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Update: Ricochet readers, if this story sounds familiar to you, it’s because George already posted it, thanks to a tip from G.A. Dean. I opened the link, left it open, came back to it after doing a bit more web-surfing, forget where it had come from and thought, “Wow, that’s funny–straight to Ricochet!” I’m a bit embarrassed. Diane tactfully pointed this out to me, proving that it is she, not I, who really runs this place. At least the story is so good it’s worth posting twice. George and G.A. Dean, my apologies: At least you know that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
I wasn’t going to rabbit on about the TSA anymore–I figure we’ve covered that story–but this is so hilarious and ridiculous I just can’t resist:
So we’re 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 they’re going to confiscate his nail clippers. The conversation went something like this:
TSA Guy: You can’t take those on the plane.
Soldier: What? I’ve had them since we left country.
TSA Guy: You’re not suppose to have them.
TSA Guy: They can be used as a weapon.
Soldier: [touches butt stock of the rifle] But this actually is a weapon. And I’m allowed to take it on.
TSA Guy: Yeah but you can’t use it to take over the plane. You don’t have bullets.
Soldier: And I can take over the plane with nail clippers?
TSA Guy: [awkward silence]