TSA doesn’t have a monopoly on foolishness


Two international airport security incidents last week — one in Tokyo and the other in Kelowna, Canada — lets us know that TSA doesn’t have a monopoly on foolishness and mindless security blunders.

The BBC reported that a security guard managed to lose a lid of marijuana. He slipped about 4 oz. of cannabis into a random bag at the airport in order to train his dog (who he claims had never missed a bust yet). This time the sniffing canine couldn’t locate the weed and the customs agent couldn’t remember into which bag he dropped the stuff. Some passenger ended up with a free supply of dope, assuming they know what it is.

In Kelowna, Canada’s equivilant of TSA forced a woman wearing a pendant shaped like a gun to send it in her checked baggage. It seems that the brilliant security agents (not only one, but two of them at least) interpreted the rule limiting guns aboard aircraft very literally — even when the “gun” is a charm about 1 inch long. The article suggested that soon tattoos of guns and gun magazines will be forbidden using the same logic.

The defense provided by the Canadian Air Transport Security was laughable.

“How do you know it wasn’t a real gun?” asked Guy, a security agent with the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, who also declined to provide his last name.

“Who knows if there is a gun that small that can shoot bullets? You don’t know that. They followed the rules.”

The Kelowna Daily Courier went on to say, “This silliness serves as just one more reminder – we’ve lost our ability to embrace logic, and the terrorists have won.”

I’m not so sure. The terrorists haven’t won. We only have a security apparatus (across the world) with absolutely no common sense.

Here is one more story, just to assure readers that our own U.S. TSA is still capable of matching any international security service in foolishness.

A security agent couldn’t believe that a MacBook Air was a real computer and managed to delay the traveler until he missed his flight.

Apparently, the TSA employee manning the line was flabbergasted by the “lack of a drive” and the complete absence of “ports on the back,” and while hordes of co-workers swarmed to investigate, the user’s flight took off on schedule.

‘Nuff said.

  • http://notravelmlms.blogspot.com John F

    On Canada….seems extreme, but I did see an article about a 2 inch long gun—not on a pendant but…


  • http://www.tripso.com/author/leocha Charlie Leocha

    Wow! That sure is a small gun. Guess the Canadian Security guy has some backup.


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  • Mike

    So if security ties you up for an hour and you miss your flight, do you get to standby on the next one?

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  • Allison

    I had a set of “thumb cuffs” confiscated in Ottawa by Canadian Air Transport Security – I wasn’t even offered the option of putting them in my checked bags. I was really early for my flight and was able to take my house keys (attached) and stow them in my vehicle while I was on vacation.If anyone is unfamiliar with these they are very small replica handcuffs made only large enough to fit around most people’s thumbs (a one-inch diameter max). I was told they were “a restraint device” and thus not allowed. Ah… I’m supposed to be able to restain someone with these? Are you joking?