Sunday, November 29, 2015

MacGyver Versus TSA

Even though this agency was set up way after the famed TV series ended, could MacGyver have successfully circumvented the TSA’s established airport security routine? 

By: Ringo Bones 

Given that MacGyver is white, he already has won half the battle against TSA – and that’s based on actual post 9/11 political climate in America that exists until this day. But would the famed TV super-agent MacGyver have successfully defeated the TSA if it was around back in the 1980s? 

The Transportation Security Agency or TSA was created as a response to the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. It is now an agency of the US Department of Homeland Security that exercises authority over the security of the traveling public in the United States.

The TSA was created in part of the Aviation and Transportation Security Act, sponsored by Don Young in the United States House of Representatives and Ernest Hollings in the Senate, passed by the 107th US Congress and signed into law by the then US President George W. Bush on November 19, 2001. Originally part of the United States Department of Transportation, the TSA was moved to the Department of Homeland Security on March 9, 2003. 

Imagine a TSA agent asking MacGyver “has your luggage in your sight the whole time?” or “Did you pack your luggage yourself?” or “Any contents of your luggage that can potentially be used as a weapon?” That’s tough given that MacGyver could probably find a way to “throw” that cheap pulp fiction book that he bought in the airport kiosk to within 10-percent of the speed of light which could easily bring down a plane – never mind those paper clips that can potentially be used as a deadly weapon. Forget screening liquids, MacGyver could potentially used whatever is at hand into an unseemly improvised weapon. 

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