Keeping the Airports Safe from Nail Clippers
November 22, 2010, 10:16 PM
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In 2005 I did a tour of duty in Iraq.

In October of 2005, I flew back from Iraq for my two-week leave, then flew back to the Middle East when the leave was over. As is the custom, I flew on commercial airlines with my uniform on. Both on the arrival trip and the departure trip, I went through all the airport rigmarole.

But what I went through in 2005 was mild compared to what is going on in airports these days.

Our government`s failure to profile the demographic group from which the terrorists emerge means that everybody else can be harassed.

Erick Erickson at Redstate relays the personal account of a soldier returning from Afghanistan and his experience at the Indianapolis airport. You can read the whole account here:Another TSA OutrageErick Erickson, Redstate, Nov. 18th, 2010

To make a long story short, the soldiers had already been inspected and passed through customs in Afghanistan. But upon arrival to Indianapolis, the soldiers in question, even though it wasn`t their final destination, had to leave the plane, bearing their weapons (without ammunition) and pass through security. Then, the contributing soldier relates, this happened:

…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.

Soldier: Why?

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]

Me: Dude, just give him your damn nail clippers so we can get the f**k out of here. I’ll buy you a new set.

Soldier: [hands nail clippers to TSA guy, makes it through security]

Sure does make you feel secure doesn’t it, knowing that soldiers returning from Afghanistan won’t be allowed to carry nail clippers through your local airport!

Of course, I don’t mean to suggest that there aren’t some soldiers that we needn´t be concerned about . Major Hasan of Fort Hood comes to mind, but then, his demographic isn`t the one being profiled.