Now This: Television host claims TSA missed his 12 inch razor blades
(WIREUPDATE) — Mythbusters host Adam Savage shared his experience of passing through a TSA checkpoint last May without security catching his 12 inch razor steel blades that he mistakenly left in his jacket.
“I take some strange things home in my laptop bag, as you can imagine,” Savage told a Seattle crowd during the w00tstock 2.0 event on May 7, 2010, “And before I get on the plane I go through my laptop bag to make sure that nothing nefarious gets on there – except today. I’m going through the TSA checkpoint and they are doing the things they are yelling at you while you what to do. Just before I was going through the scanner they put me through the body scanner, which for some reason makes my penis feel really small. And then I get on the airplane and I noticed I brought this thing with me — two twelve inch long steel razor blades”
Earlier this month the Transportation Security Administration under Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and TSA Administrator John Pistole introduced new screening procedures that included full-body pat-downs that many feel are intrusive to their fourth amendment rights.
Under the rules any passenger refusing to walk through TSA’s body scanners will be asked to step aside and a TSA Agent of the same gender will conduct a full-body pat-down. The rules were announced in the wake of several failed terrorist bombings aboard US-bound planes.
According to the TSA only a small percentage of the traveling public actually receive the pat-downs. Of those who get the procedure only a small percentage file complaints.
However, this hasn’t kept online opinion from boiling over. Earlier this month a video of a pat-down was made public on the internet. In the video a traveler refused the intrusive security measure by telling the TSA agent not to touch his “junk.” This video and many similar accounts has lead to calls for a “National Opt-Out Day” on the day before Thanksgiving.