I share the frustrations of everyone who goes through security nowadays. Unlike me, however, this guy obviously wanted to cause a ruckus:
“WASHINGTON (CNN) — A Wisconsin man who wrote “Kip Hawley is an Idiot” on a plastic bag containing toiletries said he was detained at an airport security checkpoint for about 25 minutes before authorities concluded the statement was not a threat. Ryan Bird, 31, said he wrote the comment about Hawley — head of the Transportation Security Administration — as a political statement. He said he feels the TSA is imposing unreasonable rules on passengers while ignoring bigger threats.”
This is how it went down:
“Bird, the vice president of a company that manufactures industrial equipment, said the encounter occurred at Milwaukee Airport on Tuesday [at 2:21 p.m], the day the TSA eased restrictions on carry-on liquids, gels and aerosols. Bird entered the airport checkpoint with a see-through resealable bag containing small containers of toothpaste, deodorant, mouthwash and hair gel — in keeping with new TSA requirements.
“My level of frustration with the TSA and their idiotic policies has grown over 2 ? years,” he said. “I’m frustrated that poorly trained TSA people can pull random passengers out of line and pat them down like common criminals. The average traveler has no recourse.”
Bird put the marked bag in a plastic tray along with his shoes and cell phone. A TSA screener saw the bag and went to get a supervisor, who grabbed it and asked Bird if it was his. “It was obvious that he was already angry,” Bird said, adding that the screener told him, “You can’t write things like that.”
The supervisor told Bird he had the right to express his opinions “out there” — pointing outside the screening area — but did not have the right “in here,” Bird said.
The supervisor called a sheriff’s deputy, who checked to see if Bird had any warrants for his arrest, Bird said. Bird asked the officer if he was under arrest, and was told that he was being detained, he said. A supervisor said he was going to confiscate the bag, but after Bird refused, he just photographed it, Bird said.
Bird said he filed a complaint about the incident with the TSA.”
I’m sure Kip Hawley will get right on that complaint pronto.