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Good Thing They Weren't Carrying Weapons

This is just too stupid to be described adequately, an account of what happens when US soldiers come back to our wonderfully secure airports. Picture hundreds of fully-armed military going back through security, WITH FRIGGIN' WEAPONS GALORE, and this is the conversation when some nail clippers are found:

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]

This might be a good time to remind everyone that approximately 233 people re-boarded that plane with assault rifles, pistols, and machine guns-but nothing that could have been used as a weapon.

Read the whole stupid story at Red State.


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Comments (26)

Ah, the picture of a young... (Below threshold)
Brucepall:

Ah, the picture of a young soldiers asking the authority powers that be for amplification and clarification of their dumb-ass orders. Priceless!

Semper Fidelis -

Hey! "It's in the RULE BOO... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Hey! "It's in the RULE BOOK!" One size fits all! No need to think. The dumbing-down of this nation is paying off!

Are you positively sure thi... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

Are you positively sure this didn't originate from The Onion or something? This is beyond absurd.

Ever notice how un-liberal ... (Below threshold)
LiberalNitemare:

Ever notice how un-liberal things start to get when the liberals are in charge?

TSA = BureauWeenies with po... (Below threshold)

TSA = BureauWeenies with poorly fitted uniforms. "Newman!"

http://libertyatstake.blogspot.com/
"Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive"

TSA - merely and extension ... (Below threshold)
apb:

TSA - merely and extension of your local morons from the DMV.

Common sense died a long ti... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Common sense died a long time ago, sadly I don't think anyone noticed its demise.

When I went to Iraq, we fil... (Below threshold)
jmcelwee:

When I went to Iraq, we filled a 747. Everyone of us had and M16 or an M4, and all of the officers had an M9. Everyone had one full magazine for each weapon and a few had bayonettes, but no one had any nail clippers or anything else that could be used as a weapon except for the actual weapons with live ammo.

When my brother was deploye... (Below threshold)
Darby:

When my brother was deployed to Iraq they went aboard fully armed and loaded, with their weapons in a locked carry on bag located in the overhead compartment, they flew out of Kansas City, stopped in New York, then flew on to Germany. From there he wouldn't say where he flew to, but he did end up in Kuwait before going to Iraq.

They flew commercial air lines, they were not the only passengers aboard the plane when it left New York for Germany. But I can promise you this: It was the safest flight those fellow travelers will ever have had the joy of being on.

When I flew to the Bahamas ... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

When I flew to the Bahamas in 2004, they confiscated my nail clipper set which was in my checked luggage. Now, it is true that I am a certified double-secret ninja agent with many special abilities, who could easily take over a plane by breaking into the luggage compartment and retrieving my nail clippers, etc., they had no way of knowing that.

But your TSA was ready and able to thwart my dastardly intentions, and I was forced to abandon them in favor of a holiday in the Bahamas with long nails. Well played, sirs! But we may cross wits again . . .

"TSA Guy: Yeah but you can'... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

"TSA Guy: Yeah but you can't use it to take over the plane. You don't have bullets."

Clearly TSA Guy has never had the buttstroke demonstrated for him. If there was a Drill Sargent present perhaps this unfortunate gap in TSA Guy's knowledge-base could have been filled. I'll bet it would have resulted a case of one-trial-learning.

There is not really a word ... (Below threshold)
MunDane68:

There is not really a word for the level of stupidity this shows.

One could very easily kill ... (Below threshold)
Hangtown Bob:

One could very easily kill a person with an unloaded rifle. Use it as a club and beat him to death.

Clubs are also not allowed on planes. Apparently the TSA guy was too stupid to know even that rule.

We may have to give the TSA... (Below threshold)
PapaWhisky:

We may have to give the TSA guys a break---I mean, everybody knows that cutting someone's fingernails back too far is a form of torture. It's not like I could stab you in the neck with a ball-point pen or anything. Oops--did I say that out loud?

I also know from personal experience that if you throw a soda bottle hard enough it will explode and cause mass stickiness -- can't have that for sure.

I predict we'll all have to start either wearing gloves or have our fingers taped together--after all, what would happen if I "crushed your head" like the Kids in the Hall? ( Kids in the Hall(YouTube) for those who don't know the reference.)

Absurdity abounds at the TSA....

Yeah, they're strip searchi... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Yeah, they're strip searching a kid:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSQTz1bccL4

The coolest thing about thi... (Below threshold)
Tim Shepherd:

The coolest thing about this is... if you're a Republican potentate you get a free pass.

John Boehner did not wait in line or go through security: he "was escorted around the metal detectors and body scanners, and taken directly to the gate."

SWEET! Let the plebes stand in line and be photographed nude. Republican bosses get free passes.

Just gets better and better... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:
Tim, at least Boehner is fl... (Below threshold)
Chip:

Tim, at least Boehner is flying commercial. Goddess Pelosi.....not so much.

http://stevex09.wordpress.com/2010/01/29/nancy-pelosis-travel-costs-2100744-59-over-a-two-year-period/

I'm sure that Nancy will in... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

I'm sure that Nancy will insist on the FULL TSA treatment when she starts flying commercial again.

GarandFan, It'll b... (Below threshold)
Chip:

GarandFan,

It'll be the most foreplay she's had in ages, I bet.

I have to admit, d... (Below threshold)
914:

I have to admit, death by naill clippers seems pretty scary? Of course with this white house, reaching new levels of stupidity is a daily mission.

Sotero/Holder... Boldly taking stupidity where no mon has gone before!

TSA leaving no breast untou... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

TSA leaving no breast untouched in the furtherance of traveler safety. Everyone knows you can't trust flight attendants.

http://www.youtube.com/v/qoekThu7fq0&rel=0&hl=en_US&feature=player_embedded

I carry a Spyderco Delica p... (Below threshold)
TexBob:

I carry a Spyderco Delica pocket knife on trips and I have forgotten it in my suitcase where I checked my bag, but did not remove it for the next trip where I carried it on the plane. Each time, it sailed through TSA's stringent security checks without being detected.

TSA is a joke and a government welfare program for idiots. Soon it will be unionized, and be the first plank in Barry Hussein Soetoro's Civilian Security force.

Personally, I would not be surprised if Chertoff was behind the underwear bomber just to get a reason to foist his machines on us, make millions, and get the people used to losing their rights.

Barry demoralizes and takes... (Below threshold)
914:

Barry demoralizes and takes libertie's via job extermination. Holder controls the ballot box intimidators an Chertoffski is head of international affairs.

Yeah, sounds feasible.

Another day, another new tr... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

Another day, another new troll - yawn.

If Bhoener's special escort is all Tim can get his panties wad over then I guess we've won.

I believe this. Two years ... (Below threshold)
Howie:

I believe this. Two years ago, I led a Security Team of 36 people and we flew out of Norfolk, a military base, on a civilian contracted plane. Now we had to come on base and we are military going to fight terrorism, but we were treated with no common sense. The most amusing part was placing our weapons through the scanners. My comment to the TSA guy was "I assure you there are weapons in those containers".




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