Homeland Security training TSA workers to save themselves in shooting

There are 11 comments on the Washington Times story from Jan 26, 2013, titled Homeland Security training TSA workers to save themselves in shooting. In it, Washington Times reports that:

Transportation Security Administration checkpoint screeners are receiving training to prepare them for the possibility of a mass shooting at one of the agency's airport checkpoints, and those TSA personnel are being instructed to "save themselves" should a shooting occur.

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Since: May 08

Santee CA

#1 Jan 26, 2013
A "security" agency being trained in self preservation in the event of attack... WTF... Have you even read something that is so stupid you are at a loss as to where to begin?... I did...
AvidFlyer

Eugene, OR

#2 Jan 27, 2013
All goverment agents that carry a gun should know this already, they don't pay them enought to be bullet catchers! I agree they should proteat themselves thier disability pay is nothing compared to pain for the rest of thier life! This seperates the heros from the rest of the chaff, thats why we still need our own guns!

Since: May 08

Santee CA

#3 Jan 27, 2013
AvidFlyer wrote:
All goverment agents that carry a gun should know this already, they don't pay them enought to be bullet catchers! I agree they should proteat themselves thier disability pay is nothing compared to pain for the rest of thier life! This seperates the heros from the rest of the chaff, thats why we still need our own guns!
I am very much on the side of if I'm armed you won't have the balls to try to rob me etc. I also know the mentality of the TSA. Federal Security so I'm in charge wrong or not... The thought of those people being armed scares me. I guess it's not out of the realm of possability, but I don't see an airport checkpoint being the OK Corral, or being the target of an armed assault. There is a better chance that a terrorists rectally concealed bomb prematurely detonates. There is no escape from that that isn't luck.
Jaime Perez

Waxahachie, TX

#4 Jan 28, 2013
AvidFlyer wrote:
All goverment agents that carry a gun should know this!
TSA airport screeners do not carry a gun. They aren't law enforcement officers.

Since: May 08

Santee CA

#5 Jan 28, 2013
Jaime Perez wrote:
<quoted text>TSA airport screeners do not carry a gun. They aren't law enforcement officers.
I hope they never do. They are goverment employees, and federal security officers which does make them superior. Just ask one
OldCapt

Denver, CO

#6 Jan 28, 2013
Perhaps the TSA management should be reflect on WHY someone would want to shoot the whole lot of them. They are a Nazi-like bureaucracy which is so enamored of it's power that it has lost sight of it's original mission, which was to make us safer, NOT to trample the rights and self-respect of law abiding patriotic American travelers.

I routinely fly through SFO where the TSA duties have been assumed by a private contractor. Not only are these people more pleasant but they do a better job than most TSA stations at spotting REAL threats. Best of all, they screen 65% more passengers per employee than the government officers. Gosh, what a surprise!
OldCapt

Denver, CO

#7 Jan 28, 2013
OOPS, remove "be" from first sentence.

Since: May 08

Santee CA

#8 Jan 28, 2013
OldCapt wrote:
Perhaps the TSA management should be reflect on WHY someone would want to shoot the whole lot of them. They are a Nazi-like bureaucracy which is so enamored of it's power that it has lost sight of it's original mission, which was to make us safer, NOT to trample the rights and self-respect of law abiding patriotic American travelers.
I routinely fly through SFO where the TSA duties have been assumed by a private contractor. Not only are these people more pleasant but they do a better job than most TSA stations at spotting REAL threats. Best of all, they screen 65% more passengers per employee than the government officers. Gosh, what a surprise!
I agree.. They rely on the hi tech toys they were given.. Give a pre 9-11 security team this and todays TSA would lose the contest.. to the critics, box cutters were allowed to be carried on at the time. You may have seen it a pilot, and I for sure have seen it as a ramp worker. Without breaching some sort of security secret, have you noticed how many of them it takes to do certain jobs.. Hence the names Thousands Standing (or Strolling) Around.
Anonymous

Dhaka, Bangladesh

#9 Jan 29, 2013
Thanks for this information
Sheik Yerbouti

New Hope, PA

#10 Feb 21, 2013
I'm sure their searches of 3 year olds and senior citizens will discover several threats! NOT!! TSA is a total waste of taxpayer resources! They have been caught stealing and harassing the disabled. Whats next?
Patrick

Sudbury, MA

#11 Feb 27, 2013
tsa is just basic security, they have real LEO'S at every check point with guns! They get paid/trained to put their lives on the line, TSA get paid to make sure u dont carry gun/bombs on the plane period.

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