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Monday, February 23, 2004

I'm slightly outraged. Upon returning home, I discovered that both my bags contained slips of paper saying that they'd been randomly selected to be searched by the Transportation Security Administration in Dallas, and that the entire contents had been checked by a 'screener'. Which I suppose is fair enough (if a little irritating), in the current security climate.

But now this morning, having finally unpacked everything, I find that they've ripped open all three of the boxes of posh cotton paper I bought in a Texas Wal-Mart last Monday. And rather than merely snipping the adhesive seal with a pair of scissors, and carefully opening each presentation box, they chose instead to use sheer brute force to get inside, and pull open the corner of each one, ensuring that the sides of all three boxes are ripped.

The irony is that I've never before had any kind of desire to bomb an airport. But now they've done this...