Attack of the Boneheaded Beaurocrat – TSA Edition

Via Big Government, Via Red State: All Kinds Of Stupid.

So guys in our military returning from a tour of duty in Afghanistan get the TSA treatment.  These men are all carrying these weapons:

Several are carrying these:

And there are a couple of guys carrying these:

In order, M4, M9 and an M240B.

The men had these weapons on their persons.  Carrying them.  Not in cases, wearing them as they would wear them in combat.

Okay, so they are US Military returning from war, they have been checked through multiple screenings including customs.  When they land in Indianapolis the TSA decides to deplane all of them, which means they all have their weapons.  When they finally decide to allow them to get back on their plane the TSA of Indianapolis insists on rescreening them.

One screener insists on taking away one man’s pair of nail clippers because it might be used as a weapon.

So this is the conversation between the soldier and the TSA screener:

TSA Guy: You can’t take those on the plane.

Soldier: What? I’ve had them since we left country.

TSA Guy: You’re not suppose to have them.

Soldier: Why?

TSA Guy: They can be used as a weapon.

Soldier: [touches butt stock of the rifle] But this actually is a weapon. And I’m allowed to take it on.

TSA Guy: Yeah but you can’t use it to take over the plane. You don’t have bullets.

Soldier: And I can take over the plane with nail clippers?

TSA Guy: [awkward silence]

Me: Dude, just give him your damn nail clippers so we can get the f**k out of here. I’ll buy you a new set.

Soldier: [hands nail clippers to TSA guy, makes it through security]

So a soldier returning from war, the war we are fighting specifically because 19 Muslim Fanatics used box cutters to take over planes so they could use them as targeted bombs, carrying an M4 is told by some officious and obviously retarded TSA mindless drone of a beaurocrat that he will not be able to use his M4 as a weapon because it doesn’t have any bullets BUT that nail clipper?  TOTALLY weapony and excessively dangerous.  Because the soldier could use the nail clipper to take over the plane.  A soldier who has pledged to protect the US, the Constitution of the USA and his fellow soldiers, who is returning from war is a potential threat because he’s carrying nail clippers.

Really?  Seriously?  On a plane full of nobody other than OTHER soldiers also returning from that very same war who are also carrying M4s this soldier is a potential threat with that pair of nail clippers.  Because you can’t use a large sort of baseball bat shaped object as a weapon with out bullets.

Just un-fricking-believable.

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