If you have been reading this blog for a bit or have known me for awhile, you probably know that I used to travel quite extensively in my previous incarnation in the corporate world. I usually managed to break the 100,00 mile mark on annual basis in domestic US travel. I understand the need for security in the privately owned, government regulated and controlled world of air travel. Let’s face it: you really do not have to fly, so you might as well get used to some legally mandated restrictions. And yes, some of those restrictions are pretty silly.
For the most part, though, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has ironed out the most ridiculous aspects of their public image and interaction. It’s onerous to not have more than a splash of toiletries in your carry-on, but at least the rules are spelled out. That said, there are still some TSA employees who did not get the message that making it up as you go along is not part of the program. TSA is not a dumping ground for the Tackleberry’s of the world to inflict their own brand of authoritarian suppression upon weary travelers. Or maybe it is? Here’s a combination that could raise the hackles of TSA operatives in the Midwest:
- Work for the Ron Paul campaign.
- Carry a large sum of cash.
- Ask what laws, if any, apply to your situation.
If your name is Steve Bierfeldt and you are flying through St. Louis, this combo gets you hauled into a room and interrogated. Bierfeldt had the good sense to record the entire exchange. I sure am glad that I don’t fly that much anymore!