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A Wisconsin man who wrote "Kip Hawley is an Idiot" on a plastic bag containing toiletries said he was detained at an airport security checkpoint for about 25 minutes before authorities concluded the statement was not a threat.
Ryan Bird, 31, said he wrote the comment about Hawley -- head of the Transportation Security Administration -- as a political statement. He said he feels the TSA is imposing unreasonable rules on passengers while ignoring bigger threats.
A TSA spokeswoman acknowledged a man was stopped, but likened the incident to cases in which people inappropriately joke about bombs. She said the man was "a little combative" and that he was detained only a few minutes.
original quote by: WyrdeOne
If my error ratio at work was comparable I would be fired in a hearbeat - how do they get such a sweet deal? Is their union really that powerful, or are we really that desperate to cling to some flimsy illusion of security?
Originally posted by Britguy
I lost my toothpaste and deodorant on the way out from Heathrow, but they didn't bat an eyelid at the cigarette lighter