Analysis: Video of The Sippy Cup Incident
ryan | June 15, 2007 at 04:02 pmby
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Our friends at Boing Boing have posted another article about what is now known as the Sippy Cup Incident. In this piece Mark Frauenfelder analyzes the TSA video.
He starts with a simple summary:
The videos have no sound. The first video shows a woman pushing a stroller while a uniformed person walks beside her.
The second video shows the mom (a Secret Service agent) with the stroller, arguing with a couple of people in uniform. She fumbles with her backpack for a bit, then attempts to walk away. A woman in uniform grabs her arm and stops her. Mom takes her kid out of the stroller and continues to talk/argue with the uniformed officer. It's hard to tell what's going on because they have moved so far down the hall. Clearly, though, mom isn't too happy. She's got a kid, a backpack and a stroller, and she now has to deal with this officer. The little kid wanders off and the mom has to chase her. The officer woman picks up her microphone and speaks into it. Mom comes back with her kid under her arm and continues to rummage through her stuff.
A man wearing a tie comes over. He must know the woman because he picks up the kid. A cop on a bike doesn't want to miss out on the action, so he pedals over, gets off the bike and takes off his helmet. Mom is on her knees, rummaging around. What is she doing? Now she stands up, looking upset. She walks up the corridor and starts wiping the floor. Is this where she spilled the water? I didn't catch that part. A third security guard supervises her as she wipes the floor.
Now Mark gives us his take on the situation and the video. And ya, there's some sarcasm.
Mom does a good job of wiping. Guard #3 speaks into his microphone -- possibly reporting to the head of TSA that mom is good at cleaning up, which means she is probably trying to hide something.
Now mom is back at her stroller, talking to #1 and #2. Guard #3 has never been happier. He slides a sign on a pole in front of woman and begins manhandling other passengers, redirecting the flow of traffic around the woman. This is an important day for him. He nudges the sign an inch and rotates it a couple of degrees, checking his work.
The situation inspires somes jokes:
A forth official comes over and hands #3 a piece of paper. It's a memo from Cheney, congratulating #3 on his fast-thinking. #3 scratches his nose and looks down, trying to hide his pleasure.
Oh wait -- it's not a commendation from the vice president. It's a roll of paper towels. Apparently mom didn't do a good enough job of cleaning the floor. It's still wet!
Now I'm beginning to get the picture. Mom is a slip-and-fall terrorist. If she hadn't been stopped, who knows how many tailbones might have been broken that day!
#3 is getting fancy with his arm movements as he directs people around the potentially disastrous spill. He's going to be telling the story of how he thwarted the Sippy Cup Terrorist to his grandchildren.
Mom thinks she's finished wiping up and hands #3 the used paper towels, but #3 isn't letting her off that easy. He crouches down, cleverly using the overhead lighting to catch telltale reflections of missed water spots, pointing them out to mom. #3 uses the sign's pole as an aid to swivel around quickly, catching more and more missed water. He's damn good.
And just when you think it's over...
Finally, he lets her go, taking the paper towel roll and sticking it in a cubby in his desk. When will he get to use it again? he wonders. He is jolted out of his daydream by the realization that he has not moved the sign! Quietly admonishing himself, he runs over quickly to retrieve the sign and put it in its rightful place.
Mom is back to rummaging though her stuff with #1 and #2 watching carefully. #3 makes some final adjustments to his trusty sign, then stands next to it and gazes longingly at the other two officials, who are still dealing with the sippy cup terrorist.