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My previous columns about the Transportation Security Administration have focused on bureaucratic inefficiency and incompetence (as well as laughable examples of “security theater”). Today, let’s take advantage of the shutdown and focus instead on why TSA should be disbanded so that airports can use more efficient private security firms. An article in Reason gives some […]

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The Transportation Security Administration has become infamous over the years for things that it doesn’t allow on planes. Consider these examples of the Keystone Cops in action. Confiscating a plastic hammer from a mentally retarded man. Detaining a woman for carrying breast milk. Hassling a woman for the unexplained red flag of having sequentially numbered […]

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The Transportation Security Administration has become infamous over the years for things that it doesn’t allow on planes. Consider these examples of the Keystone Cops in action. o Confiscating a plastic hammer from a mentally retarded man. o Detaining a woman for carrying breast milk. o Hassling a woman for the unexplained red flag of having sequentially numbered […]

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I’m wondering whether the Transportation Security Administration is a valuable part of government. Not because the bureaucracy does a good job, but instead because it does so many foolish things that it helps convince more people to become libertarians. Consider these horror stories. o Confiscating a plastic hammer from a mentally retarded man. o Detaining a woman […]

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The bad news is that there are despicable and evil people seeking to kill innocents. The worse news is that some of these pathetic excuses for protoplasm are subsidized by taxpayers. It’s happened in France, Australia, and the United Kingdom. And we now know that the Tsarnaev family was on he dole as well. Which […]

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This may be a sign of the apocalypse, but I’m going to praise a government agency. In the past, I’ve scorched the Transportation Security Administration for pointless and foolish “security theater.” I’ve commented on the TSA’s incompetence. I’ve shared some horror stories about TSA abuse. And I’ve posted many jokes about the Keystone Cops of […]

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Another good job by Remy and the folks at Reason TV. Last year, they produced this parody about Grandma’s Christmas visit to Gitmo. Now we see what happens when Santa tries to slip past the Transportation Security Administration. And if you’ve ever been curious about what a “hooha” is, here are two additional TSA Christmas […]

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I’ve written about the TSA being a wasteful, stupid, and ineffective bureaucracy, and I’ve also shared some good anti-TSA humor (see the links in this post, which also contains an amazing visual). Today, let’s focus on the wasteful and ineffective part. It seems that Keystone Cops of airport security have a new “pilot program” that […]

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I’ve commented on the TSA’s incompetence in previous posts. I’ve also shared some horror stories about TSA abuse. And I’ve posted many jokes about the Keystone Cops of airport security (for more laughs, see this, this, this, and this). But this graphic, sent to me by Tony Shin, is a superb visual display of what […]

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I’ve expressed my disdain for the bureaucrats from the Transportation Security Administration, including stories such as: o Confiscating a plastic hammer from a mentally retarded man. o Detaining a woman for carrying breast milk. o Hassling a woman for the unexplained red flag of having sequentially numbered checks. o Demanding that a handicapped 4-year old boy walk through a […]

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Remember the TSA hokey-pokey song? Well, now the folks at Reason TV have a new song to celebrate the bureaucrats clogging our airports. Here’s another version of the song with even better lyrics (and there’s also another bonus Christmas TSA song at the link).

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I’ve had some fun mocking the bureaucrats from the Transportation Security Administration, including stories such as: o Confiscating a plastic hammer from a mentally retarded man. o Detaining a woman for carrying breast milk. o Hassling a woman for the unexplained red flag of having sequentially numbered checks. o Demanding that a handicapped 4-year old […]

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As a frequent traveler, I have a special loathing for the TSA. And it’s not just because I get stuck in line behind families that take 20 minutes to go through security, just so the bureaucrats can confiscate toy soldiers, plastic hammers, toothpaste, and baby food. Or poke and prod 95-year old women with adult […]

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I’ve largely stopped beating up on the TSA because it seems like a dog-bites-man or sun-rises-in-the-east issue. Do we really learn anything by repetitively discussing the stupidity on one bureaucracy? But sometimes the idiocy reaches such an extreme level that it can’t be ignored. Here are the nauseating details of how TSA bureaucrats confiscated a […]

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Here’s a classic video from Reason TV mocking our intimate friends at the TSA. Enjoy…and share.

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My New Year’s Resolution was to stop making fun of the Transportation Security Administration. Not because I changed my mind about the bureaucracy and its level of (in)competence, but rather because I felt as if I was taking candy from a baby. Kicking the TSA is just too easy. But I can’t resist low-hanging fruit. […]

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This is really remarkable. We’re supposed to go through porno strip machines at the airport so the bureaucrats can detect firearms. Yet the Keystone Cops at the TSA in Dallas failed when an undercover agent tested their awareness by hiding a gun in her undergarments. They didn’t just fail. They. Failed. Every. Single. Time. Check […]

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I’m sick of the TSA and haven’t written about that incompetent bureaucracy since posting a mock press release early last month. But after enduring the slowest-moving line in recorded history at the Miami Airport yesterday, motivation is no longer a problem. So it was serendipitous (in a bad way) to see a story in the […]

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I suppose there’s a slight possibility, perhaps asymptotically approaching 100 percent, that this is a parody rather than a real press release, so enjoy with appropriate skepticism. Click to enlarge.

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Definitely clever. Share widely.

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I was thinking of doing a serious post about the TSA, especially after reading about the government’s petty and reprehensible attack on the pilot who exposed the bureaucracy’s absurdly inconsistent security rules. I also noticed a story about a 56-year old former rape victim who was arrested because she refused to let TSA bureaucrats grope […]

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We all grumble that going to the airport now means long lines and invasions of privacy, but we hope that at least we’re getting safety in exchange for all the hassle. But based on results of random tests, the only thing we can really conclude is that terrorists must be very stupid. When undercover agents […]

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Youtube made me state I was over 18 to watch this, though it really doesn’t deserve more than a PG rating.

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I want to stop blogging about this issue, but can’t resist sharing this video.

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I hate writing about the TSA and airport security, especially since I fly frequently and despise the pointless “security theater” of the whole process. I keep doing posts about the issue, though, because it seems a day doesn’t go by without some new revelation about foolish government action. Here’s a video (courtesy of Pejman Yousefzadeh […]

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The resolution on these is not exactly crisp. Clicking and zooming will give you a better view. In any event, many of them are worth the trouble. I think the last one is my favorite.

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Freedom, liberty, and common sense are all good things, which explains why I criticize the TSA’s bureaucratic approach to airport safety. But I’m a glass-half-full guy, so here’s one good argument for the TSA’s new guidelines. And since we’re having some fun at TSA’s expense, here’s how the Taiwanese interpret our policy.

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One of John Boehner’s first announcements after the GOP House takeover was that he would continue to fly commercial. This is in sharp contrast to Nancy Pelosi, who insisted on using luxury jets operated by the military. Boehner deserves praise for that decision, but he only gets two cheers rather than three since, like many […]

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Craigslist TSA Ad

Warning, this is not G-rated. Here’s the original link, though I won’t be surprised if it gets taken down.

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A pretty good summary of where we stand. I wonder if the IRS is getting jealous of their friends at the TSA?

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