A Battle of Wits Averted

Scott Adams recounts having his 4 ounce bottle of shampoo confiscated at the airport because it exceeded the maximum 3 ounce allowance, even though the sign at the airport said it could be 4 ounces and there was only about an ounce left in the bottle anyway. The money quote:

For a fleeting moment I considered reasoning with the TSA guy. Surely he could see that the liquid part of my container was minimal. But one look in his eyes told me that thinking wasn’t his sport.

Discretion is, they say, the better part of valor.

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James Joyner
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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.


  1. NoZe says:

    As my wife always says, “is that the hill you want to die on?”

  2. Steven Plunk says:

    Large institutions, corporate or government, often discourage thinking in order to maintain objectivity in rules enforcement. Don’t blame the guy checking bags, he’s protecting his job.