Washington, DC - We all know not to joke while in line to board airplanes these days, but a new plan to ban joking everywhere is rapidly taking shape, according to our source C. Fowlercross, our mole in the TSA. (That is not his real name).
According to Fowlercross, joking about anything usually involves breaking the law, or a moral code of some kind. Such jokes can seem innocent enough, but they have a corrupting influence on those that hear them; in some cases they might prompt illegal acts, or even inspire others to dream up new illegal acts themselves.
It all was illustrated in an internal meeting at TSA, according to Fowlercross by the old "joke" about "Why did the chicken cross the road." There is never any attention paid in the joke to the chicken crossing at a cross walk, waiting for a light, looking both ways prior to crossing. Such jokes are clearly subversive, and all jokes will be grounds for indefinite detention henceforth.
In related news, botulism toxin is in short supply, according to local pharmacist, Ms. Grinrien, due to many who wish to paralyze their faces so that they cannot smile; it might mean guilt by association.