| Thursday May 26th 2016

TSA Inspector Damages 9 Planes At O’Hare Airport

Nine American Eagle aircraft were grounded today at Chicago O’Hare after they were damaged by a TSA inspector according to ABC News. TSA spokesperson Elio Montenegro confirmed the incident occurred when an inspector was conducting an overnight security check and decided to see if he could climb on top of parked aircraft in order to gain entry into them. Unfortunately, instead of using a ladder, the TSA inspector decided to use the aircraft’s sensitive exterior probes to climb up on top. Specifically the TAT (Total Air Temperature) probe was selected as a foot hold. No word on what type of aircraft were damaged but American Eagle pilots were obviously furious with this act and one was quick to post on an online forum, “The brilliant employees used an instrument located just below the cockpit window that is critical to the operation of the onboard computers.” Another commented the TSA agents, “are now doing things to our aircraft that may put our lives, and the lives of our passengers at risk.” Forty Eagle flights were delayed today as a result of the inspector’s action. Montenegro assured that the “inspector was following routine procedure for securing the aircraft that were on the tarmac.” Interesting tactic by the TSA as I guess a plane that can’t fly is the most secure plane.


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