TSA and returning soldiers

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I received this e-mail yesterday. It speaks for itself . . .

Comments from a Soldier and leader:> > > > > >
As the Chalk Leader for my flight home from Afghanistan, I witnessed > the following:> > When we were on our way back from Afghanistan, we flew out of Baghram > Air Field. We went through customs at BAF, full body scanners (no > groping), had all of our bags searched, the whole nine yards.
> Our first stop was Shannon, Ireland to refuel. After that, we had to > stop at Indianapolis, Indiana to drop off about 100 folks from the > Indiana National Guard. That's where the stupid started.
> > First, everyone was forced to get off the plane-even though the plane > wasn't refueling again. All 330 people got off that plane, rather than > let the 100 people from the ING get off. We were filed from the plane > to a holding area. No vending machines, no means of escape. Only a > male/female latrine.
> > It's probably important to mention that we were ALL carrying weapons. > Everyone was carrying an M4 Carbine (rifle) and some, like me, were > also carrying an M9 pistol. Oh, and our gunners had M-240B machine > guns. Of course, the weapons weren't loaded. And we had been cleared > of all ammo well before we even got to customs at Baghram, then AGAIN > at customs.> The TSA personnel at the airport seriously considered making us unload > all of the baggage from the SECURE cargo hold to have it reinspected. > Keep in mind, this cargo had been unpacked, inspected piece by piece > by U.S. Customs officials, resealed and had bomb-sniffing dogs give it > a one-hour run through. After two hours of sitting in this holding > area, the TSA decided not to reinspect our Cargo-just to inspect us > again:> Soldiers on the way home from war, who had already been inspected, > reinspected and kept in a SECURE holding area for 2 hours. Ok, whatever.> So we lined up to go through security AGAIN. This is probably another > good time to remind you all that all of us were carrying actual > assault rifles, and some of us were also carrying pistols.
> > So we're in line, going through one at a time. One of our Soldiers had > his Gerber multi-tool. TSA confiscated it. Kind of ridiculous, but it > gets better. A few minutes later, a guy empties his pockets and has a > pair of nail clippers. Nail clippers. TSA informs the Soldier > that they're going to confiscate his nail clippers. The conversation > went something like this:
> > TSA Guy: You can't take those on the plane.
> > Soldier: What? I've had them since we left the country.
> > TSA Guy: You're not suppose to have them.
> > Soldier: Why?
> > TSA Guy: They can be used as a weapon.
> > Soldier: [touches butt stock of the rifle] But this actually is a > weapon and I'm allowed to take it on.
> > TSA Guy: Yeah but you can't use it to take over the plane. You don't > have bullets.
> > Soldier: And I can take over the plane with nail clippers?
> > TSA Guy: [awkward silence]
> > Me: Dude, just give him your damn nail clippers so we can get the -*-* > out of here. I'll buy you a new set.
> > Soldier: [hands nail clippers to TSA guy, makes it through security] > To top it off, the TSA demanded we all be swabbed for "explosive > residue" detection. Everyone failed, [go figure, we just came home > from a war zone], because we tested positive for "Gun Powder Residue".
> Who the -*-* is hiring these people?
> > This might be a good time to remind everyone that approximately 233 > people re-boarded that plane with assault rifles, pistols, and machine > guns-but nothing that could have been used as a weapon.

Can someone > please tell me What the F**K happened to OUR country while we were gone?
 
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Id have refused also, especially with the gerber multitool, Id never give mine up, love that damn thing. Most of you guys could probably take that plane over single handedly with nothing but your bare hands. Isnt it a chartered flight? Didnt think you still required to go through customs and such, especially as Im sure the military already screened everything you had for contraband and such from the middle east. Havnt flown in over a year myself, ive always had clippers in my bag but it was in my checked bag.

Just wrong though.
 
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