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1st Dec '16 11:03:13 PM TomWalpertac2
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* ''Webcomic/CarryOn'': Corporal Taffy is [[http://www.hirezfox.com/km/co/d/20131004.html having a hard time at the metal detector]].
29th Nov '16 5:04:57 PM Bissek
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* Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) was once detained [[http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/10/travel/chewbacca-tsa-light-saber-cane/ because he had a lightsaber cane]]. After he was released, Twitter exploded with jokes about Letting The Wookie Win.
21st Oct '16 10:08:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Film/KangarooJack'': Charlie gets strip-searched when they find his hair dressing scissors in his bag. He actually ''is'' smuggling something into Australia ($50,000 in undeclared US currency), and [[ActingUnnatural his attempts to appear casual]] arouse so much suspicion because of how nervous he is.
** Meanwhile, his BlackBestFriend slides past by acting like a typical American tourist, despite the fact that ''he'' is the one with the 50 grand in his pocket.

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* In ''Film/KangarooJack'': Charlie gets strip-searched when they find his hair dressing scissors in his bag. He actually ''is'' smuggling something into Australia ($50,000 in undeclared US currency), and [[ActingUnnatural his attempts to appear casual]] arouse so much suspicion because of how nervous he is.
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is. Meanwhile, his BlackBestFriend slides past by acting like a typical American tourist, despite the fact that ''he'' is the one with the 50 grand in his pocket.pocket.
* There's the ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' scene where someone says "Hi, Jack" and the guards descend on him.



** There's also the ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' scene where someone says "Hi, Jack" and the guards descend on him.



* In ''Film/HaroldAndKumarEscapeFromGuantanamoBay'', an old lady on the plane sees Kumar as a raving Arab potential terrorist; when he puts his bong together in the restroom, he gets caught and says, "it's just a bong," but she (and others) think he says "bomb".
** It doesn't help that the guy in charge of Homeland Security is a complete nut who [[IdenticalLookingAsians can't tell an Indian from an Arab]] and assumes that every person of Korean descent is a North Korean agent. Hell, he can't even figure out that Harold and Kumar's parents were born in the US and tries to talk to them through an interpreter (who wasn't even able to understand that the parents were speaking English despite their having a Midwestern American accent).

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* In ''Film/HaroldAndKumarEscapeFromGuantanamoBay'', an old lady on the plane sees Kumar as a raving Arab potential terrorist; when he puts his bong together in the restroom, he gets caught and says, "it's just a bong," but she (and others) think he says "bomb".
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"bomb". It doesn't help that the guy in charge of Homeland Security is a complete nut who [[IdenticalLookingAsians can't tell an Indian from an Arab]] and assumes that every person of Korean descent is a North Korean agent. Hell, he can't even figure out that Harold and Kumar's parents were born in the US and tries to talk to them through an interpreter (who wasn't even able to understand that the parents were speaking English despite their having a Midwestern American accent).



* In the Australian ''Border Security'', an entire section of Sydney International Airport is cleared and shut down because an x-ray scanner revealed a grenade in a suitcase. It turns out to be a belt buckle, which is then confiscated.
** The thing is, this is fairly justified - it's now heavily advised against to bring anything which looks like a weapon, especially anything which looks like an explosive, because the X-Ray machine could set off the real thing in certain situations. This can also cause massive delays to prevent anyone from being killed but could cause hundreds of people to miss their flights if it happens.

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* In the Australian ''Border Security'', ''Series/BorderSecurity'', an entire section of Sydney International Airport is cleared and shut down because an x-ray scanner revealed a grenade in a suitcase. It turns out to be a belt buckle, which is then confiscated.
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confiscated. The thing is, this is fairly justified - it's now heavily advised against to bring anything which looks like a weapon, especially anything which looks like an explosive, because the X-Ray machine could set off the real thing in certain situations. This can also cause massive delays to prevent anyone from being killed but could cause hundreds of people to miss their flights if it happens.



* The airport security in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "The Entity". TheyKilledKennyAgain for carrying a nailclipper.

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The airport security in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "The Entity". TheyKilledKennyAgain for carrying a nailclipper.
21st Oct '16 10:04:42 AM Morgenthaler
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->"''Many airports have signs telling us to avoid humorous remarks... For instance, never tell a ticket agent, 'As a matter of fact, I DID accept items from persons unknown to me! A nice man in a chadar gave me this awesome luggage freshener with a clock attached!' Federal regulations require them to [[NoSenseOfHumor have no idea you're joking]] as they riddle your body with bullets.''"

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->"''Many airports have signs telling us to avoid humorous remarks... For instance, never tell a ticket agent, 'As a matter of fact, I DID accept items from persons unknown to me! A nice man in a chadar gave me this awesome luggage freshener with a clock attached!' Federal regulations require them to [[NoSenseOfHumor have no idea you're joking]] joking as they riddle your body with bullets.''"
21st Oct '16 10:04:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''WesternAnimation/MadagascarEscape2Africa'': King Julien tries to keep Mort off the flight by shouting "Watch out! He's got scissors and hand cream!" The guards, who had just been lounging until that moment, dogpile on him.
** Of course, when Mort crawls out of the dogpile, he's ''carrying scissors''!

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* ''WesternAnimation/MadagascarEscape2Africa'': King Julien tries to keep Mort off the flight by shouting "Watch out! He's got scissors and hand cream!" The guards, who had just been lounging until that moment, dogpile on him.
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21st Oct '16 9:59:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}: Escape 2 Africa'': King Julien tries to keep Mort off the flight by shouting "Watch out! He's got scissors and hand cream!" The guards, who had just been lounging until that moment, dogpile on him.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}: Escape 2 Africa'': ''WesternAnimation/MadagascarEscape2Africa'': King Julien tries to keep Mort off the flight by shouting "Watch out! He's got scissors and hand cream!" The guards, who had just been lounging until that moment, dogpile on him.
21st Oct '16 9:58:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Fanfic/SamowarInAtlantis'', Björn encounters them on his return from Judea, where he "overslept" [[Literature/ChaosTimeline quite interesting times]]. Things didn't escalate, as Björn didn't hesitate to open his suitcase with a big samovar, a tea cooker, and he knew too well what happened, but he still found their faint of heart puzzling and quite unprofessional.

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* Dara Ó Briain tells a story about a guy who is planning to ask his girlfriend to marry him on their vacation and thus hesitates to open that one little black box when he's asked to, leading to a showdown and eventually a proposal in the security line.

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* As mentioned above, the events of 9/11 really caused a ramp-up in airport security, and caused the passenger bill of rights movement to be slowed. As we move into the future, we will see if the measures are ProperlyParanoid or just overkill.

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* As mentioned above, the events of 9/11 really caused a ramp-up in airport security, and caused the passenger bill of rights movement to be slowed. As we move into the future, we will see if the measures are ProperlyParanoid or just overkill.


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21st Oct '16 9:30:16 AM Morgenthaler
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So you're off to see the HonoraryUncle in NewJersey, and your flight leaves in 15 minutes. As you get to the terminal, you bend down to tie your shoe which has come undone. To your left, you hear someone scream something about a shoe bomb, and instants later, 20 security guards have dogpiled on you NFL style. Minutes later, you've been [[ShamefulStrip strip-searched]] and have to justify the fact that you have a pair of scissors in your carry-on bag. You have encountered the Overreacting Airport Security.

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So you're off to see the HonoraryUncle in NewJersey, UsefulNotes/NewJersey, and your flight leaves in 15 minutes. As you get to the terminal, you bend down to tie your shoe which has come undone. To your left, you hear someone scream something about a shoe bomb, and instants later, 20 security guards have dogpiled on you NFL style. Minutes later, you've been [[ShamefulStrip strip-searched]] and have to justify the fact that you have a pair of scissors in your carry-on bag. You have encountered the Overreacting Airport Security.
29th Sep '16 6:54:20 AM Jhonny
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In the wake of 9/11, airport security in the United States has been ramped up significantly, and while random luggage checks, X-ray machines, and {{Metal Detector Checkpoint}}s have been routine for a while, some feel that it reached ridiculous levels when water bottles and nail clippers were banned from flights. Many feel security is too paranoid in the modern day, and as a result, tend to drive or take UsefulNotes/{{Amtrak}} instead.

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In the wake of 9/11, airport security in the United States has been ramped up significantly, and while random luggage checks, X-ray machines, and {{Metal Detector Checkpoint}}s have been routine for a while, some feel that it reached ridiculous levels when water bottles and nail clippers were banned from flights. Many feel security is too paranoid in the modern day, and as a result, tend to drive or take UsefulNotes/{{Amtrak}} instead.
instead. This trope combined with the arrival of UsefulNotes/HighSpeedRail has also spelled the end of "commute" flights on many corridors in Europe and Asia.
3rd Sep '16 6:14:56 PM res20stupid
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** The thing is, this is fairly justified - it's now heavily advised against to bring anything which looks like a weapon, especially anything which looks like an explosive, because the X-Ray machine could set off the real thing in certain situations. This can also cause massive delays to prevent anyone from being killed but could cause hundreds of people to miss their flights if it happens.
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