This sandwich is the bomb! Oops. TSA agents are on the case!

Jason Michael Cruz learned the hard way about the brainiacs populating the TSA.

Cruz was detained and missed his flight because a TSA clerk overheard him talking about a sandwich that was “the bomb.”

Before all the TSA apologists come crawling out of the woodwork, let me ask you something: do you think that if a person were actually planning to bomb something, that that person would talk about it so openly and cavalierly?

I know I’m asking you to use logic here, but go with me on this.

Do you really think Acme Terrorists, Inc. are going around blithely talking about bombs within earshot of everyone else? Really??

The TSA clerk probably got a merit badge for her quick thinking in reporting the Scary Terroristy Threat to a supervisor, and that supervisor probably got promoted. Meanwhile, Cruz missed his flight.

Oh, well. We already know that the Department of Homeland Security has a list of Big Scary Terroristy Words for which they’re combing your emails and social media accounts. I guess it makes sense that its partner agency, the TSA, is likewise on the look-out.

(Photo courtesy of the Gothamist and Yelp)

  • nullifidian

    And it’s not just the TSA. Sometimes it’s the cops.

    This reminds me of the “bomb scare” that happened in Athens, Ohio when someone noticed that a sticker reading “THIS BIKE IS A PIPE BOMB” was stuck to one of the bicycles on the Ohio U. campus. As if a master criminal would, after having cleverly disguised a pipe bomb as a bicycle, then put a sticker on his handiwork showing everybody how clever he’d been.

    In fact, the sticker was merchandise from a punk band in Florida named—wait for it…—”This Bike is a Pipe Bomb”. Wow, who could have foreseen that?

    Unfortunately, they didn’t discover that fact until after they’d destroyed the bicycle and the owner of it had been arrested. *facepalm*

  • Outland10

    Thug imbeciles. Cruz was overheard on the escalator, no less, not even at the checkpoint.

    TSA staff forces two people to miss a flight for no reason other than their own sick power trip. To teach the two a lesson.

    Those TSA creeps should pay the ticket change for Cruz and his friend.

    • He said it in line for the check point, they stopped him at the escalator that took you out of the checkpoint. Matt didn’t Miss the flight, and Jason made it back before our flight took off, but they changed his flight (free of charge) because they thought he might miss it.
      He was brought in for talking about bringing something on the plane that looked like a bomb. Even he admits it was entirely reasonable.

      • Glad you guys made your flight. But sorry, I don’t find it “entirely reasonable.” The TSA overreacted. Par for the course.

  • Kitten

    And this is why I cannot travel — I cannot purchase a sandwich or whatever in the “secure” area because there is NOTHING they have which is safe for me to eat. If the TSA confiscates my food, I have two options: go hungry and risk collapsing when my blood sugar drops, or eat something non-permitted and risk landing in the hospital. And the TSA does not have a list of foods it allows on a plane because of those damned “twenty layers.” There is no way I can guess whether what I took to eat last week with be considered safe this week. (See also, Terrorist Cupcakes.) Thanks, TSA!

    • TSAisTerrorism

      Also, mints. According to TSA mints are likely explosive.

      • Kitten

        Even worse — I can’t do commercial candies )can’t have sugar, corn syrup, or artificial sweeteners or gums), so mine would be the Dread Homemade Candies, and clearly, even more dangerous because they are not professionally wrapped!

  • frostysnowman

    Sigh…I have no words.

  • RB

    TSA: Where the idiocy never ends.