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LAX Security Confiscate British Grandmas M16 Rifle

Tue Aug 06, 2002 2:40 am



The gun seized by security (actual size) Big grin

Tue, Aug 6, 2002

AIRPORT security staff confiscated a TWO-INCH plastic gun from a toy soldier, it was revealed yesterday.


British tourist Judy Powell, 55, bought a GI Joe doll in America as a gift for her seven-year-old grandson George.

Security officials at Los Angeles airport found the toy — similar to Action Man — when they searched Judy’s bags before she boarded a flight to London.

Then they took the figure out of its box and confiscated its tiny replica Armalite rifle.

Judy revealed: “They examined the toy as if it was going to shoot them.

“Then they asked me if there were toy grenades as well. I thought they were joking, but they weren’t smiling — they were deadly serious.”

Judy, from Walton-on-the-Hill, Surrey, added: “I couldn’t believe it.

“I can understand them wanting to ban weapons or things that look like weapons, but surely common sense has to take over at some point.

“I was really angry at first because of the absurdity of the situation, but then I saw the funny side and realised it was simple lunacy.

“The whole world is going mad if we resort to such stupid measures.”

Judy, who bought Beanie Babies for her other grandchildren, joked: “At least THEY weren’t subjected to body searches.”

George’s mum Becky, 29, said the lad was “really upset” when he realised his GI Joe had been disarmed.

She said: “Even though he’s seven years old George knew the toy was missing an important part.

“I explained what had happened, but he just kept shaking his head saying it was silly and ‘Don’t those people understand the gun was a toy? and couldn’t shoot’.”

Airport security has been tightened since the terrorist attacks of September 11, and airlines can now ban anything resembling a weapon.

Security chiefs at Los Angeles airport said: “We have instructions to confiscate anything that looks like a weapon or a replica.

“If GI Joe was carrying a replica then it had to be taken from him.”



http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2002360334,00.html/


 
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RE: LAX Security Confiscate British Grandmas M16 Rifle

Tue Aug 06, 2002 2:52 am

You're posting a sotry from the SUN?

You should be slapped.

It's not real, just so you know.

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RE: LAX Security Confiscate British Grandmas M16 Rifle

Tue Aug 06, 2002 2:53 am

The death of common sense in America. Sadly, I am not surprised.
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RE: LAX Security Confiscate British Grandmas M16 Rifle

Tue Aug 06, 2002 3:07 am

They probably confiscated it because the M16 is a heap of junk. If GI Joe had been equipped with an AK47 he'd have had no problems. Big grin
 
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RE: LAX Security Confiscate British Grandmas M16 Rifle

Tue Aug 06, 2002 4:04 am

I'm feeling safer and safer everyday I read stories like this.  Yeah sure
 
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RE: LAX Security Confiscate British Grandmas M16 Rifle

Tue Aug 06, 2002 6:19 am

I can understand the security-concious attitude at US airports, but some common sense has to prevail, i mean, what's a 55 year old Brit gonna do to harm security?  Nuts
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RE: LAX Security Confiscate British Grandmas M16 Rifle

Tue Aug 06, 2002 6:23 am

I think he'll be better off with a LAW or a RPG  Smile
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RE: LAX Security Confiscate British Grandmas M16 Rifle

Tue Aug 06, 2002 6:25 am

I'm surprised they didn't evacuate the terminal.
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RE: LAX Security Confiscate British Grandmas M16 Rifle

Tue Aug 06, 2002 7:04 am

Just be happy she didnt purchase a toy tank to go along with it.
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RE: LAX Security Confiscate British Grandmas M16 Rifle

Tue Aug 06, 2002 7:19 am

Get one CREDIBLE news source....not another gossip mag (and that's putting it politely)...to verify this, and I'll believe it. I hope to God this does not represent a "credible" news organization in the UK.

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RE: LAX Security Confiscate British Grandmas M16 Rifle

Tue Aug 06, 2002 8:47 am

How friggin stupid can these people be? Airport security people need to be rounded up and have brain transplants.
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RE: LAX Security Confiscate British Grandmas M16 Rifle

Tue Aug 06, 2002 8:58 am

Soon they're gonna be confiscating barbie dolls!  Big grin
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RE: LAX Security Confiscate British Grandmas M16 Rifle

Tue Aug 06, 2002 9:00 am

Tools have their place in society. As least they didn't take her to jail.
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RE: LAX Security Confiscate British Grandmas M16 Rifle

Tue Aug 06, 2002 10:41 am

Credible news source - well let's try the BBC!!!

Real funny how none of the American media have picked this up (from what I can see), but sadly it represents the absolute IDIOCY of the screening process.

My last trip out of the USA, I had to unpack and dismantle a model train because it had "wires" in it. Fortunately ANZ held the aircraft (I was a premium pax) while LAX security looked for a method to power the train to see if it worked.

Perhaps if the USA was not quite as arrogant, and looked at how other countries who have a long history of local terrorism, handle situations then your wonderful country would not be fast becoming the butt of everone's jokes from around the world.

Actually I think that the "security" at an airport will not stop the next act of terrorism. If you pay workers a pittance, eventually a dissenting power will offer one of those people a lot of money to circumvent the process. Hell, the Russians did it to the UK and USA for 40 years!!!

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RE: LAX Security Confiscate British Grandmas M16 R

Tue Aug 06, 2002 10:56 am

Hey Oz777,

You should thank us for "fast becoming the butt of everone's jokes from around the world"......maybe they'll stop laughing at you Aussies!
 
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RE: LAX Security Confiscate British Grandmas M16 Rifle

Tue Aug 06, 2002 11:26 am

Show me the BBC story to confirm it then. I know that the UK has credible news sources...this supermarket tabloid not being one of them. Show me something credible.

In my experience, Oz777, if you want to observe arrogance, you call up Canberra claiming to represent an Asian nation and listen to the lecture you receive.


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RE: LAX Security Confiscate British Grandmas M16 Rifle

Tue Aug 06, 2002 11:29 am

Tell me TommyBoy - when was the last time the "world" (and I just don't mean the USA) laughed at us Aussies.

Was it because we showed the world how an Olympic Games should be run - or is it we began "grilling" executives of failed companies as a matter of course!!!

Oh I know - it was when we stopped some illegal immigrants from entering our country by using a Norwegian Container ship.

Yep, that's it!!!

But on a more serious note, most of the terrorist "actions' have involved aircraft with a destination in the USA. That means that checking people "leaving" the USA are not the real threat. Yes I understand that it might then create a window of opportunity, but again, passengers who have flown in and are leaving present a different profile - just ask about how Customs (and most Immigration jurisdictions) profile the people they want to question. Far more scientific that confiscating a tiny plastic toy, imported from China and sold in a US store.

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RE: LAX Security Confiscate British Grandmas M16 Rifle

Tue Aug 06, 2002 11:42 am

No kidding! but the story from BBC is here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/2173150.stm



"A doll caused a security alert at an American airport because its two-inch plastic gun was considered a dangerous weapon.
Judy Powell, 55, from Walton on the Hill, Surrey, bought the GI Joe toy in Las Vegas and packed it in her hand luggage.

But security staff at Los Angeles International Airport refused to let Mrs Powell on board the plane with the replica rifle.

Mrs Powell had to put the gift - minus the rifle - in her suitcase so it could go in the aircraft's hold.



If GI Joe was carrying a replica then it had to be taken from him

Los Angeles International Airport

Mrs Powell said: "I was simply stunned when I realised they were serious.

"Security examined the toy as if it was going to shoot them and looked at the rifle.

"I was really angry to start with because of the absurdity of the situation.

"But then I saw the funny side of it and thought this was simple lunacy."

A spokesman for Los Angeles International Airport said: "We have instructions to confiscate anything that looks like a weapon or a replica.

"If GI Joe was carrying a replica then it had to be taken from him." " - BBC




 
cwapilot
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RE: LAX Security Confiscate British Grandmas M16 Rifle

Tue Aug 06, 2002 12:24 pm

That's what I was looking for. An actual source. Why it would be played up into some major story, I have no idea, other than America-bashing is fashionable these days. Also, the added security on outgoing international flights had always been standard...to answer your ?'s about outbound flights.

I chalk this one up to the general ignorance and stupidity of LAX employees. A few years back, when going through security at LAX in the international terminal bound for Indonesia, for some reason they asked me to go to one line, and my wife to go to another. I went through and looked back, only to find Mr. Plastic Badge trying to pick up on my wife, and pulling her underwear out of her carry on. I went over, put the stuff back in her bag and asked for his supervisor, who turned out to be his buddy who split us into different lines to begin with. He then took her fake Swiss army knife key chain, opened the fake plastic knife and told her she would have to walk all the way back to the Garuda ticket counter to have it checked in....it was a lock blade, he said. I took the keys off, handed it to him, and told him to give it to his kid for Christmas, as he probably knew how to turn this thing that couldn't even cut a banana into a weapon. LAX will definitely have to look beyond the public housing projects for security screeners in the future.

This sort of thing has been a problem at LAX and some other airports for a while. Another convenient bit for European news outlets to pick up on in their quest to belittle the United States. Way to use up bandwidth!

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RE: LAX Security Confiscate British Grandmas M16 Rifle

Tue Aug 06, 2002 12:48 pm

I had a F/O that was returning home on NWA from Honolulu with his wife and 5 year old son. His son's GI Joe weapons were seized by security. After he boarded with his wife, and crying son, he was able to talk to the Captain. The Captain left the aircraft, went to security and retrieved the weapon.

If pilots flew airplanes using the same level of judgement used by the TSA from the top down we would all be dead within a year.
 
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RE: LAX Security Confiscate British Grandmas M16 Rifle

Tue Aug 06, 2002 1:32 pm

I'm affraid to say this but the US has gone nuts  Nuts
 
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RE: LAX Security Confiscate British Grandmas M16 Rifle

Tue Aug 06, 2002 1:37 pm

I'm affraid to say this but the US has gone nuts

Would you rather that this grandmother hijacked the plane and killed millions of civilians with a 2-inch plastic gun? Big grin
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RE: LAX Security Confiscate British Grandmas M16 Rifle

Tue Aug 06, 2002 2:13 pm

OK....thread's complete, you can shut off the lights and lock up now. Hkgspotter got his ignorant jab in at the United States.
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RE: LAX Security Confiscate British Grandmas M16 Rifle

Tue Aug 06, 2002 2:45 pm

Our tax dollars at work...
 
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RE: LAX Security Confiscate British Grandmas M16 Rifle

Tue Aug 06, 2002 9:21 pm

Does anyone know what BOHICA stands for? Well, this is a case of BOHICA. Tell you later, if you can't guess.
 
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RE: LAX Security Confiscate British Grandmas M16 Rifle

Tue Aug 06, 2002 10:34 pm

No guess on BOHICA? Sigh!! Oh well, here it is.

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Now smile nice to the security person!!
 
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RE: LAX Security Confiscate British Grandmas M16 Rifle

Tue Aug 06, 2002 11:03 pm

"Another convenient bit for European news outlets to pick up on in their quest to belittle the United States."

*Yawn*

"Why it would be played up into some major story, I have no idea, other than America-bashing is fashionable these days."

Maybe because the situation is absurd??
 
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RE: LAX Security Confiscate British Grandmas M16 Rifle

Tue Aug 06, 2002 11:37 pm

*Yawn* another bit of European wisdom...you guys had better start watching your hot air emissions levels, or it may put you above the Kyoto limits.

What is absurd is taking a few isolated, unusual incidents at AIRPORTS (generally not known for their healthy, stable environments) and stringing them together in order to characterize the situation in an entire nation the size of your entire continent. The incidents themselves are absurd, and they can hardly be used to characterize the situation in the nation as a whole. So, to make the jump from the moronic actions of some undereducated rent-a-cop to "America has gone nuts" is, I agree, absurd. You guys just can't seem to discuss the rediculous incident without making that leap, and therein lies the problem. This incident can't even be used to generalize about the situation in other airports around the country. Having recently gone through O'Hare, I have never seen the usually ignorant and lazy airport security employees taking their jobs so seriously...it was almost refreshing!

Again, the only reason it is paid any attention in the European media is because America-bashing is trendy, and fast becoming the top hobby in your part of the world.
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RE: LAX Security Confiscate British Grandmas M16 Rifle

Wed Aug 07, 2002 12:00 am

Cwapilot,
it sounds like YOU are the one taking a few comments here and there and use them to characterize an entire continent....
 
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RE: LAX Security Confiscate British Grandmas M16 Rifle

Wed Aug 07, 2002 12:26 am

"Maybe because the situation is absurd??"

Just to clarify: What I mean is that the situation this Grandmother found herself in was absurd. I think most of us agree on that.
I was not commenting on the state of security in the US in general.

I still find Cwapilot's Europe-bashing silly, though.
 
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RE: LAX Security Confiscate British Grandmas M16 Rifle

Wed Aug 07, 2002 1:28 am

Serves them right for buying "GI Joe". They should have been patriotic and bought "Action Man" (the UK equivalent).
 
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RE: LAX Security Confiscate British Grandmas M16 Rifle

Wed Aug 07, 2002 2:21 am

Funny how that shit is coming from an americans mouth!
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RE: LAX Security Confiscate British Grandmas M16 Rifle

Wed Aug 07, 2002 4:56 am

cwapilot, take it easy man! I live in the US and have traveled a lot since 9/11 and I have to agree that security at airports has reached a level of absurdity. Yes, most of the time there are no problems but I've seen my share of ridiculous actions in the name of security.

Take for example the very elderly and frail gentleman I was behind in line at LAX. When he went through the magnetometer he set it off. They searched him and found a beautiful silver and gold inlaid cigar cutter. Of course, it was deemed to be a weapon that had to be confiscated... what was the old guy going to do with it... cut off the tip of someone's pinky (or winkie  Smile/happy/getting dizzy)?

The screeners just did their job so the problem lies squarely with the rule makers inside the beltway. They have completely missed the point when it comes to screening passengers. I'm sure that 90% of what people carry on a plane can be used as a weapon of some sort (not to mention things that are already on the plane)... so what's the point of singling out a few objects and calling them objectionable?

We (the US) are becoming the butt of the jokes because of rulemakers who have lost touch with reality. Blame them, not the folks here on the forum or all Americans at large.

Sunil

PS: Oh, and you better get on Leno’s case for making fun of airport security.

PPS: Arsenal@LHR: your comment is completely uncalled for.

 
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RE: LAX Security Confiscate British Grandmas M16 Rifle

Wed Aug 07, 2002 5:43 am

I too agree that the security situation is bizarre. But I also agree with CWA that it is offensive to see childish knee jerk reactions from people like HK Spotter and OZ777 and the rest of the anti-American league jump at the chance to generalize about American idiocy, clearly implying that their own wonderful countries are free of any imperfections. Come on guys, 9/11 is still less than a year gone ansd security remains a major concern. Are we approaching this in a perfect way, of course not. There is no perfect way. We could emulate Europe, but then you'd be forgetting how the French nearly brought down an AA 767 through absolutely shocking incompetence. Prior to 9/11 in fact, most major terrorist acts involving commercial aircraft originated in oh so perfect Europe (Indian Airlines, Pan Am, TWA etc). Bottom line, the GI Joe episode is absurd, but at the same time our level is paranoia is justified. There are 1000s of people actively planning the murders of as many Americans as possible in the shortest amount of time. Australia is not in a similar situation nor is HKSpotty's little garden of Eden. Sometimes I wonder if you guys lope the pony every time you get the chance to criticize the US and bolster your wild claims that the US is a nation of 270M retards. God, imagine if we were smart..
 
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RE: LAX Security Confiscate British Grandmas M16 Rifle

Wed Aug 07, 2002 6:21 am

Wingman,

Fact is that no Europeans have made "anti-American" remarks in this thread - so the comments about Europe and the European media are offensive and completely uncalled-for.
 
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RE: LAX Security Confiscate British Grandmas M16 Rifle

Wed Aug 07, 2002 7:14 am

Wingman:

1. Indian Airlines are a regional carrier, that would be in the region India's in. That region isn't, as you suggest, Europe.....

2. I should imagine everyone will stop laughing at silliness in America, when silly things stop happening in America.

3. Silly things don't only happen in America, when silliness occurs elsewhere that gets laughed at too!

OK I'm only mucking around, I don't suppose you were really suggesting India's in Europe. My guess is you're simply ignorant to even basic facts of that case, but choose to pontificate anyway. Would I be right in guessing that's another American Steriotype?

Fact is American's aren't big fat ignorant loud mouths (despite Wingmans efforts to fool us), idiot airport security guards can be found worldwide plus had this occured at London Heathrow an even bigger fuss and sarcastic tones would have provaled.

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RE: LAX Security Confiscate British Grandmas M16 Rifle

Wed Aug 07, 2002 7:39 am

Nik, no offense intended or implied at Europe, Europeans or the local media. Not sure where you inferred that in my post. Simply pointing out that prior to 9/11 just about every major terrorist act involving commercial aircraft occurred in Western Europe. We certainly leapfrogged you guys in this highly dubious distinction in a single day but we Americans are about breaking records, no matter what the type.

Ryanair, chill my brother. I was referring to Air India (my mistake in saying Indian Airlines) out of the UK some 10-15 years ago, 230+ killed when a terrorist bomb made its way through security. TWA I believe was out of Greece and Pan Am originating in FRA. Could be wrong about TWA if the nutters boarded in the ME, if not then all three and the near miss with the tennnis shoe wacko out of Paris would indicate that others most certainly suffer from security problems as well.

I still don't mind the extra security or losing nail clippers and cigar cutters during the extra rampway security checks. The story above remains ludicrous but the fact remains that the 9/11 mental cases did what they did with box cutters. IMO, it is not inconceivable that 2-3 terrorists could easily grab hold of 2-3 toddlers on any given flight and threaten to cut their throats with the nail clipper filing blade until the pilots opened up the cockpit. Would this ever happen, I don't think so. Could it happen though? It's NOT impossible. Pilots are human in the end and who knows what they'd do with 2 toddlers down and 1 to go. As stupid as these new procedures may seems, the poor sods are just trying to prevent another catastrophe. It's unfortunate the government doesn't see the wisdom of making this type of work more valued by federalizing the system and tripling or quadrupling wages. A small investment when weighed against the $60B cost of 9/11.
 
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RE: LAX Security Confiscate British Grandmas M16 Rifle

Wed Aug 07, 2002 7:42 am

I was referring to Air India (my mistake in saying Indian Airlines) out of the UK some 10-15 years ago, 230+ killed when a terrorist bomb made its way through security

You are referring to the AI 182 incident from 1985. That flight originated in CANADA, which last time I checked, wasn't in Europe either.
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RE: LAX Security Confiscate British Grandmas M16 Rifle

Wed Aug 07, 2002 8:04 am

Christ Almighty I beg thee for forgiveness. I hereby submit myself for corporal punishment by the members of this forum for making a mistake. Jeez, tough crowd. Canada's not part of the US either so my comment that others, meaning other countries, have a record of lax security stands as is.
 
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RE: LAX Security Confiscate British Grandmas M16 Rifle

Wed Aug 07, 2002 8:35 am

I agree it's a bit extreme but think about it, is this a positive result of security measures? They have set the rules and, as absured as it seems in this case, they are sticking to them. That has to be a good sign.

Could they now use the slogan 'Security has been tighened up that much that even GI Joe gets disarmed'?

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RE: LAX Security Confiscate British Grandmas M16 Rifle

Wed Aug 07, 2002 8:45 am

Wingman,
maybe I shouldn't have addressed my post to you, but my point was that Cwa's remarks about Europe where just as offensive to me as the comments made by OZ were to you - especially since there have been no posts by "the rest of the anti-American league", as you wrote, in this thread.
 
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RE: LAX Security Confiscate British Grandmas M16 Rifle

Wed Aug 07, 2002 10:45 pm

it is not inconceivable that 2-3 terrorists could easily grab hold of 2-3 toddlers on any given flight and threaten to cut their throats with the nail clipper filing blade until the pilots opened up the cockpit.

Well, they could do the same with a broken wine bottle... so no glass onboard.... they could threaten to poke the kids eyes out with their fingers (as in the movie Blade Runner)... so we should all be shackled while on board. They could beat someone to a pulp with an on-board fire extinguisher... so they should be removed...

See how absurd this can get? Banning guns and knifes... ok. But the rest... pointless.... Invasive checkin procedures... also pointless. The government's own people say it doesn't work...

IMHO  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Sunil
 
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RE: LAX Security Confiscate British Grandmas M16 Rifle

Thu Aug 08, 2002 8:34 am

Just to add fire to the flame, I read an interesting post on PPRUNE today about a mother somewhere in the US, NY I believe, that was forced to down three bottles of breast milk she was carrying for her toddler in order to prove there wasn't a bomb concealed inside. I'm dead serious gentlemen. This reminded me of one of my recent trips where a gate agent was asked to run her bottle of water, which was contained inside clear plastic, through the xray machine. We all had a good laugh at that one but the security guy just couldn't see the humor in it. Maybe he thought there was a stealth device inside, some kind of Klingon grenade, that would materialize under the scope.

Another day another laugh. Houston, we've lost all our marbles.