The TSA Blog
Spokesman “Blogger Bob” spends much of his time debunking myths that didn’t need debunking and expressing a peculiar sense of humor. He also manages to ignore most of the questions raised by commenters — an unruly mob whose collective blood pressure seems to rise each time Bob blogs.
The most recent post was generated because of Paul Rand setting off the TSA alarm recently. In this post, Blogger Bob boasts about the benefits of the “Automated Target Recognition” (ATR), and through the links, I did come across an example of what a TSA security officer sees with “Backscatter Technology,” so thought I would share this image. Click on the image to the left to view in full size.
Couple other items of interest on this site… If you ever feel the need to vent, this is the place to go. I skimmed through the comments and they all expressed some sort of anger towards the TSA – and it did not matter what the topic of the post was about, everyone just vented.
On the flip side, however, is a re-occurring theme called “TSA Week in Review” where Blogger Bob lists items confiscated in security screening. I have to admit, there are some rather interesting items listed. What is more interesting, though, is I have to wonder if these people have two brain cells in their head to rub together. Here are a few examples:
Gassed Up Chainsaw: Believe it or not, the chainsaw found at Elmira (ELM) was not the problem here. You can travel with your chainsaw as checked luggage, however, gassing it up is the problem. You know… Gas? Highly flammable liquid…
Woah… wait a minute here. You can carry one a chainsaw? I will have to remember this the next time I fly somewhere to attend a lumberjack contest.
11” Machete: An 11” machete was discovered in a carry-on bag at San Diego (SAN).
Why? What idiot ever thought they would be able to walk on a plane carrying a machete? Was this Indiana Jones, perhaps?
False Bottle Marked “Lotion”: Three bottles alarmed the Explosive Detection System in checked baggage at Philadelphia (PHL). After searching them, two bottles were shampoo and the other was a bottle marked “lotion” which had been cut in half and taped back together. Inside the bottle were two clear bags containing a green leafy substance. Green leafy lotion?
This wanna-be drug smuggler is obviously NOT the sharpest knife in the drawer. Must be kin to the “machete-packer.”
I have to admit, I did enjoy reading about the contraband found. I have a bit of a fascination, combined with a low tolerance when directly affected, with how dumb people can be. Stupid people make me want to pull what I call an “NCIS” on them, meaning I want to reach out and slap them upside the head and yell, “What the HELL were you thinking?”
Lastly, amid jobs such as a proctologist, a corrections officer, a sewage worker, a porta-potty cleaner… why would anyone want to be a TSA security officer?