TSA allowing illegals to board planes without valid ID: What could go wrong?

TSA allowing illegals to board planes without valid ID: What could go wrong?

    I’ve always had a special fondness for the TSA, and not just because of the endless grist for columns the agency has provided. Among my favorite examples of stupid agent tricks were the confiscation of a six-inch plastic toy hammer that served as a security blanket for a severely developmentally challenged 25-year-old man and the insistence that a Marine who had lost both legs in combat stand up and walk.

    This is in no way to suggest that the TSA has merely been overly cautious. When an inspector entered the security queue with an improvised explosive device in his pants, agents had no qualms about clearing him for takeoff.

    Its latest agency-wide stunt, reported by Breitbart, may come away with top honors:

    Illegal aliens are being allowed to fly on commercial airliners without valid identification, according to the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC). “The aliens who are getting released on their own recognizance are being allowed to board and travel commercial airliners by simply showing their Notice to Appear forms,” NBPC’s Local 2455 Spokesman, Hector Garza, told Breitbart Texas.

    “This is not the CBP [Customs and Border Protection] or another federal agency renting or leasing an aircraft, these are the same planes that the American public uses for domestic travel,” said Garza. “This just adds insult to injury. Not only are we releasing unknown illegal aliens onto American streets, but we are allowing them to travel commercially using paperwork that could easily be reproduced or manipulated on any home computer. The Notice to Appear form has no photo, anyone can make one and manipulate one. They do not have any security features, no watermark, nothing. They are simply printed on standard copy paper based on the information the illegal alien says is the truth.”


    The concerns raised by the NBPC about possible security risks, especially in regards to the safety of commercial airliners, are reinforced by a 2012 United Nations (UN) report previously covered by this reporter. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime’s “Transnational Organized Crime in Central America and the Caribbean” revealed that individuals from the terror-prone Somalia were traveling to Central America in efforts to illegally enter the United States.

    Here’s hoping the TSOs (Transportation Security Officers) who process these thousands of aliens are as circumspect as they have been with me over the years. One of the those stalwarts confiscated a nail clipper I had stashed in my lone carry-on bag. God knows what kind of hell I could have inflicted with that weapon.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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