At the beginning of this summer, we were worried about the record number of passengers flying causing longer lines. Due to the decline of jet fuel, summer flights became a tad cheaper. Add in accommodation competition where you can save cash by staying in a complete stranger’s home, vacationing is more affordable.
Another cause of the longer lines this summer is due to the record number of firearms confiscated by the TSA. From Aug. 12 to Aug. 18, the TSA took 81 guns — 70 were loaded. Of that 70, 31 had a bullet in the chamber. None of those guns belonged to Wesley Snipes, Liam Neeson or Bruce Willis.
By TSA’s count, over 2,000 guns have been taken, up 400 from the previous year. Unfortunately, the TSA doesn’t keep tabs on if the owners are dumbasses.
There’s twos ways you can view this: 1) Good job, TSA! 2) *facepalm*
I’ll spare you the gun rights debates. It’s illegal to bring a gun on-board on your person or carry on. The TSA has some easy to follow instruction on how to travel with your beloved guns.
Here are some fun scenarios to know about what happens to those people who get their firearms taken from them. If they don’t get tackled by a tubby TSA agent, the cops are called. This causes the security line to stop or redirected to other longer lines. Everybody in those lines automatically hates that person.
That person is taken off the line and questioned thoroughly by authorities. More than likely, he or she will miss their flight. They will not get a refund.
Depending of the airport and the state, there will be a fine which can range from a few hundred dollars to $11,000. Cha-ching!
“Each time we find a dangerous item, the line is slowed down and a passenger that likely had no ill intent ends up with a citation or in some cases is even arrested. The passenger can face a penalty as high as $11,000,” the TSA says on their website. “This is a friendly reminder to please leave these items at home.”
Then there’s the matter of getting the gun back. Hope they like paperwork after paying that fine.
Besides firearms, the TSA take other weapons like ninja stars, swords and throwing knives. Don’t you feel safer flying now?