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Old 07-05-2017, 07:25 AM
 
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Same. I've encountered different levels of friendliness/indifference but I find the people who scream about them being mean or molesting passengers to be first class drama queens.
I fly first (or business) class over about 4 hours airtime. I have never seen an issue on the plane. or been involved with anything.

How would you know in the security line what they are flying? You couldn't tell by how they dress, some of the sloppiest dressers can be in first class.

Never had an issue, TSA is easy. Follow what they ask and no issues. I do wish they would follow Isreal's examples.

Why do I forget the 4 oz. rule? My bad but certainly nothing to take out on the TSA.
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Old 07-05-2017, 07:55 AM
 
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I fly first (or business) class over about 4 hours airtime. I have never seen an issue on the plane. or been involved with anything.

How would you know in the security line what they are flying? You couldn't tell by how they dress, some of the sloppiest dressers can be in first class.
I don't think the other poster actually meant a passenger riding in first class. Simply a 'grade-A, top notch, first class drama queen'

But I agree with the other poster ... I've never had an issue with TSA. It's the entitled ahole passengers who make the travel experience so miserable.
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Old 07-05-2017, 08:28 AM
 
Location: NYntarctica
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Not in the US but connected with the US; Aruba. A very annoying airport where you have to collect your bags in one terminal, pass them thru security, then check them in at another terminal, then collect them, then go through security AGAIN, and then have a personal "interview" with a TSA agent, where they check your bags for like the millionth time
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Old 07-05-2017, 08:59 AM
 
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I think for larger airports I think Tampa is the best.
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Old 07-05-2017, 09:21 AM
 
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If you have a clean background and nothing to worry about while traveling, then there shouldn't be any reason for you to have a bad experience. I travel a lot. They are just trying to do their job. They have a job that has a high level of responsibility and it is for everyone's safety that they do what they do.


Sure they aren't the most friendly people on the planet but their jobs isn't to people please.
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Old 07-05-2017, 09:22 AM
 
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Going thru TSA is simply part of the deal of you want to fly. I take no notice of it, and can't say I've ever had an experience that I remember, good or bad.

I do find it fascinating that the OP has kept such meticulous notes on this topic.
hahaha right? I thought the same thing... people notice and care about these things?
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Old 07-05-2017, 09:57 AM
 
Location: NYntarctica
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If you have a clean background and nothing to worry about while traveling, then there shouldn't be any reason for you to have a bad experience. I travel a lot. They are just trying to do their job. They have a job that has a high level of responsibility and it is for everyone's safety that they do what they do.
I know it's a different situation, but in USA the TSA process is needlessly stressful. In many places in South America the TSA process takes about five minutes. Nobody digs through your bags, nobody cares if you are carrying alcohol, nobody pats you down, it's much quicker and less stressful. It feels like you breeze through it, whereas in the US the TSA process feels like it takes half an hour at the very least
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Old 07-05-2017, 10:35 AM
 
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I know it's a different situation, but in USA the TSA process is needlessly stressful. In many places in South America the TSA process takes about five minutes. Nobody digs through your bags, nobody cares if you are carrying alcohol, nobody pats you down, it's much quicker and less stressful. It feels like you breeze through it, whereas in the US the TSA process feels like it takes half an hour at the very least
It is by no means a fun process but it has to be done so just deal with it b/c it is unavoidable when you fly. I would rather have a little longer or more invasive process if it means making air travel safer for everyone.
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Old 07-05-2017, 01:39 PM
 
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I'm a career road warrior. I've never had a "problem" with anyone at the TSA. My observation is that the talent level of TSA employees in high cost of living areas is a heck of a lot lower than in low cost of living areas. There is a pay differential in the TSA based on local cost of living but it doesn't come close to enough to attract good employees in the high cost cities.

I've had the bomb sniffer swab register something a number of times where I got the thorough patdown behind a closed door and my bags dumped out on a table and gone through carefully. No big deal. They're doing their job. I plan for it and I'm not going to miss my flight. I've had things like stubby ratcheting screwdrivers confiscated that were borderline. No problem. Give me the Torx bit in it that is a PITA to buy and toss the rest in the trash. I can buy the ratcheting base tool at any Ace or True Value.

An awful lot of the X-ray machine operators in the high COL airports are pretty dim bulbs. They might scan 25% as many bags as someone better.

TSA Pre has really helped. Grandma with the big can of hairspray is in some other line. Ditto all the water bottle people. Most business travelers know the drill and don't trigger the bag search or metal detector alarm.
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Old 07-05-2017, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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Going thru TSA is simply part of the deal of you want to fly. I take no notice of it, and can't say I've ever had an experience that I remember, good or bad.

I do find it fascinating that the OP has kept such meticulous notes on this topic.
I agree...

Generally, the smaller the airport the faster the experience and the shorter the line has been my experience. Of course, the plane is smaller and you only get a few flights a day, and invariably connect through a big hub.

The only time I've been stopped by TSA beyond a patdown on from something indicated on the body scanner was coming back from a hunting trip. Newer agent couldn't decide what to make of all my frozen ducks. We agreed to call it frozen food and he let me through.
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