What is the purpose of addl screens at gate?

Old Jan 27, 11, 9:55 pm
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What is the purpose of addl screens at gate?

Flew out of DFW this morning. Four TSA agents pulled passengers as they passed down the jetway to the side for additional screening of their *previously* screened carry on bags. One additional TSA agent stood in a position where he could watch all the passengers as they approached the gate agent.

Naturally, this slowed boarding significantly.

What is the purpose of these additional screens at the gate, given that everyone has already cleared security?
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Old Jan 27, 11, 9:58 pm
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Kabuki Security Theater, to impress the sheeple and Anything For Security crowd. After all, Think of the Children.
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Old Jan 27, 11, 9:58 pm
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Originally Posted by lakeozark View Post
Flew out of DFW this morning. Four TSA agents pulled passengers as they passed down the jetway to the side for additional screening of their *previously* screened carry on bags. One additional TSA agent stood in a position where he could watch all the passengers as they approached the gate agent.

Naturally, this slowed boarding significantly.

What is the purpose of these additional screens at the gate, given that everyone has already cleared security?
Purpose? A demonstration that TSA has little confidence in its screeners or its polices.

Oh, and stupidity!
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Old Jan 27, 11, 10:01 pm
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What is the purpose of these additional screens at the gate, given that everyone has already cleared security?
They feel like they need to appear to be doing SOMETHING, regardless of how impotent they really are, in response to Moscow.

Anyone with an ouce of brain cells can see how absurd this is.
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Old Jan 27, 11, 10:06 pm
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What was the purpose of the single TSA agent watching the "crowd"?
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Old Jan 27, 11, 10:12 pm
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What was the purpose of the single TSA agent watching the "crowd"?
Justify the bloated TSA budget?
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Old Jan 27, 11, 10:12 pm
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I can only guess that it is to check for things that might have been passed to you by someone who is not subject to screening at the checkpoint. Someone, you know, like a TSA screener.
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Old Jan 27, 11, 10:13 pm
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What was the purpose of the single TSA agent watching the "crowd"?
Do a search on here for "SPOTnik" or "BDO".

In a nutshell they think that they can tell by looking at someone who is a te***rist and who isn't.

Because they got an extra *week* of training.

And no, I'm not making this up. This is what we are dealing with out there. Welcome to FT.
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Old Jan 27, 11, 10:18 pm
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"layers"

And just like an onion the more you peel back the layers the more they stink
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Old Jan 27, 11, 10:55 pm
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What is the purpose of these additional screens at the gate, given that everyone has already cleared security?
There isn't any.
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Old Jan 27, 11, 11:41 pm
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They have to find some way to justify the money they are getting.. Besides, don't the gate rapes make you feel safer?
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Old Jan 27, 11, 11:42 pm
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What is the purpose of these additional screens at the gate, given that everyone has already cleared security?
Job creation.
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Old Jan 28, 11, 7:11 am
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Kabuki Security Theater, to impress the sheeple and Anything For Security crowd. After all, Think of the Children.
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Harassment, plain and simple.
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Old Jan 28, 11, 9:11 am
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Pick any of the following valid reasons:

All the NoS were down for "maintenance" so they had to appear to be doing something.

Four TSOs were in need of new iPods, fully stocked with music of course.

They ran out of test strips to harass Starbuck's customers.

Had to settle a bet over what type of underwear "that cutie" wore.
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