Skip to comments.The Parable of the Mashed Potato Police - And other tales of working for the TSA
Posted on 03/31/2014 3:29:14 AM PDT by Star Traveler
I recently had a bad flashback. I was lying in bed trying to fall asleep when I was hit with a vivid memory from my time as a Transportation Security Administration officer at Chicagos OHare Airport. It was 2008, and I was conducting a bag check when three of my TSA colleagues got into an argument with a passenger at the checkpoint. Things got pretty heated.
The subject of debate? Whether mashed potatoes were a liquid or a solid.
In the end, of course, the TSA agents had the last word: Since the potatoes took the shape of their container, they were determined to be a liquidspecifically, a gel. Thats the official TSA line. Liquids, aerosols and gels over 3.4 ounces cannot be brought through security. The potatoes were forcibly surrendered.
If youre anything like me, you may have thought, Well, mashed potatoes are technically gelatinous, so which sends one down the rabbit hole of bureaucratic absurdity that ends with a passenger looking a TSA officer in the eye and saying, Do you really think my mashed potatoes are a terrorist threat? And the officer, if he or she is just an all-around tool, saying: Maam, possibly. Rules are rules.
Ive had a lot of flashbacks latelynearly buried memories that have come flooding back ever since Politico Magazine published Dear America, I Saw You Naked, my first-person account of working for the TSA and anonymously blogging about my adventures in airport security.
(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...
Any answers yet on HOW DID THE BOSTON TERRORISTS
RE-ENTER THE USA WITHOUT A PASSPORT, TSA?
Whether mashed potatoes were a liquid or a solid”
Depends upon how much milk & butter you add when you mash them
Then they’ve won. They took away your freedom of association and your right to privacy. I continue to fly and take names of the goons. There will be a reckoning.
Don’t get mad; get even.
Apparently, they weren't carrying mashed potatoes.
Haven't flown since 1996 and never will again. I much prefer driving to enjoy what's left of our once wonderful country.
FYI, your link goes to page 2 of a two page article. Here’s the first page:
Well, sorry about that ... I guess I shouldn’t read the article before posting it ... :-) ...
The brown felt scapular I wear around my neck was the cause of two pat downs in Philly.
The drone then had the nerve to ask me what is was after ordering me to take it off.
I think some highly necessary religious viewpoint training is in order.
Or should I just wear a hajib?
You’d be better off.
Incoming passports (or lack thereof) are not the purview of the TSA. It is part of Homeland Security in Immigration/Border control but I’m not aware of any overlap with TSA.
Almost every time I go through, my left leg gets patted down. I’ve never injured it, never had surgery there or anything to cause concern.
As a frequent flyer I can assure everyone the TSA is the most hated agency on earth. I hate everyone of those stupid goons in blue shirts. It is an agency infested with perverts, power hungry booters, wannabe fascists, and fat lazy unemployable affirmative action hires. They are the face of the nation for any LEGAL visitor to the country.