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TSA Tuesdays: A Refresher Course on Grenades!

In perusing the TSA Blog’s “Week in Review” from this past week, it is reported that in addition to 44 firearms being discovered (second amendment on planes! The horror!), there was also an inert grenade found in someone’s luggage. Apparently grenades have been an issue for some time, as news of the discovery included the following statement:

Inert Ordnance and Grenades etc. - We continue to find inert hand grenades and other weaponry on a weekly basis. Please keep in mind that if an item looks like a realistic bomb, grenade, mine, etc., it is prohibited – real or not. When these items are found at a checkpoint or in checked baggage, they can cause significant delays in checkpoint screening. I know they are cool novelty items, but you cannot bring them on a plane. Read here and here on why inert items cause problems.

This sent me down quite the little rabbit hole, as the statement linked to a hilarious piece entitled “Can I Take my Hand Grenade on the Plane?” along with a follow up, “A Refresher Point on Checkpoint Etiquette.” I particularly like how they refer to the grenade issue simply as “etiquette”. What cards those TSA bloggers are!

Now on the surface it seems reasonable that grenades would not be allowed on planes. Certainly something that can explode by the simple removing of a pin could potentially warrant being banned from a airplanes. But as usual, even when the TSA’s policies start from a seemingly rational place, the logic begins to unravel.

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My favorite liberal

comeback to my saying "End the TSA" has been, "there are some industries, like airline security, where there is no profit so the market cannot supply the service." To which I replay, "if that's the case, then there must be no demand for the service, so we can end the TSA, right?"
Of course, there is demand for airline security and if security was turned over to the airlines, the market would find the proper level of security, while emphasizing customer relations.


And other airports already have been transitioning into private security I believe

"Private security"

Crony capitalism more than true privatizing. Companies are screened and selected by DHS and must still follow the same procedures dictated by TSA.

*Advancing the Ideas of Liberty Daily*