TSA Freakout At LAX

B.LA buddy and BoingBoing-atrix Xeni Jardin got caught in a TSA psychofreakout at LAX today:

I walked from the arrival gate towards baggage claim, and when I was about halfway there, all of a sudden about a dozen or more TSA personnel and private security staff appeared, shouting STOP WHERE YOU ARE. FREEZE. DO NOT MOVE. Not just at me, but all of the travelers who happened to be wandering through the hallway at that moment.

Some of the TSA guards then backed up against walls in the hallway, and sort of barked at anyone who tried to move a few feet away from their “spot,” like towards chairs to sit down or whatever.

Wilco Tango Foxtrot, people? Code Chartreuse? No explanation? Sounds like we’re being turned into the United States of Cattle.

I flew out of Burbank earlier this week, and they would not let me take by still-sealed Starbucks Yogurt Parfait through security.

Then again, maybe I’m overreacting. Perhaps TSA was trying to save Xeni from a family-values Republican Senator in the bathroom.

4 thoughts on “TSA Freakout At LAX”

  1. This happened to me not to long ago, while walking to the gate. A whole posse ran up and ordered everyone to freeze, and were verbally forceful to those who didnt comply (or hear). No explanation. After the immobilization it was BAU. I’m still not sure if I feel more secure.

  2. Same thing happened to me at John Wayne last Sunday. An alarm went off at the security check point, followed by gray haired TSA workers quickly shouting at the travelers to freeze in the immediate area.

  3. Terrorists can hide explosive device components or explosives in a Starbucks container, easy to reseal if you know how.
    Security personnell do not act unless according to standard proceedure. If you dont like it, welcome another 9/11 or dont fly.

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