Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

One Nation Under TSA

"He said there had been 50 other similar incidents across the country that day."
That's the most striking sentence in this account of being detained by Homeland Security on a plane on Sunday, written by a woman who sat next to two Indian dudes who needed to pee. According to one FBI officer, at least 50 flights had passengers who saw something stupid and said something stupid, so some Americans got handcuffed and detained. We only even hear about a few of them.


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keisertroll (#1,117)

But did they actually get to use the bathroom in time?

riggssm (#760)

Cripes. I hope the crew faces displinary action and the airline pays for the security theatre costs.

deepomega (#1,720)

@riggssm Nope. They won't. Most of the coverage has been "someone was suspicious so the cops checked it out."

Rosebud (#4,107)

This is my favorite line: "I decided the best thing for me to do was to tweet about the experience." Words to live by.

DMcK (#5,027)

I read yesterday that there were 342 reports of "suspicious packages" in and around NYC over the weekend. 342! Of course none of them turned out to be actual threats in any way whatsoever, but still, enough justification to keep the extra 9/11(/11!) security measures in place for another fucking week.

DMcK (#5,027)

@DMcK Or in the immortal words of Tommy Lee Jones in Men in Black: "A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it."

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