It's summer, so it's terrorist dry run time
July 25, 2007 09:10 AM
Lovely. The TSA has sent out a memo to airport screeners and air marshals warning them to be on the lookout. Apparently they have had several people who have tried to get some strange items through airport security recently:
- San Diego, July 7. A U.S. person — either a citizen or a foreigner legally here — checked baggage containing two ice packs covered in duct tape. The ice packs had clay inside them rather than the normal blue gel.
- Milwaukee, June 4. A U.S. person’s carryon baggage contained wire coil wrapped around a possible initiator, an electrical switch, batteries, three tubes and two blocks of cheese. The bulletin said block cheese has a consistency similar to some explosives.
- Houston, Nov. 8, 2006. A U.S. person’s checked baggage contained a plastic bag with a 9-volt battery, wires, a block of brown clay-like minerals and pipes.
- Baltimore, Sept. 16, 2006. A couple’s checked baggage contained a plastic bag with a block of processed cheese taped to another plastic bag holding a cellular phone charger.
Over at National Review's media blog, Greg Pollowitz wants to know "what happened to the four people who had these odd items taken from them?" A very good question. I would like to think they've all been tortured and forced to give up what else they know. Such as: Why were they doing this? Who asked them to do this? How can we find these people if we'd like to speak to them? You know, the kind of information that maybe it would be good to have.
But I'm quite confident these people have only been asked polite questions, which they dodged before going on their way. Why? Because innocent people always travel with blocks of cheese wrapped with wire coil, batteries, electrical switches and tubes. I know I never leave home without my improvised cheese bomb.