Apparently that is the philosophy of the TSA. As one pro golfer found out as he travelled out to Hawaii for the first event of the 2008 season.
Boo Weekley thought he might be staying home, too, although not by choice.
He left his tiny town in the Florida Panhandle at the crack of dawn Friday and didn’t arrive in paradise until the early morning hours Sunday. That he made it as far as Kapalua was a minor miracle, considering an oversight that showed how little golf and how much time Weekley has been spending in his beloved outdoors.
Airport security found two bullets from his rifle in his carry-on bag.
“That was kind of like, right out of the gate started the whole week for me,” Weekley said Monday. “They put the red flags on me. I had the cops there. I thought I was going to jail.”
He used that bag during a hunting trip to Illinois and never saw them when he packed for Hawaii. But as Weekley soon discovered, those airport scanning machines don’t miss much.
“I just begged and pleaded,” he said. “I just sat there and shook my head like I was an idiot, you know? They confiscated the bullets and then broke down a bunch of stuff, got in everything and put a flag by me. They said they were going to red flag me.”
Am I correct in believing bullets without a gun to fire them would seem to pose no threat?(Cue the sarcastic laughter) Just chalk it up to the TSA acting dumb again, then that seems to be their policy.
What’s this red flag stuff? It could be Boo being colorful which he certainly is. He was quoted at last year’s British Open in Scotland saying “It’s different eating here than it is at the house. Ain’t got no sweet tea, and ain’t got no fried chicken.” He also asked if anyone ever had ringworm.
No brains at TSA and no fried chicken in Scotland. What’s a country boy to do?