Authorities are investigating how a stun gun managed to make it through security and onto a flight that landed at Newark Liberty International Airport, Fox 5 reported Sunday. The FBI is investigating how the stun gun got aboard a JetBlue flight from Boson on Friday, a federal law enforcement source said. According to sources, a striker 1800 stun gun was found by a cleaning crew inside the back pocket of a seat on Jet Blue flight 1179 after the passengers had disembarked, Fox 5 said.
why would you then put it in the seat back pocket?
well, I wouldnt keep that thing in my front pocket!
on that note, riding ferry boats to work each day, if someone leaves a bag or backpack unattended, and the crew finds it, they stop the boat, get the Coast Guard to search the vessel, then the bomb squad to remove it...after being late to work, or worse 3 hours late getting home, we passengers started walking the boat, and if we found unattended stuff, we would sit there and wait...and explain to the owner how happy we were, or toss it over the side...
Perhaps if the TSA spent more time looking at the people they should do, instead of kids, retirees, cancer victims, etc., they might have spotted it?
Thought: this was a probe, by someone, who explored the art of the possible in leaving a tool for a follow on passenger to use.
It also might be that one of the flight attendants liked to engage in exotic sexual practices that includes stun guns, and for whatever reason left it in a seat pouch for later retrieval ... I realize that is an immense stretch, but weirder things have happened ...
A similar event ocurred on BA many moons ago when sniffer dogs were being checked out on a parked aircraft. The police missed that device afer the exercise and it was found by a pax airborne on the next flight. I believe a BA manager lost his job over this.
Sheesh! That'll take the flatfeet some time then. Someone should tell them it was carried on board by a passenger, just like the other 100,000 mobiles that passed through the airport that day.
how a stun gun managed to make it through security
Lord, this is getting painful. It looks identical to a mobile phone. Does anyone really expect the muppets on security to know the difference, they must see several thousand phones each day and they're all the same. Lets not get hyped up over this or they'll make us dismantle our phones as well as taking our shoes and belts off so we inconveniently have to keep our contraband in our underpants instead...Imagine the delays that would cause. Don't scoff, its a realistic scenario if those idiots get a bug up their arse about it.
They never ever spotted the Leatherman tool that lived in my flight bag until 2 years ago and that looks like nothing else except a Leatherman. It must have passed through a couple of thousand x ray machines since 11/9. That's not a very impressive strike rate, is it?
What do people expect? Effective security? Get real.
Its not as if a stun gun is even a particularly useful means of hijacking an aircraft. A fist is just as effective. Woah! Woah! Lets just not go there or we'll all be amputated before we fly...