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SACRAMENTO, CA - An airline pilot is being disciplined by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for posting video on YouTube pointing out what he believes are serious flaws in airport security.
The 50-year-old pilot, who lives outside Sacramento, asked that neither he nor his airline be identified. He has worked for the airline for more than a decade and was deputized by the TSA to carry a gun in the cockpit. He is also a helicopter test pilot in the Army Reserve and flew missions for the United Nations in Macedonia.
Three days after he posted a series of six video clips recorded with a cell phone camera at San Francisco International Airport, four federal air marshals and two sheriff's deputies arrived at his house to confiscate his federally-issued firearm. The pilot recorded that event as well and provided all the video to News10. At the same time as the federal marshals took the pilot's gun, a deputy sheriff asked him to surrender his state-issued permit to carry a concealed weapon.
The world has gone mad I tell ya.
Originally posted by BigTimeCheater
100% complete and utter crap!
Criticize the government and have your life turned upside down.
This country has completed its journey down the toilet.
"And the message was you've angered us by telling the truth and by showing America that there are major security problems despite the fact that we've spent billions of dollars allegedly to improve airline safety," Werno said. The pilot said he is not in trouble with his airline, but a supervisor asked him to remove public access to the YouTube videos. He does, however, face potential civil penalties from the TSA. He said he would likely go public when it becomes clear what the government plans to do with him.
Originally posted by Hero Protagonist
I just got blessed out on another thread over this. And I was corrected on a few points. The firearm was federally issued so they have the final say. I don't understand why they took his CCW, either. Maybe that had something to do with the Air Marshall thing. These pilots are really starting to get burned out on these unfair and unconstitutional "guidelines," and rightly so. I understand there is a process for complaints, but really, haven't pilots been complaining the whole time? What's going to happen when the TSA decides they are in charge of all transportation?