The TSA releases a list of “wacky crap” that otherwise law abiding citizens take with them when traveling in an otherwise free country. Once a month, a lazy reporter regurgitates the press release sent out by the TSA and/or attends a press conference where a TSA public relations hack rolls out a bunch of otherwise legal contraband.
Knives, pliers and hammers turned out to be just a snapshot of what gets scanned and turned away at checkpoints.
The list is part of the slow drip designed to slowly erode our resistance to the removal of our rights.
Among some of the other bizarre items we found in bins include, but are not limited to, model guns, brass knuckles, bowling pins and shoes with spikes sticking out of them.
“I’m not sure why anyone would think they could travel with these items,” said Ross. (Paul Ross, the federal security director for Nebraska)
Because golf shoes is a completely reasonable item to take on a trip. Pliers and hammers are also items innocent people use every day. They are items that free people travel use every day as something other than a weapon. Because some bastard might possibly decide to use a golf shoe to hijack an airplane (I see a screenplay!) doesn’t mean that every golf shoe should be confiscated. A model gun? It’s not a real gun.
The TSA is slowly getting us used to the idea “IF YOU ARE INNOCENT THEN YOU HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE AND SHOULD NOT MIND BEING SEARCHED.” Which is, of course, completely antithetical to everything the United States stands for.
“Maybe someone’s in a hurry,” explained Ross. “Maybe someone uses a bag they haven’t used in a long time and forget something is in there that’s not supposed to be.”
Or maybe they are under the misguided impression that the TSA officers use common sense.