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T-Shirts That Won’t Fly


A few years ago, I made my son change out of his Plot To Blow Up The Eiffel Tower t-shirt (that was the name of a band, apparently) before we got to the airport for a cross-country flight, because I could see us getting held up at the security line by some over-zealous TSA agent.

Yes, it would be silly — but what does that have to do with anything?

Which of these shirts would be likely to cause you trouble on the security line? The first one references the popular-at-the-time television program Have Gun Will Travel, and therefore should be as harmless as a Simpsons t-shirt (assuming the TSA agent is an American over the age of 50). The second one references the tv show less obviously, with a more ominous graphic. The third one… I’m trying to decide whether it would be more problematic in a red state or a blue state.

The fourth one, I’m in favor of pulling the guy out of the line just on general principles.

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