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TSA Misses Santa Monica Police Officer’s Handgun In Carry-On Bag

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) – Standard security measures were not followed after an off-duty Santa Monica police officer was allowed to board a flight to Taiwan at Los Angeles International Airport with a handgun in her carry-on bag, authorities said Thursday. Santa Monica police officials were notified last week that Officer Noell Grant was not allowed to leave Taiwan after she entered the country on April 13 in possession of a firearm, according to authorities. (losangeles.cbslocal.com) Ещё...

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misterwallace
mister wallace 8
Arrogance or stupidity? Betting on equal measures of both.
mldavis2
Mike Davis 8
The offender should be charged as any other individual. It is a known rule or law that handguns cannot be allowed on commercial aircraft. TSA blew it. The off-duty officer blew it by being either ignorant of the law, ignorant of the need to remove a handgun from a purse, or guilty of trying to bypass a rule or law of which (s)he and everyone is well aware. No slack. You would never want to discharge a firearm in an aircraft at FL370.
Bernie20910
Bernie Behling 1
For the most part, I agree with you 100%. However, your last sentence seems to indicate to me that you've seen far too many Hollywood movie depictions of what happens to a pressurized aircraft from a bullet hole. It is nothing at all like Hollywood likes to show it.
tbpera
Tom Pera 1
what would happen? interested...serious question
mldavis2
Mike Davis 1
I'm a scientist. I understand depressurization. A bullet hole would not cause a drastic problem with air pressure. But wings and tanks are loaded with fuel. Engines can easily be damaged. Aircraft "skin" is quite thin and not strong enough to stop even a small caliber bullet like a 9mm or .380. I repeat, you do not want to discharge a firearm inside an aircraft.
Bernie20910
Bernie Behling 1
THIS I agree with. It was the "FL370" in your previous statement that made me think you were referencing Hollywood depictions of explosive decompression following a single bullet through the skin of the aircraft.
sstuff
sstuff 7
To me, this incident says more about the TSA than it does about the police officer.
bbabis
Bill Babis -1
As I read that she was heading for Taiwan, it was clear that getting through the TSA was not going to be her biggest problem. The TSA misses lots of guns as they hone in on shampoo and water bottles to confiscate. As long as the cockpit is secured and at least one pilot armed, there is little chance of an inflight takeover. Let the passengers bring what they want to protect themselves on board as well as where they are going. One or two bad eggs would quickly learn that 50 or 60 people on board may feel the other way. Its a shame that our current laws give such power and control to the bad guys.

tbpera
Tom Pera 5
don't want anybody "carrying" on board except sky marshall... don't want to be onboard when a firearm discharges at altitude.. I carry... this person blew it... shouldn't be allowed to carry anymore she unless goes back through a thorough training program... officer or not...
Neil49
Neil49 2
Re: "don't want anybody "carrying" on board except sky marshal"

But what happens when the sky marshal leaves her gun on the lavatory counter when she returns to her seat, as happened recently?
tbpera
Tom Pera 1
head for the exit!! hey, long time road warrior who hates flying nowadays... even CCW holders might make a mistake at 35,000 feet... fly...roll the dice...
mldavis2
Mike Davis 1
There are far too many idiots with firearms now. That does not exclude some "professionals."
bbabis
Bill Babis 3
There are idiots with cars. Idiots with children. Idiots with .... do you see the problem ? Its not firearms!
tbpera
Tom Pera 1
have no problem if they've been properly trained and vetted
mldavis2
Mike Davis 4
Obviously a problem here with training and awareness or intent to carry which is a big problem with LE - sort of like a pacifier. I was Military Police in 'Nam and a deputy for over 20 years. You don't make those stupid mistakes - ever.
tbpera
Tom Pera 1
bbabis
Bill Babis 1
Outside of the nouse a firearm discharge at altitude is a non event. You've seen too many movies. Much more preferable to a bad guy taking the whole thing in. That's when I don't want to be onboard.
tbpera
Tom Pera 1
Bill... what would happen if a bullet penetrated the pressure hull? serious question...
bbabis
Bill Babis 1
The outflow valves would quickly adjusted to maintain pressure. Outside of the noise you wouldn't even know it happened.
tbpera
Tom Pera 1
bbabis
Bill Babis 1
Love the Connie pictures Tom. One of the most beautiful machines ever designed.
tbpera
Tom Pera 3
spent 18 mos of my life on board EC121Rs - Otis - Korat... great plane...

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