Stupid passenger turns in cartridge found in pocket

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Sep 27, 2011.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Next time, just keep your mouth shut. They're not your friends.

    My Fox Twin Cities: Man Detained for Turning In 9mm Round after Clearing Security: Gary Koenig discovered bullet before return flight

    To which a TSA spokeshole replied with the expected load of bull:poop::

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  2. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    Hopefully, Mr. Koenig has learned his lesson and is no longer part of the "see something, say something" crowd.
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  3. Bart

    Bart Original Member

    Sometimes, even I have to take a pause and ask: what the (expletive deleted) are we doing!

    If I were King for a Day, I would have accepted the round. No questions asked other than perhaps a few cursory ones such as how he screened through the checkpoint, and then I'd share the lessons learned.
  4. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    Bart, that's an excellent idea.

    However, what happens at the checkpoint far more often is that somebody has to prove they're boss. They have to show we mere citizens who's in charge.

    I think that's often what gets lost in our debate here. I have no issue with you personally, nor do I envision that you are some checkpoint tyrant.

    However, from the passenger's POV, many of us here transit (or used to) several hundred different checkpoints a year. We know first-hand that the people we encounter on the front line have something to prove. In this case they got to show this guy just who serves whom. A proud day for America, indeed.
  5. Bart

    Bart Original Member

    I am not so willing to apply your theory across the board; however, I will agree that there are a number of TSOs who do have to prove that they're in charge. It's one of the reasons I was not a big supporter of the transition to the current blue uniforms. I think we would be just as effective wearing polo shirts with the TSA logo, not badge, so that passengers would know that they're dealing with a TSA official and not someone who happened to be wearing identical colors.

    Alas, I'm very low on the totem pole, so the maximum effective range of my uniform idea is a couple key strokes...or SOME kind of stroke! :p
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  6. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Perhaps you should pause and ask that question more often. Like every time you put on the bright blue shirt and tin badge.
  7. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    fixed it for you
  8. Redacted

    Redacted Original Member

    Showing them their incompetence tends to piss them off. And pissing off the TSA is always "suspicious behavior."

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