TSA pinches pot purveyor on plane

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Danger! Danger! Pot on a plane! TSA to the rescue!  

I’m so glad the brave men and women of the TSA rifle through our luggage, leave cheeky notes, and in general stick their noses in our business. Because otherwise, we would all be in danger of being blown out of the sky due to concealed greenery.

In what is surely the bust of the century (hey, the age is young), TSA agents were dutifully using their grubby paws to go through a woman’s bags when, lo and behold, they found 80 pounds of pot. As in marijuana.

Yes, I know transportation of same is illegal. Yes, I know the woman was foolish for carrying it. Yes, I get it. Though given the ways of the world, it’s possible she was forced; I don’t know.

Regardless, the TSA is by law allowed to search only for weapons, explosives, and incendiaries — things that might actually bring down a plane — as we’ve written and sourced with evidence countless times. Yet also as we’ve written countless times, the TSA breaks the law left and right. Routinely.

Pot can’t bring down a plane. Marijuana is not going to spontaneously combust and send a plane spiraling into the earth. The TSA has no business going through anybody’s luggage, ever, without that person present and more importantly without probable cause.

But since we essentially have no 4th Amendment in this country anymore, and since millions of Americans are pefectly content to have their personal belongings pawed and stolen, I know this is a lost cause. I write these posts simply to document evidence, not because I believe it will ever bring about a change in my lifetime.

(Photo courtesy of the TSA, i.e., your tax dollars)

Cross-posted at ABombazine

  • Skidlz

    I despise, nay, loathe, the TSA, but clearly no one here understands how they work.
    The initial screening of checked bags is largely automated – the blue shirts load a bag onto the conveyor belt and then the machine decides whether or not there’s anything screeners need to look at.
    As has been mentioned on various sites, a lot of things look just like bombs to the machines, and this is why anything from 81 pounds of pot to a jar of peanut butter to frozen meat gets looked at by the TSA.
    The screener looks at the xray image and says to themselves, “Huh, that looks weird. Probably just filled with food, but I better check it out or that supervisor looking over my shoulder is going to have me fired.” They open the bag, and find a few dozen bags of what is obviously weed.
    At this point, your usual screener says, “Shit, this is going to be a lot of paperwork” and contacts the airport police.
    That’s it. TSA’s only involvement. They aren’t DEA or law enforcement, and contrary to popular belief, most don’t want to be. Sure, there are the wannabes, like any organization, but for your average screener this is nothing more than a story to share with coworkers.

    • Skidlz, thanks for explaining how the process works. I don’t think it negates anything in my post, but I appreciate getting an inside view. (Oh, and we know the TSA isn’t law enforcement. We emphasize that here all the time.)

  • Nicko

    I couldn’t care if it was heroine or cocaine. Pick your narcotic. Crusaders indeed.

  • Dolt

    Was it, perhaps, 100 lbs of marijuana before TSA “found” it?

    I’m just wondering, since all airlines allow up to 50 lbs per bag, and I would think a large scale trafficker would want to take as much as possible in one run, so it would make sense to me that 100 lbs total should be in those bags.

    • RonBonner

      The article said it was 3 bags so that would allow for 150 lbs without excess baggage charges.

      I would like to know exactly why TSA picked those three bags to manually screen. Is TSA restricting its searches to WEI only? Doesn’t look like it to me.

      • Susan Richart

        “Checked baggage screening involves a combination of X-ray scanning and image analysis technologies, which examine checked baggage for potential threats and contraband like weapons, drugs and explosives.”

        http://www.sds.l-3com.com/applications/checked-baggage.htm

        The uniformity in which the bags were packed also probably gave a clue that something was strange.

  • RonBonner

    Does TSA keep the profits after dealing the 80 lbs or is it used by TSA policy makers to create the policies they abuse the public with?

    • Daisiemae

      I knew they must have been smoking something when they came up with this debacle.

  • frostysnowman

    Hey, who knows what could have happened if she’d offered the pilots a toke…

  • Daisiemae

    TSA is being paid $8 billion per year to screen for WEIs (weapons, explosives, and incendiaries).

    Thank God TSA was able to prevent this woman from taking over the plane with this dangerous WEAPON. Perhaps this event will finally spur Congress into passing stronger pot-control laws.

    Thank God TSA was able to confiscate this dangerous EXPLOSIVE from blowing up the plane and probably the entire airport! So many lives have been saved from this boiling pot that unwatched would certainly have resulted in a massive explosion.

    Thank God TSA was able to confiscate this INCENDIARY before the woman boarded the plane. It’s quite evident that she intended to set it on fire and burn the plane up mid flight. With that much pot, the plane would have looked like Haley’s Comet streaking across the sky!

    $8 billion dollars of our hard earned tax dollars was well spent in preventing the devastation that would have resulted had this woman carried this dangerous WEI onto the plane. I agree with Senator John D. Rockefeller, Democrat of West Virginia, who says that “The looming question now is whether Congress is ready to give up its stubborn hold on resources the TSA needs to meet its mission.”

    Yes, Senator Rockefeller, $8 billion is not enough to protect us from this horrific WEI known as pot. I realize, Senator Rockefeller, that your vast fortune is tied up in yachts, mansions, luxury cars, etc. and you are not in a position to contribute to this noble cause. Therefore, I beg you to increase my taxes to provide more funds for TSA to carry out its lifesaving mission. After all, I don’t need food, clothing, housing, or medical care. I will gladly sacrifice all those things in order to protect America from pot on planes.

    God bless TSA: Protecting Americans from Pot on Planes since 2002!