TSA makes the big catch at SMF

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  1. Gargoyle
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    A guy from Montana tried to pass through a TSA checkpoint at SMF with four loaded handguns- three in carry-ons and one on his person. The x-ray only spotted one in the carry-on, further searches found the others. Police then found 8 more guns in his car in the parking lot, some of which were loaded. He was scheduled to fly on US to PHX.

    He is being held without bail.
     
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    Wow - it is hard to believe that was accidental. Glad they caught it!!
     
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    Is he a terrorist or just an enthusiastic NRA member?
     
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    They found only one gun....so much for screeting in Sacramento.....:eek:
    .....back to remedial screening 101 for that team. ;)
     
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    Must be similar to the 3oz liquids in a bag limit. Three guns are OK but 4 are too many!
     
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    The charge of "suspicion of unlawful possession of a concealed firearm" seems a little weak ;)
     
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    Aw c'mon....after all, it was a 33% success rate ;) :rolleyes:
     
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    25% actually. So even more depressing.
     
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    you have to understand TSA math. It is either a 33% success rate or a 100% success rate, whichever sounds better.
     
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    Security at SMF in my experience has always been laid back. I usually travel United and when they were in the the old terminal B, there weren't all those fancy machines so no need to opt out. The employees were always very cool, very nice, which I miss because now that United moved the terminal A, the people over there are a bunch of @-holes and security is a total joke. (terminal A is where the dude with the guns got caught by the way) Last time I opted out they didn't even make me go through a metal detector and let's just say my pat down was less than "enhanced"- I easily could have had all sorts of stuff hidden on my body.
     
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    A gun could have easily been found before TSA. Don't give them credit they don't deserve.
     
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    From everything I hear and read, PHX and Arizona are in desperate need of more guns right now. (Sarcasm) This guy was probably just trying to fill a market niche by taking them there. Jeeze.
     
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    Since he was committing a crime while trying to fly to AZ, if he had gotten there would he have been considered an illegal alien? Could they have deported him to Montana?

    just askin'
     
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    Moral of the story - only bring 3 through. Going overboard and bringing the 4th is just askin' for trouble!
     
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    They never said if he had more than 3 oz of liquids. That could have been a red flag.
     
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    I read the headline and assumed they caught someone trying to smuggle a fish. Shows where my head is today. I always visited the SMF area to go boating on vacation.
     
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    I experienced something similar at SMF about three years ago. Instead of a TSO performing ID verification at the podium, the TSO manning the WTMD was checking IDs. Unfortunately, this person switched out with another TSO and he let about five or six of us through without performing any ID check. I didn't report it immediately, but when my UA flight was delayed and I was reaccommodated on an AA flight at the other side of the terminal (different checkpoint), I decided to inform the plod with the most number of stripes. He didn't care, and rightly so, IMHO.
     
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    What would you do in a situation where the lights are on, but nobody's home (see what I did there?)? I think I would actually stop people from going through and then alert TSA in order to avoid the probable hassle of a terminal dump, delayed flights, missed connections, etc. Or maybe just yell out Code Bravo and see what happens... ;)
     
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    When I was at SNA a few years ago the 2 female ID checkers got in a cat fight and let about 20 of us through.
     
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    oh how I wish that one made it to youtube. :p
     
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