Okay, the “guy” has just walked through the magnetometer without
setting it off (the light on top is dark). His suitcase on the
X-ray belt, however, apparently has a cork puller in it. My guess
at what’s supposed to be funny is that what’s in his suitcase, that
they can’t identify, is just what they’d need to remove the guys
cork, as they indicate they want to do.
Assuming that a cork screw is a deadly weapon to a bottle of wine, but then are the guards only going to figuratively pull his cork.
“Pull this guy’s cork” in inverted commas but that starts to sound (and look) a little ARLO then.
Ok TSA at the start of the wine’s name … mildly funny.
The city Shiraz is in Iran (though the grapes of that name are grown in many wine regions of the world). So the TSA agents are treating Shiraz with suspicion. And perhaps they are right to, as Tezza #2 points out, he is carrying something fatal to wine-bottle physical integrity.
This is an example of trying to use two jokes and having them cancel each other out:
1) A corkscrew as weapon against anthropomorphized wine bottles
2) The equivalent of a cavity search for said anthropomorphized wine bottles is to have their “cork pulled.”
The first one could have worked on its own, but what self-respecting cartoonist passes up a chance to put in a cavity search joke at an airport. Because that’s what happens at airports! In comics. And stories told by stand-up comedians. And maybe once in an article from a CJA post.
The paradox this creates is explained by Arthur (6).
When I read this when it actually ran, I thought it was a case of Hilburn not thinking it all the way through. It makes sense that a corkscrew is a deadly weapon in the universe of anthropomorphic bottles, but what derails that joke is that “pulling a guy’s cork” is meant to mean “cavity search”, but unfortunately “pulling a guy’s cork” is the exact purpose of the found weapon. The real world equivalent would be that the TSA uses any discovered weapons to create the whole to do the cavity search (I hope they don’t actually do this)
In retrospect, perhaps the corkscrew isn’t a weapon, just evidence that they know the guy is smuggling something. :shrug
The only reason for a wine bottle to travel with a corkscrew is to allow him to access things in his body. Otherwise, wine bottle stay closed all the time. Discovering the corkscrew causes them to suspect that he is smuggling stuff in his body that he plans to extract later.