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Too Soft for TSA

The TSA is a prime example of egos and power trips interpreting and enforcing the rules as they feel like it. With impunity. Someone having a good day…probably would let it slide. Someone having a bad day….you might as well not even fly.
To be fair, the agent was very pleasant and was at least willing to check it out. I don’t place any blame on her - she just seemed to be trying to do her job on one of the worst travel days of the year.

The Figarose was an impulsive grab from my stack of soaps. I’d recently travelled with it (but forgot that I’d had it in a checked bag) recently. I never gave the consistency a thought as I chose it.
 
The TSA is a prime example of egos and power trips interpreting and enforcing the rules as they feel like it. With impunity.

This made me laugh I hope it does you too. Someone else would probably be yelling. Here is what happened to me:

Two lines fed into one TSA agent looking at your ID and your ticket. He is alternating between the two lines as you would expect. When it became evident that I was to be next I made a mistake. I left the line and walked three feet past the yellow line.

The TSA agent stops what he is doing, looks at me and says, "SIR, please remain behind the yellow line." My eyebrows went up, had not thought it such an orthodox procedure and I went back three feet. The TSA agent got done processing the passenger and he turned to the line the other passenger had just come from and indicated that person was next. I thought, "What the?" The TSA agent got done with that passenger and as I was leaning forward he... pointed at the other line for the next passenger to approach him. He finished with that passenger and then he let a fellow in a wheelchair go next.

By this point myself, my wife and others in line are smiling and gently chuckling, shaking our heads. Such middle school behavior and so fun to see how small minded people behave.
 
There's a lot of inconsistency with TSA agents.

Anyway, here's my sad story --

A few years ago, I was returning from an international trip and I had bought some whiskey from duty free thinking I would put in my checked bag when I landed and before making my connecting flight. My checked bag didn't make it and I lost the bottle of whiskey to the TSA. After that experience, no more duty free liquids if there's a domestic connecting flight.
 
A few years ago I was leaving FLETC in Brunswick GA with a class mate who was an ATF agent. When TSA asked for a government ID he showed his ATF credentials but was could they were not valid as there was no expiration date on the photo ID. He almost missed the flight before a supervisor finally told the TSA agent the ID was acceptable.
 
I appreciate the task the TSA has, but, it seems some of them are just straight up horses bleeeeps. I do my best to give them no excuse. As others have said I dont wear a belt when I'm going to be flying, nor a watch. For shaving its a cart (I know I know) and a TSA approved stick like Pacific Shaving or Cremo cuz I dont care if I lose any of them.

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The TSA is a prime example of egos and power trips interpreting and enforcing the rules as they feel like it. With impunity. Someone having a good day…probably would let it slide. Someone having a bad day….you might as well not even fly.

and the pay scale is a definite factor in my opinion.

and this is why I travel with sticks. it helps that I face lather. my carry on Dopp is a 1qt Tom Bihn Clear packing cube that meets the 3-1-1 requirements and loads up everything I need in travel/sampler sized bottles or tins and two straights when I'm not flying commercial, a Trac II when I am. and I've gotten a month of use out of it on the longest trip.

I can't imagine going checked baggage only because I have had baggage lost, sent to the wrong continent, or not cross-loaded to my connecting flight due to delays, etc. for short trips, I do carry on only and put ups with the shenanigans at screening.

"sir, this is a 4 oz toothpaste tube and exceeds the size allowed."
"and as you can plainly see, half of it's been used and rolled up, putting it well under the allowable max volume which is why I brought it."

"these liquids are supposed to be in a clear, 1qt bag" "you're absolutely right, but you're the first agent that's looked in probably 4 years, and it's just easier with this kit. I've gotten lazy"

and some of them are just woefully undertrained. I've had a couple, "what's this?" questions that have shocked me. didn't mean to have that thing in my carry on, but yeah.

I've never had anything confiscated, and tend to play more within the rules these days.
 
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The TSA is woefully inadequate at performing to any given published standard.
It's hard to know what some schmo at one airport will do differently than another schmo at another airport, or even two of them at the same airport in different lines.
The advice is good - don't take ANYTHING you are not willing to leave behind.
You never know if Bob got chewed out by his wife at breakfast before coming to work.
In a study a couple of years ago, it was reported that TSA auditors manged to smuggle contraband onto the plane roughly 97% of the time. Security theater.
 
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