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Jul 12th 2012 8:39AM On a short trip leaving providence, I had everything in a carry-on. Deodorant, and new tube of toothpaste, which met the size requirement (all beand new and in original containers etc) were confiscated, OBVIOUSLY to be kept by the TSA worker. I objected and was given a very difficult time. The plane was to leave in 25 minutes or I would have filed a complaint with the airport [police and had this man arrested for stealing. When I did arrive on a return flight to Providence, I did speak to the Pllice who told me they needed the man's name and he was "probably only doing his job".
I have discussed this incident with other fellow travellers who also had or knoew of others who had similar experiences.
While travel needs to be safe and secure for all, TSA rules and regulations are not an open license to steal from passengers. One wonders why these items are permitted in checked luggage without visual examination, if they are suspect in carry-on bags.
Really, the best way is to check everything in luggage so the occasionally shady TSA worker cannot get his free toiletries!
Jan 6th 2011 9:39AM I am a Theology student and have followed Father Cutie's dilemma for several months. The Roman Catholic Church, like all denominations of corporate worship, has its problems. Other faiths freely allow Clergy to marry and admit and respect women as priests and ministers to their people. There is much more to Christian ministry than Clergy celebrating Mass (or leading worship) and preaching in a pulpit for a few hours on weekends. Married males and ordained women certainly can study and qualify and become good spiritual leaders as exemplified in many other Christian religions. The dire shortage of R.C. priests could be eliminated if Rome takes a hard look and changes their position on celebancy and the ordination of women. After all, the Church's mission is spreading the Gospel of Jesus and bringing people to love and serve God and to love each other, and should not dictate who can do it. God created man and woman, and love is mentioned throughout the Bible. No Church has any right to restrict the joy of human love to ANY Christian believer,including Clergy, nor deny the happiness of parenting. We thank God Father Cuite has found a denomination and Church where he can continue his ministry. For unknown reasons, his situation has received an unusual amount of good and bad press. It is interesting that a great many Roman Catholic priests ARE married and many others have left the Church and now serve other demonitaions and have not attracted any publicity! May God bless all Clergy and send His guidance to Father Cutie and to the Vatican.