Interesting Finds at TSA Checkpoints

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  1. X3 Skier

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    Regardless of one’s opinion of the TSA, it amazes me the stupidity exhibited by some passengers.

    I especially like the “emotional support object”.

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    Hey, as long as it is inert! The problem comes with ones that are ert.

    I used to have an artillery shell in my office (I worked for the Army). People would ask if it was inert. I'd pick it up and bang the point on the floor when they asked (it was really an armor piercing round and was nothing more than a very heavy hung of metal).

    They took my corkscrew from me. I protested that I had flown with it before. My wife pointed out that our last few flights had been in our own plane (thanks, dear).
     
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    You have to say, “I don’t know” and then bang it on the floor. :D
     
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    I've fouled up twice and had to give them pocket knives. And I'm a relatively frequent flier.

    You said regardless of my opinion, so I won't go any deeper than to say "very poor". And completely unrelated to my knife donations...that's on me.
     
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    Just last week the TSA found my pocket knife that had been missing for over 2 months. Never thought to look in my back pack. Lol.
     
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    How often do you wash your pants
     
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    What does pants have to do with it? :dunno:
     
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    I wonder how many would believe the truth of a video that purports to be a TSA auction of confiscated items. With a bunch of terrorist-looking people buying up all the weapons. Do something funny with the liquids and food they confiscate too.
     
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    Wow... I read "back pocket" not "back pack" LOL... getting old SUX!

    my apologies to @gdwindowpane for insinuating you wear dirty pants...LOL
     
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    I carry a cheap-ass cigar lighter as it technically is subject to confiscation. They've never even looked at it. I know if I had one of my expensive ones it would be gone in a heartbeat.

    There was a short period of time the TSA was selling a lot of contraband on ebay.

    I always liked the Australia way of doing it. When I was at the Queensland Royal Flying Doctor's museum, they were selling a lot of Swiss Army knives in the gift shop. Apparently, these were all security checkpoint confiscations. At least it was going to a good cause. Besides, that's not a knife...
     
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    A very reasonable mistake...remember, change is bad. That’s why I’ve been wearing the same pair of underwear for 15 years. :eek:
     
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    ah HA! I WAS right about you! I KNEW it! LOL
     
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    Kinda scary that you thought about me that much...:eek::eek::eek:
     
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    I was changing planes in Inchon, Korea and walking between gates I bought a bottle of water. My thought was I was on the secure side so I would be able to take it with me. Nope, another check point before entering the plane. Sorry, you can't take anything over 3 ounces. Please place the bottle here. I am sure someone wanted it so I opened it and drank it all standing there, then replaced the cap and placed the now empty bottle where I was directed to place it earlier. As I passed through the door into the walkway, I turned and saw someone take it and toss the bottle into the gate agents trash can.
     
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    Some European airports have you go through security in both directions. Going to Poland once, I changed planes. The route back home was the reverse, including the path through the airport. Went through security the other direction.
     
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    You should have looked closely to see if the person that retrieved the bottle was the same person that sold it to you. :)
     
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    Secondary screening is standard at Narita. I've changed planes there many times over the years. It's a regular routine, now.
     
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    They’re horrible at finding stuff.

    I discovered once that my ex still had her climbing rescue knife still strapped to the OUTSIDE of her backpack after getting to the hotel.

    Yet they’ll harass me about my toothpaste. :rolleyes:

    Don’t get me started on their idiotic aircraft “searches”. They have a long history of breaking important things like AOA Vanes and Pitot Tubes...
     
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    I got my nice leather wrapped lighter taken away at DFW when I knew I shouldn’t have. I was very polite and asked the TSA agent why. She said they did not allow them on the plane. I asked if she could explain because I thought some types were allowed. She said yes, but not mine. I asked if she meant torch lighters. She said yes. I told her that mine was a soft flame and not a torch and asked her if I could demonstrate. She let me and then she said “oh, okay”. She had to ask a supervisor if she could give it back after they took it. Dude said sure.
     
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    One time in Alaska my room mates wife came to visit for a couple weeks. She brought a shoe box full of fire works in her checked bag.....
     
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    They confiscated a small nail clipper from me. I asked them to demonstrate, using me as the "victim", how it could possibly be used as a weapon. They didn't appreciate the amusement I was enjoying during the encounter.
     
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