50+82 This makes me want to give my head a shake TSA

A winter grilling BBQ friend of mine posted this on his facebook, I just had to cc it to all of you..

From Lon Warren Colvin regarding a friend of his in the US Army that witnessed this…..

As the Chalk Leader for my flight home from Afghanistan, I witnessed the following:

When we were on our way back from Afghanistan, we flew out of
Baghram Air Field. We went through customs at BAF, full body scanners (no

groping), had all of our bags searched, the whole nine yards. Our first stop

was Shannon, Ireland to refuel. After that, we had to stop at Indianapolis,

Indiana to drop off about 100 folks from the Indiana National Guard. That’s

where the stupid started.

First, everyone was forced to get off the plane-even though the

plane wasn’t refueling again. All 330 people got off that plane, rather than

let the 100 people from the ING get off. We were filed from the plane to a

holding area. No vending machines, no means of escape. Only a male/female


It’s probably important to mention that we were ALL carrying

weapons. Everyone was carrying an M4 Carbine (rifle) and some, like me, were

also carrying an M9 pistol. Oh, and our gunners had M-240B machine guns. Of

course, the weapons weren’t loaded. And we had been cleared of all ammo well

before we even got to customs at Baghram, then AGAIN at customs.

The TSA personnel at the airport seriously considered making us

unload all of the baggage from the SECURE cargo hold to have it re-inspected.

Keep in mind, this cargo had been unpacked, inspected piece by piece by U.S.

Customs officials, resealed and had bomb-sniffing dogs give it a one-hour

run through. After two hours of sitting in this holding area, the TSA

decided not to re-inspect our Cargo-just to inspect us again: Soldiers on the

way home from war, who had already been inspected, re-inspected and kept in a

SECURE holding area for 2 hours. Ok, whatever. So we lined up to go through

security AGAIN.

This is probably another good time to remind you all that all of us

were carrying actual assault rifles, and some of us were also carrying


So we’re in line, going through one at a time. One of our Soldiers

had his Gerber multi-tool. TSA confiscated it. Kind of ridiculous, but it

gets better. A few minutes later, a guy empties his pockets and has a pair

of nail clippers. Nail clippers. TSA informs the Soldier that they’re going

to confiscate his nail clippers. The conversation went something like this:

TSA Guy: You can’t take those on the plane.

Soldier: What? I’ve had them since we left country.

TSA Guy: You’re not supposed to have them.

Soldier: Why?

TSA Guy: They can be used as a weapon.

Soldier: [touches butt stock of the rifle] But this actually is a weapon.

And I’m allowed to take it on.

TSA Guy: Yeah but you can’t use it to take over the plane. You don’t have


Soldier: And I can take over the plane with nail clippers?

TSA Guy: [awkward silence]

Me: Dude, just give him your damn nail clippers so we can get the f**k out

of here. I’ll buy you a new set.

Soldier: [hands nail clippers to TSA guy, makes it through security]

To top

it off, the TSA demanded we all be swabbed for “explosive residue”

detection. Everyone failed, [go figure, we just came home from a war zone],

because we tested positive for “Gun Powder Residue”. Who the F**K is hiring

these people?

This might be a good time to remind everyone that approximately 233 people

re-boarded that plane with assault rifles, pistols, and machine guns-but

nothing that could have been used as a weapon. Can someone please tell me

What the F**K happened to OUR country while we were gone?


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