The TRANSPORTATION SECURITY AGENCY, the brunt of a thousand jokes and the focus of millions of travelers’ frustration continue to focus on getting the job done. In 2012 1,215 firearms were caught in carry on luggage at 199 different airports. Atlanta International airport topped the list with 95 of them. In Providence RI, at the T.F. Green airport one traveler tried to bring a disassembled handgun inside a three stuffed animals! Another pistol was found inside a potted plant. At Grand Junction 6 pounds of black powder along with detonator cord was attempted to be smuggled on board. Two 3.5 oz cans of propane and detonating cord and simulated sheet explosives inside a checked bag at Norfolk. What is incredible is that over 637.5 million passengers were screened. Coming on board at the Dallas Ft Worth airport a passenger tried to carry on board a live 40 mm high explosive grenade. In the same report came some very strange potential weapons there was bear mace in a sock, dead venomous snakes, a chastity belt, cane swords, a gassed up chainsaw, a knife mounted on a walker, eels, samurai swords, and a marijuana novelty grenade.
A sign in the lobby of the Fusion Center reads “Today is September 12, 2001” – The idea is that every person who works within the Fusion Center is to work as they did, feeling as they felt on the day after 9-11. It is so incredibly important for all of us to remember that every single day we remain at war. We have a sworn enemy that is out to do us damage and to cost us lives. Always vigilant, always prepared and always on the watchtower.
(Information courtesy of The American Legion Magazine April 2013 and blog.tsa.gov)