TSA Descends into Farce

by on August 24, 2006 · 4 comments

The TSA has posted a helpful web site detailing what now not allowed on airplanes:

We encourage everyone to pack gel-filled bras in their checked baggage. We recognize the sensitivity of the issue and we are reaching out to key women’s medical associations to assist passengers and make information available to them while respecting their privacy. Passengers with medical gel prosthetics will be permitted through the security checkpoint.

Please keep in mind, that while we can not provide an exhaustive list of items that covering all eventualities, all liquids, gels, or aerosols of any kind are prohibited at security checkpoints, in airport sterile areas, and aboard aircraft. You can pack these items in your checked baggage.

We ask for your cooperation in the screening process by being prepared before you arrive. We also ask that you follow the guidelines above and try not to over-think these guidelines. Please pack liquids, gels, and aerosols in your checked baggage even if you do not normally check a bag.

The last thing we’d want is sheep passengers who think too much.

The most depressing thing about that web page is that the fact that they bothered to create it probably means these rules are not going to go away any time soon.

  • enigma_foundry

    This thing has gotten totally ridiculous. I have traveled to Europe ever summer since 1998, to visit family, and 2002 was the worst, they insisted that my 4 year old son take of his shoes. Big Fight.

    Then they insisted on asking each person, their name, while holding their passport and looking at the name (carefully concealing the name from the passport holder, so they can’t cheat! I suppose a nervous terrorist would forget his fake name???)

    The security agent asks me my name, I reply, she asks my wife, She replies, my daughter, she replies, then she asks my son, and of course Max, seeing the humor of the situation, replies:

    Harry Potter!

  • http://enigmafoundry.wordpress.com eee_eff

    This thing has gotten totally ridiculous. I have traveled to Europe ever summer since 1998, to visit family, and 2002 was the worst, they insisted that my 4 year old son take of his shoes. Big Fight.

    Then they insisted on asking each person, their name, while holding their passport and looking at the name (carefully concealing the name from the passport holder, so they can’t cheat! I suppose a nervous terrorist would forget his fake name???)

    The security agent asks me my name, I reply, she asks my wife, She replies, my daughter, she replies, then she asks my son, and of course Max, seeing the humor of the situation, replies:

    Harry Potter!

  • Dingel

    Amusingly, TSA distinguishes between swords and sabers. http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/prohibited/permitted-prohibited-items.shtm#4

  • Dingel

    Amusingly, TSA distinguishes between swords and sabers. http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/prohibit

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