posted on Mar, 28 2008 @ 01:16 PM
you know, right or wrong, the tsa actually did their job by the book. i don't agree with the rule in place, or a lot of the stupid stuff we have to
do for tsa, but in this case they were following their orders correctly. if the lady wanted to board the flight, she has to comply with the rules
written just like everyone else. it's not the duty of tsa agents to make acceptions to the rule.
which gets to my story. i'm a frequent flyer. i purchased a tube of toothpaste once in canada at an airport in one of those "travel safe" type
sections. because it was a product sold in canada, it's weight is printed in metric (110ml, legal by tsa standards). so imagine my confusion and
frustration when going through a checkpoint in oakland, ca that the tsa agent informs me that my container is too large, but that she would "do me a
favor" and "let me slide just this time". when i informed her of the existence of the metric system and insured her it was travel safe, she was
immediately offended and talked it over with 4 different tsa employee's while they all gawked dumbfoundedly at the 110ml printing while searching top
to bottom for a reading of the content weight in ounces. even though OAK is an international airport, and tsa claims it's employee's are highly
trained, and even have a blurb on their site about metrics, these employee's were completely ignorant. a large man from the back comes in, takes the
container from them and agree's it is illegal and tosses it about 6-8 feet into the nearest trash and stares me down. after i tell him they're all a
bunch of idiots (in other words), he digs it out of the trash can and takes it over to another tsa agent who immediately recognizes that 110ml is safe
for travel. the guy hands me back my toothpaste and says "thank you sir". all this after about 10 minutes of fighting with tsa, having them tell me
that i "better buy some breath mints" and other verbal jabs.
so yes, tsa employees are not superhumans, nor are they even guaranteed to have average intelligence. however in the "nipple piercing" case, i can
agree that they were at least doing their job as outlined to them. hopefully at the very least, this issue will bring to light the fact that many of
these ridiculous rules and practices set by tsa will be ammended.