Saturday, November 20, 2010

Why I consider TSA to be the equivalent of 'zero-tolerance' in schools:

a lot of these rules are simply so the TSA people don't have to actually think about anything.
So we’re in line, going through one at a time. One of our Soldiers had his Gerber multi-tool. TSA confiscated it. Kind of ridiculous, but it gets better. A few minutes later, a guy empties his pockets and has a pair of nail clippers. Nail clippers. TSA informs the Soldier that they’re going to confiscate his nail clippers. The conversation went something like this:

TSA Guy: You can’t take those on the plane.

Soldier: What? I’ve had them since we left country.

TSA Guy: You’re not suppose to have them.

Soldier: Why?

TSA Guy: They can be used as a weapon.

Soldier: [touches butt stock of the rifle] But this actually is a weapon. And I’m allowed to take it on.

TSA Guy: Yeah but you can’t use it to take over the plane. You don’t have bullets.

Soldier: And I can take over the plane with nail clippers?

TSA Guy: [awkward silence]

Me: Dude, just give him your damn nail clippers so we can get the f**k out of here. I’ll buy you a new set.

Soldier: [hands nail clippers to TSA guy, makes it through security]

This might be a good time to remind everyone that approximately 233 people re-boarded that plane with assault rifles, pistols, and machine guns–but nothing that could have been used as a weapon
At least according to the TSA.

1 comment:

MauserMedic said...

Our flight attendants only problem with all the weapons on board was finding places to put them so no one would trip.

Most of the TSA folks we've worked with have been pretty good people who unfortunately have to work with rules imposed from above by people whose career advancement depends upon how many reams of regulations they can generate and track. Which is pretty reminiscent of the relationship between many an NCO and the Officer Corps, sadly.

Can't say I believe most of the people who came up with the regs have to fly via private carrier with the proles; I'm guessing they're usually traveling on aircraft purchased on the public's dime.