Maybe you’ve read or heard this story about a mentally disabled man who was traveling with his family to Disney. The man carried with him a six-inch plastic toy hammer that his father said had been his “security blanket” of sorts for many years. Well, you can probably guess what happened when some TSA agents at Detroit Metro Airport spotted it.

Because of some redundant backup planning on the part of the man’s mother, and screeners who were distracted by an obvious threat to air security, things turned out okay. Here’s why:

The TSA took away one toy hammer, but they were still able to take another toy hammer on board the airplane. How did that happen?

Drew’s mother, always prepared, had another one in her backpack and that already passed through security with no problem.

If that doesn’t help highlight the exercises in futility that happen on a daily basis in the nation’s airports, nothing does.

This past week, Janet Napolitano said that concentrating screening efforts on young Muslim-looking males is “not good logic,” so it’s a real head-scratcher to see the kinds of things that are considered “good logic” on any given day. We’re in the best of hands:

Is J-Nap a composite of every gym teacher you ever had, or what?

Comments

One Response to “The TSA ‘Good Logic’ of the Week”

  1. cdl on June 12th, 2011 7:12 pm

    J-Nap basically said the guy asking the question didn't give her a "behavior" that would indicate sombody is an islamist hellbent on destruction and is therefore in need of being "profiled" to keep them off of airplanes.

    If they are displaying behavior that would indicate that they are a violent islamist it's probably too late to do anything anyway. Your plane is about to be destroyed.

    Here's some good logic for ya janet.

    If you are displaying behavior that would indicate that you are a flaming homosexual you're probably not going to blow up an airplane. Based on historical experience.

    However, if you are a male under the age of 40 with an arabic accent holding a one way plane ticket and a koran having been to a strip club the night before I think we should be a little bit worried. At least worried enough to pat you down and ask you a few questions.

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