everything going on with TSA, we are going to hear a lot of wild
stories. This story is surely up there with the best of them. I
did google it, and it appears to be genuine. --The
story is about a TSA experience and is told by a man who
witnessed the incident while returning to America on a military
charter from Afghanistan.
His Story Begins Here: As the Chalk Leader for my flight
home from Afghanistan, I witnessed the following.
were on our way back from Afghanistan, we flew out of Baghram Air
Field. We went through customs at BAF, full body scanners (no
groping), had all of our bags searched, the whole nine
Our first stop was Shannon, Ireland to refuel. After
that, we had to stop at Indianapolis, Indiana to drop off about 100
folks from the Indiana National Guard. Thatís where the stupid
First, everyone was forced to get off the planeĖeven
though the plane wasnít refueling again. All 330 people got off that
plane, rather than let the 100 people from the ING get off. We were
filed from the plane to a holding area. No vending machines, no
means of escape. Only a male/female latrineÖ
important to mention that we were ALL carrying weapons. Everyone was
carrying an M4 Carbine (riffle) and some, like me, were also
carrying an M9 pistol. Oh, and our gunners had M-240B machine guns.
Of course, the weapons werenít
loaded. And we had been cleared of all ammo well before we even got
to customs at Baghram, then AGAIN at customs.
personnel at the airport seriously considered making us unload all
of the baggage from the SECURE cargo hold to have it re-inspected.
Keep in mind, this cargo had been unpacked, inspected piece by piece
by U.S. Customs officials, resealed and had bomb-sniffing dogs give
it a one-hour run through. After two hours of sitting in this
holding area, the TSA decided not to re-inspect our CargoĖjust to
inspect us again: Soldiers on the way home from war, who had already
been inspected, re-inspected and kept in a SECURE holding area for 2
hours. Ok, whatever. So we lined up to go through security
So weíre in line, going through one at a time. One of
our Soldiers had his Gerber multi-tool. TSA confiscated it. Kind of
ridiculous, but it gets better. A few minutes later, a guy empties
his pockets and has a pair of nail clippers. Nail clippers. TSA
informs the Soldier that theyíre going to confiscate his nail
clippers. The conversation went something like this:
You canít take those on the plane.
Soldier: What? Iíve had
them since we left country.
TSA Guy: Youíre not supposed to
TSA Guy: They can be used as
Soldier: [touches butt stock of the rifle] But this
actually is a weapon. And Iím allowed to take it on.
Yeah but you canít use it to take over the plane. You donít have
Soldier: And I can take over the plane with nail
TSA Guy: [awkward silence]
Me: Dude, just
give him your damn nail clippers so we can get the [...] out of
here. Iíll buy you a new set.
Soldier: [hands nail clippers
to TSA guy, makes it through security]
This might be a good
time to remind everyone that approximately 233 people re-boarded
that plane with assault rifles, pistols, and machine guns, but
nothing that could have been used as a weapon.