The TSA Proves its Own Irrelevance

From Schneier on Security:

Have you wondered what $1.2 billion in airport security gets you? The TSA has compiled its own “Top 10 Good Catches of 2011”:

10) Snakes, turtles, and birds were found at Miami (MIA) and Los Angeles (LAX). I’m just happy there weren’t any lions, tigers, and bears…


3) Over 1,200 firearms were discovered at TSA checkpoints across the nation in 2011. Many guns are found loaded with rounds in the chamber. Most passengers simply state they forgot they had a gun in their bag.

2) A loaded .380 pistol was found strapped to passenger’s ankle with the body scanner at Detroit (DTW). You guessed it, he forgot it was there…

1) Small chunks of C4 explosives were found in passenger’s checked luggage in Yuma (YUM). Believe it or not, he was brining it home to show his family.

That’s right; not a single terrorist on the list. Mostly forgetful, and entirely innocent, people. Note that they fail to point out that the firearms and knives would have been just as easily caught by pre-9/11 screening procedures. And that the C4 — their #1 “good catch” — was on the return flight; they missed it the first time. So only 1 for 2 on that one.


  1. Let’s not forget their act of bravery in defending the homeland last fall when I went to Florida and god forbid, I put the travel deodorant in with the liquids.

    Disaster was averted when an alert TSA agent pointed out my grievous error and dumped the contents of my carry on bag onto the table.

    Thousands of lives were saved. All flights made it to their destination, passengers innocent of how perilously close they came to flying with stick of Secret rubbing against a 3 oz bottle of Head and Shoulders.

  2. And all this effort is for nothing. No one will ever be able to hijack a plane ever again. The passengers will rise up immediately and attack without hesitation.

    There is no need for this much intervention. No one will eer take over a passenger plane again.

  3. From Google:

    ter·ror·ism /?ter??riz?m/
    The use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims

    I’ve come to the conclusion that the U.S. government is engaging in a form of meta-terrorism. They’re using the threat of [the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims] in the pursuit of political aims. The fact that the TSA is ineffective as a means of preventing a terrorist attack is irrelevant. It’s main goal is as a propaganda piece meant to keep the threat of terrorism forefront in your mind.

    Oh my god. Am I becoming one of those guys?

  4. Fire them all, I saw them pull two old ladies out of the boarding line, not the security line, and go through their purses. Illegal search and seizure, they have no real authority and I want all of them fired and the whole bureaucracy dismantled.

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