"The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing."


Glenn Reynolds:

Barack Obama:
"Impossible to transcend."

Albert A. Gore, Jr.:
"An incontinent brute."

Rev. Jeremiah Wright:
"God damn the Gentleman Farmer."

Friends of GF's Sons:
"Is that really your dad?"

Kickball Girl:
"Keeping 'em alive until 7:45."

Hired Hand:
"I think . . . we forgot the pheasant."

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Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Country's in the Very Best of Hands

DHS Secretary Napolitano demonstrates new security technology.

By now you've no doubt heard about TSA security personnel who required a 95-year-old woman to remove her adult diaper. It happened last weekend, and since then TSA has issued one of those non-denial denials we're used to from The Suits:
We have reviewed the circumstances involving this screening and determined that our officers acted professionally, according to proper procedure and did not require this passenger to remove an adult diaper . . . .
So I guess since it wasn't "required," and TSA doesn't deny the diaper came off, this elderly passenger must have volunteered; makes sense to us.

What's notable is that on the very same weekend TSA was protecting America from diaper-bombs, they permitted Olajide Oluwaseun Noibi to fly cross-country with fake ID, an expired (day-old) boarding pass, and a pocket-full of other boarding passes. He was finally arrested when he tried a similarly document-deficient return trip -- but only after he'd already boarded the plane, and it was in the air:
A foreign national who flew from New York to Los Angeles last week with a stolen boarding pass and ID card has been arrested at Los Angeles International Airport, according to federal authorities.

Olajide Oluwaseun Noibi, a Nigerian-born man who was found with the stolen ID and up to 10 old boarding passes containing various names, was arrested Wednesday after attempting to board a flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta; five days after passing through layers of airport security at New York's JFK airport to board a plane with a day-old boarding pass, officials said.

Noibi was charged with being a stowaway aboard an aircraft, according to FBI Special Agent Kevin R. Hogg. He is being held at a Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center and is expected to be in court Friday.

Noibi allegedly managed to get through every layer of security with a fake ID and numerous boarding passes, at least one of which came from another passenger's pocket, ABC News has learned.

The arrest came after Noibi allegedly boarded a plane Saturday under similar circumstances at JFK and travel to Los Angeles. Noibi boarded Virgin America flight 415 at JFK bound for L.A., according to an FBI affidavit.

He was found on the plane after it had taken off and was in flight, in a seat in the aircraft's "main cabin select" area. When asked for his boarding pass, Noibi produced a boarding pass and ticket for a Friday flight that was not in his name, authorities said.
In the interest of fairness, we're obliged to point out that even if TSA had rooted around in Mr. Noibi's underwear, they'd not have discovered his lack of documents.

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