Tuesday, January 09, 2018

The TSA: Everyday Heroes

The horror film Get Out didn't get awards at the GG last night, but an old NYT article notes that it was a breakthrough film in one way:

“This is the first time in the history of cinema that a T.S.A. agent is the hero,” Mr. Howery said in a phone interview the morning after “Get Out” opened at No. 1 at the box office....
“They are usually shown doing too much or being mean. It makes you think about their job in a different light. They really are the ones catching terrorists.”

well, fact checkers say they really didn't catch terrorists

. The TSA was unable to provide any comprehensive data covering all nine years of its existence on short notice, but it does publicize incidents on a weekly basis: From Nov. 8 to Nov. 14, for example, agents found six "artfully concealed prohibited items" and 11 firearms at checkpoints, and they arrested six passengers after investigations of suspicious behavior or fraudulent travel documents. (Those figures are close to the weekly average.) It's not clear, however, whether any of these incidents represent attempted acts of terrorism or whether they were honest accidents. (Whoops, forgot I had that meat cleaver on me! Or, I had no idea flares weren't allowed!)

but the dirty little secret is that they discourage terrorism.

airport shootings are not unknown LIST HERE.

But most attacks that killed a lot of people were overseas.

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