March 27, 2008


Not only are you safe from the danger posed by keyring-sized pocket knives and tweezers; you're now also safe from body jewelry!

Hooray! Thank you, TSA! I say, let the terrorists grow their eyebrows out! That'll teach 'em.

UPDATE: Gloria Allred is involved, now. Insty says the expression on her face is "scary," but IIRC that's her normal expression: she favors the severe schoolmarmish look.

I'm glad that the woman who was picked on by silly people at the TSA is pursuing this. And I'm glad she has a staunch defender in Gloria—though sometimes, to be perfectly honest, Gloria unwittingly reminds me what the things are that I don't like about feminism. And about many attorneys (sorry, Glenn et al.).

Posted by Attila Girl at March 27, 2008 08:43 PM | TrackBack

Just another stick for the raving libertarian fire in me.

I don't know, just guessing here, but I suspect the legislation that established the TSA probably is loaded with protections barring lawsuits against the TSA or its employees.

Posted by: Desert Cat at March 28, 2008 05:59 AM

It's not policy. You give some people a little authority and they abuse it. Give the Left any authority and you'll curse the day you were born.

Posted by: Darrell at March 28, 2008 01:16 PM

But the tweezers thing is policy. So, not only is the policy crazy, but the implementation gets even crazier than policy suggests it should.

I mean, I've never been asked to take off the jewelry on my earlobes. Totally unnecessary. I was once asked by a security screener at an event what the metal item was in my pocket. "I don't need to see it," he told me. "I just need to know what it is." (It was a lipstick tube.)

I also don't want to put too fine a point on this, but ANY WOMAN who has breasts of any heft whatsoever has to wear an underwire bra. Once the TSA has decided it can hassle people for body jewelry, it's well within its rights to make me take my bra off, which is just silly.

From then, it's requiring those with pacemakers and artificial knees to rip them out. We cannot take the attitude that "all my piercings are in conventional places, so this isn't a problem." It's a big problem.

Posted by: Attila Girl at March 28, 2008 01:42 PM

Tweezers can be machined to use as screwdrivers; same with small pocket knives. If you have a separate plastic handle made for it, you'll have the torque of a full-size version. Why? To assemble/disassemble something you're not supposed to. With a handle, those little tweezers/knives can be made into formidable weapons.

Not all underwire bras use metals. Plus they sell "frequent flier" bras that avoid the use of any metal, even for the clasps/hooks/closures. Then there's always something like the Bra-llelujah(Spanx). Seems like they need mechanical engineers in the bra-biz, with a knowledge of Aramid fibers and such. When faced with a problem like airport security or global warming, "engineer" types like you and me look for workarounds, not taxes or grumbling.

This is as good a time as any to show you some amazing new materials/uses coming up.

Posted by: Darrell at March 28, 2008 09:05 PM

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