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(The Sun)   Submitter wasn't allowed past airport security at Heathrow Terminal 5, as my t-shirt had a picture of a gun on it. It was a picture of a Transformer holding a gun. The Sun is there   (thesun.co.uk) divider line 400
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KIA
2008-06-02 10:24:38 AM
You ought to try actually checking a gun sometime.

Under TSA rules, you are required to declare openly and loudly (so that they cannot say you were sneaky or furtive) that you HAVE A GUN IN A LOCKED CASE and that you are the only one with a key to the case and that there is no ammunition in the case (even though you are checking it). This is, of course, an invitation for the TSA to steal said case, whether or not you have the key because any lock can be defeated given sufficient time and tools. The TSA will then require you to unlock the case and show the gun, thereby airing a firearm in the airport - you know, just in case you lied about the no ammo part and plan to go on a spree, they make it easy. They will then take the case and you had better hope for the best and have good insurance.

I've had clients who have been arrested for not declaring the locked-case gun loudly enough, for having the case unlocked so that TSA can inspect it more easily, for having ammo not in the case, but in the same bag (ammo transport is a no-no: you need to buy wherever you go, even if you prefer hand-loads or have an unusual caliber) and for having had a few drinks in the lounge before they checked the firearm.

This thing with the shirts and pictures - I don't know. I tend to read gun rags when I travel, so I suspect my travel will be very interesting very soon. Maybe I'd better wait to buy the magazine until I get to the bookstore inside of security...
 
2008-06-02 10:28:30 AM
Well just got done with BBC.

There's an article on the main site.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/7431640.stm

It's going to be in the BBC London news, going out on air at 6:30 pm london time today, said it'll be accessible from the site.

They also interviewed one of my colleagues who was with me at the time.
 
2008-06-02 10:34:19 AM
I got pulled off of a flight at LAX for a bullet shaped charm, so I'm not getting a kick out of this......seriously.
 
2008-06-02 10:34:59 AM
ArcadianRefugee: Conform! Conform!

Oh grow up.
 
2008-06-02 10:39:18 AM
kaer: Well just got done with BBC.

There's an article on the main site.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/7431640.stm

It's going to be in the BBC London news, going out on air at 6:30 pm london time today, said it'll be accessible from the site.

They also interviewed one of my colleagues who was with me at the time.


Sweet. I'll tune in.
 
2008-06-02 10:40:09 AM
kaer: Well just got done with BBC.

There's an article on the main site.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/7431640.stm

It's going to be in the BBC London news, going out on air at 6:30 pm london time today, said it'll be accessible from the site.

They also interviewed one of my colleagues who was with me at the time.


Heh, I'll definitely check that out.
 
2008-06-02 10:40:22 AM
kaer: Well just got done with BBC.

There's an article on the main site.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/7431640.stm

It's going to be in the BBC London news, going out on air at 6:30 pm london time today, said it'll be accessible from the site.

They also interviewed one of my colleagues who was with me at the time.


first your blog, then the sun, then fark, then the beeb... soon you'll be a talk show host. (i dont think you'll like the interview portion of this exercise however, it involves a cellar).
 
2008-06-02 10:43:31 AM
kaer

Next time through the airport, carry a Raspberry or Blueberry just to see what happens at security.

/Just don't carry the banana, its gun-like shape will skew the results of the test.
 
2008-06-02 10:43:51 AM
I hope they gave subby a new t-shirt that reads "I was sent to Guantanamo and all I got was this lousy shirt and a waterboarding"
 
2008-06-02 10:44:50 AM
kaer:
It's going to be in the BBC London news, going out on air at 6:30 pm london time today, said it'll be accessible from the site.


Wait, what time is that EDT? 13:30?
 
2008-06-02 10:47:20 AM
hahaha yes, it was the shirt, not the brownish tint of his skin.

As a pasty white male caucasian, I'm pretty sure that I could go through custom with a Transformer shirt, pants, shoes and I'd even add a cap with no problem. Heck, they'd let me board the plane even if I had a toy Megatron in my back pocket.
 
2008-06-02 10:55:49 AM
So, Subby is an attention whore. Truly, I'd rather make the main page by losing to Darwin.

/good luck on your book tour, subby
 
2008-06-02 11:04:49 AM
Reason No. 2045 to punch your locat TSA agent in the face.
 
2008-06-02 11:09:04 AM
jaidee: Reason No. 2045 to punch your locat TSA agent in the face.

Except that this stupidity is brought to you by the Nanny State's Ministry of Passenger Harassment.
 
2008-06-02 11:12:38 AM
moeriscus: This, my friends, is why I wear my Israel Air Force t-shirt whenever I fly. Nothing but smiles and respect from the good folks at airport security.

/not even Jewish



While I applaud your ingenuity, there is something quite wrong about that situation. Y'know, sorta makes the war on turror seem like a war for da j00s.
 
2008-06-02 11:13:13 AM
thamike: ArcadianRefugee: Conform! Conform!

Oh grow up.




grow up...and conform?
 
2008-06-02 11:15:45 AM
www.justindauer.com

Just kidding. That is ridiculous.

And to think I was pissed off when they took my toothpaste.
 
2008-06-02 11:16:05 AM
Wow the Brits are becoming more and more pussified every day!
 
2008-06-02 11:19:36 AM
I'm flying to Heathrow on Wednesday. Should I wear my gun-shaped thong underwear?
 
2008-06-02 11:21:51 AM
They ought to just provide orange coveralls for all of us. That way, you could wear an Optimus Prime T-shirt *and* underwear. Plus we'd all be dressing the way we feel - like prisoners who have to bow down to everything anyone involved in the airline travel industry tells us.
 
2008-06-02 11:25:05 AM
Frank N Stein [TotalFark] 2008-06-02 03:12:56 AM
Transformer shirt? Good thing they didn't see Submitter in his Spiderman onesie


Spit-take thanks to you.
Keyboard. You owe me. (How do I get milk off my laptop screen?)
 
2008-06-02 11:25:49 AM
trixter_nl: Makes you want to get one of the old school megatrons and leave it as the robot form when you pass through security, then see what happens.


Megatron was a P38?

AWESOME!
 
2008-06-02 11:26:19 AM
MajorityWhip: I never take off my shoes because I find it demeaning (I usually wear leather hard sole sandals anyway).

I'd rather take off my shoes than wear sandals in public.
 
2008-06-02 11:27:42 AM
beoswulf: It's not the gun, Optimus Prime is on the no-fly list

The won't let Optimus fly?

www.seibertron.com

Why do they hate the Jews?
 
2008-06-02 11:31:48 AM
BTW, it's BBC London news.

And I just checked, the live interiew is up there now.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/london/news/

About 7 minutes in. Click on watch latest edition.
 
2008-06-02 11:32:49 AM
jaidee: Reason No. 2045 to punch your locat TSA agent in the face.

There are lolcat TSA agents? This I want to see.
 
2008-06-02 11:33:15 AM
I love how it's ok to bring screw drivers, corkscrews, and cigar cutters, but don't you DARE bring shampoo!!

I actually got stopped because they thought I had chili powder with me... I was coming from India, and I suppose I looked like a FOB that day.
 
2008-06-02 11:35:09 AM
Allright direct link
http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/check/london/realmedia/news/londontv?size=16x 9&bgc=C0C0C0&nbram=1&bbram=1&nbwm=1&bbwm=1
 
2008-06-02 11:36:23 AM
sarcastrophe: As a white male who hasn't been stopped by security in well over 20 countries, I'm getting a kick out of these replies.

Don't you have an appointment to be at the gym in 26 minutes from now?
 
2008-06-02 11:40:57 AM
Next time wear a jacket and tie. Show up at the gate drunk.
/Worked well for me.
 
2008-06-02 11:43:27 AM
They should try this shiat on me some day, I'll show them what a threat really looks like.

/ITG
 
2008-06-02 11:45:17 AM
It's shiat like this that makes me understand exactly where Douglas Adams got the inspiration for Vogons.

Then again, it's not like American civil service isn't full of people like these.



OMFG THIS!!!!!!

WIN
 
2008-06-02 11:45:33 AM
This will not end well.

I see a mysterious no-fly listing in your future.
 
2008-06-02 11:50:09 AM
Dont panic

//I will have copy with me now every time i fly and I will ask how is their poetry comming along
 
2008-06-02 11:50:28 AM
homerjaythompson: grow up...and conform?

If you haven't decided whether or not you're a conformist by the age of 30, you're probably a douchebag, is my point.
 
2008-06-02 11:50:29 AM
www.bangbangt-shirts.com

But I've been wearing this since it came out...
 
2008-06-02 11:54:32 AM
i26.tinypic.com
 
2008-06-02 12:01:58 PM
Last year Gatwick guards made a woman hand over a beef sandwich before boarding

Must have just gotten back from a "smoking" break and had a bad case of the munchies.
 
2008-06-02 12:02:37 PM
ah3133: eddyatwork: I am very disappointed with those of you criticizing the security. When people can wear a shirt with a gun on it, the terrorists have won. You don't hate children, do you?

Hate them? I eat them!


Hmmm ... grilled with a few herbs and served with roast vegies. Nice!
 
2008-06-02 12:13:14 PM
ShawnDoc: This doesn't make any sense. ::look at photo in article:: Oh there's your problem, try to be more white next time.

/Just be glad you didn't jump a turnstile going into the tube, they'd have filled you full of lead and then removed the film from the security cameras.


QFT.
 
2008-06-02 12:16:47 PM
GalvestonBeachBum: Mart Laar's beard shaver: Is this a surprise?

After all, you can't see the Union Jack Flag fly at Heathrow. Might upset the Muslims with that cross, and all.

/The U.K. is a basketcase


/ftfy
//Only a Union Jack when it's on a ship.


Thank you, Rose Tyler!
 
2008-06-02 12:17:32 PM
Shorty Longstrokin: Some biatch at an Air Canada gate gave me shiat about wearing "a lumberjack shirt and hiking boots" (a plaid button-down shirt -- not even flannel -- and brown sneakers) on the plane even though my clothes were checked and I was already through customs, so yeah -- stuff like this never surprises me.

I hope you file a formal complaint, subby, and get this all over the news.


That's because some airlines have dress codes.

And Subby, you might reconsider wearing tee shirts at your age. It's a crime. A crime of fashion.
 
2008-06-02 12:25:57 PM
Uh, I hope they never see my calf tattoo...cause I ain't takin me leg off to fly.
 
2008-06-02 12:26:59 PM
i158.photobucket.com

What about a guy with big hands? You could kill a stewardess with big hands, hell you could probably kill two, one in each hand!
 
2008-06-02 12:34:46 PM
Cerebral Ballsy: And Subby, you might reconsider wearing tee shirts at your age. It's a crime. A crime of fashion.

Oh, snap!
 
2008-06-02 12:35:05 PM
Subby, I noticed BBC London asked for viewer feedback. I'd be interested to know what kind of response they got. Please supply?

/you look fine in a t-shirt - ignore the anal retentive types
 
2008-06-02 12:36:48 PM
My plane was delayed yesterday because 5 police officers had to remove a 50-something year old man who was wearing an "FBI: Female Body Inspector" tshirt. Quite a scene.
 
2008-06-02 12:40:23 PM
Everyone hating on Subby here for his choice of attire thinks waaaay too much of themselves.

Grow up?

Calm down.
 
2008-06-02 12:43:41 PM
Cerebral Ballsy: And Subby, you might reconsider wearing tee shirts at your age. It's a crime. A crime of fashion.

He's only 30! Do we have to become corporate drones in the way we dress the second we stop being 29? Screw that. Wear whatever you like.
 
2008-06-02 12:55:37 PM
Cerebral Ballsy: And Subby, you might reconsider wearing tee shirts at your age. It's a crime. A crime of fashion.

Now, now. Certain T-Shirts are fine at any age. It wasn't as if he was wearing a "Muff Diver" shirt or anything. I still say the wisest choice for airports is a suit. I never get hassled. It's silly, I know. I'm sure there are plenty of terrorists and drug traffickers who wear suits. But we're talking about the TSA, here. They're not the sharpest knives in the drawer.
 
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