Interesting figures.

Old Jul 23, 07, 12:02 pm
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Interesting figures.

269: The number of TSA people that have been terminated for theft.
1/3 of 1 percent: The actual amount of the screening workforce terminated.

$4 million. The amount of money spent annually to dispose of lighters.

400% The amount of TSA turnover of personnel from the start of the agency to 18 months ago.
2.5 Times the highest next highest agency (the current turnover rate.)
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Old Jul 23, 07, 12:20 pm
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Sounds like an excellent time to write one's representatives and ask them to pull the plug on this disgusting, useless agency.
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Old Jul 23, 07, 3:35 pm
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Thanks for those #'s...but how much did it cost to dispose of lighters a few years ago? What about liquids? And how much $$ of our taxes were put towards "security". Correct me if I'm wrong, but the only # I remember is 0.
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Old Jul 23, 07, 7:47 pm
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Originally Posted by eyecue View Post
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$4 million. The amount of money spent annually to dispose of lighters.
Are you guys really paying somebody to take care of the lighters ???!!

Why don't you just leave them there, on a tray, for arriving passengers to take (after their own have been confiscated at the airport of departure). You know "take a lighter, give a lighter" sort of thing.
Four millions saved and happier passengers, what do you say ?
Oh, and cut me a $40,000 check, please.
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Old Jul 23, 07, 10:28 pm
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Originally Posted by DL4EVR View Post
Thanks for those #'s...but how much did it cost to dispose of lighters a few years ago? What about liquids? And how much $$ of our taxes were put towards "security". Correct me if I'm wrong, but the only # I remember is 0.
They probably just dump the liquids down the drain in one of the restrooms.
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Old Jul 23, 07, 10:45 pm
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Originally Posted by thesaints View Post
Are you guys really paying somebody to take care of the lighters ???!!

Why don't you just leave them there, on a tray, for arriving passengers to take (after their own have been confiscated at the airport of departure). You know "take a lighter, give a lighter" sort of thing.
Four millions saved and happier passengers, what do you say ?
Oh, and cut me a $40,000 check, please.
Yes they are. Each lighter only holds 2 grams of butane. But, when there gets to be enough of them to fill a 5 gallon haz mat can, they have to be taken out in that manner.
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Old Jul 23, 07, 10:54 pm
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Originally Posted by eyecue View Post
Yes they are. Each lighter only holds 2 grams of butane. But, when there gets to be enough of them to fill a 5 gallon haz mat can, they have to be taken out in that manner.
But what about those hazardous items known as shampoo, water, and toothpaste? Are they disposed of according to hazmat? After all, TSA thinks they can blown up a plane (and heaven knows my Congressman does too ), so they must be hazmat. Right?
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Old Jul 23, 07, 11:20 pm
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Very interesting numbers indeed. Thanks for posting!
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Old Jul 23, 07, 11:43 pm
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But what about those hazardous items known as shampoo, water, and toothpaste
Supposedly those items get donated to the VA hospitals in the area. Still haven't figured out where the booze goes when it's tossed into the boxes and secured with zip ties.

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Supposedly those items get donated to the VA hospitals in the area. Still haven't figured out where the booze goes when it's tossed into the boxes and secured with zip ties.

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Probably to stock the wet bar for the TSA's annual Screeners Ball.
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Old Jul 24, 07, 1:50 am
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Originally Posted by eyecue View Post
Yes they are. Each lighter only holds 2 grams of butane. But, when there gets to be enough of them to fill a 5 gallon haz mat can, they have to be taken out in that manner.
Yes, but why don't you give them back to the passengers on arrival ? Then you would rarely, if ever, accumulate so many that they would have to be considered hazmat.
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Old Jul 24, 07, 2:46 am
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Originally Posted by AirlineBrat53 View Post
Supposedly those items get donated to the VA hospitals in the area. Still haven't figured out where the booze goes when it's tossed into the boxes and secured with zip ties.

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It gets handed off to the office, where they properly dispose of it... I can only imagine...
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Old Jul 24, 07, 11:52 am
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Just fly with your lighter

I've quit hiding them in my bag for several months and have never been stopped at the xray checkpoint. Actually never intended this, but spent 6 weeks flying around Europe where this doesn't seem to be an issue. Upon returning to the states, I just never changed my ways.
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