By Jim Campbell
August 20, 2008
The great TSA-ORD Inspector scandal seems to be but the tip of the
proverbial iceberg... and the theme song from the Titanic is playing in
the background. ANN has learned that the Inspector that instigated the
inspections of nine American Eagle ERJs and created innumerable delays
and hassle for the flying public has reportedly DONE THIS BEFORE.
As ANN reported earlier this week, the Clouseau-esque inspector damaged
the Total Air Temperature (TAT) probes while the planes were parked on
the tarmac at O'Hare Tuesday morning. The probes are an important part
of an airliner's flight information system, as they provide real-time
temperature information to the planes' EFIS displays and computers...
giving flight crews precise information about the aircraft's altitude,
and warning of potential icing conditions inflight.
Fortunately, maintenance crews discovered the damaged TAT probes before
any of the planes took off on commercial passenger flights... though the
need to fix the aircraft did lead to over 40 flight delays for American
A flight crew member who has been in contact with ANN previously, with
solid credible info on this and other matters, reports the following,
"This was not the first time that this same TSA agent had done this.
After one of our ORD mechanics caught him doing this he explained that
he could damage the TAT sensor. The agent then admitted that he used the
sensors many times in the past doing the same thing. The AMR
spokesperson states that no TAT sensors were damaged, but she was
speaking about the particular aircraft inspected on the 19th. There were
no damage found on the morning of the 19th, but another aircraft did
have a damaged #1 TAT sensor that was discovered on the morning of the
16th at ORD that the mechanics suspect was caused by the same agent."
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