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An American Airlines flight between San Francisco and New York was forced to make an emergency landing in Kansas City on Sunday after a device was found "ominously taped" to a bathroom wall. The device was initially thought to be a flash drive, but after investigation, appears to be "a camera disguised as a flash drive."
McBride says the Boeing 767 was taken to an area away from the terminal and was being searched. The 227 passengers and crew members were evacuated. McBride says it is "a new day and age since 9-11" and that officials take precautions if something is deemed suspicious.
reply to post by sligtlyskeptical
Can you get through security with a USB in your carry-on?
I'm asking because I'm not sure.
It's hard to say. The TSA was unable to provide any comprehensive data covering all nine years of its existence on short notice, but it does publicize incidents on a weekly basis: From Nov. 8 to Nov. 14, for example, agents found six "artfully concealed prohibited items" and 11 firearms at checkpoints, and they arrested six passengers after investigations of suspicious behavior or fraudulent travel documents. (Those figures are close to the weekly average.) It's not clear, however, whether any of these incidents represent attempted acts of terrorism or whether they were honest accidents. (Whoops, forgot I had that meat cleaver on me! Or, I had no idea flares weren't allowed!)
Citing national-security concerns, the TSA will not point to any specific cases in which a screener stopped a would-be terrorist at a checkpoint.
reply to post by justreleased
I dont think they are considered dangerous. Many people work on their laptops while flying.
It was probably all over a couple of fools trying to videotape themselves joining the "mile high club" and forgot to take their camera with them after they were finished.
What happened to common sense and good judgement?