Anybody who thinks the TSA is doing anything to prevent an attack needs his head examined (but hey, that’s only about half the population of the U.S.). While they’re confiscating breast milk, peanut butter, perfume, and cupcakes, strip-searching Granny, and sticking their hands down your pants, they’re letting loaded weapons on planes. This isn’t the first time, and it sure as hell won’t be the last:
Security officials are frantically trying to discover how a retired long distance trucker accidentally managed to take a fully loaded semi-automatic handgun on to a crowded flight from America’s busiest airport.
Blake Alford didn’t realize what he had done until he got to his hotel room after his flight from Atlanta to Chicago, but now wants to know how Transportation Security Agency staff let him through security and on to the Southwest Airlines plane.
The incident occurred less than a week after a Russian plane flying out of Egypt was blown out of the sky, killing all 224 people on board. The terrorist group ISIS has claimed responsibility for that attack.
‘How could the TSA not have spotted it?’ Alford, 67, said in an exclusive interview with Daily Mail Online. ‘Especially as it was just a few days after the Russian plane blew up.’
But wait, it gets better. The gun was not only loaded, it was loaded with hollow-point bullets. Because, dontchyaknow, everyone needs a gun, at all times, loaded with hollow-point bullets, no less. After all, this is ‘Murica!
Alford is so responsible that he forgets he has a loaded gun in his carry-on. Yep, there’s maturity and responsibility in action! I bet he likes to give lectures to others on “American values.”
It was only when Alford and his party reached their hotel room in Chicago that he realized his Ruger .380 semi-automatic pistol was in his backpack, fully loaded with seven hollow point bullets.
‘My immediate thought was “Oh, Mother-of-God, what have I done”,’ Alford, who lives in Jonesboro, Georgia, 15 miles south of Atlanta, told Daily Mail Online.
Other passengers have been arrested — and jailed — for far less. But this guy waltzes on through and poses for the camera with his little buddy.
What does the TSA have to say about all this?
TSA national spokesman Mike England told Daily Mail Online the department is investigating what went wrong. ‘When our employees fail to meet standards, we hold them appropriately accountable,’ he said.
Yeah, you do that. We’ve seen how the TSA holds its employees accountable.
Read the whole story here.