Q: Was Santa "Body Searched" at the Border?

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Real Estate Sales Representative with for real estate results in the Tri-Cities.

A: It seems that Homeland Security is going to have its "hands full" (pun intended) for a while.

After U.S. authorities requested tighter security in response to the Christmas Day attempt to bomb an airliner in Detroit, airline passengers across the world are now faced with body searches and new limits on hand luggage.

Northwest Airlines

The security breach by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab of Nigeria who boarded Northwest Airlines Flight 253 and tried to set off an incendiary device as the plane was landing should come as little surprise after the discovery twelve days earlier of a mistaken online posting containing sensitive security information of airport screening procedures.

Houston, we have a problem.

In early December after visiting family and friends in Ontario my wife Catharine and I returned from Toronto Airport to the Lower Mainland of Vancouver.

Arriving at Vancouver Airport a number of the disembarked passengers, including us, were still waiting at the airport baggage pick-up after most others were well on their way home.

"Yes, we'll have your luggage to you before 6 p.m. tonight", we were assured by the Air Canada "Delayed Baggage" representative who noted our baggage claim information on the forms we had to fill out and gave us a WorldTracer tracking number.

Some essentials were in our suitcases which finally arrived three days later, via Peking.

While the inconvenience of replacing items was one thing, the claim that must be filed within 21 days is another, but the most concerning aspect is, how did we possibly get separated from our luggage with today's modern airport security systems?

Passengers at all airports are told that they cannot be separated from their baggage, but apparently it's still okay for the airline to separate us from it; go figure.

For the return trips our suitcases took to China, my wife thinks we should also get the travel points.

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Lenn Harley
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Not to worry.

In keeping with Sec. Napolitano's theory that "everything worked the way it was supposed to work", with the terrorist attack on the airliner Friday.  Meaning, apparently, that a passenger possibly secured the safety of the 270 plus other passengers. . .

PASSENGERS OF AIRLINERS WILL NOW SET UP THEIR OWN BODY SEARCH  systems and procedures. 

Basic safety procedures are clearly beyond the capabilities of the TSA. 

Everytime Sec. Napolitano opens her mouth, my level of confidence in airline safety deminishes.

Dec 27, 2009 08:22 PM #1
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Mike Carlier
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More opinions than you want to hear about.

Even Santa checks his list twice.  That guy should have never gotten on a plane, even if he was naked.  The security system didn't even work as well as the failed bombing attempt.

Dec 28, 2009 12:23 AM #2
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Lenn: "Everytime Sec. Napolitano opens her mouth, my level of confidence in airline safety diminishes."

Backtracking from a statement yesterday in which she said the airline security system worked, Napolitano conceded today that the aviation security system failed, saying her previous statement had been taken out of context.

Enough said!

Dec 28, 2009 06:35 AM #3
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Mike: I thought this clip of Santa being 'frisked' was hilarious: Homeland Security Training Video.

Thank goodness the attempt failed!

Dec 28, 2009 06:54 AM #4
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Terry Chenier
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Jphn,

I agree with Lenn. I just posted a blog on this. I think her head is going to roll. She's incompetant.

Dec 29, 2009 04:24 PM #5
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Terry:

The security system failed therefore she failed, and she's ultimately accountable!

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