Oh how we love you America

Oh how we love you America


Oh how we love you America


Oh how we love you America, let us count the ways… 1,306 of them to be precise. And speaking of which, love them or hate them, those full body ‘rape’ scanners that are the bane of many a traveler in the US may not be catching any terrorists, but they sure are doing a good job at catching dumb a**es apparently! The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said it picked up 1,306 guns at airport checkpoints last year – and the Belly Ache statistical analysis department tells us that’s nearly four guns a day. And that doesn’t even include the spear guns and bombs!

In one week in March alone, the TSA confiscated a live 60mm mortar bomb, heavy duty firecrackers (more specifically M-80 firecrackers that were developed by the US Military to simulate incoming artillery during training – nice things to have onboard an aircraft!), three stun guns, signal flares, a spear gun and a jar of dead snakes. We can only conclude the snakes were destined for some weird herbal alcohol drink popular in parts of Asia – we’ll drink to that.

And then there’s the cannon balls, grenade launcher and grenades – the TSA said it would have been more concerned if these last two items had been packed in the same Samsonite! Woohoo! What’s wrong with you America – don’t you think you are taking the old ‘right to bear arms’ thing a bit far!?! But if you think all of this is just plain crazy, did you know you can actually carry registered handguns in checked luggage!? It’s true, we wouldn’t bluff you…the only catch is they can’t be loaded – duoh! – and you have declare them at check-in. Guess that spices up the old, otherwise boring as h*ll check-in job! Then of course there’s the other ‘stuff’ that also gets found by those ever diligent TSA snoop dogs…like, pepper spray, a sword hidden in a walking cane, dagger, kukri knife, throwing star, nunchucks, butterfly knife, switchblade, dagger club, throwing knives and the list goes on and on…There’s also the amusing side to all of this, like the marijuana hidden in a half full scooped out jar of peanut butter or the exotic pets strapped to passengers legs.