The headlines today read:
TSA Security Screeners Accused Of Helping Smuggle Meth Through SFO
Though the official TSA response is that the workers at SFO are “private contractors” and not TSA officials per-se, they still have the same shiny badges and similar uniforms. And they are supervised by the TSA.
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Two security screeners at San Francisco International Airport were arrested and arraigned today on charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and accepting a bribe from a third suspect, who is also in federal custody.
The alleged smuggling operation was coordinated, at least in part, through Facebook messages, which are quoted extensively in the criminal complaint filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
San Francisco resident Claudio Rene Sunux, 30, and South San Francisco resident Amanda Lopez, 27, were working as security screeners as contractors for the Transportation Security Administration, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The morning of September 17, FBI agents provided Anibal Giovanni Ramirez, a 28-year-old San Francisco resident, with two pieces of luggage containing packages filled with 20 pounds of methylsulfonylmethane, a common filler or cutting agent. One of the bags also contained 68.5 grams of pure meth, according to the criminal complaint.
So all it takes is a few dollars, and you can smuggle anything you want on to an airplane. The TSA and their associated private contractors make our airlines less safe. Every one of them is a weak link.
See the whole story at CBS News San Francisco