Dealing with the TSA is one of the most miserable parts about flying.
Besides being forced to remove your shoes and take out an ever-growing list of items for “extra screening” … you get groped and shuffled through metal detectors and body scanners while an agent barks orders at you.
And although the TSA likes to thrust around their “power”– there are some little-known secrets they hide and wish you didn’t know. But don’t worry – we’ve listed them below.
You Can Challenge Them
Ever had the TSA confiscate an item of yours that you knew met the guidelines?
Well don’t be surprised, because even the TSA admits they don’t know their own rules.
The TSA’s standing operating procedure (SOP) manual is hundreds of pages long… and it’s unlikely every agent has read the entire thing.
Sometimes an agent makes a call – and they’re actually wrong.
So if you’re confident that you are allowed to take an item through (and you have extra time) – you can always ask them to have a supervisor consult the SOP.
Yes – They Are Always Profiling You
Wonder why you’ve been “randomly selected” for a special screening?
TSA agents communicate with each other in code – including how they mark up your boarding pass.
“Generally, TSA officers will mark your ticket with their initials, badge number, or phone number to indicate who screened you.
If they find you suspicious, they may also mark the boarding pass to indicate to other checkpoint officers that you should receive a special screening.”
What makes you seem “suspicious?”
You’d be surprised.
They depend heavily on “behavior detection” – and things such as appearing stressed, fearful, disoriented, or even “grooming your hair” too many times can cause them to flag you.
OF COURSE travelers are stressed out… and usually a bit anxious.
They never know what’s going to happen next, with Biden leading the show.
They Really Can’t Do Their Jobs
Most people know the TSA doesn’t actually keep people safe, but their actual ineffectiveness is so bad – it might even surprise you.
“In 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (which oversees the TSA) sent undercover agents into some of the busiest airports in America with banned weapons and fake explosives in their bags and on their person. They found that 95% of the items made it through. In fact, TSA agents failed to detect the items in 67 out of the 70 tests conducted.”
… the same guys who failed 67 out of 70 tests and allowed 95 percent of fake contraband through security are the same ones Biden granted the power to fine you over a mask.
If you ever needed reassurance that the TSA is just security theater on display – you’ve now got the stats to back it up.
A Necessary Evil
Look – your goal when flying is NOT to pick a fight with the TSA.
Your goal is simply to make it to your plane with as little harassment as possible.
Don’t try to pack a bunch of crazy items just to challenge the TSA and see if they know their own SOP.
Put your 3oz liquids in a clear bag, be prepared to take out your laptop and remove your shoes, and just suck it up so you can make it through and get on your flight.
And if you have extra cash and want to make your experience a little less disrupting, you can always sign up for TSA PreCheck.
Which one of these hidden TSA secrets surprised you the most?
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