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28th Apr '17 10:49:52 PM JMQwilleran
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* United Airlines was all over the news, became the butt of late-night comedy shows, the subject of government inquiries and had to give out an undisclosed but presumably substantial payout after a passenger was dragged off a plane, bloodied and badly injured after refusing to "[[GotVoluntereed volunteer]]" to give up his seat to one of the company's employees because the flight was overbooked.

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* United Airlines was all over the news, became the butt of late-night comedy shows, the subject of government inquiries and had to give out an undisclosed but presumably substantial payout after a passenger was dragged off a plane, bloodied and badly injured after refusing to "[[GotVoluntereed "[[GotVolunteered volunteer]]" to give up his seat to one of the company's employees because the flight was overbooked.
28th Apr '17 10:49:04 PM JMQwilleran
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* United Airlines was all over the news, became the butt of late-night comedy shows, the subject of government inquiries and had to give out an undisclosed but presumably substantial payout after a passenger was dragged off a plane, bloodied and badly injured after refusing to "[[GotVoluntereed volunteer]]" to give up his seat to one of the company's employees because the flight was overbooked.
28th Mar '17 4:20:20 PM Jhonny
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* Security is also one of the reasons why UsefulNotes/HighSpeedRail is more popular than aviation on many routes in Europe and Asia.
27th Mar '17 9:29:46 PM Twentington
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* All of these examples is driving more and more people to use UsefulNotes/{{Amtrak}} passenger trains instead, which have no security checks, and are alot more comfortable and social than airplanes.

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* All of these examples is driving more and more people to use UsefulNotes/{{Amtrak}} passenger trains instead, which have no security checks, and are alot a lot more comfortable and social than airplanes.
12th Mar '17 11:04:34 AM nombretomado
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* In one episode of ''MitchBenn's Crimes Against Music'', Mitch is planning to tour America, but is stopped at airport security because he's on a list of un-American satirists. When he tries to demonstrate that he's going to sing ''nice'' songs, they panic. "He's reaching for the guitar!"

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* In one episode of ''MitchBenn's ''Music/MitchBenn's Crimes Against Music'', Mitch is planning to tour America, but is stopped at airport security because he's on a list of un-American satirists. When he tries to demonstrate that he's going to sing ''nice'' songs, they panic. "He's reaching for the guitar!"
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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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
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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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him. Of course, when Mort crawls out of the dogpile, he's ''carrying scissors''!scissors''!

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