While TSA Was Groping Grandma… A Businessman With a Gun Slipped on the Plane

It’s an effective system.

(Dvorak)

While the TSA was groping grandma, an Iranian-American businessman slipped on the plane with a gun.
The Daily Mail reported:

The effectiveness of security at U.S. ports is being questioned after a businessman accidentally travelled on a flight with a loaded handgun in his luggage.
Iranian-American Farid Seif was screened by Trasport Security Administration officials at Houston airport in Texas. His hand luggage was also X-rayed before he took off on his international flight.

It wasn’t until Mr Seif arrived at his hotel several hours later that he realised that he had forgotten to unpack a loaded snub nose Glock pistol from his luggage before he embarked on his journey.

‘It’s just impossible to miss it, you know. I mean, this is not a small gun,’ Mr Seif told ABC News.

‘How can you miss it? You cannot miss it.’
According to ABC, security slip-ups in the U.S. are not rare.

The news network claims experts have confided that ‘every year since the September 11 terror attacks, federal agencies have conducted random, covert “red team tests”, where undercover agents try to see just how much they can get past security checks at major U.S. airports’.

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  • ahem

    “Accidentally?” I like that. Is that related to “unexpected?”

  • bigkahuna

    Of course gramma and her cookies or fruitcake are surely looking to fly a plane through the whitehouse… meanwhile TSA lets the Iranian businessman aor student who has spent 4 weeks in pakistan or wherever slip through with a pat on the back and a copy of the kuran and a prayer rug and a boxcutter incase the rug is too big for the aisle it could be cut down.

    Meanwhile I am sure their is a boyscout that needs a body cavity search or a buxom blonde who needs a felt up.

    Thinks Barrack ! I would love to see Meechele Seabiquit Obama get a good old fashion TSA groping in a public airport ( with her magnificent arms exposed of course )

  • Mark1957

    Iranian-American Farid Seif must been in the muslim express line.

  • The TSA didn’t want to appear to be profiling.

    If they had stopped this Iranian-American for extra screening, CAIR would have been screaming discrimination.

  • MrGoodWench

    So when is Janetelia Incompetano apologizing to this muzzie for the tremendous inconvenience caused to him by the TSA’s X-ray machines ?

  • MrGoodWench

    Now if Seif had hidden the gun by taping it to his ‘junk’ , the TSA agent would have found it .
    But I’m guessing he didn’t do so bcause the gun was really big 😉

  • John

    Repeat after me:

    IT. ISN’T. THE. WEAPON. IT’S. THE. BAD. GUY. Clearly this gentleman was not a bad guy.

  • olm

    Oh, how can you not see the pure comedy of this? A glock in the cabin? with an Iranian American and Susie had to smash her snow globe.
    This country is run by fools and is now officially a joke.

  • kansas

    I figured he had the weapon stuffed down his underwear.

  • olm

    TSA quote: “it’s because he doesn’t have boobs”

  • Luke Duke

    What’s a snub nose Glock Pistol?

  • Granny

    This is because TSA isn’t really interested in anything other than harassing honest citizens going about their business anymore than than Homeland “Security” is interested in securing our borders – except perhaps to keep citizens away so we cannot bear witness to the flood. TSA and Homeland Security are the ENEMY!

  • MrGoodWench

    Dry run ?

  • gatewaypunditsupports Obama

    Obama and the terrorists won.

  • TSA was too busy groping T & A to pay attention to Mr. Farid Seif.

  • Finncrisp

    The guy seems to have volunteered that he violated our security. Has he been hauled off in chains and waterboarded? Is he going to be added to the no fly list? It seems only fair after his confession. I mean isn’t this about persecuting the innocent so the guilty can go free?

  • Cher Cropper

    Glock doesn’t make a “snub nose” pistol that I know of. Glock models are all semi-autos.

  • luckyone

    This story was on 13 Eyewitness News yesterday in Houston. They stated that when tests runs of knives and guns in carry-on luggage were performed the items were routinely missed. They said that the work of a TSA agent is stressful and looking at the x-ray screen for long periods of time it was possible to miss these items.

    This just confirms that the work of the TSA in the airport is smoke and mirrors.

  • ahem

    John:

    Take your head out of your butt: it’s too dark to see in there.

  • typical reporter doesnt know dick about firearms.

    “snub nose” is only used in reference to revolvers.

    it was a compact glock or subcompact, like these
    http://www.remtek.com/arms/glock/model/45/30/index.htm

    and if he exposed it himself I am reasonably sure he is a good guy, who has just as much reasonable fear of muslim loons on a plane as anyone else, and he was so alarmed that he got on with it after forgeting it that he felt compelled to say something.

    I have traveled on business lots and lots of occasions with my ruger sp101 snubnose 357 magnum in my bags driving to different cities for work. its easy after a while to forget you have it. I think the beneift of the doubt can be aplied that he travels frequently by car with the same bags and transitioned to a flight on a hectic schedule only to realize he had it with him.

  • StanInTexas

    The reason this incident occurred was due directly to Racial Profiling.

    Mr. Seif is Iranian and most probably looks similar to all 19 of the 9/11 hijackers. When the TSA noticed this fact about him, he was racially profiled and whisked immediately throught security with no additional scrutiny.

    The next time anyone says we don’t racially profile in this country, you have my permission to slap them and call them a liar.

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  • Granny

    #18 December 17, 2010 at 3:33 pm
    luckyone commented:

    This story was on 13 Eyewitness News yesterday in Houston. They stated that when tests runs of knives and guns in carry-on luggage were performed the items were routinely missed. They said that the work of a TSA agent is stressful and looking at the x-ray screen for long periods of time it was possible to miss these items.

    NO excuses for this! People who read Pap smears have very high stress jobs and when they miss something people DIE. A couple of decades ago when this came to light an immediate solution was found: the number of smears that a single individual can read in one day and the number of hours that they can work is set by law. As I recall, something similar is in place for air traffic controllers.

  • MAJ Mike

    “What’s a snub-nose Glock?”

    Probably a Glock 19. That’s a somewhat smaller version of the standard Glock pistol. It has a shorter barrel and slide making it easier to conceal.

    I predict that as a result, the TSA will increase searches of present and former Playboy models.

  • Mike123

    I think I read it was a Glock 26, which is generally the same size as a snub nose revolver … if you squint hard enough. How the TSA didn’t spot that gun is amazing. It looks like a gun. Is pretty big 3″ x 4″. …….. Oh. Maybe its the porcelin Glock I saw on Diehard.

  • wheezer

    BWAHAHAHAhahahaha…….only the T.S.A.

  • Thankfully we did not profile. Our virtue remains pure and we are a better people. Stupid maybe, but better. I think I am getting the warm-fuzzies.

  • mark

    There really is no such thing as a “snub-nosed” Glock pistol. Glocks are subcompact, compact, and full frame. The media cannot write about what it has no clue about.

    ..a “snub-nosed” Glock? That is so lame! It’s similiar to when the media writes about self-defense, talking about “shooting to kill.” In no defense course is that spoken; it’s about shooting to stop. When you see the actors/actresses walking around with their guns pointed up, and their fingers on the trigger, you know they also don’t have a clue. The only movies I’ve seen where there was excellent pistol handling was the Tom Cruise movie where he played a hitman, and one with Gene Hackman playing a thief. They had obviously had good training, and demonstrated proper technique.

  • Dave in dallas

    Mynglock 26 is about as snub as glocks come, and it is not a snubnose by any stretch… That term belongs to .38s like the colt dtetctive special and similar revolvers w barrels of 2″ or less… Another press weeny who knows zippo about guns… Only revolvers are ever called snub, and glock does not make a revolver… Idiots!

  • “… snub nose Glock.” Dave in Dallas and I are on the same page. How do these writers even draw a paycheck?

  • Dustin

    I’m cringing at the couple of racists saying this must have been a dry run because of the guy’s race.

    He’s an American. There are a lot of Iranians from Houston, and a lot of them love their country. An AWFUL lot of them are here because Iran went from being the USA’s friend to an awful theocracy, and they appreciate our way of life.

    I’m an Iranian American who served in the US Army and has an honorable discharge. I have accidentally brought swiss army style knives when flying and had them confiscated. I don’t deserve to be called some kind of terrorist.

    That said, I don’t have any problem with profiling, even if that means I have to wait longer to get on planes. I just resent when a patriot like this businessman, who reports his error to the American people (that he is one of), called some kind of villain.

    He’s 100X the American that the people bashing him are.

    Obviously, this is great evidence that the security theater of groping people who are obviously not risks has actually made us less safe. The TSA is so distracted by the CYA approach of the current administration that they are less able to do their real work.

  • Dustin

    And the probably meant a baby glock when they said snub-nose. The press never gets that kind of detail accurate.

  • Solaratov

    Well, at least we’re safe from 80-year-old grandmas, legless war veterans and autistic eight-year-olds.

    I feel much safer now.

    How about you?

  • Drizzit

    Complete liberal BS. This lady should not have been felt-up like a teenage prom-girl. Profile & speed it up. Ask some questions like Israel does & it works great.

  • hurtin1

    God bless him for opening his mouth. He’ll probably face charges now.

    That’s how our airport security system works, after all.

  • MrBuddwing

    MrGoodWench commented: Dry run ?

    Me: Why OF COURSE it’s a dry run! That’s why he came forward and was totally aboveboard about what happened! Because he’s a TERRORIST.

    (Are people really this dumb?)

  • RetiredE9

    I’m officially calling BS. He was on an international flight and didn’t notice until he got to his hotel? In another country? What country? What did he do with the weapon in that country? Turn it in? Fly back to the U.S. with it, hoping they’d miss it again?

    There are too many unanswered questions in this article and I’m thinking Mr. Seif is a liar.

  • MrBuddwing

    There are too many unanswered questions in this article and I’m thinking Mr. Seif is a liar.

    OK, I’ll bite – what could Mr. Self be lying about?

  • RetiredE9

    He was in a foreign country with what was probably an illegal weapon. What did he do with it? There isn’t that many gun friendly countries in the world. Did he get the gun back to Texas? How? The story ends with his statement. There’s no backup, no “police were called to take custody of the weapon.” No “London police confirmed that Mr. Seif turned in a hand gun.” No photograph of him holding the gun. Nothing.

    On AOL they are reporting http://news.travel.aol.com/2010/12/17/houston-passenger-brought-loaded-pistol-on-plane/ that he now says it happened “last year”.

    on the New York magazine http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2010/12/gun_airplane.html

    he said “He reported the incident as soon as he landed and said, “There’s nothing else in [the bag] How can you miss it? You cannot miss it.”

    Who did he report it to?

    Sorry, Color me cynically.

  • Denton

    Nothing says he was on an international flight. If you ain’t flying SW, HIA is the main airport for any flight to Houston

  • Silver

    Denton #40 said on December 18, 2010 at 8:14 pm:

    | Nothing says he was on an international flight.

    The original article says “before he took off on his international flight.”

    I’m with RetiredE9 on this one. The story has some holes.

    That being said, I don’t have a problem with an Iranian-American or any other immigrant who comes here, loves America, and wants to fit in like Our Founders intended by owning a weapon. More power to him, and to heck with BS “eyewash” of pretend security the TSA does.

    Get trained security personnel to ask a few probing questions like they do in Israel – no profiling, just common sense! If the questions don’t add up, THEN you grope.

  • Lucy Lu

    @ Denton: Last two words in first paragraph say “international flight”.

    @ most of the rest of you: Get over the problem of what KIND of Gun it is, it is a gun which does not belong in the luggage on the plane with ANYONE.

    If these screeners are too over stressed to see it, Shorter shifts and a second pair of eyes are needed.

    Next: No one even Granny is getting a charge out of the Pat down. Your body is nothing special to touch so just Get over it and be glad you plane isn’t crashing cause someone did do something stupid and bring on a weapon in the name of what ever cause they have and ruin your vacation or your life.