Friday, November 19, 2010

TSA Takes Nail Clippers From Gun-Toting Soldier

It 'can be used as a weapon' they reason

By Kevin Spak

(Newser) – Another day, another tale of the seeming absurdity of airport security. This one comes from a soldier coming home from Afghanistan on a military charter plane. The troops aboard the plane all went through security at Baghram Air Field, the soldier says in an email to RedState, passing through full-body scanners and having their bags inspected by bomb-sniffing dogs. Yet when the plane stopped in Indianapolis to let 100 National Guard members off, the TSA insisted on re-searching all the passengers. “It’s probably important to mention that we were ALL carrying weapons,” the soldier writes.

“All of us were carrying actual assault rifles, and some of us were also carrying pistols,” though they weren’t loaded, and everyone had already been searched for ammo. Yet when the TSA found nail clippers on one of the soldiers, they insisted on confiscating them. “You can’t take those on the plane,” the TSA official said. “They can be used as a weapon.” When the solider replied that he was permitted to take an actual weapon on the plane, the agent replied, "Yeah but you can’t use it to take over the plane. You don’t have bullets." Asked the soldier, "And I can take over the plane with nail clippers?" Apparently. He reboarded without them ... but with his weapon, along with 232 other gun-toting fliers.


Jo Anne said...

.........and so it would seem the inmates have indeed taken over the asylum.

God bless these soldiers. They come home after fighting REAL bad guys with REAL ammunition and they are subjected to this?

I'll bet Mr/Ms TSA is all atwitter, what with "disarming" a real life soldier with an assault rifle and all....sure hope he/she didn't break a nail......

belinda said...

Well to be fair, I've caused some pretty nasty cuts from nail clippers.


Christie said...

The TSA agent had to take the clippers or he would have been written up and reprimanded. He or she doesn't write the rules, probably thinks they are just as stupid as you do, and, in fact, if he or she did write them, they would make a whole lot more sense. The new TSA director changed the playing field. Most of the agents are just trying to cope and deal with them as much as the public is.

Anonymous said...

Ridiculous. 'Nuf said.