Because it was “kind of shaped like a gun”
October 30, 2014
In their latest display of insanity, TSA agents at LAX airport confiscated a belt buckle from prominent videographer Sean Malone, telling him that the reason was it is “kind of shaped like a gun.”
Malone writes that TSA had attempted to confiscate the sci-fi style ‘ray gun’ buckle just days before at DCA airport in Washington, but he had managed to persuade supervisors to halt the lunacy before it went too far.
“Now that I’m in a restaurant in Philly, I have time to share more of the stupidity.” Malone states, with regard to the DCA incident.
“First, they did a bag check, which happens to me every time I fly anyway, so who cares. When I walked over, the guy said, ‘Yeah, there’s something in there that’s kind of shaped like a gun,’ to which I replied, ‘Yeah. It’s a belt buckle.'”
“He called his supervisor over, who instantly made it clear to me that she was one of those petty authoritarian, logic-impaired idiots you often come to expect in positions of middling power in law enforcement.” Malone adds.
“Her word was law… Even when, you know, it wasn’t actually law. She said, ‘Listen, you can either go back out of security and put this in your check luggage (which I don’t have), or we’ll confiscate it.'”
Malone continues, “Realizing I was speaking with a woman with the brainpower of a block of Parmesan cheese – I looked at her and said, ‘You understand that this is a belt buckle, right? It is not a danger to the safety of anyone nor is it against the law to carry. I have also traveled with this belt buckle all over the country and it’s never been a problem. So please explain to me how exactly you would justify taking it.’
The TSA agent suggested that Malone may be inclined, for what reason is anyone’s guess, to take out the belt buckle and point it at a cop, who would automatically think it was a gun and, presumably, shoot Malone down.
“The entire premise behind this argument is that police officers are too dumb and hopped up on their own power that they can’t recognize a dangerous weapon from a belt buckle in the shape of a 1950’s toy ray gun.” Malone posits, adding “Why in the hell would I ever take my belt buckle and point it at a police officer?”
Challenging the total absence of logic, Malone seemed to hit a nerve, prompting the TSA officer to declare she wasn’t going to debate the situation. A supervisor was called in and, eventually, the buckle was returned and Malone was allowed to pass through security.
No such luck at LAX, however, as Malone didn’t have the time or inclination to repeat the experience, and simply let TSA confiscate the offending item.
The official explanation is that TSA’s policy is to reject all “replica weapons”.
“I pointed out that even if it was a replica, which is dubious, it would be a replica of a fictional weapon used by Flash Gordon… Which, you know, makes confiscation of the belt buckle even MORE insane than it already was.” Malone concludes.
TSA’s idea of “replica” weapons has, in the past, included a toy monkey holding a 2 inch plastic toy gun, a steam punk watch, a perfume bottle, a photographer’s blower, Aluminium foil, peanut butter,candy, pies and cupcakes.
There’s nothing more comforting than seeing government agents keeping America safe from deadly confectionaries.
Meanwhile, people are routinely waltzing through security lines with swords, knives, explosives and guns. Of course, many agents are too busy groping women and searching old people’s diapers to bother checking for anything else.
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, andPrisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.
This article was posted: Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 11:17 am