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TSA Stole my Hot Sauce!

by Paul Gessing

We at the Rio Grande Foundation typically go after the idiocy and corruption of our state political leaders, but the TSA is one entity that we all deal with on a regular basis, but that I have not written about extensively. This is largely because there seems to be no momentum in Congress to undo the nationalization of airport security that was enacted after 9/11.

Over the Thanksgiving Holiday, my wife Krista and I spent the week with RGF co-founder Harry Messenheimer and his wife on the Big Island of Hawaii. We were on Oahu for one day and toured the Dole Plantation. There, we purchase a bottle of pineapple-infused hot sauce. Being good travelers, we checked the bottle which was wrapped in some tissue paper to protect it from breaking. Well, when we got home and opened our bags, we had a pre-printed notice in our bag indicating TSA had checked the bag and we had no sauce. Unbelievable!

Apparently, TSA theft is not a new or uncommon issue. I'm proud that my old organization, the National Taxpayers Union, opposed federalizing airport security when it was done and I wish that our political leaders would get rid of TSA and let airlines and passengers handle security issues.


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Comments

Do you know how many people besides TSA handle your bag? It can be up to five,that includes ramp workers loaders, bagge handle for the airlines etc., so unless you saw or have sometime of proof the TSA stole you hotsauce other then the fact they did check your bag, which sounds funny, that they would steal something then leave a calling card, I suggest you practice good reporting and get the facts.

# posted at by Randy

Do you know how many people besides TSA handle your bag? It can be up to five,that includes ramp workers loaders, bagge handle for the airlines etc., so unless you saw or have sometime of proof the TSA stole you hotsauce other then the fact they did check your bag, which sounds funny, that they would steal something then leave a calling card, I suggest you practice good reporting and get the facts.

# posted at by Randy

They are the only ones that open the bags though! Impossible to prove, I know.

# posted at by Paul Gessing