And Now, a Local News Roundup of Stupid Travelers Caught by the TSA
Just for the record: yes, we know that quirky airport security stories about weapons confiscations are often a result of TSA's press outreach strategy. We've actually written about how it works. TSA officials want Americans to think that people are trying to bring weapons on board airplanes - because how else are they going to justify their existence - and it's hard to get national reporters interested in one-off stories. So you end up with a bunch of articles in city and state-based outlets that describe city and state-based incidents.
But that doesn't mean that some of the stories aren't genuinely fun. Take this local Baltimore story about BWI workers discovering that a woman was trying to smuggle a pink stun gun on an airplane. Just the visual is kind of giggle-worthy, which is probably how it ended up jumping into national blogs. Well done, TSA PR.
And then there's this story from the Albany International Airport, where someone tried to smuggle actual gun replicas through airport security. It ended up on local news - because, again, that's the only place where these stories usually end up - and so stupid was the idea that TSA actually got kind of snarky in issuing a warning. The video is embedded below.
In less amusing news, TSA agents at Reagan National have confiscated two loaded guns in the last three days. The story, naturally, is on the local ABC affiliate.
[Photo: CBS Baltimore]