SACRAMENTO, CA - An airline pilot is being disciplined by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for posting video on YouTube pointing out what he believes are serious flaws in airport security.
The 50-year-old pilot, who lives outside Sacramento, asked that neither he nor his airline be identified. He has worked for the airline for more than a decade and was deputized by the TSA to carry a gun in the cockpit.
He is also a helicopter test pilot in the Army Reserve and flew missions for the United Nations in Macedonia.
Within days of the video appearing on YouTube, a team of four federal agents and two sheriff's deputies appeared on the pilot's driveway to confiscate his federally-issued handgun and badge in what the pilot believes was an obvious attempt to intimidate him.
Additionally, the pilot's state-issued permit to carry a concealed weapon was suspended by his county sheriff. [...]
The pilot said he had resigned his position as an FFDO and was told by a TSA representative the resignation would result in the case being closed. [...]
"... Really, the only way this news story got traction is because of the government's response," he pointed out.