TSA worker: “But Hawaii is a foreign country!”

by Amy Alkon on April 11, 2013

Luckily (or unluckily) for us, the TSA is just a security puppet show, not real security. We took care of actual security by reinforcing cockpit doors and by coming to understand that passengers will no longer silently submit to would-be attackers.

Meaningful security is the sort done by trained intelligence officers, using probable cause to root out plots ahead of time — not by waiting until people get to the airport, massed together in crowded lines, and having unskilled workers feel up their genitals.

Well, reinforcing what most of us who have looked into the dead eyes of a TSA worker already know, there’s this posting from FlyerTalk by “RedWingsFan” :

Hawaii is not a state according to the TSA agent

I just went through the TSA expedited line at O’Hare. I handed my boarding pass and driver’s license to the TSA agent — she’s like we don’t accept foreign driver’s licenses. I informed the agent that Hawaii is a state. She’s was adamant that it was a foreign country. Calls her supervisor over and proceeds to ask him if Hawaii was a state or not. He’s like yes! And rolls his eyes!

Where do the Feds find these employees?!

Where indeed.

  • Lala

    I’ve gotten that response from a Customs agent upon seeing my NM birth certificate (when you could still travel to the Caribbean w/o a passport.) I remember looking at the guy, furrowing my brow and asking for a supervisor. Of course, the sup. let me through and was very apologetic…

    But yes, in the course of my life several people have asked me when I became a citizen after they learned I was born in New Mexico. I laugh, and tell them it’s the 47th state. Of course I can now thank Breaking Bad for introducing millions more people to the wonders of the “Land of Enchantment.” ;)

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