Airport Security Cartoons

My favorite. First runner up. Also good. And this and this.

Post links to your favorites, and I will add them to the post.

EDITED TO ADD (9/13): There are just too many down there to add; scroll through the comments to find the links. But here's a funny one from "Close to Home."

Posted on September 4, 2006 at 7:34 AM • 46 Comments


Matthew SkalaSeptember 4, 2006 10:09 AM

Most of these comments are full of URLs. You probably mean they should be tidied into *links*, but I don't think the comment system lets us post clickable links except the ones on our names, because of the danger that spammers would post links to online poker and similar sites.

This minor restriction is, of course, necessary and justified in order to protect us from spammers.

gregSeptember 4, 2006 10:15 AM

I like this way. I see where i'm going and theres a smaller crumb trail in the new window.

If i can't see the URL with a hover, i don't follow the link....

Robin NewberrySeptember 4, 2006 11:00 AM

One of thes comics ( brings up an interesting point. Several years ago (and maybe still ongoing for all I know) one way that people were defeating drug screening was to put clean urine into their bladder using a catheter.

What's to keep a suicide bomber from doing the same?

Matthew SkalaSeptember 4, 2006 11:37 AM

There aren't many liquids dangerous enough to be useful in blowing up a plane, and safe enough to hold in your bladder for a couple hours, even if you're planning to kill yourself at the end of that time anyway.

CellocgwSeptember 4, 2006 3:42 PM

Just wait until the TSA watches "12 Monkees" We won't be allowed to breathe on a plane.
PS: go see "La Jetee," the fantastic short on which 12Monkees is based.

CellocgwSeptember 4, 2006 3:44 PM

Just wait until the TSA happens to watch "12 Monkeys." Then we won't be allowed to breathe.
PS: go see the great "La Jetee," on which "12 Monkeys" is based

Davi OttenheimerSeptember 4, 2006 4:16 PM

When I need a compilation of all the latest news-related comics, I often grab a copy of The Comic News:

Ann Coulter fights the TSA:

And here are some more naked travellers:

Between this, the Onion, the Daily Show and the Colbert Report, I find a good majority of world news without so much fear and despair laced into the broadcast. Sometimes, they even parody the fear mongers:

Davi OttenheimerSeptember 4, 2006 8:15 PM

@ dargaud

Thanks for your translation. The "carrying a rocket launcher" line is hilarious. It could be a cartoon all by itself.

Reminds me of the time when the Spinal Tap bassist was forced to pull a foil-wrapped item out of his pants:

"I had recently read that the cucumber confiscated from you by airport security..."

AlanSeptember 5, 2006 1:20 PM

Even Mentos need to be checked. I was at Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris, on August 18 connecting from a US flight to another destination and had to go through security. The agent found a box of mentos in my carry on bag and asked me to take one out and try to crush it with my fingers, if I could I would not have been able to take them on board since they could have contained gel, if they were hard that was OK. Well I could not crush it, and I offered him to select one and I'll eat it. He declined and let me keep the Mentos.

RealistSeptember 6, 2006 10:32 PM

The Sept. 7, 2006 episode of "The Swamp" (a wonderful cartoon from Australia) is quite a good airport security cartoon. The link is at -- be forewarned that this site defaulkts to the current day's comic strip, and you will need to look in the "Past Strips" section if you wait too long before looking at today's edition...

DelysidSeptember 7, 2006 7:33 PM

I don't get the one Bruce Schneier named his favourite in the original post for this thread.

It's the one with the teenaged geek approaching the walk-through metal detector and carrying a 2-litre bottle of Diet Coke and a huge box of Mentos. A security officer holding a metal detector wand is looking at the kid and thinks to himself "Uh oh..."

Maybe I'm dense or missed some element of the news reporting that this cartoon is playing on, but I don't get the gag. Can anyone elucidate?


Ananymous Moi?September 8, 2006 3:49 AM

> I don't get the one Bruce Schneier named his favourite in the original post for this thread.

There's a dramatic reaction between the two - Just google "coke mentos" and you'll find more references and video demonstrations than you'll ever need.

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