Sory folks, soap box time.
I get the over the top TSA employee working the line. I also get that line processing rules or procedures can vary from airport, and sometimes line to line in the same gateway. But I will not let it interfere with my trip or get me frustrated. It has to be done in today’s world. And yes, it s—ks!!!
But after 20 years in the military, with more than 10 deployed into an active war zone, I can tell you I have seen enough to accept the new ‘normal’ and smile when I go through the line and have fun with it. I’m the crazy who has his shoes off well before I get to the counter and am stripped down as far as decency allows. I do it more as a game. Some workers have even commented with a snarl that “you didn’t need to do that” and I just smile and move on through.
And I do get the medical issues. I spent my 20 years as a Marine Corpsman. And I also accept that I would be peeved if one of my kids was separated from me. If that happened there would not be enough security within 100 miles to put a brain dead TSA worker in their place. But there are ways to limit what can be a trying time. If you go in and let the TSA staff know what the situation is they are to provide you with assistance to move through and not cause embarrassment. And Cavey, my heart goes out to you and your super brave wife. She is truly a hero.
But folks, it has to be done. Go in with a smile on your face and turn it into a personal game. Not how you can beat them, but how about “who is going to get an advanced bag search this trip” or "who is going to get patted down this leg of our journey”. Winner gets to pick the rides on the first day in the World, or even the looser on the trip home has to do all of the laundry?
My take is that they have a right to do their job, and I demand that they do it well. But I also have my rights. And if you respect mine, I’ll always respect the miserable job you are faced with.