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Rockntractor
12-23-2010, 07:15 PM
SACRAMENTO, CA - An airline pilot is being disciplined by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for posting video on YouTube pointing out what he believes are serious flaws in airport security.

Update: Whistleblowing pilot explains why he did it

The 50-year-old pilot, who lives outside Sacramento, asked that neither he nor his airline be identified. He has worked for the airline for more than a decade and was deputized by the TSA to carry a gun in the cockpit.

He is also a helicopter test pilot in the Army Reserve and flew missions for the United Nations in Macedonia.

Three days after he posted a series of six video clips recorded with a cell phone camera at San Francisco International Airport, four federal air marshals and two sheriff's deputies arrived at his house to confiscate his federally-issued firearm. The pilot recorded that event as well and provided all the video to News10.

At the same time as the federal marshals took the pilot's gun, a deputy sheriff asked him to surrender his state-issued permit to carry a concealed weapon.

A follow-up letter from the sheriff's department said the CCW permit would be reevaluated following the outcome of the federal investigation.

The YouTube videos, posted Nov. 28, show what the pilot calls the irony of flight crews being forced to go through TSA screening while ground crew who service the aircraft are able to access secure areas simply by swiping a card.

"As you can see, airport security is kind of a farce. It's only smoke and mirrors so you people believe there is actually something going on here," the pilot narrates.

Video shot in the cockpit shows a medieval-looking rescue ax available on the flight deck after the pilots have gone through the metal detectors. "I would say a two-foot crash ax looks a lot more formidable than a box cutter," the pilot remarked.

A letter from the TSA dated Dec. 6 informed the pilot that "an administrative review into your deputation status as a Federal Flight Deck Officer has been initiated."
Mo>http://www.news10.net/news/article.aspx?storyid=113529&provider=top&catid=188

PoliCon
12-23-2010, 09:27 PM
The man has a point.

NJCardFan
12-24-2010, 12:14 AM
The man has a point.

However, what the hell did he expect? He broke probably about a million breeches of security.

PoliCon
12-24-2010, 12:17 AM
However, what the hell did he expect? He broke probably about a million breeches of security.

Unlike the wikileaks douche who is guilty of espionage - this guy is a whistle blower.

NJCardFan
12-24-2010, 12:19 AM
Unlike the wikileaks douche who is guilty of espionage - this guy is a whistle blower.

Still doesn't mean he didn't violate protocol. There's a right way and a wrong way and he did it the wrong way.