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Emergency Response Exercise at Kona Airport

Emergency response exercise drills will be taking place at Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport in Keahole on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, as the airport will serve as the staging area for the Triennial Aircraft Disaster Exercise.

The exercise is a mandatory certification requirement by the Federal Aviation Administration, which tests airfield disaster preparedness and response by simulating a full-scale aircraft emergency disaster. The exercise tests and evaluates the operational capacity of emergency response in a stress environment.

Aircraft Rescue Firefighters cart a simulated victim to the triage area as part of the Triennial Aircraft Disaster Exercise. HDOT Photo

The multi-agency exercise from 8 a.m. to noon will utilize student and teacher volunteers from the West Hawaiʻi Explorations Academy who will act as injured passengers.

Participating agencies include the Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation (HDOT) Airports Division staff, HDOT Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting units, Securitas, FAA, Transportation Security Administration, Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense, Hawaiʻi County Fire and Police Departments, Emergency Medical Services, Kona Community Hospital, American Red Cross, University of the Nations Kona Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), American Medical Response, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaiʻi Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaiʻi Air National Guard 154th Wing, United Airlines and other airline personnel.

Flight operations will continue as normal during the exercise with no impact to scheduled flights.
HDOT alerts the public there will be realistic scenarios portraying injured people on the airport property and may include fire, fire suppression, rescue, triage, treatment and transportation using emergency response vehicles.

This is a drill and not a real-life emergency.

Honolulu TSA Agents Engaging in Racial Profiling of Mexican Passengers

Most of us are pretty sick and tired of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) policies at the airports but realize they are in place to protect all of us.

Well it appears that a group of Honolulu TSA agents were taking their job a bit further and profiling folks that looked like Mexicans.

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), the ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security Committee, wrote a letter to TSA Administrator John Pistole after reports that Mexican passengers were targeted by TSA at airports in Honolulu, Hawaii and Newark, N.J.

The officers, who Thompson said were part of TSA’s Screening of Passengers by Observation Technique (SPOT) program, were engaging in racial profiling, the Mississippi lawmaker said.

More here – DEM: TSA behavior detection program allows ‘Dem Lawmakers racial profiling

Big Island TSA Agents Find Stash of Kiddie Porn… Will Be Used to Prosecute

I wonder why I didn’t hear about this in our local papers?

A suspected pedophile facing child-abuse charges cannot exclude evidence that was brought to light by airport security workers during a routine check of his luggage, the 9th Circuit ruled.

Simon McCarty, a citizen of the United Kingdom, faces several felony charges in Hawaii stemming from the discovery of “almost five dozen photographs of nude and partially nude minors, children’s underwear and pajama advertisements, and handwritten notes describing the molestation of children” in his luggage by Transportation Security Administration agents at Hilo International Airport on the Big Island, according to the ruling. During a subsequent search of McCarty’s laptop, investigators found “hundreds of images and at least 200 video clips of child pornography,” and videos of “McCarty engaged in sexual activity with at least three different prepubescent boys.”

McCarty left Hilo for Honolulu in the summer of 2008 when a screening machine alerted agents to conduct a deeper search of one bag containing an unknown dense object. As a TSA screener went through the bag, an envelope fell out, spilling a few of the illicit photographs. After discovering more photos, children’s underwear ads and the other items, TSA supervisors called the police, who arrested McCarty two days later on a federal complaint…

More Here: Feds Can Use TSA-Seized Kiddie Porn to Prosecute

From what I’m reading… this overturns this previous ruling (Hat tip to Aaron Stene):

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