The TSA apparently confiscated nail clippers from a soldier returning home from Afghanistan – while he and the 200+ other soldiers on the flight are carrying their M4 carbines.
This is probably another good time to remind you all that all of us were carrying actual assault rifles, and some of us were also carrying pistols.
So we’re in line, going through one at a time. One of our Soldiers had his Gerber multi-tool. TSA confiscated it. Kind of ridiculous, but it gets better. A few minutes later, a guy empties his pockets and has a pair of nail clippers. Nail clippers. TSA informs the Soldier that they’re going to confiscate his nail clippers. [Emphasis in original]
Seriously? This is a trained and combat experienced soldier, carrying a rifle, and they think his nail clippers would be his weapon of choice if he decided to go off the deep end? WTF, over?
It gets better, too.
The conversation went something like this:
TSA Guy: You can’t take those on the plane.
Soldier: What? I’ve had them since we left country.
TSA Guy: You’re not suppose to have them.
TSA Guy: They can be used as a weapon.
Ignore for just a moment the sheer stupidity behind confiscating nail clippers for security purposes in the first place. Given the choice between the little 1″ nail file on most nail clippers, or an M4 carbine that – without bullets – still makes a nice ~3′ club, which would you choose? A good firm butt-stroke (and I don’t mean the kind the TSA screeners are giving people now as part of the new pat-downs) has got to be more effective at injuring someone than trying to poke them with that pointy-but-dull itty-bitty nail file.
Also, look at the passengers. Is that nail file going to somehow give him an insurmountable advantage in combat over the 200+ trained, experienced combat veterans he’s flying with – who all also happen to be armed with nice 3′ clubs and trained to use them as such?
Sheer, blinding stupidity doesn’t even begin to describe it.