TSA lets stolen truck into PHX complex

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Anybody else watching this circus?

Way to keep us safe! TSA- thousands standing around.

CNN showing truck driving past taxi traffic at PHX.
 

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Yeah, just watched that as it happened on TV. Sounds like he busted through a fence at pretty high speed. I still think we should blame it on TSA, though. They make such great scapegoats.
 

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I didn't realize the TSA were armed and patrolled the airports in squad cars. Should they have left their posts at the metal detectors and chased this truck on foot?
 

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Clyde said:
I didn't realize the TSA were armed and patrolled the airports in squad cars. Should they have left their posts at the metal detectors and chased this truck on foot?
yes, if only for entertainment value.
 

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Clyde said:
I didn't realize the TSA were armed and patrolled the airports in squad cars. Should they have left their posts at the metal detectors and chased this truck on foot?
Ok then. Who patrols the perimeter? I’ve seen TSA or their subs as well as DPD driving the fence around DEN, and assumed they had some capability to stop an advancing vehicle. Denver’s finest certainly seem capable of stopping vehicles exceeding the speed limit in and out of DEN.

The stolen truck didn’t sneak up on PHX. It was being followed by half the freeking DPS, sheriff, and local police as well as most of the media Air Force!

He entered the runway complex and drove by or under (couldn’t tell from the video angle) the wing of three Southwest 737s, one Mesa RJ, and an America West jet on the runway before getting hung up running over the fence on the way off the airport.

I know the technology is radical. Who would have thought of using a car as a weapon against a fixed target?

At what point is law enforcement allowed to use force to protect the public at our super secure airports? Are they at all? Do they just sniff breath and butts? I’m sure glad they took my Leatherman.

Now “The Airport” is being quoted as saying that the incident caused minor flight delays. Somebody in Homeland Security will probably get promoted over this one

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I think we should blame it on the Phoenix police. They decided to be "safe" and not approach the vehicle, even when it wasn't close to the airport. Then, it heads towards the airport and endangers hundreds of lives when the truck went onto the taxiway. Way to go--Phoenix police. Where were the spike strips? Can they shoot out the tires?



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Don't blame the men and women in uniform. Heck, had they fired on the guy the libs in the media would have been all over it. Personally, I would have treminated him with extreme prejudice.
 

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I am a lot less worried about a stray truck than I am about the unscreened "trusted" employees waltzing in the back door every day..... and that IS the tsA's fault......
 

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General Lee said:
I think we should blame it on the Phoenix police. They decided to be "safe" and not approach the vehicle, even when it wasn't close to the airport. Then, it heads towards the airport and endangers hundreds of lives when the truck went onto the taxiway. Way to go--Phoenix police. Where were the spike strips? Can they shoot out the tires?



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They shot at him several times.
 
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If we had proper security, this guy would have been wiped out with extreme violence as soon as he was on airport property. Since the cameras were rolling - the more violent the better.
That would have been an effective demonstration for would be terrorists. Instead it sounds like they showed a potential weakness.
 
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I just think they should have done something before he entered the airport grounds. They "shadowed" him for awhile before he even got close to the airport. Now they can see that someone like that can get onto an active taxiway or runway, and possibly kill hundreds by running into an airplane full of gas going to the East Coast. It just looked like it was too easy.



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I would doubt it, but hopefully, maybe this would be a wake up call to the threat from car bombs being driven straight through an airport perimeter. I can think of a lot of airports where all you have to do is swerve off the public road and run right through nothing but a chain link fence and be on the aircraft operating area. No moats, no ditches, nothing to stop them from running a vehicle packed with explosives right into the terminal or a plane. If somebody tries that, there would only be a few seconds to stop them. They need to start digging ditches or start patrolling with humvees armed with .50's.
 

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SkiFishFly said:
If we had proper security, this guy would have been wiped out with extreme violence as soon as he was on airport property. Since the cameras were rolling - the more violent the better.
That would have been an effective demonstration for would be terrorists. Instead it sounds like they showed a potential weakness.
Exactly,,,it turned into a training video for all potentials
 

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Would this guy fall under the jurisdiction of Sheriif Joe Arpaio (sp) in Maricopa? Not too familiar with the area, but have read a lot about his lockup
 

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I think the should have called in a strike...a little 'shock and Awe'!! would have been cool, and sent a message to would be terrorists that we mean business....so good ol air to ground missle....

Really, that truck should have never been allowed to get close to any aircraft and they should have used any means to prevent a high possibility of loss of life...JMHO...
 
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