Doug Bedell — January 23, 2013, 12:22 pm

Good, and Less Good, News From TSA

Two items on the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) blog caught our attention, one good news, the other less good.

First, TSA is insuring that all of its airport scanners will give neutered, privacy-respecting views of the travellers being scanned. TSA is removing scanners of a vendor that couldn’t meet this requirement as a result, it explains, of a mandate from Congress. Yea, Congress!

Next, TSA reports that it discovered 26 loaded firearms in passengers’ carry-on bags during the week ended January 18. We’re glad, obviously, that those items were caught. But how in the world can anyone be so casual as to submit a bag for scanning containing a loaded gun?

“Sure,” writes TSA blogger Bob Burns, “it’s great to share the things that our officers are finding, but at the same time, each time we find a dangerous item, the throughput is slowed down and a passenger that likely had no ill intent ends up with a citation or in some cases is even arrested.” Amen to that.

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