Aug 112007

The latest evidence that all of the security screening at airports these days is just so much theater is rather, well, theatrical. According to CNN

A passenger who originally departed from Lima, Peru, and connected in Fort Lauderdale had been hiding the small monkey in his ponytail, under his hat, according to Spirit Airlines spokeswoman Alison Russell.

During the flight, the monkey crawled out of its hiding spot, forcing the owner to hold it in his hands, where the unexpected visitor was soon spotted by fellow passengers and crew members, Russell said.

Yep, that’s right, we couldn’t make this stuf up if we tried. While The TSA is bringing the entire weight of the frederal government to bear on little old ladies who accidentally leave 4 ozs of shampoo in their carryon bag, This guy carried a live monkey through an airport and took it onto an airplane.

I’m sure someone out there is thinking: yeah, but this guy got onto an airplane in Peru, this could never happen here in America! Well, he did start his flight in Peru, but he spent several hours in the Ft. Lauderdale airport. He even went through customs there. It wasn’t until the man was on his connecting flight to New York that passengers noticed the monkey and pointed it out to the flight attendants.

Y’all remember New York, right? The city with the really big buildings that ren’t there any more because of the airplanes? Of course you remember. We hear about it every time the government decides to crack down a little tighter on us in the name of security. We had airport security in the 70s and planes were still highjacked. We had airport security on September 11th, 2001. We have more security now then we’ve ever had before. And yet, this guy was still able to sneak a monkey onto an airplane. I must admit he was pretty clever about it though. I mean a terrorist would never even consider hiding a weapon or explosive in his hat.

How many of these stories need to come out before people wake up and realize that airport security is simply a “feel good” band aid that only benefits the bureaucrats it employs?

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