November 19, 2012
The TSA is on high alert for any suspicious turkey complements this Thanksgiving holiday, and in alleged efforts to expedite travelers they’ve released a list of prohibited items and holiday travel tips.
“Not sure about what you can and can’t bring through the checkpoint? Here’s a sample list of liquid, aerosol and gel items that you should put in your checked bag, ship ahead, or leave at home if they are above the permitted 3.4 oz.” (emphasis theirs)
Unless you’re transporting a very minute amount of gravy, the TSA says you’re better off leaving it at home, along with the following items: cranberry sauce, dips and spreads (cheeses, peanut butter, etc.), gift baskets with food4items (salsa, jams and salad dressings), jams, jellies, lotions, maple syrup, oils and vinegars, salad dressing, salsa, sauces, soups, wine, liquor and beer.
In all fairness, they do permit any of the above so long as it fits in a quart-sized zip top bag (one per passenger), the same bag that is supposed to carry other personal hygiene items like toothpaste, cologne and shampoo.
In addition to indirectly telling passengers to can the cranberry sauce, the TSA has also been gracious enough to allow passengers to board snow globes; however, they need to be “tennis ball size” and must fit in the aforementioned zip bag, along with your toothpaste, shaving cream and maple syrup.
And in case you thought the TSA was being a little too paranoid, they show their rational side by permitting pies and cakes, albeit, with the added stipulation that they are subject to additional screening: “You can bring pies and cakes through the security checkpoint, but please be advised that they are subject to additional screening.” One can only wonder what that means.
And you can just plain forget about surprising relatives at the receiving airport with wrapped gifts, because “if a bag alarms our security officers may have to unwrap a gift to take a closer look inside.”
Open up and say, “AHHH!!”
The extent to which Americans will stand idly by and permit such treatment should not be underestimated.
As a poll commissioned by Infowars and conducted by Harris Interactive last week showed, almost one third of Americans would accept a “TSA body cavity search” prior to boarding an aircraft in the name of safety. The question was posed as follows:
“Given the recent reports concerning the threat posed by terrorists who plan to implant bombs within their own bodies, how willing, if at all, would you be to undergo a TSA body cavity search in order to fly?”
According to the poll results, “A total 30% of American adults said they would be ‘willing’ or ‘somewhat willing’ to accept a body cavity search. 57% would be ‘completely’ or ‘somewhat unwilling’ to submit to it and 13% answered ‘don’t know.’”
The poll also disturbingly found that, in trade for an additional perceived layer of safety, a number of Americans would also be willing to wear electric shock bracelets during their flights:
In 2008, the Department of Homeland Security expressed an interest in having travelers wear electric shock bracelets that would both track travelers through the airport as well as allow airport officials and flight crews to incapacitate potential terrorists. How willing, if at all, would you be to wear such a bracelet in order to fly?
Poll results found, “35% of American adults would be ‘completely’ or ‘somewhat willing’ to wear the shock bracelet, compared to 52% who would be ‘completely’ or ‘somewhat unwilling.’ Republicans were more likely to be willing than Democrats, 41% to 34%.”
Why is the TSA at Mitt Romney campaign events and the Olympics?
The TSA has also predictably spread beyond airport terminals to highways, train stations, public buses and prom nights throughout the U.S, and has also been spotted conducting security for recent Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan campaign speaking events, despite the fact that these events had nothing to do with “transportation” whatsoever.
This past summer, the TSA also puzzlingly made its way out of the U.S. entirely, flying overseas to conduct security at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. If you can think of a better way to spend tax dollars, I’d like to hear it.
These laughable holiday guidelines are slaps in the faces of honest, hard-working Americans, many of whom only get to see their families once a year. The continuation of this grandiose (and expensive – $8.1 billion annually) security theater has spiraled out of control and will continue to do so unless people stand up and put their feet down collectively.
As more of our fellow Americans are brainwashed to accept this outright degradation and humiliation as a part of normal everyday life and are incrementally convinced of the TSA’s absolute necessity, our rights and freedoms get traded for routine roundabout accusations, invasive grope-downs and legalized tyranny.
This holiday season is the perfect opportunity to fight for America’s right to travel grope-free. Join the Infowars Opt Out and Film campaign by opting out of radiation-firing body scanners and filming the ensuing grope fest.