A New York airport screener who removed two pipes from a traveler’s bag and set them aside Monday morning prompted a security scare six hours later when the next shift saw the pipes and feared they might be pipe bombs, local and federal officials said.
The incident at New York’s LaGuardia Airport began at 11:30 a.m. when a screener discovered unidentifiable items inside a passenger’s carry-on bag. The officer screened the item for explosives, determined them not to be a threat and cleared the passenger through the checkpoint, a Transportation Security Administration official said.
But the officer prevented the metal item from going through because of its “material and appearance,” a TSA official said.
When the next shift arrived, one officer saw the items and mistakenly believed they were test objects, used to check screener proficiency. When that officer later learned they were not test items, the officer alerted others, and the TSA contacted the Port Authority Police Department, responsible for protecting the airport.
The point of this posting this here is not to shower yet more shame on the TSA (though they deserve all the shame they get, generally speaking).
Rather, the point is that here we have the perfect example of experts at work.
An expert assumes that if there’s something out there he doesn’t understand, it must be dangerous, and it must be curbed, blocked, or otherwise controlled. From a completely secular government’s point of view, for instance, religious belief is something they can’t understand —so it must be irrational, dangerous, and it must be controlled at all costs.
The larger picture is this is the sort of society you should expect if you choose rule by experts.
I’m a white American male, and I feel discriminated against. Could they not find even one terrorist that actually fits the profile of virtually every terrorist attack in the world?[iframe_loader width=’640′ height=’390′ frameborder = ‘0’ longdesc=’ ‘ marginheight=’0′ marginwidth=’0′ name=’ ‘ click_words=’ ‘ click_url=’ ‘ scrolling=’auto’ src=’http://www.youtube.com/embed/K7q3bWEvl7o’]
Yes, this is really the head of the TSA, holding the microphone like a gansta’, and breathing out more ums than an entire class of school kids giving their first oral report. She’s oh-so-in-control, and yet… She wanders around the question, never quite answering it.