And if the hackers don’t kill you, the TSA will

Posted: August 8, 2011 by aliceaitch in Nanny State, Transportation Stupidity Assholes, WTF Is Wrong With Colorado

It’s a shame the Burger King upstairs from the security checkpoint has stolen all the real talent from the TSA. 

The Transportation Security Administration is apologizing to a pregnant woman, one day after she said her insulin and ice packs were confiscated by screeners at Denver International Airport.

The Aurora woman was traveling alone to a baby shower in Phoenix when she was questioned by a TSA agent as she went through security around 4 p.m. Thursday.

“He’s like, ‘Well, you’re a risk.’ I’m like, ‘Excuse me?’ And he’s like, ‘This is a risk … I can’t tell you why again. But this is at risk for explosives,’” the woman said. She asked 7NEWS not to use her name for fear of retaliation for speaking out.

So the TSA is apologizing for confiscating insulin their employees supposedly didn’t touch.  Insulin that comes in 10-ml bottles, which last I checked, is a bit smaller than 3.4 ounces.  (That pesky metric system, maybe it confuzzled the security screener.)

And to top it all off, they did such a piss-poor job of searching this woman’s bags that they left a bottle of this lethal plane-downing drug in her lunchbox.

I thought our economy was in the toilet and our unemployment rate was sky-high.  If that’s really the case, why can’t the TSA hire some competent employees who are capable of making sound judgment calls?

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Comments
  1. She ought to have pulled out an air compressed 400cc instant ejector dart gun and blasted this asshole…lets see how he enjoys an insulin overload! Where do they get these dickbrains? Can be BK, went there earlier with the kids before going to the park and they have theyre requisite heavily facial pierced morons…so they have to be taking them from GM, GE or the suspended but still at school teachers and janitors who are on perv suspension and dressed them up to play TSA on TV!

  2. Dave says:

    Because people with sound judgement know better than to join the TSA…

  3. Did she have it in bottles? I didn’t see that in the story.

    That said, it shouldn’t matter. From the TSA’s own website these things are supposed to be just fine.:

    Insulin and insulin loaded dispensing products (vials or box of individual vials, jet injectors, biojectors, epipens, infusers, and preloaded syringes;
    Unlimited number of unused syringes when accompanied by insulin or other injectable medication;
    lancets, blood glucose meters, blood glucose meter test strips, alcohol swabs, meter-testing solutions;[WTF? test strips? McGuyver himself couldn’t fashion a weapon out of a freaking test strip!]
    Insulin pump and insulin pump supplies (cleaning agents, batteries, plastic tubing, infusion kit, catheter, and needle); Insulin pumps and supplies must be accompanied by insulin.
    Glucagon emergency kit;
    Urine ketone test strips;
    Unlimited number of used syringes when transported in Sharps disposal container or other similar hard-surface container.
    Sharps disposal containers or similar hard-surface disposal container for storing used syringes and test strips.

    Insulin in any form or dispenser must be clearly identified.

    I don’t know of a form or injector of insulin that isn’t clearly identified. Seriously.

    They try this with me, and I’m likely to tell them point blank “Don’t worry about the injectables, Chet. Worry about me driving this handful of tiny little needles into your eyeballs if you don’t give me my meds back.”

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