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Dear TSA agent at SFO,
It doesn't do anyone any good for you to decide that the text on your Starbucks "Double-Shot" can is actually more interesting than the X-Ray machine screen in-front of you. If I'm going to put up with all of the security bullshit at airports and wait in line for 15 minutes before placing my bag in-front of you, I certainly expect you not to ignore it.

PS, I doubt you could have actually looked at my bag carefully within the five seconds you let it slide across your screen; most of the time it takes a screener thirty seconds with a few passes due to the:
1) Two cellphones
2) Two cellphone chargers
3) Laptop charger
4) Noise canceling headphones
5) Multiple security tokens
6) EVDO wireless card (which apparently looks like a lighter according to IAD)
7) Keys with a thumb-drive on a climbing grade carabiner
8) Multitude of pens
9) iPod

With love at 5am,



( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 23rd, 2007 02:36 pm (UTC)
Mar. 24th, 2007 03:39 am (UTC)
...better than the strip search treatment, I suppose?
Mar. 24th, 2007 06:55 pm (UTC)
It gets worse....
At least they ignore you. With me, they seem to think that having long hair is a call to arms-- and combined with my bag (last including a cell phone, camera, wii, two external hard drives, laptop, laptop charger, cell charger, cabling for a vast array of things, two security tokens...) they usually just preemptively search the entire thing. At FLL recently the woman spent *half an hour* going through what she thought was every pocket on my bag, unpacking it, explosives-screening every single object (she *really* loved the American Terrorist playing cards deck (Bush is the Ace of Spades)), and then dumping it into a tub to make me repack it.

But she missed one pocket. :-)
Mar. 26th, 2007 05:37 am (UTC)
Yeah David, that is terrible. Complacency is terrible when your job is that important.
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