The Transportation Security Administration - which, you'll recall, is the federal agency tasked with keeping air travelers safe aboard flights post-9/11, to the tune of about $8 billion - bragged on Twitter Wednesday about having seized a mountain of prohibited liquids and gels from passengers trying to take the banned items aboard a commercial flights, and congratulating themselves on a job well done.
TSA Spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein posted a "Display of oversized liquids, gels and aerosols that travelers had in their carry-on bags" over the course of three days at the Syracuse airport, along with a photo of the pile of loot that needed to be seized for the safety of all onboard.
Display of oversized liquids, gels and aerosols that travelers had in their carry-on bags at the @SyracuseAirport @TSA Checkpoint in a 3-day span. The limit for liquids through a checkpoint is 3.4 oz. pic.twitter.com/Fan95TLrLy— Lisa Farbstein, TSA Spokesperson (@TSA_Northeast) June 22, 2022
In the interest of protecting the public, here are just a few of the items the TSA nabbed.
1. This deadly Capri Sun.
2. Terrorist shampoo.
3. Lethal snow globes.
You might be able to make an argument for the glass. But the water? Not so much.
4. Dangerous Ensures.
5. Perilous peanut butter.
6. Half a hobo's liquor stash.
7. Some sketchy-looking Vaseline.
8. A Taliban's worth of half-empty water bottles.
It's worth noting that in 2017, as a test, Homeland Security managed to sneak loads of mock weapons through TSA checkpoints, with screeners missing more than 70% of the fake guns, knives, and bombs (though, to be fair, that was an improvement over two years earlier, when they missed 95%).
But thank God we're spending billions to be saved from the terrors of half-used shave gel and tubes of Colgate.