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more fine airport security work!

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by jerry, Jul 30, 2002.

  1. jerry

    jerry Since 2002 Forum Contributor

    Don't drink the water!

    Boy Becomes Sick After Airport Security Check
    Teen Said Security Told Him To Drink From Bottle Of Stream Water
    A 14-year-old Pennsylvania boy believes he become ill after security personnel at the Aspen, Colo., airport made him drink stream water from a one-gallon bottle he had in his backpack. The boy said he was carrying the Rocky Mountain stream water back to Pennsylvania to get extra credit in his biology class.

    As part of new security measures at all airports, passengers must take a drink of any beverages they are taking aboard aircraft.
    Elliot Gosko believes he contracted giardia after drinking from the bottle filled with stream water collected during his Aspen visit. Gosko said he became ill on the Easter Sunday flight from Aspen after drinking the water. He missed two days of school before seeing a doctor.

    Health officials said that stream water, particularly in the springtime, is known to cause giardia or salmonella because of an increase of parasites in the water. He said he didn't question the airport screener's instructions because "I was just following orders," he told the Aspen Daily News. He said he was traveling alone on the Northwest Airlines flight. "My son, the bioterrorist," said George Gosko Jr., Elliot's father. But he still thinks security took it a little too far with his son. "They didn't ask him what it was or why he was carrying it," he told the News. "We're out here on the East Coast and we're close to what happened in New York City and I'm all for security. But I'm not for stupidity."
  2. wes

    wes G&G Newbie

    Is this the best idea they can come up with? Ooohhhhhh,SECURITY. What a joke.


    NRAJOE YOU TALKIN' TO ME!? Forum Contributor

    Thats terrible, good thing he wasn't doing a study on the affects of outhouses on the environment...yuck!
  4. Hey Joe

    Ya stole my thunder!!! LOL :p

    Can you imagine the idiocy of these security guards??? The key word is beverages, since when is stream water a beverage??? And to all you medical couriers, be sure to use a different airport and airline when shuttling around the urine samples......:throwup:
  5. ****,

    Everyone is trying to get on the 'sue the airline' bandwagon.

    Who's to say he didn't make the entire story up?

    Can the airline say they didn't tell him to drink the water? No.

    Some think, automatically, the security personnel screwed up. Who's to say this idiot isn't just lying to get 15 minutes of fame? Did they think of that? Nope. Of course's too dang easy to accuse and suspect anyone of authority these days.

    Claim+inability to dispute=dollars.

    I'm tired on this 'well, I can get some money too' chit!

    Yell at your next door neighbor's kids for throwing rocks at your house and instantly YOU are wrong.

    I hate to say it but kids, these days, have been taught to scream....yell...point'll get the attention they want.

    Come to think of's not just the kids anymore that do that.....mmmmm....fer sure.....yepper.
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2002
  6. Oxford

    Oxford G&G Evangelist

    Northwest did an excellent job on their security where I was involved.

    Just got back last week from flying thousands of miles with Northwest. I'm not their public relations man but they treated my wife and I very well. I didn't observe what I considered to be any unnecessary security precautions taken. Now I did observe some profiling of potential terrorists. Single Asian men usually had their bags thoroughly checked. I set off the security alarm with my pocket calculator and it's battery. Otherwise, there was a minimum of hassle involved.

    I definitely support the efforts being made for increased security even though there's a lot to be learned by security personnel. Their actions eased my mind as I sat on several planes for over 15,000 miles.

    Last edited: Jul 30, 2002
  7. I gotta agree with Oxford on the security measures. If someone doesnt have anything to hide then the security shouldnt be a hassle. I set off the metal detectors in all the airports and government buildings. I have a bunch of #4 shot in my left side and I am always being thoroughly checked by hand. Too bad the kid was a little sick for a few days but how could the security personnel know it was stream water and not something flammable or explosive?
  8. MikeC

    MikeC G&G Newbie

    I seem to remember seeing that story several months ago, maybe April or May. The security people and airline apologized after they learned that the water was NOT drinking water. If I remember correctly, the kid did not tell them it was raw water.
  9. Shaun

    Shaun G&G Evangelist

    It is a hassle for a law abiding US Citizen to have to go to ridiculous measures in order to fly on a commercial airline. Just saying it is for security is enough justification and some of you are in agreememtn. Now lets see so the next thing in the line of security is to ask if you own firearms, or better yet how about finger printing and a document review for every state checkpoint just for security. I think this just because of security is going to be the excuse for our fine country becoming a socialistic communist state. what next are we going to rebuild the berlin wall around the USA? I hope not then the idoits (terrorists) will have won the battle on the moral ground because they achieved their goal of impacting our free society which is exactloy what they are against.

    Security means common sense and not paranoia
  10. wes

    wes G&G Newbie

    Shaun,I'm in total agreement with you. "If you have nothing to hide",is not going to make you a non-criminal in their eyes. Carrying a legal,fingernail clipper makes you a potential terrorist. What would you do if someone "threatened" you with a nail clipper? Do what they tell you? I might die,but it would be from laughing.
  11. NRAJOE

    NRAJOE YOU TALKIN' TO ME!? Forum Contributor

    Go Amtrak, they need all the help they can get and theres nothing like watching the country roll by in the dining car. Relaxing to say the least!
  12. wes

    wes G&G Newbie

    Or the rail car roll by that WAS behind you.
  13. Doglips

    Doglips G&G Newbie

    NRA I actualy belive that the airlines keep amtrack operating just so they look safe :; As for the security..I think it is better and since I r a manager for a security company I will admit that my guards do some goof stuff at penuts get monkeys...Im sure the guards at the airport are no exception...bone headed decission...rude what ever will occure...not the copany nor even the majority of officers...just some clown thatcauses people in the office lots of stress because 1 or 2 clowns are stupid and do something stupid... I know I could not deal with a few thousand people a day and keep smiling and being polite well being eternaly vigalent day in and day out for the pay being offered (Maybe the feds will have better luck than privet companies). my big concern is something I noticed at Orlando Airport...geting on the plane they we tuff on security...but all the services fule ect and AIRPORT staff....even the janators had free run and no me this means you cant carry an AK on in you carry on luggege but the cleaning crew can leave some under your seat.... I see the visible security as being something to convince people to on the surface security improved...but in reality it has not.
  14. wes

    wes G&G Newbie

    Doglips,I agree with you. I've done a lot of security work,and had to deal with the clowns,or wannabe cops,and low pay for what was expected. One place I worked considered a change in uniforms,and they weren't too happy when I suggested "clown suits". That's why I drive a truck now,I can make more money with less hassles.
  15. NRAJOE

    NRAJOE YOU TALKIN' TO ME!? Forum Contributor

    I'd rather crash at ground level than having 30,000 feet to scream and crap your pants waiting for that final, jarring stop. Everyday is an accident waiting to happen no matter where you go or what you do!
  16. BenP

    BenP G&G Newbie

    My daughter took the train from Fargo back to Spokane. They had sold out the berthing units, so she had to stay in coach the whole way. It was overcrowded, and there was a hispanic woman with four young children in the car with her. The whole first night at least one of the four children was crying about something, and the woman did nothing all night to quiet them down. My daughter said she was ready to get up and smack them all (including the mother) by next morning, and so was just about everyone else in the car. As far as I'm concerned, if I ain't driving, then I want a berthing unit to stay in. I'm done flying and riding a bus cross country. They better hurry up and invent the teleporter.
  17. NRAJOE

    NRAJOE YOU TALKIN' TO ME!? Forum Contributor

    Beam me up Ben, but then we'd have to worry about our molecules not coming back right!
  18. Doglips

    Doglips G&G Newbie

    My only experince with Amtrack was Jacksonvill processing center to Parris Island....I found the greaters when we got there to be less than friendly and they kept calling me recruit and insisted that I say at the USMC time share resort for 13 hot room service...