It seems like it was just yesterday when I started this Weekend Nonsense.
Wait, it WAS just yesterday.
When I started a new category of what I was calling weekend nonsense for my blog posts, the intent was to cover tidbits in the news that would be commensurate with our level of consciousness during the weekend.
In other words, light-headed and somewhat blurry.
But, there it was. Buried back on the bottom of Page A-8 of my Sunday morning Sacramento Bee, and being light-headed and somewhat blurry, or not, I could not believe the story I saw.
It was only a few days ago that I published a story about an airport security screener that, basically, hid a bomb in an unsuspecting passenger’s carry-on bag as some kind of misguided security test.
So, you would think that sneaking prohibited materials into innocent passenger’s luggage by the TSA airport baggage screeners would be considered a really effing stupid idea, whether in reality or in jest.
Yes, it happened again.
We are not talking about a bottle of Evian spring water, or a tube of Crest toothpaste, or, heaven forbid, fingernail clippers.
No, we are talking about items that are either extremely dangerous or absolutely illegal ANYWHERE.
The story, which I found on my old-school, ink-impregnated on honest-to-goodness newsprint was also covered by the Huffington Post; “TSA Student Prank: Airport Worker Pretended To Plant Bag Of White Powder In Rebecca Solomon’s Luggage.”
(For the record, it was the passenger that was the student…not the TSA airport screener.)
“A college student returning to school after the winter break fell victim to a prank at Philadelphia’s airport by a Transportation Security Administration worker who pretended to plant a plastic bag of white powder in her carryon luggage.”
"Tears streamed down my face as I pleaded with him to understand that I’d never seen this baggie before."
The TSA screener’s response:
“A short time later, she said, the worker smiled and said it was his.”
“The worker ‘waved the baggie at me and told me he was kidding, that I should’ve seen the look on my face,’ she said.”
Like I said, when I initiated this weekend nonsense concept, I was thinking of ridiculous stuff, unbelievable stories, and events that we could only laugh at.
Hmmm. Maybe this story qualifies in that category, after all.