I'm sure you've all read Breda's account of her not-so-gentle treatment at the hands of the TSA wonks on her trip to Phoenix. Well a few days ago I discovered that one doesn't even have to be at the airport to experience the idiocy of the TSA!
I've been assisting a friend by getting some info on local airplane charter companies, and I searched the Yahoo! local yellow pages to get a list of companies and their contact info. One of the last companies I called was TWC Aviation Inc.
I got a voicemail, so I left a message and went about my business.
About an hour later my phone rang, I answered, and the following exchange occurred:
Me: Hello, this is Christina!
Unidentified Dude: Yes, I received a call from this number, asking that I call back?
Me: Yes, I'm calling all airplane charter companies in town, and wanted to...
UD (interrupting me): How did you get this number?!
Me: Ummm, Yahoo?
UD: Well this is a secure line, you have no business calling here.
Me: You're listed on the Yahoo yellow pages!
UD: This is a government phone! It's the TSA!
Me: You might want to check into why you're listed on the Yahoo yellow pages under "TWC Aviation, Inc."!
UD: Not even close, this is a government phone, the TSA! Please remove this number from your list and don't call again.
Me: I don't HAVE a list, I searched all airplane charter companies in Las Vegas, and this phone number was in the yellow pages. That's not MY problem!
UD: It's a secure line!
Me: Apparently NOT. Thank you for your time. (I hang up)
There you have it, Folks!
Remember, if you're looking for a charter plane in Vegas, whatever you do, under no circumstances should you call TWC Aviation, Inc. at 702-262-9700...
Because it's a secure line! It's a government phone!
It's the fucking TSA, Bitches!
And don't you forget it.