What we’re reading: TSA union wants guns, Las Vegas has most expensive room service, Royal Caribbean’s Quantum leap


TSA recommends having armed law enforcement at airport security checkpoints

TSA is recommending that airport security checkpoints and ticket counters have armed law enforcements to prevent a repeat of the incident at LAX last November.

The full report outlines a comprehensive review of policies, procedures and operations following the Nov. 1, 2013, shooting at Los Angeles International Airport when TSA Officer Gerardo Hernandez was killed and three others were injured.

The reported [sic] includes the results of working groups, both internally and externally, that gave extensive feedback about what actions need to be taken.

You can read the full report here.

Just in case some think that TSA is only asking for law enforcement assistance, here is the statement from the TSA union. They want an armed law-enforcement presence within TSA; something that no airport needs only the union in order to gain more power.

American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. today issued the following statement in response to the Transportation Security Administration’s review of the Nov. 1 shooting at Los Angeles International Airport, which resulted in the death of Transportation Security Officer Gerardo Hernandez:

“Ever since Transportation Security Officer Gerardo Hernandez was killed while on duty at LAX last November, AFGE has advocated that TSA create an armed, uniformed law enforcement unit within the agency to provide the best possible security for our Transportation Security Officers at the airport checkpoints. Today’s report justifies our call for armed law enforcement officers at security checkpoints.

“AFGE appreciates the first steps TSA has taken, and the support they have shown to the officers and families affected by the LAX incident, but today’s report does not go far enough to address the immediate threat posed by individuals who target our officers. The current patchwork of local law enforcement agencies across the country inevitably leaves gaps in security, as we saw at LAX. Only an armed law enforcement unit within TSA can ensure the constant and consistent presence of sufficient law enforcement resources needed in the immediate area of the checkpoints and other key locations in order to prevent another tragedy like the one that occurred at LAX. Now that this report recognizes the need for increased visibility of uniformed officers in and around the checkpoints, and improved response times for law enforcement, AFGE looks forward to working with TSA in achieving this goal at airports nationwide.”

Las Vegas ups the ante as the most expensive U.S. city for room service according To TripAdvisor TripIndex

TripAdvisor announced the results of its 2014 TripIndex(TM) Room Service. It found that Las Vegas is the priciest for in-room amenities.

The second annual TripAdvisor TripIndex Room Service compares the cost of in-room amenities in 62 popular cities around the world, including 15 in the U.S. The study takes into account the price of a club sandwich ordered through room service, the dry cleaning of one shirt, and the following items from the mini bar: a bottle of water, peanuts, a mini bottle of vodka, and a can of soda.

Royal Caribbean’s Quantum leap: No main dining rooms

Royal Carribean International’s new ships, the Quantum and the Anthem, won’t have a main dining room. Instead they’ll have five smaller restaurants catering to a particular culinary style.

The five restaurants, to be included in the cruise price, will be among a total of 18 eateries onboard, in a concept Royal Caribbean calls “Dynamic Dining.”

  • http://tsanewsblog.com/214/news/history-repeats-itself-with-tsas-strip-search-tactics/ Lisa Simeone

    Oh, good. So then the TSA could have people shot after it feels them up. What could go wrong?!

  • Susan Richart

    Trying again: I don’t think the report calls for armed TSA agents, although I know that is what the union wants.

    The report does call for increasing the numbers of already-mandated LEOs, whether it be from individual airport PDs or from municipal PDs, whichever currently provides coverage.

    It appears there is going to be a big issue paying for this increased coverage. Airports are going to claim they can’t afford to pay for more coverage. So up go the “security fees” again on tickets.

  • http://tsanewsblog.com/214/news/history-repeats-itself-with-tsas-strip-search-tactics/ Lisa Simeone

    Let the people who fly pay for the security fees. They’re the ones using the “service.”

  • Johnp

    If TSA agents– hiccup — I mean employees are given guns and ammo they will feel they are ten feet tall and will be waiting to say “Go ahead, make my day.” It is far more appropriate TSA employees should be dressed in Lands End shirts and trousers and not in police-style uniforms. When I view their dress adornments I see it as recognition of their accredited stupidity. Spare the traveling public from any further discomforts while traveling and having to deal with TSA employees. PLEASE, no guns and ammo.

  • AirlineEmployee

    Shoot first, ask questions later.
    Why stop there ?….If we’re so “endangered” at airports give airline employees a gun, give airport storekeepers a gun, arm the janitors…..
    Ridiculous – have we not all taken a good look at who/ what works for the TSA ? Ugh, I see it / hear it every day – loud, crass, pushy (on employee buses), etc. A very unfortunate incident at LAX, yes, but pleeeeease, do not arm these people.

  • http://tsanewsblog.com/214/news/history-repeats-itself-with-tsas-strip-search-tactics/ Lisa Simeone

    ‘Why stop there ?….If we’re so “endangered” at airports give airline employees a gun, give airport storekeepers a gun, arm the janitors…..’

    As you know, there are, sadly, millions of Americans who are advocating precisely this.

  • Johnp

    Yes, Lisa, but there are hopefully tens of millions who already know the uselessness of the TSA and its employees.

  • http://tsanewsblog.com/214/news/history-repeats-itself-with-tsas-strip-search-tactics/ Lisa Simeone

    That’s a hope I’ve been harboring for at least the past six years, and so far, it hasn’t borne fruit.

  • RB

    Who in their right mind would support arming TSA airport screeners? TSA has the most incompetent workers available. If AFGE thinks this is a step forward then I want no part of AFGE.

    There are about 1.6 million people who fly each day in the United States. We have had one case of a person shooting up one airport over the last decade.

    The sensible approach would be to review police procedure and make sure that our police forces that are already assigned to airports are deployed effectively.

    Arming the riffraff of TSA would be a costly mistake and very likely present a danger to the public.

  • Daisiemae

    With all the thousands of innocent people who have already been molested, assaulted, and robbed by TSA, now we have to worry about the Bozos in Blue shooting us?

    How many innocent people will be killed by these morons? Of course, TSA will be killing us out of an abundance of caution. And of course, the murderers will be following proper TSA protocol as they slaughter us while treating us with dignity and respect for our privacy.

  • RB

    I was considering this matter a bit and think I have a middle ground resolution.

    TSA owns the Air Marshals. Believe it or not they get a 25% bump on top of their regular salary for being available. We know that there are 2 or more Air Marshals on many flights and yet they have enough extra personnel to field VIPR teams.

    Air Marshals are TSA, Air Marshals are armed, Air Marshals are LEO’s.

    I say move all but one Air Marshal from all flights, stand down this VIPR team BS and use them in the airports.

    Oh, and end the 25% availability pay bonus, they don’t deserve it.

  • http://tsanewsblog.com/214/news/history-repeats-itself-with-tsas-strip-search-tactics/ Lisa Simeone

    I’d say they don’t even need those Air Marshals on flights at all.