A TSA officer pranked a traveler by asking him to perform “the robot” at an airport security checkpoint in Maui. Appropriate?
TSA Pranks Travelers On Request: Asks Him To Do “The Robot”
I’ve been rather muted lately in my criticism of the TSA because after two decades I’ve just gotten used to the routine. I use Clear and Pre-Check and my interactions with these employees are limited, though my shoes tend to set off the metal detector (I’m about 50-50).
My concerns centered on full body scanners (nude-o-scopes) because they literally undressed you before the eyes of the agents. Those concerns have been mitigated through privacy software that shields your body. Now agents just see a rough outline of your body and if any item is detected, a yellow square around the approximate area. I can live with that.
The TSA fail rate is still shockingly high and I remain convinced that anyone who truly wants to get something past the TSA can do so. I’ve managed, accidentally in my case, to take many liquids containers greater than 3.5 ounces which were not caught by the TSA (it’s time to eliminate the insidious liquid restrictions anyway and dismantle the airport bottled water cartel…).
On the whole, I find TSA agents to be generally curmudgeon (though some are nice) and simply try to get past security checkpoints as quickly as possible. Agents usually bark orders, even in the PreCheck lane, which gets so tedious, but I’ve never seen anything like the subject of our story today.
First, check out this video:
“While passing through a TSA security check in Maui, my friend asked a TSA official to have me do the Robot. He totally got me as I wondered ‘why they would need me to do this? What did this have to do with security?’ Great laugh.”
I’m glad this was initiated by a friend and not by the TSA officer himself, but I find it tremendously illustrative of our lemming-like tendency to obey authority, as most poignantly illustrated by our reaction to the pandemic. Liberty is often slowly curtailed rather than abruptly taken, but humans have a tendency to blindly obey.
My favorite radio host is a man named Phil Hendrie who used prank callers by throwing his own voice to create “guests” who would outrage callers with outlandish points of view. One of Hendrie’s favorite shticks was to ask callers to perform actions, like jumping jacks or rubbing their stomachs and heads at the same time, which they would always do.
I’d like to think that if is TSA officer asked me to do the robot, I’d decline…but who knows. What a world we live in!