Gut Rumbles

March 02, 2005

fat police

Get ready for more and more of this bullshit, because you people let it happen with tobacco. Put serious do-gooders in charge of government and they end up doing bad every time. But you sheeple never learn.

I read this story with interest. The last time I was in Costa Rica, I collected a lot of souvenir matchbooks from different places I had been. Customs confiscated every one of those.

Can't carry matches on a plane anymore.

They already banned smoking years ago and only a few airports such as Atlanta even have one of those fishbowls you can enter between flights to get your nicotine and CO fix. Now, they're going to ban butane lighters. Wonderful. How in the fuck am I supposed to light a cigarette when I get that rare opportunity to smoke one when I fly?

The government will ban cigarette lighters on airplanes beginning in April, but passengers can still tote as many as four matchbooks in carry-on bags, security officials said.

That ain't what Customs told me in Costa Rica. I could keep the matchbooks, but they had to tear out all the matches first. Sweet Bejus! What is this world coming to?

I'm gonna trick their asses. Have you ever seen a cigarette lighter built for carrying on a boat? I have one. It uses two AA batteries and operates much like the cigarette lighter in your car (if you still have one of those obsolete devices). Press the button and a couple of electric coils become hot in the lighter and you can light a cigarette in there, by poking it into a hole in the lighter. It's made that way so that wind and water won't affect it's efficiency. It works like a champ, too.

I wonder if I can carry THAT through Checkpoint Charlie at the airport terminal without having it confiscated?


Acidman, you hit the nail on the head when you said "because you people let it happen".

Seems to me the only sacred right to most people, is the 1st amendment. Touch that one and the shit usually hits the fan.

Screw with the 2nd and 4th all you want., right? WIthout the 2nd you can pretty much kiss all the rest goodbye. Remember an armed society is a polite society.

After 9/11 people should have refused to let ANYONE rummage through THEIR belongings, run it through the X-Ray but thats it!!! Continue rummaging, refuse to fly. Simple economics.

Lighters and matches really aren't that much of a risk. Neither is second hand smoke for all that matter.

I say international rules should apply while airborne. The Captain is the law and you, the passenger are his crew. Fuck with his bird and anyone witnessing it is entitled to beat the living shit out of the offender.

Sorry for the rant...

Posted by: JimA on March 2, 2005 09:48 PM

Last October the screeners in Atlanta airport made me mail my butane cigar lighter home. I offered to bleed the gas from the lighter in front of the guy, but it was no dice.

At first, I was seriously pissed, but I got to thinking about it and, unlike a disposable Bic or Scripto butane lighter, the Colibri cigar lighter is more like a blowtorch. I could understand why that ought not be on the plane.

Posted by: Jim - PRS on March 2, 2005 10:26 PM

Yeppers . . .

The people let it happen because of those for whom they vote.

That's how the people let it happen. Who did you vote for to control your life?

Saying anything more isn't even fair.

Ya get what ya ask for.

Posted by: jb on March 2, 2005 11:18 PM

Get ready for more bullshit. As of March 14, you will no longer be able to take lighters on airplanes. You will need to take matches. Wonder what'll happen when they take the lighters and the matches both two of 'em...

Posted by: Elisson on March 2, 2005 11:36 PM

Just more stuff for the Transportation Security Administration screeners to steal and sell on Ebay.

Posted by: maggot on March 3, 2005 10:18 AM
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