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safetymom
08-23-2006, 10:53 AM
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/custom/tourism/orl-tsa2306aug23,0,1734141.story?coll=orl-home-headlines

More than half the federal security force at Orlando International Airport failed a key test this summer used to measure how well security officers detect explosives, guns and other threats at the passenger checkpoints.

You can read the rest of the article at the website. It was interesting and many of us here could have told you the same thing.

Edd
08-23-2006, 11:03 AM
I would like to see a report on how other airport screeners, at other airports, did on the tests. Beth did not reference that and sometimes I feel her writings are short of information and she is restricted by the Orlando Sentinel. Yes, I know and have spoke to the writer, Beth, on many occasions. If it is a TSA wide test there should be a median.

I don't think OIA is vulnerable, not more than any other large airport is.

Lewisc
08-23-2006, 11:14 AM
According to the article a lot of the failures were "false positives". Although that slows down security it's obviously not a safety issue.

Security doesn't have to be perfect to be effective. TSA has to catch a high enough percentage so terrorists don't want to take the risk.

kaytieeldr
08-23-2006, 11:58 AM
I would like to see a report on how other airport screeners, at other airports, did on the tests. Beth did not reference that and sometimes I feel her writings are short of information and she is restricted by the Orlando Sentinel. Which is why it makes complete sense for her (or any local newspaper reporter) to report on JUST the local results.
You could check the TSA website and see if they offer wider statistics, or forward that article to the news editors of some large papers (NYT, USA Today, etc) and suggest/ask that they do an article that expands on the Sentinel's.

Lewisc
08-23-2006, 12:32 PM
Which is why it makes complete sense for her (or any local newspaper reporter) to report on JUST the local results.
You could check the TSA website and see if they offer wider statistics, or forward that article to the news editors of some large papers (NYT, USA Today, etc) and suggest/ask that they do an article that expands on the Sentinel's.

Edd isn't the most popular poster but this time I'll agree with him. Is this a general problem with TSA screeners or is the problem just the screeners at a few airports such as MCO? It makes sense from a LOCAL perspective to know how the employees stationed at MCO are doing COMPARED WITH employees at other airports. Lumping false postives with false negatives isn't a very good way to measure employees.