View Full Version : Bureaucrats With Badges (The Joke Known As The TSA)

11-22-2009, 06:22 PM
Montana's Conrad Burns tells a sad, but revealing story about government bureaucrats and their rules.
Shortly after the Transportation Security Administration assumed control of airport security and Burns was still serving in Congress he was at Washington's National Airport for a flight home.
National is the airport used almost exclusively by members of Congress to fly in and out of the nation's capital.

Burns showed his U.S. Senate identification to a TSA agent who refused to accept it, telling him she was not familiar with the government-issued photo ID.

He had to produce another form of picture ID she demanded.

In an attempt to be funny, Burns offered his Sam's Club shopping card. The agent accepted it and sent Burns on his way.

There is no shortage of shameful exploits by TSA agents and other airport security personnel in the post 9/11 era.

An octogenarian World War II hero was delayed and repeatedly searched when he attempted to board a plan carrying his Congressional Medal of Honor.
A planeload of soldiers were forced to remain in their jetliner during a four-hour layover. TSA officials ruled the servicemen posed a security threat because they had weapons stored in the belly of the aircraft.
The soldiers were en route home after a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Another soldier, who had his jaw wired shut following surgery for a bullet wound, was prohibited from boarding his aircraft because he possessed a small pair of wire cutters required to cut open his jaw in a medical emergency.


Big Guy
11-22-2009, 09:56 PM
Common sense and common decency are not allowed in government agencies. If a government employee shows common sence or common decency that is not in concert with the letter of the rules and regulations they are reprimanded and often fired.