Another story that really needs the photo to be complete. First, the story, by contributor Alexander Cohen from True’s 15 December 2013 issue:
Security Theater, Puppet Style
A TSA agent at Missouri’s St. Louis International Airport said it was a gun. No, said Phyllis May, “it’s a prop for my monkey.” The thing was two inches long; it belonged to a monkey puppet. That didn’t stop the TSA agent. “If I held it up to your neck,” May says the agent told her, “you wouldn’t know if it was real or not.” “I said, really? You’re kidding me, right? And she said no, it looks like a gun.” May sells monkey puppets as part of her small business; she says the monkey involved is named “Rooster Monkburn” — a play on Rooster Cogburn, John Wayne’s character in the original True Grit. (AC/KING Seattle) …The TSA agent was just doing her job: disarming John Wayne and the American spirit.
And the photos, provided to the media by Ms May:
“She took my monkey’s gun,” May told a reporter later. “Rooster Monkburn has been disarmed so I’m sure everyone on the plane was safe.”
The Crux of the Matter
Then in her comments to the reporter, Ms May added the kicker: “I understand she was doing her job, but at some point doesn’t common sense prevail?”
The answer, as long-time readers certainly know, is no — not when zero tolerance thinking has been fully indoctrinated. What happens when kids, who are victimized by zero tolerance = zero thinking in schools, grow up and get jobs? They display the zero-thinking adherence to stupid policies as they were taught by example.
Don’t want random people carrying guns onto planes? Makes total sense! But, as per usual, a tiny toy is not a gun and anyone who can think for themselves knows that it isn’t with the quickest glance.
The agent didn’t call police, which means she knew the toy couldn’t be mistaken for a real gun. But she still confiscated it, just as a good zero thought tolerance adherent would.
So now I’m left wondering: is the TSA agent a puppet, or is TSA trying to make puppets of us all? Neither sounds very appealing.
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