Friday, September 29, 2006

But Kip Hawley IS an idiot!

Ryan Bird is a middle-aged guy from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He's a frequent flyer, racking-up over 125,000 miles a year traveling on behalf of his company.

On the 26th of September, when the TSA lifted their utterly moronic total ban on liquids in favor of a mind-numbingly idiotic policy requiring travelers to carry only "travel-size toiletries (3 ounces or less) that fit comfortably in ONE, QUART-SIZE, clear plastic, zip-top bag", Ryan had enough.

Before heading-off to Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport, Ryan loaded-up his Ziploc™ bag with toiletries, but not before writing (TSA Director) "Kip Hawley Is An Idiot" on the bag with a black magic marker. For exercising his First Amendment rights, Ryan Bird found himself detained by TSA and local law enforcement for 25 minutes. (You can read Ryan's full account of the incident.)

There are a number of reasons why a reasonable person would think that Kip Hawley is in fact, an idiot. It has been demonstrated that making a binary bomb on a plane belongs in the realm of Hollywood fiction rather than threat-based fact, yet Kip Hawley continues to harass his fellow Americans with an absurd theater of ID checks, shoe removal, and now Ziploc™ 'security'. Meanwhile, serious security concerns are ignored: air cargo is not screened and there is still no point-to-point baggage matching.

Stopping terrorism does not mean giving up our basic rights. Don't give in to idiots who seek to abuse their position.

Would you like to tell TSA chief Kip Hawley your opinions on his latest stupid security policies? Email him at and share your views!

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