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RoyGBiv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-17-09 05:14 PM
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231. Watch the body language too ...

She was rushed, impatient, and being confrontational. It's fortunate that she didn't run into those TSA officials who tend to make bigger deals of things than they actually are.

There's a guard at the OKC airport who likes to belittle passengers who forget to remove all the metal from their pockets before going through the metal detector. I had an encounter with her when I forgot I'd left my keys in my pocket. She was rude and made a situation that could have been resolved in seconds draw out over several minutes. Still, it wasn't a big deal, just a bad moment, and in the end, the whole thing was actually my fault. If I'd remembered to remove my keys, I wouldn't have set off the alarm in the first place. She could have handled it better, but it wasn't like anything actually bad happened to me. Hell, it was probably worse for everyone else than it was for me, since I had my shoes off for about ten minutes during the ordeal. :)

I fly several times per year, and I generally get more irritated with fellow passengers than I do with TSA or other airport officials. Many of the delays I experience tend to boil down to those other passengers not paying attention to the rules or just generally being obnoxious. I got behind someone in the security line last week who had an expired passport, which was the only ID they had on them. The TSA official was attempting to be helpful, but the passenger decided to be an idiot and be confrontational. If he'd simply done what the TSA official asked (or, better yet, made sure his passport was still valid before going to the airport ... ya know, being responsible about the whole thing) it all would have been over quickly. As it was, other TSA officials had to get involved, and it delayed the line for a good half hour while they sorted out an individual who seemed to be on the verge of being violent.
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