TSA Packing Tips Video Cost $10,000

Packing Suitcase TSA Video Granting that it’s not much money in the grand scheme of things, I was nonetheless rather bemused by a report that the Transportation Security Administration spent $10,000 producing a 60-second video demonstrating tips for packing a suitcase.

Among the insightful hints:

-Have boarding pass and identification out when in line.

-Take off shoes and outerwear.

-Put any loose metal items, like coins, in your carry-on bag.

-Pack your carry-on bag as neatly as possible and layer items. For instance, a layer of clothes, then a layer of electronics, then a layer of toiletries.

-Put large electronics, like laptops, in a separate bin.

-Make sure liquids are in bottles containing no more than three ounces each, and put the bottles in one quart-sized clear baggie. One bag per passenger.

With the exception of the layering technique, all of these other things are not only common knowledge but are constantly being announced in a manner befitting a nightmare-future science fiction movie whilst standing in the infernal security lines. We need a video, too?

Less amusing: “You already know you’re not a threat — show us!” Doesn’t that turn a free society on its head?

The video is available at the TSA’s SimpliFLY site.

via OTB News

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Comments

  1. just me says:

    I think you meant for the title to use the word “packing” not “picking.”

    Indeed! Fixed. -ed.

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  4. Ugh says:

    Less amusing: “You already know you’re not a threat — show us!” Doesn’t that turn a free society on its head?

    What? You mean “guilty until proven innocent” isn’t as american as mom and apple pie? Do you want the terrorists to win?

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  7. John Burgess says:

    If they only paid $10K, that was pretty good shopping. Training materials of all types are the most overpriced commodity facing businesses (including the government) today. That’s because the sellers/buyers have this ‘it’s free’ mentality.

    It’s not coming out of anyone’s pocket, so who’s going to bitch about the price?

    Almost as bad are other office supplies and services.

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