Stockholm Syndrome: thanking the TSA for being “nice” while they violate our rights

I’ve written many times how the TSA provides no protection from any terrorist with two warm brain cells and how it is therefore not security but obedience training for the American public to be more docile when our rights are yanked from us.

A woman whose late husband gave her the knife that was taken from her for no rational reason by the pretend security officers in police costumes at airports (aka the TSA) wrote a letter about it to the Washington Post, calling the return of the knife “a Christmas gift from the TSA”:

When the Transportation Security Administration agents identified the knife, there was insufficient time for me to return it to my car and still make my flight. In tears, I told the security agent that I would leave and try to get a later flight but that I was not going to lose that remembrance of my husband. The agent said he would mail it to me and took my address, and I made the trip. Of course, I had some doubt that I would see the knife again, but I decided to risk it.

Sure enough, this gentleman — Frank — mailed the pocketknife to me at his own expense (even tracking it). This Christmas, I thank a wonderful TSA employee for his thoughtfulness and sensitivity.

Joan Smith, Cross Junction, Va.

Sad. I understand her gratitude, but it’s a bit like being grateful to the prison guard who only beat you with his fists instead of his billy club.

(Cross-posted at Advice Goddess)

  • RonBonner

    I would like the author of this article to articulate exactly what “right(s)” were violated in the case of the lady with a knife.

    The way I see it is that knives are currently prohibited to be carried by passengers into the cabin of commercial airliners. This fact is well published but might not be known to the occasional traveler.

    The lady had a knife when presenting for screening. The TSA clerk had no choice but to not allow the item. The back story about the knife really doesn’t matter in this case except that the TSA clerk offered to mail the item back to the lady, an act that he honored. He could have been the typical TSA idiot and offered the choice of checking the knife (not a real choice), giving it to someone else for safe keeping (what she did), or returning it to her vehicle which was considered but would have negatively impacted her travel.

    I am certainly no fan of TSA or stupid TSA rules and policies. Many TSA rules need changing but until they are we are bound to the rules currently in place. In this case it looks to me that a TSA employee stepped up and did the lady a good deed. The lady was able to make her scheduled flight and still has her late husbands knife. The act by this one TSA employee deserves a thank you which I think was the intent of the ladies letter to the Washington Post.

    Sometimes even the bad guys get something right.

    • enayliua

      I say let peoplw bring a battle axe or a two handed war hammer on aircraft. It will gave zero impact on the craft. The smurf could have saved everyone time and tax payer money by nor being a drone and ignoring the absolutely rediculous knife ru. Screw tsa procedure

      • enaylaius

        I hate tablet keyboards

      • RonBonner

        I am not trying to be argumentative. I too think many TSA policies are pretty messed up. Example, sharp pointed scissors are ok but my my small Old Timer folding pocket knife is not. Water carried by a passenger is verboten but gallons of water loaded aboard an airplane by the ground crews is perfectly ok. TSA in my opinion is a stinking fouled up mess that violates the civil rights of travelers daily. However, until we as a group bring enough pressure to bear on Congress to force some changes or simply stop flying until the airlines get the message we will be living with these stupid rules forever. Trust me I get it. I have had some pretty serious run ins with TSA. From attempted theft by a screener to another screener who was so angry I thought he was about to strike me.

        TSA is the worst thing to happen to this country in recent times.

    • TestJeff Pierce

      The guy did nothing wrong, except that he works for a heinous organization as you point out. At the end of the day, my attitude is that no one who works for the TSA deserves any respect.

      I am sure Frank is an honorable person, but that doesn’t make the fact that he may molest a wheelchair bound gentleman an hour from now any easier to forgive.

      The TSA touts that 25% of their workforce are former military for example. I still will have no respect for anyone who works for them.

      Of course, I understand most TSA employees have no idea that they are supporting Osama Bin Laden’s victory over the United States by ironically destroying civil liberties at airports, but that is no excuse for us to support the random TSA employee who does something nice.

  • Susan J. Barretta

    It’s the groveling in gratitude that is more a problem than the TSA agents themselves.