Friday, December 02, 2011

Did I miss a memo? Are we now on Bizarro World?

In the Superman comics there is a planet often referred to as Bizarro World.  Everthing there is backwards and nothing makes any real sense.

I wondered if I had been moved to Bizarro World after reading Teen stopped at airport for design on purse:

Vanessa Gibbs, 17, claims the Transportation Security Administration stopped her at the security gate because of the design of a gun on her handbag.

Gibbs said she had no problem going through security at Jacksonville International Airport, but rather, when she headed home from Virginia.

"It's my style, it's camouflage, it has an old western gun on it," Gibbs said.

But her preference for the pistol style didn't sit well with TSA agents at the Norfolk airport.

Gibbs said she was headed back home to Jacksonville from a holiday trip when an agent flagged her purse as a security risk.

"She was like, 'This is a federal offense because it's in the shape of a gun,'" Gibbs said. "I'm like, 'But it's a design on a purse. How is it a federal offense?'"

After agents figured out the gun was a fake, Gibbs said, TSA told her to check the bag or turn it over.

Reread the last line, the agents finally figured out a little image on a purse was not a real gun.  I wonder how long it took them?  A news video shows the purse is small and the image of the gun is only two inches.

Because of the TSA investigation the teenage girl missed her plane. 

What happen to common sense? 

Can we just ship TSA to Bizarro World?  I'm sure people there would be happy with the lack of common sense.

Hat tip:  Boycott Flying


Kimberly said...


Except, I know, YOU AREN'T!


Luke said...



Kat said...

Whoa. I was reading this cracking up. Then I realized this wasn't a really bad SNL spoof, lol. What in the world would make ANYONE (much less an adult that is supposedly mature and responsible and *ahem* intelligent enough to hold an airport security job) think a design on a handbag is a threat?! Geez. :( Yep, Bizarro world...

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e-Expeditions said...

Well, these are the same people who have to frisk a toddler because he had the misfortune of sharing his name with a person on the no-fly list. -sigh-

Sally said...

And the TSA will report this as one of the many THOUSANDS of security/terror risks that they stop each year... just like my shampoo and mouthwash and nail clippers.

Henry Cate said...

Part of my fustration is I don't have any good ideas how to effectively oppose the TSA. So we haven't been on a plane for over two years.