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Adam Savage: TSA saw my junk, missed 12″ razor blades

Ok, this is both hysterical and illustrative of why I dislike the TSA security protocols. I don’t personally care if they see or touch my junk. I would happily strip naked and walk through the scanner if it just meant getting through the line faster.

I dislike the TSA security protocols because they don’t actually work. There’s a reason the term “security theatre” was coined, and why it’s appropriate here.

Adam Savage: TSA saw my junk, missed 12″ razor blades

The TSA isn’t the most respected of governmental agencies right now, but at least it comes by the poor reputation honestly. The lack of standards, inconsistent application of searches and policies, and occasional rude agent all combine to make flying an unpleasant experience. It’s often derided as “security theater,” which describes the experience of Mythbuster Adam Savage before a recent flight.

Savage was put through the full-body scanner, and while he joked that it made his penis feel small, no one seemed to notice the items he was carrying on his person. The video tells the rest of the story.


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  1. they didn’t notice that I went into the airport with a bartender’s wine key, either, which has a 3″ knife in it. I had totally forgotten about it myself.

    • oh, and a lighter. forgot that I also had the lighter in my purse. They seized my diet coke bottle, btw. but not the stuff that burns.

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