Amid the partial government shutdown here in the United States, concerns are beginning to mount regarding our national security infrastructure.
How could this be? In a nation that has long been the envy of the world when it comes to security, and galvanized by the horrific attacks of September 11th, 2001, how could a spending bill in Congress degrade our sense of national security?
Through the godforsaken travesty we call the TSA.
The blue-shirted goons of the Transportation Security Administration were given the reigns of our airport security in the wake of those dastardly terror attacks on the east coast. While this reaction seems like a sharp and focused one in the aftermath of 9/11, make no mistake about it; the TSA is about as dull as a rubber band…and only half as effective.
Now, to add insult to injury, these low-paid and poorly screened federal workers are being expected to perform their “necessary” national security duties without receiving even the meager paycheck that they were signed up for in the first place. Many are simply not coming to work, causing airports around the nation to panic.
In a frightening highlighting of the problem at hand, a firearm has now made it onto a commercial Delta flight.
Channel 2 Action News has learned that a man carried a gun through the TSA checkpoint at Atlanta’s airport and carried it all the way through to his destination: Tokyo.Advertisement - story continues below
TSA confirmed the incident with ABC News, saying the man and his firearm made it through the checkpoint at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Jan. 2 and he boarded Delta Flight DL295 to Tokyo Narita International Airport.
An airline source told ABC News that the owner of the gun informed airline workers of what happened “upon arrival” in Japan.
The owner of the firearm alerted the flight crew about his weapon after realizing that he had accidentally boarded with it.