Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.
The only time going through airport security is enjoyable is when you have TSA-Pre and there’s no line.
Many debate how effective airport security is. Some wonder how much attention TSA employees actually pay.
It’s hard, indeed, when your job involves a lot of repetition — and quite a number of surly customers — to pay attention at all times.
Yet the Transport Security Administration just released a video from Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport that shows one of its employees expedite his thinking process and his gait.
As a bag rolls along the X-ray screening belt, it begins to smoke.
A TSA agent and a couple of passengers notice, but their reaction is to step back.
It’s an understandable response.
However, another TSA agent — Darrell Wade — calmly walks over to the bag, picks it up and walks away with it.
Soon, he’s jogging, trying to take the bag to, presumably, a safer place.
WSB-TV reports that Wade carried the bag away to avoid injury to others and to ensure that the security equipment wouldn’t be damaged.
In this case, it was a battery used to charge a vape.
What, though, if it wasn’t merely a smoking battery? Wasn’t the agent taking something of a risk?
Still, presence of mind is an elusive quality.
You can try to teach it, but it requires at least some human instincts.
Wade’s instincts seem to have been correct.
I wonder how the vaper felt about it all. Sadly, the cameras don’t appear to have captured them.
Or, just as sadly, the TSA didn’t release footage of them.