While he proved to be quite adept at taking down the likes of Sean Bean or other super-villains, former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan found himself thwarted by the TSA when he attempted to bring 10″ hunting knife through airport security.
from Daily Mail UK:
“According to one eyewitness the Irish actor, best known for his leading role in a string of Bond movies, appeared ‘furious’ and affronted as the TSA officer took out the bone handled folding hunting knife estimated to be five inches when folded, ten inches when extended.
TSA rules state that sharp objects and sporting goods including spear guns, baseball bats and bows and arrows, should be placed in checked luggage.
All knives are banned – except rounded or plastic butter knives. It is up to the discretion of TSA staff whether the knife is simply confiscated or police are asked to question the passenger over their intentions.
The ban was introduced immediately after the September 11 terror attacks almost 14 years ago, when the hijackers took on permitted box cutters and used them to kill airline staff, allowing them to take over the cockpits of four planes.
Yet seasoned traveler Brosnan, who was thought to be flying to Detroit, appeared shocked by the turn of events and was heard saying to his son, ‘I can’t believe they’re doing this.’…
…The actor might have been frustrated but the confiscation is a rare visible victory for the TSA, one of the government’s most notoriously troubled agencies.
Just over a month ago the acting administrator for the TSA was reassigned following a report that airport screeners failed to detect explosives and weapons in nearly every test conducted by an undercover team at dozens of airports.
Brosnan is lucky that some TSA myrmidon didn’t decide to make an example of him and really ruin his day. When confronted by TSA, it is usually advisable to simply surrender the tool in question and not make a stink. The consequences of some government toady compensating for their genital deficiency are just too high.