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2008-05-22 01:10:47.619447+00 by Dan Lyke 5 comments

9 TSA agents accidentally doused with pepper spray at San Jose airport:

The incident happened at 10:45 a.m. when a passenger at Terminal C realized that he had a canister of pepper spray in his bag and handed it over to TSA employees at an X-ray machine, said airport spokesman Rich Dressler.

The TSA agents were preparing to put the canister in a hazardous-materials container when it somehow discharged, Dressler said.

I don't know if it's Rule #1, but "do not give the rent-a-cops weapons, lest they hurt themselves" is pretty high up there on the common sense list.

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comments in ascending chronological order (reverse):

#Comment Re: made: 2008-05-22 12:08:44.297014+00 by: meuon

Being paranoid: Sounds like the first step in taking down all airport security is handing them a personal tear gas canister. Next hand them a knife.. then..

10 minutes later you'll have full control.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-05-22 13:44:59.431806+00 by: JT

How an agency who consistently fails their competency tests every year can remain with the same employees and administration is beyond me.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-05-22 18:02:52.5181+00 by: Diane Reese

I should add that the TSA agents at SJC are not the sharpest tools in the shed, in my experience.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-05-24 02:29:45.72597+00 by: ebradway

Diane: You're not allowed to have sharp tools beyond the security checkpoint. Hence the TSA agents...

#Comment Re: made: 2008-05-25 14:37:41.438757+00 by: mvandewettering [edit history]

The question I have is how _nine_ of them got doused. I mean, I can see how one guy, acting carelessly could get himself doused in the face, but pepper spray isn't a hand grenade. How can nine of them get doused.

I'm picturing a guy explaining how we got doused.

Bob (with watering eyes): Oww, man, I just got doused with pepper spray!

Bill: Let me see that thing. I don't see how you could do it either.

Bob (eyes still watering): I hit the trigger on the side!

Bill: This tri... AHHHHH!!!!

Chuck (approaching): Hey, whatusup?

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