TSA Agents Demand Passengers Surrender Their Drinks for Screening
September 5, 2012 12:29 PM
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Travelers, brace yourselves for the latest indignity
Thinking about flying? Well, in addition to
and the risk that your privates
may be photographed and stored
Transportation Safety Administration
screeners, travelers now have one more woe to add to their litany of complaints.
TSA agents at the Columbus, Ohio Airport have been subjecting travelers to random seizures/inspections of their drinks at the gate to "check for explosives".
Of course, these drinks all were presumably were sold by the airport vendors, as any drink-size liquid containers are supposed to be seized by the bag screeners at the security checkpoint -- a policy that has been in place since 2006. So at first blush it's somewhat unclear exactly why the TSA agents felt it necessary to screen passengers' Starbucks and soft drinks.
The incident has been leaked onto YouTube (of course):
Ryan Mauro, a national security analyst, told the
, "They're worried someone could bring an ingredient past security and then mix it with a drink that turns into something else - a poison or something else."
Airport screeners test passenger's Starbucks coffee to make sure he isn't a terrorist.
[Image Source: YouTube]
In June, the U.S. reportedly thwarted an attempt to blow up an airliner by a Yemen-trained, Norwegian citizen who was a member of the militant fundamentalist Islamic group al Qaeda. Despite the potential terrorist's plot failing, national security officials are reportedly alarmed about the fact that his spotless record and lack of inclusion
on no-fly lists
could have allowed him to escape scrutiny, were it not for the tips.
In a statement the TSA confirmed it might now be seizing people's drinks as a precautionary measure, commenting, "TSA employs multiple layers of security throughout the airport where passengers may be randomly selected for additional screening. One measure may include testing liquids that are in a passenger's possession."
Is that a coconut water or a bomb? Let's find out. [Image Source: YouTube]
TSA agents "examine" the beverages using a special security screen, which appears to involve taking a small dropper or swab sample of the beverage, then testing it on a slide with some sort of reagent mix.
Some say that the policy goes to far, though. The person who captured the incident on video told the
I couldn't help but notice the two TSA women that were 'testing' any and all liquids that people had in their hands. Now remember that this is inside the terminal, well beyond the security check and purchased inside the terminal ... just people waiting to get on the plane.
My wife and son came back from a coffee shop just around the corner, then we were approached. I asked them what they were doing. One of the TSA ladies said that they were checking for explosive chemicals (as we are drinking them). I said 'really..inside the terminal? You have got to be kidding me.'
I asked them if they wanted to swab us all. She responded with something like, yes sometimes we need to do that. I then asked if she wanted a urine sample.
The TSA is way out of control. I understand that my ranting to one of these $11.00 per hour TSA goons probably does nothing, but you have to say something. Whats next...perhaps the TSA will come to your home prior to your drive to the airport? The police state of the U.S. is OUT OF CONTROL!
Indeed, as the
list of indignities grows
at a pace proportional to the would-be terrorists' increasingly imaginative plots, one has to wonder where the line must be drawn.
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I WILL NEVER FLY
9/5/2012 6:19:15 PM
I feel that "security" like this is unacceptable. I will not fly if I have to be violated like that. I travel all over the Midwest as a consultant for an Electrical Engineering company and I always drive. I usually travel 2 to 3 times a month and it's usually a 4 to 8 hour drive each way. This is still infinitely better than flying. If I have to travel farther than that, I take the train. The AMTRAK is wonderful; no searches, you can walk around and sit next to whoever you want, they serve alcohol and food and there is an observation deck and a sleeping car. If enough people just didn't fly, after a while, the airlines would get the idea!
RE: I WILL NEVER FLY
9/6/2012 8:57:02 AM
I have also stopped flying and now must drive 900 miles to the DC area several times a year. I will not help the government violate my fourth amendment rights.
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