Glass container ‘could have been perceived as a threat’
Paul Joseph Watson
March 18, 2014
TSA agents at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport confiscated an $83 dollar bottle of Jimmy Choo perfume because it was contained in a grenade-shaped glass bottle.
Preparing to board a flight to Denver, Colorado, frequent flyer Lois Lewis was shocked when explosives experts were called in to inspect the 60ml container as TSA agents shut down security throughout the entire Southwest Terminal while the substance was analyzed.
“They said if as a passenger you were to get on an airplane and [ … ] wave this around people could maybe construe that as you making some sort of a threat,” said Lewis, who was ordered to provide a copy of her ID and give up the perfume.
But the story didn’t end there. Upon arriving in Denver, Lewis purchased another bottle of the distinctive perfume and packed it in her check-in luggage for the flight back. However, when she retrieved her bag she noticed it had been searched and the perfume had been removed from its plastic bag.
Lewis called for TSA agents to be “logical” when dealing with the threat posed by bottles of expensive perfume, while the TSA itself doubled down, asserting the decision to confiscate the glass container was correct because it could have been perceived as a threat.
This is by no means the only example of TSA agents defying common sense to confiscate items that pose zero threat whatsoever.
Back in December, TSA agents confiscated a two-inch long toy pistol from a sock puppet monkey.
Perhaps if the TSA concentrated on catching bad guys rather than targeting Jimmy Choo perfume, the skies would be a lot safer. As we have exhaustively documented, most of the federal agency’s policies seem to be focused around demeaning and needlessly harassing travelers rather than providing sensible security.
The most recent example involved loudspeaker announcements that threaten travelers with arrest if they makes jokes about TSA security procedures.
An August 2013 Government Accountability Office investigation into the TSA found that there had been a 26% increase in misconduct by TSA screeners since 2010.