A potential ‘terrorist’ in the eyes of the TSA

Horror stories about small minded, bureaucratic fascism on the part of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) abound–War on Guns alone has documented a bunch. This one, however, strikes me as particularly outrageous:

Mom just called. Dad is being unlawfully detained by Homeyland Security/TSA at Austin Bergstrom airport because we played with .45s this morning before they left to go back to IL and the ion sniffer machine was suspicious of him because he smelled remotely like smokeless powder on a “washed my hands and changed clothes before I drove to the airport” level.

Welcome to the Police State.

Ain’t America Beautiful? Fookin Beautiful place to be! …especially for shooting enthusiasts that fly commercial.

FWIW: He’s a LtCol (USAFR). I thought that Military personnel were allowed to smell like gun powder. I guess he should have worn his uniform instead of dressed casual.

God, it’s times like these that make me just want to kick holes in the walls. Him getting fingerf*cked over shooting guns before he even gets to IL today. Jayzus effiin Kee-Riste!

The (very justifiably) angry man who wrote that is “Tom,” who likes to build and shoot handguns chambered for elephant rifle calibers (and I thought I was nuts).

So let’s take a look at what we have here–an Air Force Reserve Lieutenant Colonel visiting his son gets some quality time at the range with the following:

Afterward, he washes up and changes clothes before going to the airport, but the tiny quantities of smokeless powder residue that remain are still enough to get him flagged as a potential terrorist (can’t have our military men firing nasty guns now, can we?).

Tom emailed me after hearing that his father’s ordeal had finally ended–after almost two hours (and after missing his flight, naturally).

Gee, I feel safer already.


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