Wednesday, December 11, 2013

I Feel Much Safer Now...

Several folks sent this story in. It must really be hard to work at The Onion these days...

Sock monkey's toy gun confiscated by TSA
Transportation Security Administration workers can face real danger, as was demonstrated during the deadly shooting at Los Angeles International Airport last month.

Still, confiscating a sock monkey's sidearm? Washington state resident Phyllis May told Seattle's King5.com that she was chastised by a TSA agent over the fact that her stuffed sock monkey (name: Rooster Monkburn, a takeoff on Rooster Cogburn of "True Grit" fame) carried a toy pistol.
Yes, we are all safer now that a sock monkey has had his 2" long plastic toy six-shooter taken away by the TSA. I love the rationale: If someone held it to your neck you might think it's real. Folks, if someone disarms a sock monkey and uses the toy gun to hold you up, feel free to walk into the airplane restroom and drown yourself in the toilet if you can't tell the difference between that and a real gun...

You know, it's funny. My inlaws gave me a revolver-shaped USB drive as a gag going-away present. It was in my Gearslinger when I was getting ready to fly home, and I took it out (as well as the CRKT Eat'n Tool, which is eminently useful BTW). Looks like it's a good thing I did. Interestingly enough, I forgot to take my Dragon Leatherworks gun belt off before I stepped through the scanner and that caused me about a 5 minute delay as they inspected the belt - it's that tough, they were debating over whether it was a weapon or not!

Obviously there's no "critical thinking" class for TSA agents...

That is all.

3 comments:

Matt W said...

I had a .357 Magnum cartridge key chain confiscated at... O'Hare maybe? I can't remember the airport.

The case had a big hole through the middle where the key ring ran and the bullet was very obviously fused to the case neck, but the TSA supervisor that discovered it in my backpack said he couldn't rule it out as real ammunition.

Truth be told I thought I left it behind because I figured it would cause trouble. I have since been much better about checking my bags before travelling by air.

Chris said...

You can remove the adjective "critical" from that last sentence. It's not necessary.

Anonymous said...

I guess none of the Mono-Synaptic, Mouth Breathing, Cousin Humping, Dullard Dolts (Thanks AD) TSA agents and their Superiors have ever figured out that a belt could be used to strangle someone to death. OOPS, Sorry, I guess if they just read that they do now know this.