Gun Found In US Citizen's Bag At Taoyuan International Airport

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Re: Gun Found In US Citizen's Bag At Taoyuan International Airport

Postby Impaler » 10 Jul 2012, 07:23

Icon wrote:Airline will be fined, officials in the US will be punished, Taiwanese authorities are feeding the press this "we are so cool" story... *sigh*

Why would they fine the airline? The airline isn't in charge of that sort of security.

Why do you think any TSA worker in the U.S. would ever be punished? For one, it will be almost impossible to figure out which person screwed up, for another they will at most get a stern talking-to and "more training".
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Re: Gun Found In US Citizen's Bag At Taoyuan International Airport

Postby Impaler » 10 Jul 2012, 07:25

Chris wrote:
Lo Pan wrote:Several years ago my ex realized she had her .25 caliber still in her purse *after* she went through airport security. When she tried to turn it in they arrested her. It happens. :neutral:

Oh great. Punish people for doing the honest thing. :roll:

Well of course. We have to keep up the appearance that the government is Doing Something About The Problem.
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Re: Gun Found In US Citizen's Bag At Taoyuan International Airport

Postby Icon » 10 Jul 2012, 09:13

Impaler wrote:
Icon wrote:Airline will be fined, officials in the US will be punished, Taiwanese authorities are feeding the press this "we are so cool" story... *sigh*

Why would they fine the airline? The airline isn't in charge of that sort of security.

Why do you think any TSA worker in the U.S. would ever be punished? For one, it will be almost impossible to figure out which person screwed up, for another they will at most get a stern talking-to and "more training".


Well, supposedly and in theory they should be checking, in the same way they check for drugs and contraband and other stuff -for which they are authorized, as well as government officials, to open your luggage and rummage through your underwear. The end of teh line is the TSA or its local equivalent. They should have a system in place to more or les determine who was the paerson in charge that day of that flight -this is checked luggage, easier than hand luggage/people in line- and from hence the proverbial poop rolls downhill.
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Re: Gun Found In US Citizen's Bag At Taoyuan International Airport

Postby Impaler » 10 Jul 2012, 10:29

Icon wrote:Well, supposedly and in theory they should be checking, in the same way they check for drugs and contraband and other stuff -for which they are authorized, as well as government officials, to open your luggage and rummage through your underwear. The end of teh line is the TSA or its local equivalent. They should have a system in place to more or les determine who was the paerson in charge that day of that flight -this is checked luggage, easier than hand luggage/people in line- and from hence the proverbial poop rolls downhill.

Mostly, TSA rummages through women's suitcases to find any panties that are really sexy and good to sniff.

Discipline them? What a laughable thought. You don't understand bureaucratic culture.
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Re: Gun Found In US Citizen's Bag At Taoyuan International Airport

Postby urodacus » 10 Jul 2012, 11:53

IMHO that was a deliberate import and the kid should go to jail. I bet they just wanted to show off to the other kids at school about how cool they were, having lived in the States, and would not dream of popping a cap in the teacher's ass.


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Re: Gun Found In US Citizen's Bag At Taoyuan International Airport

Postby Chris » 10 Jul 2012, 16:30

Has anyone noticed the gloves that the TSA agents wear at the airport?

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Re: Gun Found In US Citizen's Bag At Taoyuan International Airport

Postby Lo Pan » 10 Jul 2012, 20:17

Chris wrote:
"Two by two... hands of blue..."


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Re: Gun Found In US Citizen's Bag At Taoyuan International Airport

Postby Taiwan Luthiers » 21 Jul 2012, 09:22

Man I am feeling sorry for the kid... importing weapons or drugs in Taiwan is a capital offense, even says so at the airport!

BTW it is legal to have firearms in your checked luggage, provided you declare it (they will take it into a different room to examine them, then place a tag inside the luggage which will be visible only to X-rays) and it is unloaded. This is only in the USA though, and if you are going to export them you need an export permit from the US, as well as an import permit in the receiving country. Some do take weapons to Africa for big games, etc. The need to have import/export permits for firearms is due to international arms control laws. Stuff like gun barrels are subject to such control even though they are not subject to the Gun Control Act in the USA (according to the law only the frame or receiver of the firearm are considered firearms)
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