TSA Finds Water Filter in Luggage at Sky Harbor, Says It "Looks Like a Pipe Bomb"

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Not a bomb.
Go ahead and add water filters to the things you're not supposed to bring to the airport.

The Transportation Security Administration's review of all the good things it did last week includes an interesting bit about a Phoenix passenger's water filter -- between tales of someone trying to hide weed in a peanut butter jar "yet again," and a passenger asking a TSA agent to help them get a bomb onto the plane.

Accoring to the TSA, you may want to leave those water filters at home, because this is the third or fourth time they've seen one, and it just "looks like a pipe bomb."

Here's what our near-10-year TSA veteran Bob Burns has to say about water filter pipe bombs:

Certain Water Filtration Systems Look Like Pipe Bombs - I've read about this 3 or 4 times now where a water filtration system looks like a pipe bomb on the X-ray monitor and the checkpoints/terminals have to be evacuated while the bomb experts do their thing. So... if you have a water filtration system that is similar to this one, you might want to consider shipping it or coordinating with TSA or your airline prior to travel. This time it was discovered in checked bags at Phoenix (PHX).

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Upon closer inspection, still not a bomb.
Several of the comments on the TSA's post were about the water-filter weirdness, and brought up a couple good questions:

You're admitting that the TSA cannot tell the difference between a water filtration system and a pipe bomb? Something is seriously messed up here, and it's not passengers flying with water filtration systems.

Great. With all the money spent on you guys you can´t tell a pipe bomb from a water filtration system, and evacuate terminals because of them?? And you admit it??

That said, the TSA did find actual things at Sky Harbor that can kill people, as people are still trying to sneak guns onto planes.

A loaded 9 mm pistol was found in someone's bag on July 23, and a loaded .32-caliber pistol was found hidden in a guy's carry-on bag the week before that.



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Schultzy
Schultzy

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Schultzy @   https://www.unitedfilter.com/

ptcgaz
ptcgaz

A bomb made out of plastic pipes? ARE they RETARDED? Isn't the idea to pack a metal pipe with explosives and nails and shit and then it blows up the pipe and the casing (in this case metal pipe) becomes shrapnel?

 

 

fisher1949
fisher1949

There were a total of 94 TSA workers arrested in the last 20 months including 12 arrested for child sex crimes, over 26 for theft, ten for smuggling contraband through security and one for murder. The most recent was a drunken lead TSO, Milagros Casanas, arrested for beating a woman and trying to steal her cell phone in Key West this week.

 

A sampling of the other fine TSA folks searching your child at the airport:

 

TSA agent Jose E. Salgado among 55 caught in child pornography arrests

The Boston Herald - Christine McConville - Wednesday, April 11, 2012

 

TSA agent Paul David Rains charged in online child-predator sting

Orlando Sentinel - Arelis R. Hernandez- December 15, 2011

 

Harold Rodman, TSA worker, arrested for sexual assault

WJLA News - Gail Pennybacker - November 21, 2011

 

Orlando airport (MCO) TSA employee Paul David Rains faces child pornography charges

Orlando Sentinel - Jeff Weiner - November 1, 2011

 

TSA Manager Bryant Jermaine Livingston Arrested for Running Prostitution Ring

MyFoxDC - John Henrehan - March 28, 2012

 

Md. TSA Agent Michael Scott Wilson Charged With Child Pornography

ABC2News - Joce Sterman - March 18, 2012

 

Nashville TSA Agent Clifton Lyles Charged With Statutory Rape

WTVF - Staff - September 20, 2011

 

TSA employee Andrew W. Cheever faces child pornography charge

MyFoxBoston - Staff - September 2, 2011

 

TSA Screener David Ralph Anderson Charged with Lewdness and Child Molestation

Elko Daily Free Press -Jared DuBach - August 26, 2011

 

TSA Screener Randall Scott King arrested for kidnapping and attempted rape of 14 year old in ATL

Lagrangenews - Staff Reports - November 23, 2010

 

PHL TSA Screener Thomas Gordon Jr Charged with Child Pornography

Fox Nation - John Shiffman - The Inquirer - April 23, 2011

 

Orlando TSA agent Charles Henry Bennett Arrested For Attempting To Make 15 year old Girl His 'Sex Slave'

The Huffington Post - Staff - May 25, 2011

 

TSA Agent Dwayne Valerio Arrested for Rape of Juvenile in Londonderry NH

Eagle Tribune - Jillian Jorgensen - April 2, 2011

 

Logan TSA employee Sean Shanahan accused of raping 14-year-old girl

WHDHTV - Staff - March 9, 2011

 

Disgraced Catholic priest who was defrocked after 'sexually abusing two young girls' now works as a TSA airport screener

CBS3 Philadelphia - Ben Simmoneau - May 24, 2012

drgonzo
drgonzo

good lord, the sheep are out.  Are we really that afraid of the bogeyman?  The basic truth is that we will never catch everything.  Apply occam's razor to the search and empower passengers rather than emasculate them.

 

TSA grope-point and the belief that they make anything more secureis as stupid a conceit as the war on a concept (e.g., terror).  there is no measurement of success, no identifiable enemy and no way to tell whether you won or lost the war.

fisher1949
fisher1949

Any proof that the owners of any of these items, including the guns, intended to kill anyone?

These people could carry these anywhere except onto a plane but didn't kill anyone while on the ground so TSA didn't relly protect anyone from anything, since no one had any ill intentions.

 

TSA is a sick joke and does nothing to improve security. Their only purpose is to harass and humiliate passengers so they think that TSA does something.

GustaReza
GustaReza

If weed can be hidden in peanut butter jars, who's to say that the water filter might be filled with explosives? I don't think that their suspicions when it comes to these are unwarranted.

cozaz1
cozaz1

If I, family or friends was on any flight, I'd like to know for as sure as I could there want a bomb on that airplane.

 

Better to be safe than sorry.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

true story follows:

In 81 or 82, I was on the east coast doing some testing of computer communication.  I left that city, with a modem in a small box.  Security at the air port went NUTS.  With the x-ray on the screen at the scanner, I pointed out the power cord, the place where the computer connected, and where telco plugged in.  They opened the box, but were still confused, even though the unit was professionally made, with a brand name of a company made in that very state!. I gave them my business card (fortune 500 company), and gave them my manager's name.  They called the number, verified I worked there and what I did, and what the item was.  Then security asked to speak to my manager.  He was out of the office.  They hemmed and hawed, but let me on the plane.

 

Airport security are the folks too stupid to work at McDonalds.  That's the moral of this story.

SeedyWard
SeedyWard

We definitely need to be concerned about he weed hidden in the PB jar. Water filters? Man, these guys need pink slips.

ptcgaz
ptcgaz

 @drgonzo Ive been saying that since they came up with the DHS, which includes the TSA. BTW it's bad because I remember when people were saying they were willing to be screened for "safety"

chaitanya
chaitanya

 @drgonzo I have been saying for a while that the best way to guarantee that a plane never gets taken down again is to give everyone on the plane a single shot 9mm.   Everyone gets only 1 shot.   There is something to be said for mutually assured destruction.   Someone tries to take over a plane with 50 people on board, 49 shots are going to be emptied into the person....  Just food for thought....and it would be WAY cheaper to do that then pay for TSA.  :)

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

 @fisher1949

 What do you suppose prompted the forming of TSA in the first place. It might have something to do with several flights where passengers with razor box cutters were allowed aboard. Have we all forgotten that? I will put up the inconvenience (if you want to call it that) and harassment of TSA every day, every flight I take... you can fly yourself in a Cessa 152 and not have to deal with TSA. Your choice.

teknik
teknik topcommenter

 @fisher1949 so by your logic anyone who wants to bring a loaded weapon on the plane should be able to?

John
John

 @cozaz1 People like you should just stay home, and not travel nor comment on news article either.

fisher1949
fisher1949

 @cozaz1 Spoken like a good little sheep. So let some pedophile in a fake cop outfit fondle your family jsut so long as no one gets a water filter on a plane.

It's cowards like this who are destroying what little is left of our rights.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

 @SeedyWard I agree, the TSA sucks but what sucks even more is living in a world where the TSA is necessary.

 

Seedy, please describe the system you would approve of that both tries to provide some measure of security, AND, doesn't delay, offend, or generally piss off anybody.

ptcgaz
ptcgaz

 @Tommy_Collins Tommy it came from Pres Bush wanting to control the population AND to give no bid contracts to Haliburton.

 

fisher1949
fisher1949

 @Tommy_Collins They only took planes with box cutters because the rule was to cooperate. That won't happen again and even guns have made it aboard flights and nothing happened.

 

There are way too many TSA apologists and trolls on this board.

SeedyWard
SeedyWard

 @Tommy_Collins I'll take my chances. Return my rights and lay off the TSA! Pink slips all around.

QstionEvythng
QstionEvythng

 @fisher1949

 Actually, it so no one gets a weapon on a plane, including a pipe bomb built using PVC pipe that is similar to the PVC used in the water filter.  See, to an x-ray machine, its not a water filter - its a hollow tub filled with components that resemble components that may be used to build a pipe bomb.  The x-ray machine is dumb that way - it can see through stuff but requires human interpretation to understand what that stuff actually is.

 

Your comment about TSA agents being pedophiles is stupid and out of line.

 

You always have the right to not go through TSA.  You have the right to drive, take a bus, take a train, walk, jog or find some other means of transportation to get from here to there.  Flying is not a Constitutionally guaranteed right.  There is no amendment to the Constitution that guarantees you the right to fly.  BUT, if you elect to utilize the public infrastructure and fly then you must comply with the requirements that go along with that election.

 

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

 @fisher1949

 Your comments qualify you for the Olympics, Amigo. You certainly have gone off the deep end....

ptcgaz
ptcgaz

 @shadeaux14 ya know what the odds of dying from a terrorist attack are?

 

Not very high. You have a greater chance of getting hit lightning, being bitten by a shark or winning the lottery.

SeedyWard
SeedyWard

 @shadeaux14 OK, here it is: let's return to the status quo ante 9/11. That was intrusive enough. As far as effectiveness, I don't really care too much. I figure the terrorists will always be a step ahead, or else they'll be caught. I'm willing to take the chance for the added convenience and respect. I might even fly more often if not potentially subject to the figurative or actual anal probe. Society cannot guarantee absolute safety and security, and should no pretend it can. Life has risks and the risk of terrorists is one such risk. How many flights were flown before 9/11 without incident? Care to compare that against the risks of just driving on city streets? Americans generally are just afraid of the wrong things.

ptcgaz
ptcgaz

 @LegitQuestions really? why have so many of them been arrested for having child porn, etc? I remember reading about that awhile ago.

fisher1949
fisher1949

@LegitQuestions

There were a total of 94 TSA workers arrested in the last 20 months including 12 arrested for child sex crimes, over 26 for theft, ten for smuggling contraband through security and one for murder. The most recent was a drunken lead TSO, Milagros Casanas, arrested for beating a woman and trying to steal her cell phone in Key West this week.

 

A sampling of the other fine TSA folks searching your child at the airport:

 

TSA agent Jose E. Salgado among 55 caught in child pornography arrests

The Boston Herald - Christine McConville - Wednesday, April 11, 2012

 

TSA agent Paul David Rains charged in online child-predator sting

Orlando Sentinel - Arelis R. Hernandez- December 15, 2011

 

Harold Rodman, TSA worker, arrested for sexual assault

WJLA News - Gail Pennybacker - November 21, 2011

 

Orlando airport (MCO) TSA employee Paul David Rains faces child pornography charges

Orlando Sentinel - Jeff Weiner - November 1, 2011

 

TSA Manager Bryant Jermaine Livingston Arrested for Running Prostitution Ring

MyFoxDC - John Henrehan - March 28, 2012

 

Md. TSA Agent Michael Scott Wilson Charged With Child Pornography

ABC2News - Joce Sterman - March 18, 2012

 

Nashville TSA Agent Clifton Lyles Charged With Statutory Rape

WTVF - Staff - September 20, 2011

 

TSA employee Andrew W. Cheever faces child pornography charge

MyFoxBoston - Staff - September 2, 2011

 

TSA Screener David Ralph Anderson Charged with Lewdness and Child Molestation

Elko Daily Free Press -Jared DuBach - August 26, 2011

 

TSA Screener Randall Scott King arrested for kidnapping and attempted rape of 14 year old in ATL

Lagrangenews - Staff Reports - November 23, 2010

 

PHL TSA Screener Thomas Gordon Jr Charged with Child Pornography

Fox Nation - John Shiffman - The Inquirer - April 23, 2011

 

Orlando TSA agent Charles Henry Bennett Arrested For Attempting To Make 15 year old Girl His 'Sex Slave'

The Huffington Post - Staff - May 25, 2011

 

TSA Agent Dwayne Valerio Arrested for Rape of Juvenile in Londonderry NH

Eagle Tribune - Jillian Jorgensen - April 2, 2011

 

Logan TSA employee Sean Shanahan accused of raping 14-year-old girl

WHDHTV - Staff - March 9, 2011

 

Disgraced Catholic priest who was defrocked after 'sexually abusing two young girls' now works as a TSA airport screener

CBS3 Philadelphia - Ben Simmoneau - May 24, 2012

fisher1949
fisher1949

 @LegitQuestions These are baseless allegations.

There were a total of 94 TSA workers arrested in the last 20 months including 12 arrested for child sex crimes, over 26 for theft, ten for smuggling contraband through security and one for murder. The most recent was a drunken lead TSO, Milagros Casanas, arrested for beating a woman and trying to steal her cell phone in Key West this week.

 

A sampling of the other fine TSA folks searching your child at the airport:

 

TSA agent Jose E. Salgado among 55 caught in child pornography arrests

The Boston Herald - Christine McConville - Wednesday, April 11, 2012

 

TSA agent Paul David Rains charged in online child-predator sting

Orlando Sentinel - Arelis R. Hernandez- December 15, 2011

 

Harold Rodman, TSA worker, arrested for sexual assault

WJLA News - Gail Pennybacker - November 21, 2011

 

Orlando airport (MCO) TSA employee Paul David Rains faces child pornography charges

Orlando Sentinel - Jeff Weiner - November 1, 2011

 

TSA Manager Bryant Jermaine Livingston Arrested for Running Prostitution Ring

MyFoxDC - John Henrehan - March 28, 2012

 

Md. TSA Agent Michael Scott Wilson Charged With Child Pornography

ABC2News - Joce Sterman - March 18, 2012

 

Nashville TSA Agent Clifton Lyles Charged With Statutory Rape

WTVF - Staff - September 20, 2011

 

TSA employee Andrew W. Cheever faces child pornography charge

MyFoxBoston - Staff - September 2, 2011

 

TSA Screener David Ralph Anderson Charged with Lewdness and Child Molestation

Elko Daily Free Press -Jared DuBach - August 26, 2011

 

TSA Screener Randall Scott King arrested for kidnapping and attempted rape of 14 year old in ATL

Lagrangenews - Staff Reports - November 23, 2010

 

PHL TSA Screener Thomas Gordon Jr Charged with Child Pornography

Fox Nation - John Shiffman - The Inquirer - April 23, 2011

 

Orlando TSA agent Charles Henry Bennett Arrested For Attempting To Make 15 year old Girl His 'Sex Slave'

The Huffington Post - Staff - May 25, 2011

 

TSA Agent Dwayne Valerio Arrested for Rape of Juvenile in Londonderry NH

Eagle Tribune - Jillian Jorgensen - April 2, 2011

 

Logan TSA employee Sean Shanahan accused of raping 14-year-old girl

WHDHTV - Staff - March 9, 2011

 

Disgraced Catholic priest who was defrocked after 'sexually abusing two young girls' now works as a TSA airport screener

CBS3 Philadelphia - Ben Simmoneau - May 24, 2012

 

chaitanya
chaitanya

 @LegitQuestions Wow.   I hear that argument all the time and it's one of the more idiotic suggestions that you TSA lovers tend to spout.   Instead of us having to take the bus, train, walk, job, how about this.   Why don't you go live in another country that doesn't give a flip about your constitutional rights.   I'm sure that there are ton of countries on this earth that would gladly keep you safe by limiting your rights as a person.   This county was founded by a large group of people that were sick of government stomping all over their rights and decided to do something about it.   Millions of Americans have died to protect the constitution that came about when that group of people took action.  And fast forward to now, and we have people like you that are saying it's ok for the government to grope their sons genitals, all in the name of safety, just because you want to be safe.   It's great to see  people like you discard the sacrifices of all of those true American's that died to protect your right to be free.   Free and safe not the same.   I choose to be free.   And I for one will never diminish the lives given to protect my right to be free.   If you want to do that, then leave, because your not welcome in this county.   

John
John

 @LegitQuestions and you have the right to get educated, instead of being being the airhead you truly are.

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