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    Re: Man flies in to LAX wearing body armor and with a suitcase full of weapons

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    It was my stupidly ridiculous impression that every flight coming into the United States was subject to the same scrutiny and requirements at its source as a flight originating in the US. What a fool I am.

    What the HELL??? What difference do all of our security measures make if flights from other countries into the United States aren't held to the same standards?
    US TSA does not check US-boung passengers from abroad. That is handled by securities in the countries from which the flight is originating.

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    Re: Man flies in to LAX wearing body armor and with a suitcase full of weapons

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    Re: Man flies in to LAX wearing body armor and with a suitcase full of weapons

    I wonder if there was an air marshall on board.

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    Re: Man flies in to LAX wearing body armor and with a suitcase full of weapons

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post

    I could care less if someone wants to wear body armor. As for the other stuff that should have been checked in luggage instead of carry on.
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    Re: Man flies in to LAX wearing body armor and with a suitcase full of weapons

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    It was my stupidly ridiculous impression that every flight coming into the United States was subject to the same scrutiny and requirements at its source as a flight originating in the US. What a fool I am.

    What the HELL??? What difference do all of our security measures make if flights from other countries into the United States aren't held to the same standards?
    Checked in luggage has long been a weak link in the entire security chain. I'm sure there are numerous ways it could be exploited to endanger the flight even without direct access especially if you were merely intent on destroying it and not a hostage situation.

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    Re: Man flies in to LAX wearing body armor and with a suitcase full of weapons

    Quote Originally Posted by Loki97 View Post
    Checked in luggage has long been a weak link in the entire security chain. I'm sure there are numerous ways it could be exploited to endanger the flight even without direct access especially if you were merely intent on destroying it and not a hostage situation.
    This happened to me. One a business trip to Vegas the screwed over my boarding pass and I thus I was the last person on the less one hour flight. I had a small overnight bag that I always carry on. Because I was the last person on the plane people carrying two bags, oversized bags and all kinds of **** you see stored in the overhead there was no room for my carry on bag. The attendant said I had to check. I'm already less than pleased because I have to sit in the middle seat because they ****ed up my boarding pass and now I have to check my bag, which means I must wait at baggage to retrieve my bag instead of walking off the aircraft and catching a taxi as I had intended to do.

    Phoenix to Las Vegas is a very short flight. Point is there are no stop overs. We arrive in Las Vegas. I wait at the baggage terminal and - you guessed it - no bag. Now if I'm the last one on my bag should be one of the first off right? They lost it! Couldn't find it. Maybe it was left in Phoenix they said and they'd bring it to me at my hotel. It never arrived. They couldn't find it. Talk about getting ****ed over by the airlines! How could they screw up so much concerning a short flight?

    They found my bags the next afternoon.

    Airlines are notorious for losing bags. It happens all the time. That's another reason why people carry on when they can. Amazon can tell me the minute my order leaves the warehouse and I can track the shipment to my office or to my home. They're amazing. But they airlines? They can't find their ass with both hands! Something's wrong with that. They X-ray your hold baggage, they search it from time to time, but they can't effing track it! So how safe is hold baggage when you as an airline don't really know where it is, and you as an airline don't know where it is a lot.

    Once in London there must have been some intelligence with a severe warning regarding air travel. I was on my way back home. This time they were straight up profiling Middle Eastern people and they weren't being shy about it. Their were long queues, with airline and/or security people culling out people who clearly looked and/or were dressed Middle Eastern. Many were sent to other line for further questioning and whatever. It was that kind of day at Heathrow.

    As they questioned me while I stood waiting to reach a counter I could barely see in the distance, they asked specific questions. They asked questions about the contents of my baggage and whether I had anything at all electronic in my bag specifically cameras and that kind of thing. Well, I damn sure didn't want to be told to get in yet another queue because of my baggage contents, so I lied. I told them I had nothing electronic in my hold baggage, even though I did. They then wrapped my bag twice over with, as I recall red tape. I can't remember if it had wording on it. But they allowed me to stay in line. As far as I can tell they never broke the tape and inspected my bag.

    Go figure.

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    Re: Man flies in to LAX wearing body armor and with a suitcase full of weapons

    Quote Originally Posted by Risky Thicket View Post
    This happened to me. One a business trip to Vegas the screwed over my boarding pass and I thus I was the last person on the less one hour flight. I had a small overnight bag that I always carry on. Because I was the last person on the plane people carrying two bags, oversized bags and all kinds of **** you see stored in the overhead there was no room for my carry on bag. The attendant said I had to check. I'm already less than pleased because I have to sit in the middle seat because they ****ed up my boarding pass and now I have to check my bag, which means I must wait at baggage to retrieve my bag instead of walking off the aircraft and catching a taxi as I had intended to do.

    Phoenix to Las Vegas is a very short flight. Point is there are no stop overs. We arrive in Las Vegas. I wait at the baggage terminal and - you guessed it - no bag. Now if I'm the last one on my bag should be one of the first off right? They lost it! Couldn't find it. Maybe it was left in Phoenix they said and they'd bring it to me at my hotel. It never arrived. They couldn't find it. Talk about getting ****ed over by the airlines! How could they screw up so much concerning a short flight?

    They found my bags the next afternoon.

    Airlines are notorious for losing bags. It happens all the time. That's another reason why people carry on when they can. Amazon can tell me the minute my order leaves the warehouse and I can track the shipment to my office or to my home. They're amazing. But they airlines? They can't find their ass with both hands! Something's wrong with that. They X-ray your hold baggage, they search it from time to time, but they can't effing track it! So how safe is hold baggage when you as an airline don't really know where it is, and you as an airline don't know where it is a lot.

    Once in London there must have been some intelligence with a severe warning regarding air travel. I was on my way back home. This time they were straight up profiling Middle Eastern people and they weren't being shy about it. Their were long queues, with airline and/or security people culling out people who clearly looked and/or were dressed Middle Eastern. Many were sent to other line for further questioning and whatever. It was that kind of day at Heathrow.

    As they questioned me while I stood waiting to reach a counter I could barely see in the distance, they asked specific questions. They asked questions about the contents of my baggage and whether I had anything at all electronic in my bag specifically cameras and that kind of thing. Well, I damn sure didn't want to be told to get in yet another queue because of my baggage contents, so I lied. I told them I had nothing electronic in my hold baggage, even though I did. They then wrapped my bag twice over with, as I recall red tape. I can't remember if it had wording on it. But they allowed me to stay in line. As far as I can tell they never broke the tape and inspected my bag.

    Go figure.
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    Re: Man flies in to LAX wearing body armor and with a suitcase full of weapons

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    It was my stupidly ridiculous impression that every flight coming into the United States was subject to the same scrutiny and requirements at its source as a flight originating in the US. What a fool I am.

    What the HELL??? What difference do all of our security measures make if flights from other countries into the United States aren't held to the same standards?
    They are held to that standard. I'm not sure what you think the problem is. You can't access the cargo hold in-flight.
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    Re: Man flies in to LAX wearing body armor and with a suitcase full of weapons

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    They are held to that standard. I'm not sure what you think the problem is. You can't access the cargo hold in-flight.
    He was wearing body armor, for God's sake.
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    Re: Man flies in to LAX wearing body armor and with a suitcase full of weapons

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    He was wearing body armor, for God's sake.
    Yes he was wearing body armour, but had no weapons on him or access to weapons.
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