Tuesday, April 01, 2008

This week in Homeland Security Theater:
First, my toothpaste was taken from me and thrown in the trash. The reason – it was larger than 3oz.... it could be minty-smelling C4 explosive. I didn't argue, the screener looked at me like I was a moron for even attempting to bring it on board.

Next, my JBL portable speaker system for my iPod. This caused incredible confusion. It was in my carry-on bag, and as it went through the x-ray machine I heard a flurry of activity from the TSA screeners. They all rushed to the screen, making strange faces and pointing fingers. I was asked to accompany my luggage to a screening station, where they dusted for explosive traces and asked me to identify the object. When I explained it was a speaker system, they pondered and then let me through the gate.

Finally, my super-sharp and very handy lock-knife keychain. I had put my keys in my coat pocket and completely forgot about the dangerous weapon attached. I was surprised then that this object was never considered a threat. My coat went through the x-ray machine with no issues, and I left the screening area to board the plane carrying a deadly weapon.


At 4/01/2008 3:26 PM, Blogger wisconsin said...

They looked at you like a moron for carrying toothpaste and not have it properly declared because the liquids policy has been in place since August of 2007, there's signage and announcements all over airports, and you still could remember to comply. Congrats on getting the knife through. I hope I never have to sit next to an idiot with a weapon on a plane.

At 4/01/2008 5:16 PM, Blogger Randomscrub said...

Not me, the blogger to whom I linked. Your ire is pointed in the wrong direction.


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