Over the last few months, I’ve been spending quite a bit of time in airports travelling to various events across the country.While the locations have been different, one thing has remained the same: The TSA isn’t really doing its job.
Let me first say that unlike many travellers, I find the TSA agents very friendly and accomodating.
I have had no issues with their attitudes or personalities.
My issue is with how they actually do the important part of the job.
Since most of my trips are short little jaunts, I never check a bag and bring all my toiletries in my carry on. The TSA says to put all toiletries through in a quart sized plastic bag and that they cannot be larger than three ounces in capacity.
Well, I’ve never put my containers in a plastic bag. And guess what? I’ve made it through security every time with no questions asked about them.
I also typically carry a few cameras with me, but never put them through the belt separately.
I was once frisked for having a quarter in my pocket, another time they looked at my laptop to make sure it wasn’t dangerous, and one other time I had my race helmet examined, not because it was dangerous or because I left a camera inside of it, but the agent rode motorcycles and asked if he could check it out.
Once, an agent asked if I had any liquids, I told him yes and that I didn’t separate them, but they were small containers. His response? “I’m not worried about small ones.” If you’re coming through the scanners, small ones are what he should be worried about!
The best example of the lack of attention to detail came just yesterday. I went through security for a flight that ended up being so delayed that I had to cancel the trip, but I mistakenly brought a full, six ounce toothpaste. Not only did I not separate my liquids, they didn’t even ask me about it at all. All I got was a compliment for my wood laptop cover and a “have a nice trip” from the friendly agents.
Now, I’m sure this post will get me on some sort of list for extra security next time I fly, and honestly, I welcome it. If I can get by without following the rules, other people with bad intentions probably can too. I just want the TSA to do its job properly.
And If these regulations aren’t useful or the agents aren’t going to follow them, then it might be time to think about other ways to screen passengers.
Heads up TSA: I’m planning on bringing a gallon jug of water on my next trip. Let’s see if it gets confiscated.
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