The wryly informative captions Mr. Burns appended to his posts — together with the hashtags that, as Jimmy Kimmel as soon as famous, Mr. Burns deployed extra liberally than a teenage woman — helped put a face to an summary arm of federal authorities, a division of the Department of Homeland Security shaped within the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist assaults.
“Bob had this firsthand knowledge of dealing with the good, the bad and the obnoxious aspects of the world coming through the checkpoints,” mentioned Mr. Bilello, the T.S.A. spokesman. “He used dad humor to put the mission across.”
In April 2018, the T.S.A. gained its first Webby award, for web excellence within the classes of Corporate Communications in Social, the aptly titled Weird in Social, in addition to a class known as People’s Voice for Weird. Lofting and giving a great shake to an award that seemed remarkably like a truck spring, Mr. Burns pronounced his Webby “carry-on approved.”
And then in October, on the age of 48, Mr. Burns died unexpectedly of a bacterial an infection. He left behind a spouse, two daughters and a authorities company with no clear blueprint for replicating the jaunty social media presence Mr. Burns devised.
The company has not but posted the itemizing, but it would seem quickly on USAJobs, the official federal authorities employment web site. “It’s a very hard government job to post for,” mentioned James O. Gregory, a public affairs officer on the T.S.A. “The task is to educate passengers and stop bad people. But you’ve got to do it in such a way that it’s interesting.” Humor has proved the perfect format for that.
And Mr. Burns had that to spare, regardless of the offending object. In a video of his annual record of the highest ten most weird issues folks tried to hold onto planes in 2017, he characterised one jagged gizmo discovered at Honolulu’s worldwide airport as “Satan’s pizza cutter.” (Another, a “grenade art thing” snagged by an X-ray machine in Milwaukee, was so unusual, Mr. Burns was left to shake his head in disbelief.)