Big Catch at Norfolk! Teen stopped for dangerous purse!

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  1. mikeef
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    I don't know where to stand on this... granted it's almost immediately recognizable as a prop, but why would she take the chance?

    In this day and age, why try to push the boundaries of what you can get away with at the airport? That's like making a joke about a bomb or having a lighter in the shape of a hand grenade or something... the TSA doesn't have a sense of humor and at best you're going to get special attention.
     
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    Sure would like to see a picture of it. But if it's indeed just a purse in the shape of a gun, it highlights the problems at the TSA where screeners have zero discretion over things. Plus, when they do make a call, no matter how ridiculous it is, the supervisors always back them up, regardless of how it makes them look in the public eye.
     
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    It isn't a purse in the shape of a gun. It is what looks like a leather or imitation leather small purse with a small pistol shape embossed or sewn on the side. This story really makes TSA look stupid.
     
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    Once the TSA flags something as a possible violation, they can't back down. It's an ego trip meant to assure everyone that they know what they're doing. Admitting that it's only a design on a purse would suggest they overreacted, and overreactions suggest they don't care enough about safety. It has nothing to do with whether they let it go through before, only with whatever they care about at that particular moment.
     
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    Described in the video as "a few inches in size, hollow, and she's carried it on airplanes before". Except for the "carried on planes before", this could easily describe the ultra-compact I purchased for the SO. And we don't know whether the TSA stopped the individual because the item visually looked too close or the X-Ray screening indicated a hit ...
     
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    To the TSA's credit, this policy sort of shows that they're aware of their own ineptitude at some level. Replica weapons, or things that look like weapons on an X-ray device are banned because of the TSA's inability to recognize the difference. And when a TSA agent gets all worked up it will cause delays.
     
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    A belt? Really? Waiting for the day someone with a gun tattoo gets stopped at a checkpoint.

    What's the point of this???
     
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    I don't think this is pushing the boundaries as much as living in a world without worrying about what your bag looks like.

    I can certainly see how that design can get attention. But making choices about your clothing/accessories/etc shouldn't be entirely about removing any possible TSA complaining at whatever cost. (If we go down that road, eventually wearing clothing will mean you're trying to hide something from the TSA.)
     
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    The conspiracy theorist wants to say that the TSA has become an arm of those groups that want to ban the rights in the Second Amendment & one way to convince people that all guns are bad is to ban this kind of clothing/accessory.
     
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    Google Hanlon's Razor :) (but don't try to bring one through a TSA checkpoint)
     

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