It seems that the Transportation Stupidity Admistration has branded a 57 year old schoolteacher a terrorist after she inadvertently packed a bread knife in her carry-on bag. It seems she was chaperoning 37 students on a trip to California, and had made sandwiches for all of them on the return flight and misplaced one of the knives she used.
On the trip home, screeners with the Transportation Security Administration at Los Angeles International Airport found it deep in the outside pocket of a carry-on cooler. [Cecilia] Beaman apologized and told them it was a mistake.
“You’ve committed a felony,” Beaman says a security screener announced. “And you’re considered a terrorist.”
Beaman says she was told her name would go on a terrorist watch-list and that she would have to pay a $500 fine. — KOMO
As if that weren’t bad enough…
She says screeners refused to give her paperwork or documentation of her violation, documentation of the pending fine, or a copy of the photograph of the knife.
“They said ‘no’ and they said it’s a national security issue. And I said what about my constitutional rights? And they said ‘not at this point … you don’t have any’.”
The question is, would you consider this an abuse of power? I feel a whole lot safer knowing the TSA is chasing down schoolteachers instead of real terrorists, don’t you?