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My Partner, The Terrorist [Sep. 14th, 2004|07:16 am]
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After a relatively long boring day at work, I picked Dad up at the airport at 3pm yesterday. We loaded his things into the car, started to leave the airport, when Dad looks at me and says, "by the way, I am now on the homeland security terrorist list."
I looked at him, chuckling, thinking he is pulling my leg, and say, "what did you do now? piss the flight attendent off or something?"
He said, "no, seriously, though, I am now on the list"


A 3"x2" butane lighter that was found in his checked-in baggage.
The TSA agent at MSP said that this is just a verbal warning and that his name is now included in the national registry. His next offense will be a letter from the TSA and if it happens a third time he will receive a $2,500 fine.
for a freaking lighter. Funny thing is, they didnt say anything about the can of butane he had in the same bag.



Stuff like this pisses me off, and I looked last night online for some type of appeal process, but there is none.

Gotta love it

In other news, Dad likes the paint job that I did in the kitchen and bedroom. Next project is the living room, which I may get to this weekend. But then again, we are thinking about busting out part of the wall between the living room and hallway and putting a bookshelf in there. I was also thinking about putting a fishtank there as well. So many things to do, so little money.

Well, off to work. I told Dad he needs to lay low for a few days, you never know what they do to him now that he is on that list :-)
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From: ex_handinglo300
2004-09-14 06:23 am (UTC)
You can't bring a regular old lighter on a plane?? Since when? I've brought some on planes within the last year. Though once, they did take my fingernail clippers away from me cuz it had a small nail file on it.
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[User Picture]From: txlthrson
2004-09-14 06:58 am (UTC)
according to the TSA website, "up to 2 lighters or 4 books of safety matches are allowed in your carry-on baggage NOT Checked baggage "

Obviously the TSA agent was on a power trip yesterday
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[User Picture]From: bearwilly
2004-09-14 07:58 am (UTC)
well back in Feb they took my lighter also........though i put it in my carryone...........which according to TSA rules your allowed to do .They made no claim about me being on a list though . i filed a clain against them........which i know i will never win.........though legally wise i really should win........My final judgement should come anyday and I guarantee you if they deny my claim I am goin right to my Senator with my complaint........something i should have done already anyways . i wouldnt brag about that can of butane either........we buy a new one every trip
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[User Picture]From: txlthrson
2004-09-14 08:32 am (UTC)
Not bragging about the can of butane, I just cant believe that they conviscated a lighter and not the can of butane.
He did ask the TSA guy if there was an appeal process to have his name removed and the TSA supervisor told him that there wasnt.

I told him this morning that if he goes to the grocery store not to use his KrogerPlus card. He might get flagged for buying the wrong type of toilet paper now

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[User Picture]From: bearwilly
2004-09-14 12:34 pm (UTC)
didja spank daddy for his infraction ? he knows now he should have had that lighter in his pocket...........just in case he wanted to light the stewardess on fire :)

he oughtta right his congressman and complain about it...........oh wait...........thats right...........you live in Texas...........forget i said that LOl :) huggers to you both :)

ya gotta hide them lighters better :)
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