TSA workers of course immediately shut down the screening area and called in a bomb squad. TSA officials later defended that decision because - hey - that thing really does strikingly resemble a bomb. Our instinct is to criticize the agency whenever it de facto shuts down airports over false alarms, but we kind of see their argument here. We especially appreciate their broader, blogged point: don't bring bomb-looking things into airports. Come on folks.
In other TSA news from the last couple of months, an LAX worker is under investigation for stealing watches and debit cards, a Fort Lauderdale screener got caught stuffing stolen iPads down his pants, and the agency itself recently announced that as many as 900,000 of their security badges may be compromised.
So naturally the TSA union is focused on making sure that TSA supervisors get to use their government credit cards to buy workers bottled water. Because they've got their priorities straight, that union.
[Photo: TSA Blog]