It’s a good thing that the TSA doesn’t actually contribute to security, and is only theater meant to make people feel safer while giving up their rights.
Because otherwise it would be a problem that this homeless man went through a TSA checkpoint at Salt Lake City’s airport using a boarding pass that a woman left behind at a check-in kiosk.
Michael Salata, 61, was arrested on Nov. 5 after boarding the Southwest Airlines flight, according to jail records obtained Thursday.
He had grabbed a boarding pass that a woman accidently left at a check-in kiosk and used it to get through a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint, said Craig Vargo, chief of airport police.
The TSA says it doesn’t matter that the man’s ID didn’t match his boarding pass, since he went through proper screening. Of course it doesn’t. But they make us show our papers every day to pass through the checkpoint nonetheless.
The woman who left her boarding pass got a replacement and the airline was alerted something was amiss when the ‘same person’ tried to board the same place twice. Though the man tried to play it off as a mistake, further investigation found that he wasn’t actually in supposed to be flying. He was handcuffed and police found marijuana in his pockets. So he was charged both with “suspicion of felony fraudulent handling of a legal document” (note to frequent flyers who might have had someone else take mileage runs for you: who knew that boarding a flight with someone else’s boarding pass was a felony?) and with drug possession.
No word on whether the homeless man had the presence of mind to swipe a boarding pass with a low boarding position or not.