Dressing down to protest Airport security measures

Today’s front page of The Wall Street Journal reports on looking for knives. Yeap, the instrument of our favorite hobby made big news. Well, actually it’s the folks protesting the full body scan looking for knives, and weapons, that’s the point of the story.

I’ll let you read it, but gotta show you the bold initiative of these protestors- saying they are dressing down to show their displeasure is an understatement, for sure.

BARING THEIR DISMAY: Members of the Pirate Party parade through Berlin's Tegel Airport in their underwear Sunday to protest government plans to test full-body scans as an invasion of citizens' privacy.

Photo credit: European Pressphoto Agency

Published in: on January 11, 2010 at 4:09 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Transportation Security Administration & Knives

Prior to that horrible day of Sept. 11, 2001, we traveled the US by commercial airlines with much more freedom that we have today. We were even able to take on board our Every Day Carry (EDC) knives and collectibles- as we either headed to a show or were returning from one.

We all know that all changed and after that date the Transportation Security Administration was created to oversee security for our ports and the 450 U. S. Airports employing 50,000 people.

About every week I see this army of good folks working to keep our skies safe and free of dangerous items and substances. They usually take something of mine. Typically it is liquid bottles over 3 oz (shaving cream, shampoo, etc). They have taken lighters and even a bottle of hot sauce I forgot I had in my briefcase (it was Christmas present I forgot to take out).

What about Pocketknives?

We all know they take up pocketknives too. Fortunately I have yet to have a knife taken away.

What would you guess?

Let me ask, if you had to guess how many knives TSA has taken away from the public since 2002 and through 2006 how many would you guess? Would it be:

  1.      12,987
  2.    387,999
  3. 1,309,565
  4. 4,356,321
  5. 5,789,679
  6. 8,602,012
For more info on TSA’s confiscations check out this tsa-facts-2002-2006. In the meantime the answer was number six.
Published in: on September 10, 2008 at 6:02 am  Leave a Comment  
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