A soldier returning from Afghanistan had his nail clippers confiscated even though he was traveling with more than 200 other soldiers who were allowed to board with assault rifles, pistols and machine guns.
The weapons were not loaded, but the soldiers and their luggage had already been screened by U.S. Customs at Baghram Air Field in Afghanistan.
Nevertheless, when they landed in Indianapolis to allow members of the Indiana National Guard to deboard the plane, all the soldiers were forced off the plane to go through a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint.
According to Red State:
This is probably another good time to remind you all that all of us were carrying actual assault rifles, and some of us were also carrying pistols.
So we’re in line, going through one at a time. One of our Soldiers had his Gerber multi-tool. TSA confiscated it. Kind of ridiculous, but it gets better. A few minutes later, a guy empties his pockets and has a pair of nail clippers. Nail clippers. TSA informs the Soldier that they’re going to confiscate his nail clippers. The conversation went something like this:
TSA Guy: You can’t take those on the plane.
Soldier: What? I’ve had them since we left country.
TSA Guy: You’re not suppose to have them.
TSA Guy: They can be used as a weapon.
Soldier: [touches butt stock of the rifle] But this actually is a weapon. And I’m allowed to take it on.
TSA Guy: Yeah but you can’t use it to take over the plane. You don’t have bullets.
Soldier: And I can take over the plane with nail clippers?
TSA Guy: [awkward silence]
Me: Dude, just give him your damn nail clippers so we can get the f**k out of here. I’ll buy you a new set.
Soldier: [hands nail clippers to TSA guy, makes it through security]
Remember, when nail clippers are outlawed, only outlaws will have short nails.