If you are one of the many people who believes the TSA and other airline agencies have gotten ridiculous by now, you’re not alone, but once you’re on the plane, you aren’t necessarily safe. Here are 8 stories of people who have been kicked off planes for idiotic reasons.
How can you take a stand against the TSA without ending up on the no-fly list? Deny them service at your restaurant. If enough people refused to work with the agents, people will stop accepting jobs as TSA workers -and the government will have to rethink their idiotic policies.
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While the TSA has managed to prove its uselessness and incompetence time and time again, here’s one accident they could have actually done something about. So sure, having to throw away water bottles and nail clippers is idiotic, at least bag X Rays ensure no one smuggles a live crocodile onto a plane which will terrify everyone and cause 20 people to die in a crash. Funny enough, I think this is the nicest thing I’ve said about the organization ever.
Here’s a thought, if you work for a police agency that specializes in air travel, don’t test your screeners by using real explosives planted on unwitting tourists. The Slovakian air police did just this and one of the eight explosives was not detected and the poor Irish tourist was arrested near the end of his journey. It wasn’t until three days later that the Slovak police got in touch with their Irish counterparts and told them to let the man out of jail.
Researchers have revealed that your chances of getting on a plane that has a potential terrorist are far far lower than your chances of getting struck by lightning. “Therefore, the odds of being on given departure which is the subject of a terrorist incident have been 1 in 10,408,947 over the past decade. By contrast, the odds of being struck by lightning in a given year are about 1 in 500,000,” says FiveThirtyEight.
Meanwhile, the TSA is taking even greater steps to destroy anyone’s desire to ever get on an airplane or ever travel to the U.S. again. They want to prevent any electronic devices from being in the cabin during international flights into the U.S. Everyone will be patted down before boarding, and, you also cannot get up during the last hour of the flight or even use a blanket during this last hour. You tell me, is there really any level of risk we should give up these rights for?
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