TSA: The Stupid Agency

Really? I mean, this story from Redstate is incredible, but oh so predictable:

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]

Go read the whole sickening thing.

Thanks to Aaron Worthing at Patterico.


7 thoughts on “TSA: The Stupid Agency”

  1. I saw this the other day. I’d helped with bail if he’d given the screener the clippers and then buttstroked his ass and jammed the muzzle into his throat so far that the front sight was gone.

  2. They make you put the bolt from your rifle in your pocket before you board the plane as well. We all know how removing the bolt from your weapon and putting it in your pocket will make a plane full of soldiers safer. They also make you check your knife in the baggage hold because one dude with a knife could take over a plane full of 200 US soldiers carrying guns without bullets. Guns without bullets are useless after all. Guns don’t kill people, bullets do!

    1. The stupidity is incredible.

      We never used to have to do stupid shit like that. Customs, sure. Ammo shakedowns, of course, but none of the theater.

  3. It wouldn’t be too awfully bad if what they did had any effect. It doesn’t though. It’s just proof of the politicians, in both Bush II and Obama, admins, that the District of Corruption is both out of touch and control. TSA was obsolete the first day it was established. The recent testimony before Congress has told us that they are war with the rest of the country.

    I’ve had to deal with TSA’s goons twice this week, after an 18 month rest from them. My contempt for them rises every time I have to deal with those morons. In Albuquerque one of them told me I didn’t have to take my watch off which is made with a stainless steel case. When I told him it would set off his magnetometer he said it was up to me to take it off. A bunch of clowns is all they are.

  4. You cannot blame the individual TSA employee for crap like this, as they are only doing their job. But you can for damn sure blame the moronic TSA leadership and that ultra-liberal moonbat Napolitano for epic stupidity like this. You don’t kill the snake by cutting off its tail, you kill the snake by cutting off its HEAD.

  5. There is a theory that if management will not listen to outsiders, you can change things from the inside by an attack on the morale of the stooges hired to do the dumb things… like when I was not involved with a job action that never happened over random testing for alcohol and drugs. Mostly that didn’t involve having the random selectee over-filling the urine samples, not using the testing site as a toilet, and never passing gas as close to the offending peon as possible- basically everything and anything to make him hate his job even more than he should.

    So with all due respect, if you can’t hit the snake on the head, sometimes all you can do is try to slash at the tail one thousand times and hope the snake turns on itself.

  6. I don’t blame the individual TSA guy for the policy. I can, however, blame him for being dumb enough to take a dishonest job. When they complain about just doing their job I tell them to get an honest job then they won’t become targets of righteous outrage.

    Frankly, the average TSA agent shares the blame and they tend to be worth little as individuals. A goodly chunk of them are the scum of the earth.

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