TSA To U.S. Solider: Assault Rifle OK, But Hand Over Your Nail Clippers!

A TSA agent removes nail clippers from a U.S. solider returning from Afghanistan, even though he was boarding with his M4 Carbine assault rife.

Common sense is not so common these days.  Reinforcement of that notion comes from an article on Red State which claims that a solider was forced to give up his Gerber multi-tool.   However, the more bizarre claim is when one solider was asked to relinquish his nail clippers because they could be used as a weapon.  Forget the fact that they were all boarding with actual weapons like assault rifles, pistols, machine guns (unloaded of course).

From Red State:

This is probably another good time to remind you all that all of us were carrying actual assault rifles, and some of us were also carrying pistols.

So we’re in line, going through one at a time. One of our Soldiers had his Gerber multi-tool. TSA confiscated it. Kind of ridiculous, but it gets better. A few minutes later, a guy empties his pockets and has a pair of nail clippers. Nail clippers. TSA informs the Soldier that they’re going to confiscate his nail clippers. The conversation went something like this:

TSA Guy: You can’t take those on the plane.

Soldier: What? I’ve had them since we left country.

TSA Guy: You’re not suppose to have them.

Soldier: Why?

TSA Guy: They can be used as a weapon.

Soldier: [touches butt stock of the rifle] But this actually is a weapon. And I’m allowed to take it on.

TSA Guy: Yeah but you can’t use it to take over the plane. You don’t have bullets.

Soldier: And I can take over the plane with nail clippers?

TSA Guy: [awkward silence]

Me: Dude, just give him your damn nail clippers so we can get the f**k out of here. I’ll buy you a new set.

Soldier: [hands nail clippers to TSA guy, makes it through security]

This might be a good time to remind everyone that approximately 233 people re-boarded that plane with assault rifles, pistols, and machine guns–but nothing that could have been used as a weapon.

I am sure all of the passengers onboard that plane felt safer knowing that nobody had nail clippers.