TSA passenger screening manual leaked online
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration inadvertently revealed closely guarded secrets regarding airport passenger screening practices when it posted online this spring a document as part of a contract solicitation, the agency confirmed Tuesday.
The 93-page TSA operating manual details procedures for screening passengers and checked baggage, and it reveals technical settings used by X-ray machines and explosives detectors.
It also includes pictures of identification cards used by members of Congress, CIA employees and federal air marshals, pointing out what elements determine their validity, and it identifies 12 countries whose passport-holders are automatically subject to added scrutiny
An Obama administration official says some Transportation Security Administration employees have been placed on administrative leave after it was discovered that sensitive guidelines about airport passenger screening were posted on the Internet.
Assistant Homeland Security secretary David Heyman has told senators a full investigation into the security lapse is under way. Heyman says the Homeland Security Department is stopping the posting of documents with sensitive security information either in full or in part on the Internet until the TSA review is complete.
The document provides information that could offer insight into how to sidestep security.
The TSA removed the document from the Internet on Sunday after the lapse was reported on a blog.
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 2:41 PM on Dec. 9, 2009
They should rename it "The Terrorist Manual for Boarding American Aircraft."
Answer by Anonymous at 3:36 PM on Dec. 9, 2009
A government screw up and you are asking IF I believe it? Uhhhh, that would be a resounding YES. Government screws up almost everything they touch (some would even argue that they screw up everything they touch). Just one more reason I don't trust government to reform health care so that it is affordable to all.
Answer by QuinnMae at 3:40 PM on Dec. 9, 2009
Answer by Phase3 at 3:41 PM on Dec. 9, 2009
This is nothing new. These types of screw ups have been happening for years.
.....And YET 'some' people want to give the Federal Government MORE control over things like... Ohhhhhhh.... HEALTH CARE...
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 3:45 PM on Dec. 9, 2009
Answer by Crissy1213 at 3:46 PM on Dec. 9, 2009
Answer by Crissy1213 at 3:47 PM on Dec. 9, 2009
Answer by tnmomofive at 3:55 PM on Dec. 9, 2009
Answer by Phase3 at 3:58 PM on Dec. 9, 2009
Answer by parrishsky at 4:34 PM on Dec. 9, 2009