TSA Takes Nail Clippers From Armed Soldier

Nov. 19, 2010

File this one under “Non Compos Mentis.” Several hundred National Guard troops were flying back home from Afghanistan when they ran into the TSA at Indianapolis. As one of the soldiers described it, “That’s where the stupid started.”

The soldier said, “It’s probably important to mention that we were ALL carrying weapons. Everyone was carrying an M4 Carbine (rifle) and some, like me, were also carrying an M9 pistol. Oh, and our gunners had M-240B machine guns. Of course, the weapons weren’t loaded. And we had been cleared of all ammo well before we even got to customs at Baghram, then AGAIN at customs.”

Any sane person would be reasonably sure this contingent didn’t include any would-be terrorists. Not the TSA.

One soldier had a Gerber multi-tool confiscated, and a TSA agent insisted that another turn over his finger nail clippers. According to the soldier reporting the story, “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.

Soldier: Why?

TSA Guy: They can be used as a weapon.

Soldier: [touches butt stock of the rifle] But this actually is a weapon. And I’m allowed to take it on.

TSA Guy: Yeah but you can’t use it to take over the plane. You don’t have bullets.

Soldier: And I can take over the plane with nail clippers?

TSA Guy: [awkward silence]

Me: Dude, just give him your damn nail clippers so we can get the f–k out of here. I’ll buy you a new set.

Soldier: [hands nail clippers to TSA guy, makes it through security]

This might be a good time to remind everyone that approximately 233 people re-boarded that plane with assault rifles, pistols, and machine guns – but nothing that could have been used as a weapon.

There, don’t you feel safer?

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Olivia said:

Me (dripping with sarcasm): I am so glad that the essence of stupidity is alive and well in our country!

Friday, November 19, 2010 at 11:43 AM

Brad said:

TSA: Really!?National Guard troops: thank-youand, i read it this way; - Soldier: I CAN take over the plane with nail clippers!!

Friday, November 19, 2010 at 11:53 AM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA said:

Wow, I am so relieved to know that those dangerous nail clippers were confiscated from those dangerous US Army soldiers. It is also nice to know that M4 Carbines can only be used as a weapon if they are loaded, although there are a few jihads that have been beaten to death with the butt of an M4 that might dispute that fact. I am having a hard time working now as I can’t stop laughing at the pure stupidity and at the same time I am mad as hell for the political correctness of treating those who have been responsible for protecting this country at the risk of their lives as potential terrorists.

Friday, November 19, 2010 at 12:50 PM

Norge said:

You can take my nail clippers when you pry them from my cold, dead hands.

Friday, November 19, 2010 at 12:58 PM

contrary1 said:

@NorgeMr Heston would be so proud!ROFLOL

Friday, November 19, 2010 at 1:36 PM

Jim G said:

In case you need a book to tell you what you already know, Dr. Lyle Rossiter, Jr., M.D., wrote a book about modern liberalism's irrationality being the product of psychopathology: a massive transference neurosis acted out in the world's political arenas, with devastating effects on the institutions of liberty:"So extravagant are the patterns of thinking, emoting, behaving and relating that characterize the liberal mind that its relentless protests and demands become understandable only as disorders of the psyche." ~ Dr. Lyle Rossiter Jr., M.D. - The Liberal Mind; The Psychological Causes of Political Madness. October 30, 2006.

Friday, November 19, 2010 at 1:46 PM

chuck said:

That's pretty good, did this TSA guy ever think that soldiers were taught to improvise, overcome, and adapt. I think he just wanted to impose his selfwill on someone so he could feel better about himself. the poor loser!

Friday, November 19, 2010 at 6:45 PM

Peggie said:

If there had been only one or two National Guard troops, I bet they could have taken over the plane,without their guns and their nail clippers, becausethe TSA guy couldn't take away their courage northeir brains!

Friday, November 19, 2010 at 8:36 PM

Ruth Ann Wilson said:

UNBELIEVABLE."They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety"Benjamin FranklinAnd I will add: if you give up that essential liberty, you will not have liberty nor SAFETY.New Hampshire State Motto:"Live Free or Die"For God & CountryThe American

Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 11:22 AM

Rose Brock said:

I am glad I saw this email. I was reviewing my items for my next flight and this is the truth I'd just added a small fingernail clipper

Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 11:26 AM

Ron W. Brown said:

Like Ron White says, "You can't fix stupid!".

Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Howard Last in Wyoming said:

A few years ago we were coming back from a cruise. My wife always carries a sewing kit (buttons fall off and seams open up). The kit contained a small scissor (1 1/2" blade). She by mistake left it in her carry on. The TSA moron (I should not insult morons) said she could not take it. At the same time the flight crew was walking by. She then asked the pilot would he please carry it on. I can't as they think I will hijack myself.

Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 1:19 PM


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Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 3:57 PM

Robert said:

Phew! Nice to know I can haul my M4 Carbine on the airplane now...

Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 11:28 PM

enemaofthestatistquo said:

Ever had a paper cut in an office, surprisingly painful! I can imagine it now: TSA agent speaks, "Halt! Now step away from the Beck book".

Sunday, November 21, 2010 at 8:51 PM