I’m outsourcing today’s TSA tale of shame to Fly with Dignity, the new Reddit-inspired site that’s collecting TSA groping stories:
I was going through ORD on Oct 19th and with a metal implant in my hip, of course I set off the detector. I put all of my items on the belt and just before going through the detector, I told the attendant that it would go off because of the implant in my hip, He stopped me from going through and told me to go stand in line by the scanner…yes, they had one.
I complied and in the meantime, three of them were surrounding my bag asking me if there was any liquid in there. I said no, and one said “You wouldn’t lie to us, would you”? They went through it, found a liquid and called me a liar in front of everyone in line… that was embarrassing… Anyway, the lady barked at me to come over and help find the said liquid. I complied and pulled out a tiny toothpaste tube and asked if that was it. She barked no and then found the liquid… my facial towelettes which I always carry when I travel.
Oddly enough, the one decent security experience I’ve ever had was at Chicago O’Hare (ORD) a couple of years ago, when a TSA agent looked me in the eye and asked a few questions about the purpose of my trip while carefully studying me and my family. That’s the only time I’ve ever sensed anything but rote, bored, mechanistic and stupid adherence to ritual from a TSA agent.