TSA Posts

What Kind of Pie Is That? Demanded the TSA Agent

Chris Elliot reports on his fabulous travel site elliott.org that the TSA recently tried to bust a woman for bringing her apple pie on board a flight.  Jessica Bruder, of Portland Oregon, was flying to Illinois over the Thanksgiving holiday and almost had her pie taken away.

“What kind of pie is that?” the TSA supervisor asked her.

“Apple. With some raspberries,” Bruder answered.

“Does it have lumps?” he asked, then told her that the TSA keeps watch for pies with cream and custard fillings. Anything, he said, that can be construed as a ‘gel.’ He’d already said no to a pumpkin pie on the belt, saying that the insides of the pie ‘has the same consistency as plastic explosives.’

Elliott goes on to wonder just what the TSA is protecting us from, since the price tag is $4.7 billion a year for these screeners.

TSA: Soon, No More Confiscating Liquids

I caught a segment of CBS’s Sunday Morning which provided dramatic evidence of how easy it is to make mistakes. They showed video of what the TSA’s baggage screeners see on the monitors as the bags go by.

According to a study obtained by USA Today, at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport more than 60% of the time screeners missed parts of bombs and other weapons in bags.

At LAX, it was even more dramatic, 75% of the time screeners missed.

One of the things many travelers hate about the TSA is that they confiscate bottles of water and sunscreen. Apparently the new TSA director is planning on scrapping this rule, because new technology allows them to sniff out explosives even if they are in liquids.

As I pack for a trip to Alabama and tuck in my sunscreen into my suitcase, I think that I better check this bag. Because if they haven’t changed this rule yet, I’ll be wishing I had that sunscreen on the beach outside of MObile.