Did this 57 year old Des Moines school teacher try to hijack a plane?

Picture%206.pngAccording to Cecilia Beaman, a 57 year old middle school teacher on her way back from a field trip with 37 of her students to Disneyland, TSA agents at LAX told her she was considered a terrorist and had no constitutional rights after they found a bread knife in her carry on luggage.

From KOMOTV.com:

“You’ve committed a felony,” Beaman says a security screener announced. “And you’re considered a terrorist.”

Beaman says she was told her name would go on a terrorist watch-list and that she would have to pay a $500 fine…

…She says screeners refused to give her paperwork or documentation of her violation, documentation of the pending fine, or a copy of the photograph of the knife.

“They said ‘no’ and they said it’s a national security issue. And I said what about my constitutional rights? And they said ‘not at this point … you don’t have any’.”

Rights? She’s a suspected terrorist! What does she expect? Due process or common sense? Pfft…

Never forget, people… never forget.

9 Replies to “Did this 57 year old Des Moines school teacher try to hijack a plane?”

  1. Sadly, we are getting used to this kind of treatment from TSA agents and our goverment in general. Our constituional rights are now being made a mockery and protesting falls on deaf ears. Thanks for pointing it out….

  2. For years I’ve been saying TSA deliberately targets middle aged white women for hassling – because as a group we’ve been conditioned to take it and take it we do.

    For a while Every Time I flew somewhere I was pulled out for the purse search or the extra wanding, when my husband wasn’t even looked at once.

    I’m all for being safe when we fly but this is complete bullshit and it’s time we all said so. This woman is no more a terrorist than my cat. And while they threaten and detain her, any real threat strolls merrily past.

    I do wonder why someone responsible for a field trip full of kids didn’t know enough to not have a bread knife in her luggage though. Was it some Disneyland souveneir?

  3. Ya know I don’t know whether to laugh or cry, at what point did common sense leave us, the TSA officer in particular?

    Our TSA isn’t the only buggers out there. England was faster and a bit more polite this spring. The French at CDG, now there’s a cluster fuck….our flight out was delayed 1 1/2 hours because even the flight crew had problems getting through the security and we were the FIRST flight out on BA that morning. No rhyme nor reason on the delays, my 10 year old was pulled out of line for more intensive search and me with the passport pic that looks like it belongs to a terrorist only had to have my shoes off.

    Its everywhere and I would like to see a little common sense return to the process.

  4. Ruth666 learn to speak up you don’t have to be rude or obnoxious about it. I am not white but I tell you the truth I have been conditioned not to take anything AND be a lady about it. We have to realize that the airlines are tagging you as “Selectee” or “SSSS” NOT TSA. The only time you will be pulled to the side is if you continue to beep and they have to do the hand wanding thingy on you.

    Now dont’t get me wrong I am not taking up for them I have had my share of screeners, but after lots of complaints and demanding of respect by giving it you learn alot. I do not cuss them or anything like that but I treat them as I would like to be treated and I do not let them over take me. I will call a supervisor in a minute or make a complaint to whoever I need to complain to. We do not have to all act like animals and get loud. Now to be honest I wanted to, but I am better than that. They have rules that they must abide by and we cannot jeopardize them loosing their jobs or getting into trouble because WE feel the rules are whack. Suck it up and do what you are supposed to do and everything will go smoothly.

    Ruth I agree w/you on why she did not know about knives in her “CARRY ON”. The public is well informed of th procedures online, with the airlines and at the airports so with technology nowadays “I” feel there is no excuse especially if you fly more than 3 times a year and watch the news DUH.

    Besides were any of us there when Ms. Beaman went thru the checkpoint, I wasn’t. There are always 2 sides of every story. As Benjamin stated she could have been crazy, so what she had 37 students with her that does’nt mean a thing. We do not know how she reacted when she was told about the knife or whateverw. I have een pax get extremely irate because of a $.50 lighter they know damn well is NOT supposed to be in carry on. Hell what did he need it for anyway on a plane dummy…okay so YOU forgot so what suck it up. I hope I haven’t offended any one but sometimes people can be such jerks and already have in their mind either from a bad past experience or hearing from someone else’s bad experience that they will have one too. GROW UP. Or maybe I just will not understand until I have a really bad experience at the checkpoint. But I tell you one thing the airline has lost plenty of my bags and 1 never was never found and did nothing about it but tell me to file a claim with TSA. Going thru screening is alot easier than trusting the airlines with my baggage.

  5. Anybody who knows me knows I don’t need to be encouraged to “speak up” but HOW to do it is tricky at the airport.

    About a year ago I printed out the TSA list of what you can and can’t have in your carry-on (and I print a fresh one before every flight). Unfortunatealy OUR sticking to the rules is only part of it. I have started demanding a supervisor if they try to take something that’s plain as day PERMITTED on the list you put in front of them, and they leave me alone.

    One of them tried to take a face powder compact – I told him it was expensive, irreplaceable (limited edition/discontinued) and ridiculous that I would want to give it up so he could have a nice present for his wife. It shamed him and I got my compact back.

  6. I’m surprised some of the commenters are so skeptical of the woman. Indeed, there’s two sides to every story, but as someone who travels with great frequency, none of that surprises me much.

    TSA agents are all too often bitter and on a power trip.

    I’ve been lucky not to have forgotten a knife in my carry on. Working in production, its not uncommon for me to keep a Leatherman or a pair of scissors somewhere in my bag. Its pretty easy to forget to pull out while heading for the airport.

    And TSA agents indeed have the power to detain you if you give them any lip, perceived or real. So speaking up isn’t always an option – shit rolls downhill, so asking for a supervisor may get you into bigger trouble if you’re having a problem.

  7. Two things can be true at the same time. The TSA agents went too far in their actions and rhetoric, if the story is accurate as reported. But what moron doesn’t know that it is not ok to bring a BREAD KNIFE on an airplane?

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