Fashion Police: This Post is a Threat to Security

By showing you this picture of a young man in a shirt with guns on it, we’re putting the lives of thousands of air travelers on the line.

At least that’s what the security screeners at Manchester Airport in the UK seem to think. “They told him the two pistols on the front could constitute a security risk and upset passengers.” Passenger Dave Osborne (pictured) was required to turn his shirt inside out before being allowed to board a flight to the US.

Guns don’t kill people, shirts with pictures of guns do.

A similarly idiotic case took place a few weeks ago within the US, when JetBlue bought Raed Jarrar a New York souvenir t-shirt, because his own shirt that read “We will not be silenced” in English and Arabic was deemed too dangerous for JetBlue’s apparently overly sensitive passengers.

Dave Osborne should have taken Raed Jarrar’s case to heart and asked for a free shirt. Like a high-stakes version of “What Not to Wear,” you can build a complete new wardrobe if you travel enough.

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  1. Hooray4Zoidberg says:

    This is really sad. So much for that whole land of the free thing. Although I guess that’s never really been true, you know with all the puritan laws and that hole nasty slavery bit.

  2. was deemed what?

  3. Magister says:

    The screeners making the enforcement decisions are still the same ignorant dirtbags that were making the mistakes 5 years ago. Some still were grandfathered in and didn’t have to have a GED yet.

    These aren’t smart people, if they were, they would be real police. As of now, they are just extremely low level screeners. The low of the low.

  4. RandomHookup says:

    Amazingly a high percentage of the folks applying for the screener jobs back in 2002 were former law enforcement officers and ex-military. I worked in one of the processing centers in NYC where a lot of retiring NYPD were applying. Now most of them were retiring because the retirement system rewarded them for the high wages they earned in 2001/2002 on terrorist duties. I’m sure most of those have moved to higher level positions in TSA now or somewhere else in government.

    Very few of those who worked for the previous regime passed the screening tests. I don’t know about the waivers for high school graduation. It’s better than it was …. still inadequate, but a step forward.

  5. Antediluvian says:

    How about a t-shirt that says
    “The TSA confiscated my K-Y but let me keep this shirt”

  6. thwarted says:

    Antediluvian: Oooh, I like it. Someone slap that on a Consumerist shirt.

  7. spinachdip says:

    Your only safe bet is to wear this shirt.

  8. Xkeeper says:

    I’m going to have to agree with Thwarted here. Smack that baby on a (Cafepress even) shirt.

  9. Daryl says:

    Guns n’ Roses is (was) the greatest band in the world. That douche is wearing a Guns n’ Rollers shirt, whatever the fuck that is. So, he deserves all the hassle he got for such blasphemy.

  10. ikes says:

    Chill out, Daryl. Go wash your Camaro or something…