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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-17-09 11:20 AM
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32. I never take TSA horror stories at face value.
Edited on Sat Oct-17-09 11:20 AM by MineralMan
Or other "government" horror stories, for that matter. All to often, the person telling the story has some ax or another to grind and has exaggerated things beyond belief.

I no longer fly that often. A couple of times a year these days. Once you know the drill, it's really not that much of a hassle. My wife and I pack for it, with the toiletries in the checked luggage and nothing in carry-on that will bother anyone.

We wear step-in shoes, and I have empty pockets long before I go through the security line, having transferred all that crap into a pocket of my jacket or laptop case. My belt used to set off the alarm, so I put that in there, too.

I know in advance that I need my boarding pass and ID when I get to the security line, so I have them out and in my shirt pocket. So, by the time I get to the front of the line, The laptop is out of the bag, since I know I have to do that. When I get to the conveyor belt, it goes in a bin with my shoes. The carry-on goes on the belt, along with my jacket, if I have one and I walk through. I have not set off the alarm for over four years. My bags never get a secondary screening, since there's nothing in them that looks like anything but what it is.

On the other side, I reverse the process and go to my gate, get on the plane and go to my destination. The security screening thing takes just a few minutes, and isn't all that much of a hassle.

Generally, though, I see some folks who have trouble with this process. Maybe they're folks who don't fly, except on rare occasions, or maybe they're just stupid. Maybe they can't read the many signs at the airport or they're deaf. I don't know. But, they've got jumbo shampoo bottles, game consoles (just like computers, they have to come out), keys in their pockets, along with gobs of change, and belly-cover belt buckles.

These folks grumble and complain when they get held up by the TSA and have to get hand scanned or whatever. Then they write nastygrams on their blogs, leaving out their own stupidity -- which was the real reason they had problems. In the meantime, I'm delayed while they fumble their way through the process and grouse about having to shitcan their jumbo toiletries, etc.

There are two ways to get through security. One requires a bit of planning in advance and a little learning. The other lets you be as stupid as you want to be. It's a choice.
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