Remember The TSA Holster Snafu? The Investigation Is Finished!

Remember the TSA Holster Snafu? (Link here: johnjacobh.wordpress.com/2008/04/27/tsa-holster-snafu/)

It appears an investigation validates every complaint made over past few years. Go figure!

Tantalizing Excerpt:

SOURCE:Flight International
DHS watchdog confirms holster problems for armed pilots
By John Croft

Concerns voiced by federal flightdeck officers over poorly designed holsters for their hand guns have been validated in a recently issued report by the Department of Homeland Security’s office of inspector general (OIG).

“We examined the holster and observed that its design renders the weapon vulnerable to accidental discharges if improperly handled,” says the OIG. “In a darkened cockpit, under the stress of meeting the operational needs of the aircraft, a pilot could inadvertently discharge the weapon by failing to ensure it is properly seated in the holster, securing the trigger lock, and then pushing the weapon inward to secure the holster snap.”

Investigators also found that it was possible to fire the gun while inserting the hasp, or trigger lock, into an “incorrectly seated” weapon. “Using a scale, we determined that only 6-7lb [2.7-3.2kg] of lateral pressure on the padlock was sufficient to induce a discharge,” the report says.

Complete Link:

flightglobal.com/articles/2009/01/10/320861/dhs-watchdog-confirms-holster-problems-for-armed-pilots.html

Frequent Flyer? Need a gun? No worries, ATF will give you one!

Your Keystone Cop Tax Dollars At Work

Your Keystone Cop Tax Dollars At Work

This idiocy is an insult to Keystone Cops everywhere.

A few of my personal favorite choice selections from the report. Do you think YOU would get a 3 day suspension for ANY of these offenses? More like 10-20 in a Federal Penitentary!Remember, this is the agency that declared jihad on 300,000 Mom-and-Pop Gun Stores over the past decade. (Emphasis added)

Special Agent left weapon ON AN AIRPLANE!!!!!!! Later returned to agent by airport authorities.

Special Agent left her weapon in her purse on a shuttle AT AN AIRPORT! Later recovered from Airport Police.

Special Agent left weapon in dressing room of clothing store. The agent did not report the loss. Supervisor learned of loss when local police ran a trace.

Special Agent left weapon in a gas station bathroom. The agent did not report the item missing and did not immediately retrieve it when it was recovered.

Link to Government Report (PDF):

http://www.usdoj.gov/oig/reports/ATF/a0829/final.pdf

Business Week Story Link:
http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D938H4O00.htm

Tantalizing Commentary Excerpt:

It is especially troubling that that ATF’s rate of loss for weapons was nearly double that of the FBI and DEA, and that ATF did not even know whether most of its lost, stolen, or missing laptop computers contained sensitive or classified information,” he added.

TSA Holster Snafu Update

Well, I guess it was not hard to predict this outcome.  The TSA, of course, takes no responsibility.

 

Complete link:

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nation/5906506.html

Tantalizing Excerpt:

US Airways pilot dismissed over firing gun in jet cockpit

WASHINGTON — The US Airways captain whose gun discharged in the cockpit of a plane landing in Charlotte , N.C., was fired by the airline and removed from the program that allows pilots to be armed, federal safety officials said Thursday.