This is a copy of the response I received from the TSA about my complaint:
Thank you for your e-mail.
The Transportation Security Administration's current security screening procedures require all carry-on luggage and accessible property be screened before passengers take them onboard an aircraft. Regardless of whether an item is on the prohibited or permitted items list, the Transportation Security Officers (TSO's) have discretion to prohibit an individual from carrying an item through the screening checkpoint or onboard an aircraft if the item poses a security threat.
Therefore, TSA security screening personnel make the final decision on whether to permit items like a Tide pen into the sterile area of the …continue.
This is the copy I received of the complaint I filed using the free wireless access from the secure area of the Gainesville, FL (GNV) airport.
Sub Category: All Other Complaints
While passing through security at the Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV), my Tide(R) pen was confiscated from my quart zipper-top bag by a TSA agent.
When asked why, I was told that bleach was not allowed on the airplane. When I pointed out that the product does not contain bleach, I was told that all hazardous substances were not allowed. I asked that about the soap and water inside the Tide pen was hazardous, …continue.
Yet another example of idiocy provided by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA): While travelling from Gainesville, FL (GNV) to Atlanta, GA (ATL) on Delta airlines, my Tide Pen was confiscated.
Why am I angry about this? Well, I can tell you it's not because of the $4 that my government has illegally confiscated -- if that bothered me I'd make a FairTax reference. No, I'm angry because the reason that my Tide Pen was confiscated is because the dolt of a TSA agent arbitrarily decided that he was going to take mine. That's it. More you say?
So the agent looks at the items in my 1 qt. zipper-top …continue.
I sent my congressman Representative Corrine Brown a request for support from the Fair Tax Website. Her reply (which was sent twice, 13 minutes apart) did not contain the word "tax" , and the only occurance of the word "fair" was in reference to the 2000 and 2004 elections.
Her response, clearly a form message, is only surprising in that it doesn't contain the word "tax" at all -- I'm surprised that any congressman is able to avoid that three letter word in a 606 word email.
I am also amused that it's 2006 and a point of focus for my elected U.S. representative is the 2000 Presidential Election. Shouldn't …continue.