So yes, TSA is full of dumbasses, even at the top. The background story….On my way back from Dallas, an “agent” fumbled a search of my geekbag looking for my 2in multi-tool. This thing went with me to Amsterdam, Norway, Finland and Denmark; California (twice, once during the latest terrorist threat lockdown), and the outbound trip to Dallas. So a couple of days ago, I complained, after looking at the TSA website and finding that there was no mention of multi-tools, plus everything on mine was under the regulations.
At 6:08 PM -0400 9/25/07, TSA Contact Center wrote:
Thank you for your email message regarding your concerns about the consistency of procedures at our Nation’s airports.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has developed standard screening practices for all of our Nation’s airports, and passengers can expect essentially the same procedures. While the procedures are the same everywhere, the interpretation of those procedures results in some slight variations from airport to airport – situation to situation.
We work hard to achieve consistency in the security training process. We inspect screening operations at airports and continue to monitor the number and nature of complaints we receive from the traveling public to track trends and spot areas of concern that may require special attention. This ongoing process will enable us to ensure prompt, corrective action whenever we determine that security screening policies need modification or specific employees are the subject of repeated complaints.
TSA’s current security screening procedures require all carry-on luggage and accessible property be screened before passengers take them onboard an aircraft. Regardless of whether an item is on the prohibited or permitted items list, the Transportation Security Officers have discretion to prohibit an individual from carrying an item through the screening checkpoint or onboard an aircraft if the item poses a security threat.
Therefore, TSA security screening personnel make the final decision on whether to permit items like a multi-tool into the sterile area of the airport. Should you need additional assistance, feel free to contact us at toll free 866-289-9673.
Please visit our website at http://www.tsa.gov for additional information about TSA. We continue to add new information and encourage you to check the website frequently for updated information.
We hope this information is helpful.
TSA Contact Center
And me being as pissy as I am right now,
No, it wasn’t. It’s basically saying that you can have something that’s on the approved for carry-on list and no matter where you go it has the possibility of being confiscated. Not only is that not consistent, but it creates greater problems and further lowers the opinion of your Administration. If you are going to be consistent, be consistent and across the board. Either something is allowed, or it is not. There is no open interpretation, rule books are black and white for a reason. Otherwise, it becomes discrimination against various passengers.
Thanks for being useless.