In a development that will surprise absolutely nobody, the TSA managed to screw up again. This time Alija Abdul Majed, a TSA screener at JFK worked most of his morning shift and never got a single hit on his metal detector. Not once did he wonder about the odds that it would take for thousands of people to stream through his terminal and never miss anything in their pockets. Turns out the odds were not in his favor, the problem was his metal detector wasn’t turned on.
Why wasn’t it turned on you ask? Because it wasn’t even plugged in. Still feel safe?
Let’s set aside his name for a minute and the nagging thought running through all of your minds that maybe he wasn’t just that stupid. We’ll get to that in a little while. First I want to talk about the TSA as a whole in their response to this little set back of transportation safety.
In typical government fashion this is how the TSA represented it to the media:
The TSA would not confirm or deny that its detector had been unplugged, releasing a statement saying only that a metal detector suffered a “malfunction.”