become an issue of contention. On June 3, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Rep. John Mica released a report that found the federal government could save $1 billion over the next five years by privatizing airport security screeners