William Shatner Pantsed by TSA

Known Canadian William Shatner, revered by generations of audiences the world over for his electrifying lead performances in Star Trek, T.J. Hooker, Boston Legal, The Twilight Zone and countless other standards of modern popular culture (and, you'd think, a person famous enough that even TSA agents in L.A. County would recognize him as a passenger with a low-risk terrorist profile), was humiliated by federal security agents while trying to fly out of Los Angeles International Airport. From the Toronto Sun, all Commonwealth usages in original:

Star Trek legend William Shatner was left nursing a bruised ego when his trousers fell down during an airport security check in front of dozens of fellow travellers.

The actor was queuing at Los Angeles International Airport to catch a flight to South Africa when he was singled out for a search by officials.

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The actor, who was in the process of boarding a flight to South Africa was singled out by security for a check, and that’s when things got embarrassing for the actor. Shatner decided not to wear a belt to hold his pants up, which is said to be the number one leading cause for pantsing strangers in an airport. The pants fell down and according to people there, exposed the actor’s underwear.

While recounting the incident at LAX Shatner went on to say, “It was awful to have people looking at me with my pants down, probably the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to me… It was a long flight so I wanted to wear loose clothing because I didn’t want anything to bind me.”

He's lucky they didn't steal anything out of his luggage.

It's a negative tribute to the Transportation Security Administration that TSA thugs were able embarrass a man who kept his dignity through both Kingdom of the Spiders and a recent senior moment during which Shatner tried unsuccessfully to ad-lib his way out of an insulting remark he'd made about a resort on the UK's Devon coast: 

Shatner, 81, dropped his clanger while he was appearing as guest host on the BBC's satirical quiz 'Have I Got News For You' on May 28.

He mentioned Ilfracombe as a venue in the Olympic torch relay, but mispronounced its name, drawing a remark from panellist Charlie Brooker that it sounded "deeply sexual".

Shatner went on to ask the panellists whether they had ever been, before adding: "The place is laced with prostitution."... 

After hearing that some residents were angered by the off-the-cuff remark, Paul Crabb, a town councillor, wrote to Shatner via his agent and manager, inviting him to the town... 

In an email sent to Mr Crabb and signed 'Bill', Shatner responded that prostitution "commonly means sex for something of value".

He said: "I would be hard pressed to believe that sex was not being had in Ilfracombe for something of value, perhaps a lengthy marriage, children or a valuable career.

"In any event, my apologies for having singled out Ilfracombe as a potential haven for prostitution. With you overseeing, I am sure that will not happen."

Shatner speaks Esperanto: 

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  • ||

    Shatner decided not to wear a belt to hold his pants up...

    It might not have mattered.

    Flying out of Orange County yesterday I opted out of the machine screening. The first part of the pat-down was my removing my belt.

  • Suki||

    Warning to all: Another episode of Big Bang Theory, sans jokes, follows.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Another episode of Big Bang Theory, sans jokes...

    Have there been any episodes with jokes?

  • ||

    Of course, BP. The canned laughter indicates when there are "jokes", in case you can't tell. Don't you know how to watch sitcoms?

  • Invisible Finger||

    probably the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to me

    I don't think it's more embarrassing than Mr. Tambourine Man.

  • ||

    DON'T TALK SHIT ABOUT THE TRANSFORMED MAN

  • Brutus||

    Forget The Shat, Phyllis Diller's rendition of "Satisfaction" is not to be missed.

  • Hugh Akston||

    "If we adopt the ways of the Nazis, we're as bad as the Nazis."

  • Suki||

    They didn't bother the Canadians. That was their big mistake.

  • Invisible Finger||

    If you're gonna pants someone from TJ Hooker, Shatner is the LAST one to pick.

  • ||

    So you're thinking Adrian Zmed?

  • Almanian...still||

    a) That fucking picture is Shat-tacular
    b) I think we all know The Shat said he was embarrassed in a magnanimous effort to shield those who really WERE embarrassed - the TSA agents who did not defer to his known greatness
    c) I had NO idea The Shat is 81
    d) "These words must apply to all of us, or they mean nothing..."

  • Pro Libertate||

    Yes, how is he 81? He doesn't look 81. I'm thinking all those shots from McCoy did some good.

  • Copernicus||

    He spent much of his life traveling at "warp speed". That will slow down your aging (relatively speaking).

  • ||

    Shatner is ageless and timeless. The number 81 is irrelevant here, and should be ignored.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Technically, he's still in the Nexis.

  • ||

    Here's a question: why couldn't Wesley die trying to stop Soran instead?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Poor Wesley, always taking it on the chin.

    You do realize that Whoopie is also still in the Nexis, which means she's going to be ageless and timeless, too. But you take the good with the bad.

  • ||

    Is she an intergalactic janitor in the Nexis too? I guess Kirk needs someone to clean up after him there.

    And if Wesley is mentioned, this must be linked.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    En.

    Gage.

  • Pro Libertate||

    If only.

  • ||

    Technically, he's still in the Nexis.

    That must be some sort of Trekkie thing, which would explain why I have no idea what it means.

  • Pro Libertate||

    I've fucking had it. Stupid courts, corrupt government, and now the Shat being humiliated. The Shat. He's all that's best in [North] America!

  • Aresen||

    Oh, puhleeeaasse...

    Canadian content in Hollywood peaked with Leslie Nielsen. It was all downhill after that.

    If you like The Shat, you can keep him.

    We'll throw in Justin Beaver Bieber as a bonus.

  • Pro Libertate||

    What? Canada has never, not ever, produced anything as great as the Shat. Frankly, that's all people will remember about Canada ten years from now.

  • Hugh Akston||

    Well that and being the first nation to be conquered by Moose.

  • Almanian...still||

    Gordy Howe, Steve Yzerman, Scotty Bowman...we like them, too

  • Randian||

    No we don't.

  • ||

    Canada also gave us John Candy and Colin Mochrie.

  • Almanian...still||

    And James Arness and Peter Graves...

  • Almanian...still||

    No, wait, I'm thinking of Lorne Greene. Same thing...Arness and Graves are brothers, but 'murcans.

    Right - carry on.

  • Pro Libertate||

    I was wondering what the hell you were talking about.

  • ||

    Wikipedia says the were born in Minneapolis. That's in Canada, isn't it?

  • ||

    God, I hope so.

  • Pro Libertate||

    This is going to shock you, but Minnesota is technically a state. I know, me too.

  • ||

    Prove it, ProL.

  • Pro Libertate||

    The Vikings are in the NFL, not the CFL.

  • ||

    The who?

  • Pro Libertate||

    You know, that team with the horns. I'm sure the Seahawks have played them.

  • ||

    Sounds like a dream you had, ProL. The Seahawks only play teams that are far better than them.

  • Pro Libertate||

    No, I'm pretty sure. The Scandinavians or whatever they're called were in the Super Bowl several times, but lost each time. They also wear horns, even though the people they're named after didn't actually wear them. It's all quite odd.

  • ||

    Still sounds like a dream, ProL. Was it also a dream where you see yourself standing in sort of sun-god robes on a pyramid with a thousand naked women screaming and throwing little pickles at you?

  • Pro Libertate||

    No.

  • ||

    Why am I the only one that has that dream?

  • Pro Libertate||

    Because you're Canadian? Washington got annexed by Canada due to Justice Roberts' decision yesterday.

  • ||

    Canada's GIFT: Colin Mochrie, Colin Mochrie, Colin Mochrie!!!

    - oh yeah, and Cobie Smulders.

    And Canada Day is Sunday - check this out - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....ture=share

  • Archduke PantsFan||

    They drank a lot of shitty beer to make that

  • Aresen||

    Sez the guy from the country that's about to get a second-hand health care system from its Northern Neighbour.

  • Almanian...still||

    CanI still get back my GST when I come back into my own country?

  • Pro Libertate||

    Oh, we hate you now. We're just grateful for the Shat. You hoser.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Besides, I recall quite clearly that you were all for the idea of the Shat becoming Governor General. Or is that Gouverneur?

  • ||

    According to the great wiki;

    The Governor General of Canada (French [masculine]: Gouverneur général du Canada, or [feminine]: Gouverneure générale du Canada)
  • Pro Libertate||

    I'm sure you've heard, but someone once suggested the Shat should be Gouverneur général du Canada. He said that's bullshit, he should be Prime Minister. And I agree.

  • ||

    Isn't the Governor General appointed by the Queen? You know she's an original series fan. Shatner should just ask.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Wasn't she on the original show? I thought she played the Orion slave girl or something like that. Uncredited.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Whether she was on the show or not, I'm sure the Shat fucked her. At least once.

  • ||

    You're lucky you're not in England. You could go to jail for saying something like that. :)

    Oh, and under English libel laws the truth is not a defense.

  • ||

    In the ass!

  • Jerry on the road||

  • Pro Libertate||

    Look, I like Rush. I like plenty of things from Canada. But the Shat is the pinnacle of Canadian goodness.

  • Brutus||

    Diana Krall and Oscar Peterson tipped the scales, too.

  • Mike Rotchisari||

    Bryan Adams would like a word with you

  • Almanian...still||

    HELLO!

    Natasha Henstridge

    That is all.

  • Hugh Akston||

    I'll, uh, take Avril Lavigne off your hands. Y'know if she's just sitting around gathering dust or whatever.

  • ||

    You can have her. Why am I not surprised you didn't want Erica Durance?

  • Hugh Akston||

    Meh. Chicks like that are a Loonie a dozen around here. How many girls do you see in LA with too much eye makeup and emo-dyed hair?

  • ||

    Yeah, and half of them are from Canada. Thank Jeebus our entertainment industry draws them out of the Great White North like moths to a flame. After filming TV shows in BC, of course.

  • Aresen||

    The number without would be easier to count.

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    She alone made Smallville eminently watchable after the guy who played Luthor left the show.

  • ||

    This is the truth. But even she couldn't keep me watching eventually. It got pretty bad.

    Michael Rosenbaum was the best Lex. I might like his Lex better than Gene Hackman's.

    And he had style.

  • Hugh Akston||

    Nobody is better at anything than Gene Hackman. Stop drinking motor oil.

  • ||

    Oh yeah? Then explain Loose Cannons.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Hugh's right. The Hack is awesome.

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    Rosenbaum was the best Lex. He was also a guest star on the first or second season of Always Sunny, IIRC. Good times...

  • Ted S.||

    Speaking of Superman with Gene Hackman, Glenn Ford is in that movie and is also Canadian.

  • Sal Paradise||

    She packed his bags last night, pre-flight?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvQwXOCKNLY

  • Pro Libertate||

    Say, where is George Takei? In LA, perhaps?

  • Hugh Akston||

    I always check URKOBOLD™ for my George Takei news.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Well, that's good, because we just posted, exclusively at Urkobold, George Takei's response to this news.

  • Almanian...still||

    I hear George is Takei-in' it in the ass *George Takei laugh* - but that's just a rumor

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    Let's just say that the SSA isn't the only federal agency that Takei works for.

  • ||

    Damnit Jim, I'm a molestor, not a legitimate security agent.

  • ||

    I didn't think Shatner was capable of being embarrassed. I think he's just playing it up. I mean...look at this.

  • ||

    That and the fact that he didn't just star in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, he directed it.

  • ||

    Leonard Nimoy: Melllvar, you have to respect your actors. When I directed Star Trek IV, I got a magnificent performance out of Bill because I respected him so much.

    William Shatner: And when I directed Star Trek V, I got a magnificent performance out of me, because I respected me so much!

  • fresno dan||

    Soooo...The TSA shat his pants...or Shatner shat his pants? I'm just not following who shat their pants...

  • ||

    and, you'd think, a person famous enough that even TSA agents in L.A. County would recognize him as a passenger with a low-risk terrorist profile

    Well there was that one time he shot the window out of an airplane at 20,000 feet because he thought he saw a gremlin.

  • Almanian...still||

    Word, Semi-AnonBot - word...

  • fresno dan||

    Scottie: I di na think she can take anymore, Captain
    Kirk: The di-lithium crystals?
    Scottie: Your pants's belt!!!
    Sulu: Captain - keep everything loose and swinging freely!
    Spock: I have observed the Captain without his pants and the Captains' love appendage brings discredit to the Federation.

  • Almanian...still||

    McCoy: DAMN IT, JIM! I'M A DOCTOR, NOT A HABERDASHER!

  • Invisible Finger||

    Shields down Mr. Sulu!

  • James Anderson Merritt||

    "Love appendage"? Puh-leeze. At least say something topical, such as "Ponn Farr stick." Or even better, "Heh, that's a pretty hefty ahn woon you're wielding there. Someone get me some tri-ox compound or I might faint!"

  • James Anderson Merritt||

    Correcting myself: not ahn-woon. Lirpa. Hefty lirpa. But "lirpa" doesn't sound quite as salacious as "ahn-woon." Oh well.

  • Almanian...still||

    Did The Shat and Heston ever do anything together? Cause that woulda been the SHIT - like 1000 gazillion times more SHIT than Pacino and DeNiro.

    The Shat and Charlton Heston - it's like...fusion reaction...

  • ||

    No, not other than some Christmas TV special. But Calculon is basically an amalgam of Heston and Shatner, so there's that.

    "I only pray they like me half as much as I do."

  • Hugh Akston||

    There was the original draft of Omega Man where Shatner was the only other person left alive, and the rest of the movie was awkward attempts to repopulate the earth.

  • ||

    Kirk only puts his phaser on "stun" when he's looking for sex.

  • Pro Libertate||

    As Mad Magazine once said, "Set phasers to caress."

  • Pro Libertate||

    You ever see that episode where the whole universe would end if the two guys actually met? Same thing.

  • James C. Bennett||

    Alas, no. But don't miss/endure 1975's unforgettable "The Devil's Rain", which features The Shat in a theological-debate-to-the-death with Ernest Borgnine's high-priest of Satan. Also features Tom Skerrit, and a young John Travolta as Borgnine's lead zombie.

  • Franklin Harris||

    Having seen William Shatner's sex scene with Angie Dickenson in Big Bad Mama, I can safely say there's nothing here that people haven't seen before.

  • ||

    Did it show the Captain's log?

  • Paul.||

    Did it show Angie Dickenson's tribble?

  • Almanian's Evil Twin||

    OMG! That totally made me shoot pop out my nose!

    +trouble

  • mr simple||

    Oh, the first time I read that I thought it said poop.

  • Pip from the forge||

    Fat men are pants-challenged. It's the eternal battle between belly, hips and gravity. Shatner is a fat old man. Not that his public humiliation (outside his acting career) does not make me weep for my country. Or his. Or Hollywood. O! The humanity.

  • 0x90||

    alt-alt text: "Nigel Tufnel, eat your heart out."

  • Hugh Akston||

    Isn't the TSA risking war with Canada by harassing one of its citizens?

  • Paul.||

    No, the TSA is risking war with throngs of Shatner fans, something far scarier than the Canadian government.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Come, who doesn't like Shatner? Besides his former co-stars, that is.

  • Voros McCracken||

    They actually like him now, too. With the possible exception of Takei.

    Apparently Shatner was a pain in the ass in the 60s and 70s and then in the 90s and aughts mended fences.

  • Almanian's Evil Twin||

    What's all this aboot?

    Don't make us come downt there and...um....HURL CURLING STONES AT YOU! Eh?

  • SKR||

    There's. something.....on....the wing.

  • Archduke PantsFan||

    Have you been mocking Canada without me again?

  • Archduke PantsFan||

    The Governor General is appointed by the Prime Minister

  • Paul.||

    And the Shat appoints the PM! And the PM serves at the Shat's pleasure!

    How'm I doin' on this Shat worship thing? Too much?

  • Archduke PantsFan||

    I'm in favour of putting his face on the money.

  • ||

    Actually, IIANM, the Governor General is technically appointed by the Queen. She just appoints who the PM tells her to.

  • Archduke PantsFan||

    I think you're all forgetting about Leonard Nimoy's album

  • Sevo||

    Karl Hungus|6.29.12 @ 5:46PM|#
    "Shatner is ageless and timeless. The number 81 is irrelevant here, and should be ignored."

    Hey, he's a Canuck! It's due to all that Canadian free medical care he got in Hollywood.

  • James Anderson Merritt||

    Shatner's statement must be hyperbole (I know! Right? Who would have guessed). There can be nothing more embarrassing than being associated with that wretched roast they threw for him on Comedy Central a few years back. It was just rancid. In comparison, The Transformed Man, STV, and The Barbary Coast were all high art. Truth.

  • James Anderson Merritt||

    Aldone, mi amas "Incubon." La kino estas tre bona!

  • tee shirt pas cher||

    Shatner went on to ask the panellists whether they had ever been, before adding: "The place is laced with prostitution."...

    After hearing that some residents were angered by the off-the-cuff remark, Paul Crabb, a town councillor, wrote to Shatner via his agent and manager, inviting him to the town...

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