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'Adam Ruins Everything' Absolutely Destroys TSA

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | October 06, 2015

'Adam Ruins Everything' Absolutely Destroys TSA

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The TSA, or those people who can fondle you without so much as buying you dinner, have been taken to task by a show that aims to ruin just about everything you hold dear.

The show is called “Adam Ruins Everything.” It stars Adam Conover and airs on TruTV Tuesdays at 10/9c p.m.

However, CollegeHumor has a sneak peek of the show with a segment on all the ways that the TSA hampers personal freedom in favor of what Conover calls "security theater."

It’s a great way to get a sense of what the show is about. But for we travel enthusiasts, it’s a subject that quite simply demands our attention.

Conover mentions a statistic that an outrageous amount of contraband got through TSA checkpoints during an investigation.

Back in June, TravelPulse’s Rich Thomaselli spoke to the security failing that had travelers across the world befuddled and concerned: “In 67 of 70 attempts — more than 95 percent — undercover agents were able to sneak fake explosives and other banned items and weapons past TSA screeners.”

As for the assertion that the TSA seldom cracks a terrorist plot, the video credits a 2010 Slate article by Juliet Lapidos.

Lapidos is careful to state that the TSA mentioned stopping "artfully concealed prohibited items."

However, the reporter adds: “Citing national-security concerns, the TSA will not point to any specific cases in which a screener stopped a would-be terrorist at a checkpoint.”

Lapidos continues with what might be an answer to the above video: “What these numbers don't get at is whether the TSA airport screeners prevent terrorist attacks through their very existence — deterring plots by hanging around.”

Then again, it may be a great example of superfluous security measures that create lines, aggravation and opportunities for officials to overstep their bounds in investigating travelers.

We would love to hear what you have to say. For the moment, we thank Conover for continuing the debate.


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