The TSA’s best and brightest?

I’m sure by now many of you have heard about the passenger that got “detained” at St. Louis airport because he had a large sum of money on him. If you haven’t, check out the audio recording. Pure gold. Is there really anything that can be said?

Filed Under: Media, Security/TSA
  1. This is unacceptable. I am sure Ron Paul and his supporters are not happy about this.

  2. @chitownflyer — really? I’d think they would be happy about it, because it gives them free press coverage 🙂

    But yeah, it is completely and utterly unacceptable. I didn’t listen to the entire tape yesterday, but I hope the detained passenger has filed an official complaint with the TSA or HLS and some folks in St. Louis get added to the list of unemployed.

  3. I am a conservative, and anti-big gov. and anti-confiscatory tax policy and the like, but I view libertarianism as a sound ideology but a somewhat immature way to go through life. Libertarianism is something cops naturally struggle to understand. 🙂 This guy better travel with a lawyer, especially if traveling abroad.

    I agree it is ludicrous the cops can’t better answer his question of whether he is required to answer questions, but he makes no effort at all to weigh his ideology against the level of invasiveness of the questions. Sadly cops aren’t lawyers, and they tend to be worried about protecting people, weighing the honesty and candor of those they confront and

    Furthermore, he says the money isn’t his, and then slowly reveals the money is “in his possession”, etc. That to me reveals, along with the fact he was taping it, that this was somewhat of grandstanding thing. He is free to grandstand of course. Personally, I think there are far large issues for conservatives whether social, fiscal, or just anti-liberal to be worried about.

    The only time I agreed with the befuddled cop is when he said, “Now you are acting like a child.” Frankly, sometimes that is just how libertarians sound.

  4. Am I the only one that thinks that Mr. Bierfeldt was being an idiot? What’s the big deal? Just answer the questions.

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