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Confessions of an Ex-TSA Agent…The Mashed Potato Police

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Ahhh, the funny bureaucratic nightmare that the Transportation Security Administration has become. The real stories only come from those who no longer work for the TSA. It is also only funny if you are not the one travelling through the TSA’s inanity.

From The Politico, The Parable of the Mashed Potato Police:

The subject of debate? Whether mashed potatoes were a liquid or a solid.

In the end, of course, the TSA agents had the last word: Since the potatoes took the shape of their container, they were determined to be a liquid—specifically, a gel. That’s the official TSA line. “Liquids, aerosols and gels over 3.4 ounces cannot be brought through security.” The potatoes were forcibly surrendered.

 If you’re anything like me, you may have thought, “Well, mashed potatoes are technically gelatinous, so…”—which sends one down the rabbit hole of bureaucratic absurdity that ends with a passenger looking a TSA officer in the eye and saying, “Do you really think my mashed potatoes are a terrorist threat?” And the officer, if he or she is just an all-around tool, saying: “Ma’am, possibly. Rules are rules.”
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  1. Larry Foster

    March 30, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    actually, if mashed potatoes are cold they do not take the shape of the container.

  2. officialoldfart

    March 30, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    “rules are rules” is the same as saying “I was just following orders” and then the trap door opens beneath your feet…

  3. Bruce Walker

    March 31, 2014 at 12:08 am

    I just wasted a min. of my life reading this crap , and now I have wasted another min. type this out .

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