Have a drink? The TSA wants some of that

by Lisa Simeone on July 5, 2012

Every time you think the TSA can’t come up with anything more stupid or abusive, they prove you wrong.

The latest — well, not the latest, actually, just finally picked up by the mainstream media — is that TSA agents, while randomly roaming around at the gate, well past the checkpoint, are not only singling out passengers for yet another grope or a paw through the bags, but also “testing” the beverages they’re drinking.

I know — I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: you can’t make this stuff up.

Yes, dear reader, that water or coffee or soft drink in your cup, the one you bought after you passed through the checkpoint, in the so-called sterile area? That could contain a bomb! And you didn’t even know it!

Thank heavens the TSA is here to save the day. As they wave their little Magic Bomb-Detecting Stick over your beverage, be sure to smile and thank them. After all, they’re Keeping You Safe.

It’s telling that this article from KJCT in Colorado has elicited, as of this writing, over 1,800 comments, most of them assailing the TSA for the idiocy of this policy, and many of them relating readers’ stories of their own about having their drinks “tested.” Yet compare that to the response when a story is published of people getting assaulted by the TSA. The outrage exhibited over the latter pales in comparison to that over the former.

“Strip me, grope me, abuse me, molest my children — just don’t touch my drink!”

Ah, ain’t it grand living in the Land of the Free?

(Photo: Flickr Creative Commons/Monkey Myshkin)

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