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Mike Quade: “I was glad I didn’t end up in Tent City with Sheriff Arpaio”

Jul 15, 2011, 12:31 PM EDT

Mike Quade AP

Baseball people! They’re just like us!

Cubs manager Mike Quade had to fly home commercial after the All-Star Game in Phoenix on Tuesday night and encountered a traveler’s nightmare while dealing with Sky Harbor Airport’s security. Quade said Thursday the TSA detained him for about 40 minutes and patted him down twice while going through airport security. He finally was cleared without so much as a thank-you.

According to the story he didn’t play the “don’t you know who I am?” card. Probably because it’s extremely doubtful anyone would have known who he was. He said he did get a bit annoyed toward the end of the process, however, saying “I was a little bit belligerent late. I was glad I didn’t end up in Tent City with Sheriff Arpaio.”

I’m going to guess that Quade, a noted Rush fan, and thus likely a least a moderate fan of libertarian/Objectivist thought (or at least prog rock that skews that way) didn’t take too well to an airport security system in which the individual is not paramount in matters of justice and liberty.

“Next time I have to fly commercial, I will choose a path that’s clear, I will choose free will,” Quade did not add but probably thought.  He then plugged into his machine for the day, watching Templevision and reading a Temple
Paper in the evening.

  1. halladaysbiceps - Jul 15, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    I’m guessing the TSA employee who scrutinized him was really a Cubs fan in disguise and wanted to harass him for what the Cubs are doing this year as a ballclub.

  2. jimbo1949 - Jul 15, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    “He finally was cleared without so much as a thank-you.”
    You mean he didn’t say thank you to the TSA employee for making sure there were no suicidal terrorists aboard the plane wanting to fly into the Sears Tower?
    Ungrateful SOB.

    • kellyb9 - Jul 15, 2011 at 12:46 PM

      I’d love to see the success rate of random security screenings. TSA is security theater in my opinion.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 15, 2011 at 12:51 PM

        If you measure success by the weight of the water bottles, cigarette lighters and nail clippers they have confiscated, they totally NAILED IT!

      • madhatternalice - Jul 15, 2011 at 4:37 PM

        Why? You don’t see random screenings as a deterrent? Just like the shoes: yes, it’s a huge pain in the ass. But knowing that you might be singled out for screening increases the likelihood that you WON’T bring anything untoward on board.

    • frankvzappa - Jul 15, 2011 at 6:44 PM

      Anybody who thinks the TSA is about anything other than ushering in fascism and breaking the will of America is a donkey. Soon they will be in malls, bus stations, and grocery stores. Worse than Communist Russia and Nazi Germany. If you are stupid enough to think this is for safety or that you are free, you are too stupid to breathe and should remove your genes from the human gene pool.

  3. kopy - Jul 15, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    Weren’t the Cubs giving serious thought to leaving the Cactus League for the Grapefruit League? Unless I’m thinking of a different team, Arizona may want to leave off bothering the employees of one of their tourism revenue streams.

    • marinersnate - Jul 15, 2011 at 1:32 PM

      “Arizona may want to leave off bothering the employees of one of their tourism revenue streams.”

      The TSA is a federal agency run by the federal government, not the state of Arizona (or the local county sheriff).

      • kopy - Jul 15, 2011 at 1:40 PM

        Sure, but the employees most likely are native Arizonans, and did not relocate for the job.

      • marshmallowsnake - Jul 15, 2011 at 1:46 PM

        Right…because no one in this country leaves the state they are born in.

    • Utley's Hair - Jul 15, 2011 at 1:50 PM

      I might be missing something here, but this happened on Tuesday…after the ASG…not in spring training…?

  4. sdelmonte - Jul 15, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    They misread his name as Mike Qaeda?

  5. bigxrob - Jul 15, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    “if he chooses not to fly, he still has made a choice”

  6. bloodysock - Jul 15, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Mike missed this:

  7. ezwriter69 - Jul 15, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    The Gate Nazis strike again… they patted down Donald bleeping Rumsfeld yesterday! These minimum wage making morons with a badge are so out of control, accomplishing nothing and putting on a show and getting their rocks off on bleeping up people’s lives just because they can… if the idiots (from BOTH parties) in Washington were actually serious about cutting spending here would be the first place to start.

    • Utley's Hair - Jul 15, 2011 at 1:30 PM

      Rumsfeld’s deserving of so much more than a patdown.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jul 15, 2011 at 3:42 PM

      They’re minimum wage and you think that is the first place to cut spending? You could cut the tax breaks for the rich by a half percent and make ten times the impact than that terrible idea would accomplish. Simple mathematics doesn’t reach some people I guess.

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 15, 2011 at 3:49 PM

        Well, you COULD do that, but…um…uh…oh, right, campaign contributions would be cut, too!!!!

  8. sportsdrenched - Jul 15, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    2112 Reference, nice!

    Sounds like there was trouble in the airport, trouble with the TSA.

  9. APBA Guy - Jul 15, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Having been at the Pentagon the morning of 9/11, I have very little sympathy for complaints about the need for gate security. Unfortunately, though, there is also a high degree of “security theater” in the procedures themselves, especially when reading that Quade was detained for 40 minutes without explanation. A pat down and clearance should take 5 minutes, tops. After that it’s punitive, and punishment for an unknown is what drives people crazy. As for reducing the costs of airport screening, the answer is more automation (meaning scanners). People may not like it, but the procedures in place now are the result of actual threats and/or attacks that have been made against air travel.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 15, 2011 at 1:37 PM

      fair enough, but eventually someone will sneak some explosives onto a plane by hiding plastics in his rectum. Thereafter, will we be expected to submit to a colonoscopy to board a plane? And the idea that a person could threaten to take down an airplane in the post 9-11 era with nail clippers is laughable.

      I also have some occasion to work with celebrities. Numerous times I have had our legal dept call call the airport security people when one of our clients was being detained by customs, only to have them admit that they just really wanted to talk to Celebrity X. That is the crap going on while they are not screening the actual threats…

    • sportsdrenched - Jul 15, 2011 at 2:47 PM

      Right, After 9/11 I took advantage of some of the cheap fairs, and flew around a lot. I got “singled” out for a search. It took 3 minutes tops.

      If someone is holding me up for 40 minutes I’m going to get a little irritated.

      Most Americans understand the need for security. However, there is a lot gamesmanship going on by the TSA people, and the American People shouldn’t have to put up with it.

  10. Utley's Hair - Jul 15, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Hey…maybe Dempster set him up…? After all, they are friends again.

  11. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jul 15, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Molerats have been known to carry heat into airports. Good job, TSA.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jul 15, 2011 at 3:43 PM

      Anyone who thumbs down this hasn’t played Fallout 3 or they’d realize that the molerats in the game are all Mike Quade’s.

  12. philly56 - Jul 15, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    Unbelievable. All this talk about the TSA “protecting” America – the terrorists on 9/11 set out to frighten us as a nation with their actions, and look at us – we’ve become so frightened we have a government agency violating common decency with their unconstitutional searches and treating little girls and old women as though they were carrying explosives or heaven forbid, a tube of toothpaste!!  On top of that, it’s not even accomplishing anything as we hear about systemic failures in airport security all the time!

    • JBerardi - Jul 15, 2011 at 2:41 PM

      America is so good at winning the War or Terror, we’re going to be winning it forever.

      • sportsdrenched - Jul 15, 2011 at 4:33 PM

        Just like America has always controlled the border with Mexico…or even knew where it was.

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