TSA Kicked Man Off Delta Flight For T-Shirt

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This is one way to get kicked off a plane. Wear a t-shirt mocking TSA’s security theater.

A doctoral student at Arizona State University was kicked off his Phoenix bound Delta flight at his departure gate in Buffalo, New York.

“I politely explained that it was ‘mocking the security theater charade and over-reactions to terrorism by the general public,”

His shirt had a made up seal that mocked the Homeland security. Probably not the smartest thing to put on your T-Shirt when trying to travel by air.

“Bombs ZOMG,” “ZOMG Terrorists” “Alert level bloodred — run, run take off your shoes.”

He made it through screening with those words on his T-Shirt. Once at the gate, a Delta agent alerted the TSA and Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. He was quickly surrounded, interrogated and re-booked with his wife on a flight the following day.

Lesson learned, don’t mock the TSA when you are flying. Hat tip to AAdvantageGeek.

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  1. So what you are saying is that if you are screened through and deemed not a threat you can still be determined to be a threat because of your shirt? We should all feel ashamed for this. Who stood up to the TSA for this guy? He did nothing wrong. The federal government violated his right to free speech. TSA IS a joke. Looking at this incident the wrong way.

  2. I understand the whole free speech issue and all that (plus the TSA is a lousy agency), but nonetheless, wearing that tee shirt to the airport was a stupid thing to do.

  3. Free speech isn’t a gradient thing people, you either support someone’s constitutional right to ANY free speech regardless of whether you agree, or you think people should be limited and controlled. Someone making $11.25 an hour working for TSA just shat all over the entire purpose of the 1st amendment. Personally I’m not sure how I would feel about this shirt if I saw it on my plane, but I’m not going to tell someone else how to think if they’ve been screened by security and not deemed a threat. YOU DON’T HAVE A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO NOT FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE WITH OTHER PEOPLE JUST BECAUSE YOU DON’T AGREE WITH THEM OR UNDERSTAND THEM.

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