TSA: they may steal from your bags but at least they also put stuff in

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We’ve only said it a hundred times, so what’s one more?

If the TSA can take something out of your bag, they can also put something in.

A woman from Westchester, New York says she found a strange bottle of prescription medication in the suitcase of her 4-year-old son when the family returned from a trip to Florida. It’s not their medication. And they don’t know how it got there.

Michelle and Eric Isban say the bottle has a worn-off label and no child-proof cap.

Who, Eric Isban wonders, was rummaging through their bags?

The airline, JetBlue, says “we wouldn’t open a customer’s bag for any reason.” The TSA, as we know, is allowed to open your bags for any reason. Including boredom, pique, and theft.

“My concern is, are our bags safe?” said Michelle Isban. “We’re sending them on the airlines thinking it’ll get to where it’s going, and nothing’s missing but something’s added.”

Aye, there’s the rub. If TSA agents can be bribed into taking something out of your bag, they can also be bribed to put something in. They already have been. They’ve been caught running drugs. How long before one of them gets caught running weapons?

More to the point, how long before you’re caught running drugs or weapons you had no idea you were running because somebody stuck them in your bag unbeknownst to you? Good luck trying to get out of that one.

We know how the police almost always side with the TSA in any dispute with passengers. They’re only too happy to lock you up for talking, let alone actually doing anything.

So the next time Something Scary and Terroristyis found in somebody’s luggage, and the credulous, craptastic media jumps all over it and breathlessly reports how the blue-shirted crusaders have saved us all from catastrophe, perhaps you’ll be a little more skeptical.

(Photo: Charles Williams/Flickr Creative Commons)

  • http://twitter.com/amyalkon Amy Alkon

    You could be accused of a crime on this basis (over something they place in your bag).

    • LFH0

      TSA agents working in concert in different cities could transport contraband by planting it in an innocent traveler’s bags at the origin, and then retrieving it from the same bag at the destination. Should anything go wrong, the contraband is abandoned by the TSA agents, and the innocent traveler gets prosecuted.

  • Susan Richart

    What’s just as bad is the “advice” the TSA gave them about what to do with the pills:

    “The Isbans said a TSA representative told them over the phone to put the mystery bottle in a bag and keep it outdoors as the matter is investigated.”

    Stupid, ignorant people. This “advice” almost drops to the level of the duct tape scare that DHS foisted upon gullible individuals. On second thought, I guess anyone who works for DHA/TSA can be called bullible.