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Phoenix TSA fails to detect 20 trips with 20 pounds of pot - failure or fearmongering?

Fox news in Phoenix is covering the story of two men who were running a regular pot transport scheme, delivering pot to Chicago from their home airport. The men had apparently passed through Phoenix Sky Harbor airport over 20 times, each time with almost 20 pounds of pot.

The story focuses on why the TSA failed to detect the pot, and "what else may be getting through?". Because the men used airline buddy passes, their regular activity failed to show up on any of the automated watch systems, so they were able to book a ticket, and head directly to the airport.

The TSA issued a statement about the incident: "The mission of the TSA is to ensure the safety of the aviation system and intercept dangerous items."

To me, that makes perfect sense - the TSA is not in charge of finding or detecting drugs. If a TSA agent happens to find a stash of marijuana hidden in a bag, I'm sure he or she would call for airport law enforcement, but in my opinion, expecting the TSA to add drugs and other items to their search list is just not possible - they have a hard enough time finding guns and bombs. That said, I can understand them not finding the pot once, or maybe twice - but to fail to notice it over twenty times does seem rather excessive.

What do you think? Is it fair to blame the TSA for not finding 20 pounds of pot taken on a plane over 20 times?

Should the TSA be expected to find drugs in our luggage?
No - drugs are not a threat to aviation3975 (56.1%)
Yes - a checkpoint search should be looking for anything illegal, including drugs3114 (43.9%)

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