Good Grief: Airport Checkpoint Shut Down Over Un-screened Baby

You can’t fully blame this one on the TSA, but, you can blame the over-blown security measures that TSA has put in place

(NJ.com) The failure to properly screen a baby for weapons or explosives led to flight delays and hours of inconvenience for passengers at Newark Liberty International Airport today.

The security breach, which sparked the evacuation of a section of Terminal C, also exposed tensions between the Transportation Security Administration and the Port Authority Police Department, which makes final determinations about shutdowns and passenger re-screening.

A TSA official said police were told the security slipup carried a “low risk factor” given the circumstances of the incident, in which the child was handed from one parent to another during a metal detector walkthrough. Both parents were properly screened before leaving for their gate.

A short time later, TSA personnel realized the baby had not been checked and began searching for the family.

“Port Authority police unilaterally made the decision to evacuate the terminal, sweep the terminal for explosives and re-screen all of the passengers, inconveniencing hundreds of passengers and delaying numerous flights,” said the official, who was not authorized to discuss the issue by name because of its delicacy.

It’s. A. Baby. Airport security is completely out of control.

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5 Responses to “Good Grief: Airport Checkpoint Shut Down Over Un-screened Baby”

  1. safetyputts says:

    Gee, is the TSA telling us that the 7th century animals of Islam have no problem blowing up their babies?

  2. Woody says:

    In all fairness, I’ve changed a few explosive babies in my time and it’s not a pretty sight. God bless you TSA.

  3. Gumball_Brains says:

    I have never understood these stories. Are they telling us that they let one parent hand a baby AROUND a metal detector to the other parent.. and TSA did nothing to stop it? But then, only later, much later, did they decide that the action was maybe a bad thing? And then call it a low risk factor that shuts down the entire airport?

    What the hell is the response to a high risk factor then? Leveling the airport?

    These stories make no sense and only point that we need to get rid of TSA. Why have TSA if the Port Authority\airport security is there already?

    Flying today = slaughterhouse’s cattle pens

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  5. Hell, I remember when we used to be able to walk right up to the airplane walkway and greet people coming off the plane at the gate, and visa versa.

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