Posted On: Thursday - August 13th 2020 7:08PM MST
In Topics:   General Stupidity  US Police State
From our recent family trip comes a story of a GOOD TSA guy. Can you imagine? Try to get in your head "good" and "TSA" together. OK, I'm just hearing the hilarious Good Samaritan skit from this recent post in my head. It's probably hard for the Peak Stupidity reader to understand that I'm not being sarcastic this time. Don't worry, more complaints about this whole government organization devoted to illegal search and seizure is coming ... tomorrow or on the weekend.
I try to direct my anger against the operation rather than the people, for whatever the indignity may be. In the case of the TSA, though I abhor the whole point of this agency and the process, I've tried to be civil lately with the people. Yeah, I know, "they just work there". I would really like to give this shout-out to the TSA gentleman with his location, just in case anyone reads it who might let him know, but we do try to keep a low profile here. Secondly, it would likely get him in trouble!
I'd lost something that would have allowed my normal quick pass through this checkpoint into the airport. At this one location, at a pretty big airport, there was nobody but our family in the line. The guy was pretty lenient about what I was taking through there, as we were very close to missing the flight (the search for my item was part of the problem, but the delay getting to the airport is what I blame for my losing of the item to begin with). Maybe it was because it was slow, but I have never met such a reasonable and helpful guy in the TSA in a long while.
The fact that he was reasonable meant that he was using common sense rather than enforcing random stupidity. That is part of what could get the guy in trouble. It's like that nowadays, in all government and other big organizations. The stupidity from on high must be enforced. Anyone being reasonable is taking a risk of getting in trouble, as one can't go wrong nowadays by enforcing "zero tolerance".
I thought back to 25 years ago, when the security guy was just someone hired by the airport authority. This was at LAX, mind you, and the guy said "hey, that pocket knife is probably a little too big. Do you mind putting it in your checked luggage?" The situation was so relaxed and non-confrontational that I could have probably argued him into letting me keep it on me. I did bring it back downstairs, and the only checked item I had was a rifle. It was already in a room behind the counter, so I was all, "hey, can you put this knife with my gun?" "What? Can't hear you." I had to shout "take this knife and put it in the box with my gun." Yeah, I'd be face down on the floor if this happened in this century.
So, thank you Mr. TSA man! You saved our trip from going haywire. Of course, if there were no TSA in the first place ....
PS: The reader may be long sick of these posts about the TSA. If you've read this far though, let me say this: If you don't travel on the airlines much, I understand that it's out-of-sight/out-of-mind to you. However, even if you don't travel, you've gotta know this Police State stuff is slowly building up. (Do you remember long ago when DUI checkpoints were actually debated based on Constitutionality?) This won't be just an airline travel thing in the long run. I thought they'd be doing the same at the train stations, but then, with Amtrak, who cares? A train on the Chicago-San Francisco line could get blown up, and the families on the other end would not know for a couple of days that something was amiss, the way that they keep to a schedule.