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Sunday, November 21, 2010

More from the morons at TSA keeping America 'safe'

Here's an amazing story from the morons at TSA and how they're keeping America 'safe.' You can't make this stuff up (Hat Tip: Mediaite). It's a story about a TSA inspection of 233 American troops on their way back from Afghanistan. All the soldiers were armed and they had spent two hours in a secure area in the Indianapolis Airport after airport authorities insisted that all passengers disembark rather than just the 100 Indiana National Guard troops who were being dropped off there.
It’s probably important to mention that we were ALL carrying weapons. Everyone was carrying an M4 Carbine (rifle) and some, like me, were also carrying an M9 pistol. Oh, and our gunners had M-240B machine guns. Of course, the weapons weren’t loaded. And we had been cleared of all ammo well before we even got to customs at Baghram, then AGAIN at customs.

The TSA personnel at the airport seriously considered making us unload all of the baggage from the SECURE cargo hold to have it reinspected. Keep in mind, this cargo had been unpacked, inspected piece by piece by U.S. Customs officials, resealed and had bomb-sniffing dogs give it a one-hour run through. After two hours of sitting in this holding area, the TSA decided not to reinspect our Cargo–just to inspect us again: Soldiers on the way home from war, who had already been inspected, reinspected and kept in a SECURE holding area for 2 hours. Ok, whatever. So we lined up to go through security AGAIN.

This is probably another good time to remind you all that all of us were carrying actual assault rifles, and some of us were also carrying pistols.

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]
Read the whole thing.

Meanwhile, Jake Tapper (whom I happen to enjoy following on Twitter and seems like a decent guy) tweets stuff like this. How many competent security profilers could be purchased for $1 billion? How many intelligent Americans could be put back to work at decent paying jobs?

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At 10:05 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

I've never heard of nail clipper being used to hijack a plane.

This is more stupid nonsense that's turning the TSA into the laughingstock of the US federal government.

At 10:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

profilers???!!!! tsk tsk. CAIR and the Arab Anti-Discrimination League will have more to say about that after the Helen Thomas Muslim Brotherhood Awards Ceremony is over

At 12:47 PM, Blogger Findalis said...

I would feel safe and secure with those nice troops being fully armed than with the stupidity we have to put up with by the TSA.


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