Lnglive1011yyz From Canada, joined Oct 2003, 1623 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 7444 times:
I don't understand why he was arrested. Why didn't the TSA just confiscate the blade?
Easy -- "Let's make an example -- this guys famous, if we arrest him, it'll show everyone how serious we are".
Unfortunately, the heightened security + this guys celebrity = over-reaction.
Yes, I agree, it is highly noted and communicated HOWEVER do you even realize how easy it is to accidentally pack something?
When we were going to CUN earlier this year, we got to the airport, and one of the bags we were checking (with a nail file in it) in was overweight. So, in a rush, we just grabbed stuff from that bag, and moved it into our carry-on.
It wasn't until we were PAST security that my friend noticed her nail file was in our carry on (was missed by security) so we quickly discarded it in a garbage.. Perfect example.
Mojo89 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 123 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 7240 times:
It is VERY easy to forget something that you have in your bag. Not long ago the TSA stopped me because I had a rather large pocket knife in my bag. I put it in there on a Friday afternoon, forgot it was there, and brought it in to work with me on Monday morning. I go through security EVERY DAY and totally forgot about it. Apparently the only thing that kept me from getting into any trouble was the fact that it was just shy of 4" long. They just kept it and I went on my way.
When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. -Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
Iairallie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 7196 times:
TSA has lowered their tolerance for "forgetting". There are fresh signs up at most checkpoints reminding you to check for restricted items and reiterating that they will prosecute violators. They have really started to crack down.
Ifly2eat From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 8 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 7117 times:
"Oh yes Mr. TSA agent I forgot that I had that thermo nuclear device hidden between the cover of my brief case."
Maybe one day we will start accepting responsibility for our own actions!
As far as him being a “marginal" celebrity, more like a celebrity in his own mind and no one else's. When I originally read the title of the thread, I thought it might have been the son of Michael Boyd (The Boyd Group) that always rails the TSA.
RoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 10389 posts, RR: 52
Reply 11, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 6914 times:
In New York both possesion and carrying a switchblade knive is illegal. This is a serious offense with up to a $10,000 fine and 9 months in jail, so it isn't just a TSA thing. The fact that it was found by the TSA is irrelevant because if a normal policeman found you with a switchblade, you would get in serious trouble in New York, so I wouldn't go on blaming the TSA alone. The TSA just enforced the law, and I see nothing wrong with that. If the had just let him go, then that would show that not only the TSA is weak, but that laws are not pertinent to everyone. He made an error in judgement for having one with him in general. Although I do agree that if it was found in checked luggage or elsewhere, it probably wouldn't have been as big of a deal, he deserved to .
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Womack17 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 496 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 5103 times:
To me the bigger question that isn't being asked is why does anyone have need of a switchblade for their personal use? A pocket knife is something that many people carry around, but I don't know anyone who would have need of a switchblade. That in and of itself seems like the bigger issue regarding this story.
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Aa777jr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 4978 times:
Last summer on my way to LHR from ORD, I had a green Swiss Army knife on me and they told me to mail it back to myself or let it be "junked" into their bind. Like I cared...guess they did with Incubus lead singer.