“Shanna Marie McLaughlin, a former Playboy Playmate and University of Central Florida graduate student, was arrested Monday evening at the Orlando International Airport when she tried to pass through a security checkpoint,” reports floridatoday.com. Go Knights! And is that graduate or student or graduate student? ‘Cause if she’s going for graduate degree, McLaughlin must be both sexy and smart. Or . . . not. “According to an arrest affidavit, McLaughlin placed her duffel bag into the X-ray machine and a Transportation Security Administration worker ‘saw what appeared to be a handgun on the screen.’ The affidavit said the worker discovered a Ruger SAA .45 long colt, loaded with hollow point bullets.” Ruger Vanquero? Blackhawk? Hello? Are you paying attention. In her defense, McLaughlin . . .
” . . . spontaneously stated the gun was her boyfriend’s, and she did not know it was in there.” She also told the worker that she has a concealed weapons permit, which he verified, the report stated.
So they didn’t haul her off somewhere and whip the information out of her? As if. And in case you think I’m being sexist (after not being racist in the last post), know this: “Police arrested McLaughlin and charged her with a misdemeanor — carrying a firearm in a place prohibited by law.”
I wonder why the TSA gave her a free ride. After all, their endlessly condescending blog specifically states that “in case you’re wondering, the ‘I didn’t know it was in the bag’ excuse works just about as well at the checkpoint as ‘The dog ate my homework’ worked with your high school teacher.”
As far as I can tell, the TSA does not have the power of arrest. For that they speed dial the local, state or federal agents ready to do their bidding (i.e. all of them). But they can fine and do fine passengers for carrying a weapon into their territory, up to $10,000. But not in this case. Obviously. Oops, I did it again. Or did I?