TSA makes a big catch at ORD

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  1. Gargoyle
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    I'm sure they'll be crowing about this big catch:

    Oklahoma man arrested in O'Hare gun incident
    He had it in his carry-on bag, and surprisingly enough it showed up in the xray.
     
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    And surprisingly enough, the TSO's caught it ;)
     
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    Okay, reality check. If I was from Oklahoma coming to Chicago I MIGHT BRING A GUN TOO! You cant even go to college in Chicago w/out being robbed: http://triblocal.com/evanston/2011/05/31/northwestern-student-robbed/
    I always get a laugh when traveling domestically and asked where I'm from I tell them Chicago and their immediate comment, "are you in a gang?" What?!? Seriously? I wear loafers for pete sake...am I in a gang...
     
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    But seriously, my son, who is actually, finally getting his PhD on June 11, is a student at the University of Chicago and was robbed of his wallet at gunpoint on the Midway (at the university.)
     
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    But is this really a "big catch"? The old Security Guards were doing this way before the TSA. It probably lit up the X-ray like a Christmas tree. A "big catch" to me will be when the TSA stops another underwear/shoe/name-your-article-of-clothing-or-body-part bomb.
     
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    Springfield, Oklahoma?

    Chicago--A Springfield man was arrested at Chicago-O'Hare Airport today for gun possession . . .

    D'OH!
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    It's a big city and something like the above can/could happen in any city.
     
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    I know -- I was an Angeleno for years, myself. I wasn't implying anything about Chicago, a city I really like. Just that, even on campus, stuff happens.
     
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    yeah you're probably being a bit sensationalist here. the majority of us UofC grads manage to survive 4+ years on that campus / in chicago without being mugged.
     
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    "Baldridge, who told police he is an aircraft mechanic, did not make it onto the plane with it. He was charged with felony boarding an aircraft with a weapon, police said."

    Is this the same as attempted boarding with a weapon? Is it proper to charge someone with this if they are arrested at the TSA checkpoint before boarding?

    Or are they charging him for the assumption that he brought the gun on board an earlier flight from Oklahoma to Chicago? Surely, that didn't happen, though. How could it have gotten past OK security?
     
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    Well...technically they all get mugged. Look at your final bill after graduation and it may feel worse than being mugged! Just a little levity ;) :)
     
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    So a man from OK is stopped in Chicago for flying with a gun.

    Can we safely assume that he flew from OK to ORD with the gun in his possession? While I'm glad the TSO's in ORD made the discovery, I'm more worried that the agents at his departure airport completely failed at their duties.
     
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    I am very, very grateful that Dear Son, after a chokingly large undergrad bill from Cornell, found fellowships enough to support himself through his 5-year program in Chicago. (And has found work for the fall.)
     
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    one should not go to a non-professional grad program unless you're being paid, so good call. i don't regret the debt - i paid for school myself and have a great job/career path ahead.
     
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    So as this thread wraps up someone out there surely can somehow turn this into one of those jokes..."so, there are three men. One from Oklahoma, one from Chicago and one from Texas..."
     
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    Nice that they found the gun. But is this fellow a terrorist? Did he want to hijack the plane. Or was he just stupid and/or forgot he had a gun? He would not be the first person to do so (forget where he was going). The real question should always be - in 10 years has the TSA actually stop any terrorists? Or do most TSA staff stand around at check points and talk to each other, while collecting a good pay check and lots of US Government employee fringe benefits?
     
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    Fellow MP'ers. Just how does one "forget" he/she's packing a gun on an airplane ride? Shoes - check, shirts - check, socks - check, gun - check, bullets - check. Really??
     
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    Baldridge allegedly told police: “This was my first time in Chicago and I stupidly brought it with me for protection,’’ according to the report.
     
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    It happened to my great aunt. She has a concealed carry permit and always keeps a gun in her laptop case. It just didn't occur to her to remove it before she got to the airport. DFW police said they see several of these incidents every week. It usually results in a fine (around $1000, if I remember correctly).

    FWIW, I always carry lipstick and hand lotion in my purse or backpack, and sometimes I forget to remove them before I go through security. The gun isn't really any different - it's just something she always has on hand, and isn't contraband outside the security checkpoint.
     
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  24. Reminded me of this comic: http://machall.com/view.php?date=2001-07-29
     
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