reply to post by TheOracle
I have to say....in the rash of multiple TSA threads since the beginning of November (when the "enhanced" pat-downs started)....in one of them, I
recall seeing that SAME story posted, by another ATS member.
I have a feeling its quite an old
tale, with likely embellishments along the way....dusted off, and trotted out to make its appearance
again, as it's recently topical once more.
I say "topical" with a bit of irony....since the nail clippers story?? THAT really resonates with MY memory of the era, for about a year, post 9/11.
(As I recall, they are no longer forbidden, today, Sometime in 2002-2003 they were deemed "OK" to fly.....)
The madness WAS in full force, then....over such silliness as the small (one inch long?) little fold-out file that is hinged on those clippers.
"Could be used to stab someone!" was their ridiculous claim. You could just break it off, and continue....
As crew, we were further hassled....pilots carried actual tools (optional, a holdover from olden days)...simple things, screwdrivers, pliers...some
had one of those Leatherman things, very handy. We are REQUIRED to carry flashlights...some rather LARGE, too!! (Could be wielded like a club). Of
course, the most ridiculous part? Pilots, not allowed to carry the Leatherman, or a screwdriver....BUT given complete control of the airplane!!
Utter stupidity and knee-jerk reaction.
Speaking of knee-jerk...our Flight Attendants were all required to carry a corkscrew, as a "part of their uniform". Those were taken away. SO, how
to open those bottles of wine, in First Class? Well, when the airplane was catered, two CORKSCREWS were delivered with all the other supplies!!!
Forehead slap time!
Even well after 9/11....I recall a fun time at a security checkpoint we had, at DFW....my First Officer's rolling suitcase included ONE Allen
wrench....you know, about 3 inches long, roughly 1/8th diameter hexagonal shape....bent on the end to look like the letter "L".....it is for adjusting
the wheels on the bag.
Anyway, it is considered part of his suitcase! The Screener wanted to look inside, and my F/O asked "What, specifically, is it that you want to see?
I can pull it out for you. I packed carefully, and don't want the contents disrupted."
Screener wanted to look for himself....well, this stalemate went on (very politely, on the part of the pilot of course...we KNOW the "system", and our
rights). It was quite humorous, to see the TSA schmuck (and his "supervisor") unable, and unaware of the rules that HE is supposed to be
I have little respect, nor regard , for the joke that is called "security screening". Didn't before 9/11, still don't.
BUT, I still refuse to blame the employees, in all cases (there are, of course, abusers who need to be weeded out, but that happenes in just about
every profession). It is the "system", and the "management", and the self-perpetuating fallacy. You CAN endure the process, IF you stay pollite, and
know the rules, better than THEY do. Check the TSA website, and study it carefully.....
Yes, checked...a memo from 2002:
Items permitted in aircraft cabins:
Pets (if permitted by airline check with airline for procedures)
Walking canes and umbrellas (once inspected to ensure prohibited items are not concealed)
Nail clippers with nail files attached
Safety razors (including disposable razors)
Syringes (with medication and professionally printed label identifying medication or manufacturerâ€™s name)
Insulin delivery systems
edit on 4 December 2010 by weedwhacker because: (no reason given)