I'm not sure what kind of a police state we currently live in, but the TSA appears to believe that they can confiscate anything they want. Per the poorly enforced rules about carry-on liquids and gels, I had three bottles, each 2 oz., which I put my shampoo, conditioner and other styling products in. These are not the original containers, but nowhere do the rules state that as a requirement.
Flying from Minneapolis-St. Paul to Newark last week I checked my bag. It was overstuffed and I didn't feel like dragging it through the airport. Upon arriving in NYC I see that my bag was searched and the bastards stole my bottles of hair products from my bag. When I called the TSA they offered to help me file a report, but claimed that there was really nothing more they can do.
All I have to say to that is "WHAT THE FUCK!?!"
I bought 3 more bottles... we'll see how long until these get confiscated under some other unpublished rules.
Friday, May 11, 2007
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I missed my flight from Philadelphia to Ft. Lauderdale yesterday because TSA decided to detain my girlfriend over Lipgloss. When she told them she was happy to relinquish the makeup bag to the screeners, the told her, "If you leave that bag and walk away, we will call the police and have you arrested." Then they detained her for 10-15 minutes. Fuck those people. The Terorrists have clearly Won.
First of all, TSA does NOT confiscate anything, EVER. If you choose to voluntarily abandon something at the airport, you do so on your own free will. The cause of this is most likely because you were obviously too stupid to read clearly posted signs and messages. The rules are simple, and if followed, allow for ease of travel. Also, in case anyone forgot why we do these things, check out this link http://www.tsa.gov/press/happenings/bdo_mco.shtm
Clearly Anonymous can't read. My bag was checked, it was not subject to carry-on luggage rules. As someone who travels 26 weeks/year in and out of the US, I'm familiar with the TSA rules in all of their stupidity. Contrary to your belief the TSA will confiscate items without giving you the choice to "voluntarily surrender" it from your checked baggage. Sorry to burst your bubble anonymous coward.
Anonymous works for the TSA. Just look at the shitty attitude.
I had already made a mental note of that. Thanks for clearing it up for everyone else.
I'm so excited to start traveling again so I can deal with the pissy TSA goons...
TSA is definitely fucked up. i missed my flight as well. i was traveling domestically in usa, where this tsa jerk stops me and tells me that im not supposed to travel with just a foreign id, but if you look at the tsa website, you can see that canadian id's are acceptable id. the clown continues to ask me various questions about my relatives, jobs, addresses, and citizenship. keep in mind this is a domestic flight from one u.s. city to another. they are definitely out of line and have no idea about rules. the only terrorists i see are tsa, but its 10 times as worse when they are doing it to their own people.
Just so you know, the previous anonymous, despite his bad attitude does make a valid point.
TSA has no legal authority to confiscate anything. You surrender it because that's what is necessary to be permitted into the secure area of the airport.
TSA "detentions" are hilarous because you could just walk the fuck away and the only thing they can legally do is call the cops. And guess what, if you didn't break any laws the cops can't do a fucking thing either.
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