What you can and can’t carry on — is unknowable

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by TSA News Blog, Nov 6, 2012.

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    In a recent Huffington Post article called ”What You Can (And Can’t) Carry Through TSA Checkpoints,” Dana Steele Green implies that travelers should be able to predict with perfect accuracy which objects the TSA will claim are “banned” on the day they travel. However, we have seen countless times that TSA’s procedures are as capricious as they are irrelevant to our safety.​
    99% of confiscated items are known by everyone involved to be harmless. The TSA confiscates larger-than-3-ounce containers of shampoo, toothpaste, and perfume because these items supposedly might be liquid explosives, and then tosses these potentially explosive items into a huge unsecured bin right there at the checkpoint. If the TSA knows these liquids are harmless, then passengers should be allowed to take them; and if the TSA thinks these liquids might explode, then they are endangering themselves and the traveling public by their careless handling.
    What about empty breast milk bottles? How are those a threat to the aircraft? One TSA screener found empty breast milk bottles so threatening that he forced young mother Amy Strand to pump her breasts in a dirty public bathroom to satisfy his power trip. Or there was the six-inch plastic toy hammer that mentally disabled adult Drew Mandy had carried for 20 years as a comforting constant, until the TSA senselessly stole it from him. Cupcakes might be actually liquids, depending on the mood of your screener. Sterile bags of saline might be ruined at the the checkpoint, as cancer sufferer Michele Dunaj experienced. Jean Weber had to remove her mother’s adult diaper on the say-so of the blueshirts.
    The point of this run-down is that none of us can predict with any reliability what will be banned at our checkpoint on any given day.
    Yet Dane Steele Greene believes that travelers deserve the blame for this broken system. We could have prevented all these incidents, he says, if we had “TAKEN FIVE EXTRA SECONDS” (emphasis his) to guess what newly invented secret rule we are about to break at the checkpoint.
    I want to pose another question to Dane Steele Green: What exactly are all these confiscations accomplishing? They sure as heck aren’t keeping weapons off planes, because TSA screeners miss box cutters, twelve-inch razor blades, clearly labeled blocks of C4, and loaded guns, all of which have been carried on to airplanes recently.
    It’s time we stopped this massive overinvestment in security theater. The TSA’s procedures don’t work! Luckily, they don’t have to, because air travel is the safest form of long-distance transportation known to man – and it always has been, even without the TSA boondoggle.
    (Photo: Flickr Creative Commons/Practical Hacks)
  2. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Dana Steele Green is an idiot:

    Gasoline can look a lot like water, so this is why innocent-looking snow globes get yanked. Gelignite, AKA blasting gelatin, can be hidden in a toothpaste tube, so kiss your "Crest" good-bye.

    Small snow globes are allowed (if filled with gasoline, you can get quite a few on board. Likewise at 3.1 oz/tube you could sneak in plenty of gelignite that way. The whole liquids circus is just a sham.
  3. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    Which is why they have to "inspect" that $4.00 Evian you just bought at the stand closest to the gate. Green's a maroon.
  4. FaustsAccountant

    FaustsAccountant Original Member

    If you think gasoline looks like water (no it doesn't, the droplets form differently) and ignore that the odor doesn't tip you off-do us all a Darwinain favor....
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