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TSA Log Shows Passengers Say the Darndest Things 427

Posted by timothy
from the save-your-rapier-like-wit-for-the-clamdiggers-back-home dept.
coondoggie writes "There is no humor in an airport. It's a fact. And while most travelers business or otherwise know that, there are a few out there who haven't gotten the message or perhaps the choose to ignore it. Either way the 'People Say the Darndest Things' or 'What Not to Say at an Airport' section has become one of the more popular destinations on the TSA Blog site." The collected wit and wisdom of airline passengers linked unfortunately does not distinguish between stupidity (claiming that you have a bomb to get through security faster) and seemingly sensible questions that get at the heart of the problems with the current and long-running engagement of Homeland Security Theater. (It's also hard to know whether some passengers might have innocently thought their tone, facial expression, body language or context would have served as notice that they weren't actually threatening murder.)
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TSA Log Shows Passengers Say the Darndest Things

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  • Cool story bro. (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 04, 2013 @02:00PM (#43359771)

    Repeats the same three anecdotes 11 times. Stupid people will say the word "bomb" sarcastically. Headline news.

  • Print version (Score:4, Informative)

    by XxtraLarGe (551297) on Thursday April 04, 2013 @02:04PM (#43359855) Journal
    The layout of this article was awful. Here's the print version [networkworld.com] so you can see them all on one page.
  • Re:Cool story bro. (Score:5, Informative)

    by daern (526012) on Thursday April 04, 2013 @02:08PM (#43359901)

    Repeats the same three anecdotes 11 times. Stupid people will say the word "bomb" sarcastically. Headline news.

    ...and stupid people take them seriously.

  • by gstoddart (321705) on Thursday April 04, 2013 @03:01PM (#43360681) Homepage

    That's hard for some people when you find out that your conecting flight has your luggage, but you are 30 seconds late to board, so all your belongings are headed on, but not you.

    That's odd, because for the last 10 years, when they're calling the flight and if you don't come to the desk, they say they'll pull your luggage. They're not supposed to let your luggage fly without you. If they're putting your luggage on and not you, I think they're in violation of FAA policy.

    And, the people you need to be angry with are the agents of the airlines NOT the security folks. The customer dis-service reps deserve a little ire now and then. But getting into it with security is just asking for trouble.

    I've been flying long enough that I allocate *lots* of time to make connecting flights -- like 1.5-2 hours minimum to absorb any delays, more if it's winter or an international flight. Mostly because I've learned you need to account for delays and other things which work against you.

    Any time I see someone who allocated 20 minutes to catch a connecting flight, I just shake my head, because it was never realistic for you to make that connection in the first place. In some airports it can take more than that to get to your next gate if it's in a different concourse.

  • by nospam007 (722110) * on Thursday April 04, 2013 @04:40PM (#43362197)

    "I'm no Bush fan, but I don't think he ever said that."

    There's a wikipedia page about that sentence from him.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You're_either_with_us,_or_against_us [wikipedia.org]

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