I am an old white woman. My husband is biracial. If I fly by myself (out of Fort Myers, FL), I get through the line with barely a glance from TSA. If we fly together, we are, EVERY SINGLE TIME, pulled out of line, searched, researched, run through the scanner, on and on. The last time was the last straw. My husband accidentally placed his boarding pass in the gray tray that was X-rayed. When he went through the scanner, the TSA idiot asked, very rudely, “Where’s your boarding pass.” I was behind him, saw the pass in the tray and retrieved it. When I tried to hand it to him, the TSAI started screaming at me, to “put that down,” “don’t touch it,” “get out of line,” etc. We tried to explain that we were together, but they’d have none of it. A supervisor was called, we were searched and scanned for over 15 minutes, our carry on items setting, unguarded and unavailable to us, at the end of the Xray belt. When we were finally allowed to leave, I happened to turn around and saw the TSAI and her supervisor laughing hilariously and high fiving each other. I wanted to go back and give them a piece of my mind, but we were already late. As we walked away, a woman came up to me and said “Can I talk to you? I saw what they did to you back there.” Turns out she had a daughter who is half Filipino and she said she is pulled out of line, same as us, every time she flies. As I told my story later, I discovered about six different situations where people who are not easily racially identifiable or traveling with someone of a different race are regularly and rudely pulled out of line for extra “checking.” I called all the way to the DOJ, where I found a young attorney whose mother was a friend of my sister and even she refused to take a racial profiling complaint. We stopped flying.
By: Joan King
on arrival from australia i went through tsa in lax to catch my connecting flight to dallas, i had forgotten i had a knife in my carry on, the tsa agent took out the knife then a bottle of scotch i had purchased in the duty free in sydney, they took the scotch, replaced the knife and passed me on to my flight
By: Martin Schmitt
A few months ago I was going through TSA checkpoint in Terminal B at Phoenix International Airport.
The scanner looking at women’s belongings going through the x ray machine freaked out saying there was a gun in women’s purse. The entire line stopped for at least 20 minutes until a airport policeman could get there. TSA people were lounging everywhere. Even a “supervisor” came over and looked.
When the cop got there he took one look at the purse and if looks could kill, the idiot on the scanner and the idiot holding the bag would both have been dead.
The “gun” was a 1″ solid charm that would go on a charm bracelet. I guess they thought it could shoot pencil lead.
If these are the people protecting us, God help us.
By: Brad Nydahl
I was heading back to LA from El Paso, Texas. I went through TSA checkpoint with no problem. I admit, I was early (I believe 2 hours), I went to my gate and took a seat. Since I had so much time, I decided to walk around the El Paso airport and see what they have Los Angeles did not have. As i was passing through from one terminal/side ( the security screening is in the middle) to the other a TSA agent stopped. The TSA officer told me he did not recognize me going through the screeing( I am Asian by the way) I told the old TSA officer “how is that my problem? Besides I was already checked by another agent.” I felt I did not have to comply with him because a fellow officer already checked me. The officer threaten me if I did not comply with him, he can arrest me. I was pissed off of course cause because of few reasons which i will not mention, but the officer’s stupidty just topped it. So I just stood their like an idiot waiting for him to go through some video to make sure I went through the screening omeprazole 40 mg capsule.
So long story short, could I have just told him to “F” off and it is not my problem, stand up for my privacy as a citizen. How would you have handled this douche.