You try and take airport security seriously, for obvious reasons, but the enterprise is riddled with so much hysteria and foolishness that it stokes the very complacency it seeks to prevent. Case in point: via TAPPED’s Alexandra Gutierrez, it appears a pilot freaked out after seeing a bike decorated by a sticker for the quality Florida punk band This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb at the Memphis airport. Airport police brought in a canine unit and the bike’s owner was briefly detained. Amazingly, no actual terrorists were thwarted by this ludicruous farce. If That Bike was a Pipe Bomb, chances are it wouldn’t come so neatly labeled.

Meanwhile, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is directing a wide-ranging review of the department’s ability to prevent and respond to a variety of terrorism-related calamities. Hopefully she’ll take this opportunity to let me bring my toothpaste back through the airport.

Crossposted to The Streak.

Spencer Ackerman

Spencer Ackerman

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