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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.
17th Aug '16 1:35:40 AM BNSF1995
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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.

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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.
flights. Many feel security is too paranoid in the modern day, and as a result, tend to drive or take UsefulNotes/{{Amtrak}} instead.
17th Aug '16 1:33:41 AM BNSF1995
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* In July of 2016, the TSA [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAoIKNMAANM arrested an unarmed disabled girl]] after she set off the metal detector at Memphis International Airport. The incident left her with bloodied with injuries to her head.

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* In July of 2016, the TSA [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAoIKNMAANM arrested an unarmed disabled girl]] after she set off the metal detector at Memphis International Airport. The incident left her with bloodied with injuries to her head.
* 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.
22nd Jul '16 8:10:44 PM wuggles
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* On ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'', Bojack finds Todd hidden in his suitcase. There's a flashback to airport security, where the TSA looks at the x-ray machine and lets Bojack's bag through along with a bag with several guns, but sets off the alarm for a bottle of shampoo.
11th Jul '16 9:02:30 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* [[ComicBook/FantasticFour The Thing]] is told he can't bring nail clippers on an airplane because they might be dangerous. [[BeatPanel He gives the guy a magnificent "are you kidding me" look]] and they let him through.
** [[FridgeLogic Why would The Thing need nail clippers?]]
* Similar to the above, ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' and Aunt May were traveling through an airport to visit Mary Jane in California when they discovered his webshooters in one of the bags. At this point, Aunt May still knew that Peter was Spider-Man, so she bluffed the agents by claiming that the webshooters were something her gynecologist had her using (and looked like she was about to give them [[TooMuchInformation a detailed description of their use]]). The agents hurriedly packed the webshooters back up, but then one of them rebuked Peter for having, you guessed it, nail clippers.

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* [[ComicBook/FantasticFour ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'': The Thing]] Thing is told he can't bring nail clippers on an airplane because they might be dangerous. [[BeatPanel He gives the guy a magnificent "are you kidding me" look]] and they let him through.
** [[FridgeLogic Why would The Thing need nail clippers?]]
* Similar to the above,
* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' and Aunt May were traveling through an airport to visit Mary Jane in California when they discovered his webshooters in one of the bags. At this point, Aunt May still knew that Peter was Spider-Man, so she bluffed the agents by claiming that the webshooters were something her gynecologist had her using (and looked like she was about to give them [[TooMuchInformation a detailed description of their use]]). The agents hurriedly packed the webshooters back up, but then one of them rebuked Peter for having, you guessed it, nail clippers.
5th Jul '16 11:09:58 AM XDiakos
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* In July of 2016, the TSA [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAoIKNMAANM arrested an unarmed disabled girl]] after she set off the metal detector at Memphis International Airport. The incident left her with bloodied with injuries to her head.
28th Jun '16 4:51:02 PM Asbduhas
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* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' did one on this. The scene was of a guy and his wife being stopped by the TSA with the guy explaining to the officer that his laptop battery contained as much stored power as a hand grenade and if it went off, then there would be a pretty bad explosion. As the man is being arrested, he exclaims, "You can't arrest me if I prove your rules inconsistent!", which just goes to show he doesn't really understand how people ''work''.

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* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' [[http://www.xkcd.com/651/ did one on this.this]]. The scene was of a guy and his wife being stopped by the TSA with the guy explaining to the officer that his laptop battery contained as much stored power as a hand grenade and if it went off, then there would be a pretty bad explosion. As the man is being arrested, he exclaims, "You can't arrest me if I prove your rules inconsistent!", which just goes to show he doesn't really understand how people ''work''.
16th May '16 10:56:34 AM Luigifan
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* Similar to the above, ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' and Aunt May were traveling through an airport to visit Mary Jane in California when they discovered his webshooters in one of the bags. At this point, Aunt May still knew that Peter was Spider-Man, so she bluffed the agents by claiming that the webshooters were something her gynecologist had her using (and and looked like she was about to give them [[TooMuchInformation a detailed description of their use]]). The agents hurriedly packed the webshooters back up, but then one of them rebuked Peter for having, you guessed it, nail clippers.

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* Similar to the above, ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' and Aunt May were traveling through an airport to visit Mary Jane in California when they discovered his webshooters in one of the bags. At this point, Aunt May still knew that Peter was Spider-Man, so she bluffed the agents by claiming that the webshooters were something her gynecologist had her using (and and looked like she was about to give them [[TooMuchInformation a detailed description of their use]]). The agents hurriedly packed the webshooters back up, but then one of them rebuked Peter for having, you guessed it, nail clippers.



* 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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* In ''Fanfic/SamowarInAtlantis'', Björn encounters them on his return from Judea 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.



** 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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** Meanwhile, his BlackBestFriend slides past by acting like a typical American tourist, despite the fact that he ''he'' is the one with the 50 grand in his pocket.



* One of the black cards in ''TabletopGame/CardsAgainstHumanity'' is "TSA guidelines now prohibit _____ on airplanes." Depending on which white cards are playe that round, you might find straight examples ("A really cool hat" is dangerous ''how'', exactly?) or inversions (What took us so long to ban "Kamikaze pilots"?).

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* One of the black cards in ''TabletopGame/CardsAgainstHumanity'' is "TSA guidelines now prohibit _____ on airplanes." Depending on which white cards are playe played that round, you might find straight examples ("A really cool hat" is dangerous ''how'', exactly?) or inversions (What took us so long to ban "Kamikaze pilots"?).



** The main point here is that the guards didn't recognise him and therefore had no idea what the funny metal thing was, so it's reasonable enough that they would want to inspect it visually - which is all they did.

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** The main point here is that the guards didn't recognise him and therefore had no idea what the funny metal thing was, so it's reasonable enough that they would want to inspect it visually - -- which is all they did.



** Not to condone the unrestrained debauchery of the blatantly sociopathic personalities at the TSA, but interestingly there is in fact a type of plastique, developed all the way back in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, that can be disguised as cake and is even edible.

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** Not to condone the unrestrained debauchery of the blatantly sociopathic personalities at the TSA, but interestingly interestingly, there is in fact a type of plastique, developed all the way back in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, that can be disguised as cake and is even edible.
28th Mar '16 5:26:43 PM delightfulCheshire
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** 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).

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** 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).English despite their having a Midwestern American accent).
25th Feb '16 8:43:05 PM Angeldeb82
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[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] [[LargeHam Overacting Airport Security]].

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[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] [[LargeHam Overacting Airport Security]].Security.]]



** Police grab him ''again'' just outside the LA Convention Center for... [[DisproportionateRetribution laughing very loudly in public?]] Well, it ''is'' [[TakeThat the LAPD...]]

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** Police grab him ''again'' just outside the LA Convention Center for... [[DisproportionateRetribution laughing very loudly in public?]] public]]? Well, it ''is'' [[TakeThat the LAPD...]]
LAPD]]...



* An advertisement has a guy explaining to airport security that his phone is so powerful, it's basically a computer. CompletelyMissingThePoint, they respond with a curt "Which is it? You seem to be changing your story...", ending with an implication that he's about to be strip-searched.

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* An advertisement has a guy explaining to airport security that his phone is so powerful, it's basically a computer. CompletelyMissingThePoint, ComicallyMissingThePoint, they respond with a curt "Which is it? You seem to be changing your story...", ending with an implication that he's about to be strip-searched.



* Borginia is a fictional country from ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'' and is where the illegal "Borginian Cocoon" grows. Borginian customs officials are so concerned about stopping the smuggling of Borginian cocoons that they spend upwards to a day on security checks and confiscate ''marshmallows'' (which look just like the cocoons). Possession of cocoons results in [[spoiler:immediate execution]]. The non-Borginian characters [[LampshadeHanging Lampshade]] this trope and [[JustifiedTrope justify]] it at the same time: [[spoiler:[[PerfectPoison a highly deadly poison]] can be easily extracted from it.]]

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* Borginia is a fictional country from ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'' and is where the illegal "Borginian Cocoon" grows. Borginian customs officials are so concerned about stopping the smuggling of Borginian cocoons that they spend upwards to a day on security checks and confiscate ''marshmallows'' (which look just like the cocoons). Possession of cocoons results in [[spoiler:immediate execution]]. The non-Borginian characters [[LampshadeHanging Lampshade]] {{Lampshade|Hanging}} this trope and [[JustifiedTrope justify]] {{justif|iedTrope}}y it at the same time: [[spoiler:[[PerfectPoison a highly deadly poison]] can be easily extracted from it.]]



* ''Webcomic/LeastICouldDo'' used this as the cap to an [[EscalatingWar Escalating Prank War]] between main character Rayne and his JerkAss brother Eric. After weeks worth of material of the two trying to outdo each other, when Eric is leaving Rayne tricks him into saying bomb in an airport. Eric immediately recognizes his mistake and congratulations Rayne on the cleverness of it as he's led away by security. [[http://leasticoulddo.com/comic/20050723 Link]].

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* ''Webcomic/LeastICouldDo'' used this as the cap to an [[EscalatingWar Escalating Prank War]] between main character Rayne and his JerkAss {{Jerkass}} brother Eric. After weeks worth of material of the two trying to outdo each other, when Eric is leaving Rayne tricks him into saying bomb in an airport. Eric immediately recognizes his mistake and congratulations Rayne on the cleverness of it as he's led away by security. [[http://leasticoulddo.com/comic/20050723 Link]].



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

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