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Record Number of People Trying to Board Planes with Guns; TSA Braces for Holiday Travel

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

No matter how many warnings the TSA issues, people are trying to bring guns onto airplanes at a record rate, Channel3000.com reports.

So far this year, more than 1,930 travelers were found with a gun – the most ever calculated in one year. The number caught with guns all of last year was 1,813.

Expecting 24.6 million travelers during the Thanksgiving period, the TSA is bracing for a surge in people bringing guns in their carry-ons.

The reasons for the influx are varied.

“Some people just aren’t using common sense,” said George Hobica, founder of the travel advice web site Airfarewatchdog.com. “What’s really scary is that eventually some of these will get by TSA and misused.”

TSA spokesman Ross Feinstein said most travelers who are caught with guns claim they forgot they had their weapon.

“Perhaps we need stronger penalties for people who try to bring them, or forget to remove them, in carry-ons,” Hobica said. “That might jog peoples’ memories to not try to bring them on planes.”

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Border Patrol Agents Smash Window of American Trucker, Pulls Him Out for Not Answering Questions

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An American trucker who refused to answer questions from the Border Patrol was yanked out of his truck by agents after they smashed his window as a camera rolled, the Houston Chronicle reports.

The truck driver was arrested at a checkpoint near Falfurrias in Texas, about 60 miles north of the border.

When asked whether he was an America citizen, the trucker said he would “rather not” answer.

Despite warnings of being removed from the truck, the driver refused to answer questions.

“You don’t have probable cause. I don’t have to answer the questions,” the truck driver said. “If I am breaking the law, then arrest me. I am not getting out of the truck, I do not consent.”

An agent accuses the driver of refusing to cooperate with an immigration inspection and then smashes the window before pulling the driver out.

No charges have yet been filed against the driver in federal court.

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Lawsuit: TSA Responsible for Spilled Urn That Contained Remains of Man’s Mother

tsa.gov

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Cleveland man was on his way to Puerto Rico to spread his mother’s cremated remains in the Caribbean Sea.

But when Shannon Thomas opened his bag, he discovered that his mom’s ashes had spilled all over the suitcase with a TSA inspection notice, the Cleveland Scene reports.

In a lawsuit against the TSA, Thomas said his bag was packed with a “very heavy and steady” urn that was tightly screwed.

He argues the TSA “”negligently, carelessly, and recklessly replaced the lid of the urn, placed a bag inspection notice in Plaintiff’s suitcase and sent the bag on its way. This action caused the urn to open and spilled the remains of Plaintiff’s mother on the inside of Plaintiff’s suitcase and on Plaintiff’s personal effects.”

Thomas said he can’t understand why the agency hasn’t even issued an apology.

“No person speaking on behalf of the United States or TSA has ever issued an apology, explanation, or notification to [Thomas] aside from the bag search notice.”

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