America is a nation of security theater — we go through a role play each time we take a commercial flight to make the fearful among us feel safer, but the reality remains the TSA has failed to stop any terrorist attack and does more harm than good. Just ask the thousands who have suffered scorn, abuse, harassment, or theft from American’s second-most-loathed agency (though TSA gives the IRS a run for the money…).
If you think I am exaggerating, try google.
Perhaps in an attempt to demonstrate the “watchful” TSA routinely lets a whole lot slip by, a man decided to take a security bin as a TSA screening souvenir…and managed to get it all the way home.
Here’s some of his pictures—
While I remain one of the TSA’s fiercest critics, I certainly don’t condone theft — this is not all that different than walking into a DMV and taking a chair home or taking home a souvenir home from the Smithsonian museum (and I don’t mean from the gift shop).
Still, the guy was was making a political point and I admire the gutsiness of posting this. Hopefully he doesn’t have to apply for a redress number once the TSA finds out who he is.
And don’t you love that pilot posing with the picture too?
Some say the TSA is unfairly criticized. It is not — it has failed to a degree in which it cannot be taken seriously, as serious as the matter of airport security is. The solution, in my mind, is not privatization (or maybe yes?), but Americans should not tolerate the TSA and here I am not talking about agents stopping passengers from pilfering bins but not tolerating stories like this, which implicates both the TSA and overzealous airport police officers.