We’re flying down to Florida right now (on Spirit! And it isn’t awful!) and just had two purely delightful interactions with the TSA.
1) I take my iPad out of my bag to put it through the scanner. TSA guy comes over and shoves it back in my bag – “don’t that your iPad out! Did I tell you to take it out?” Me: “half the time they tell me to take it out. Half the time they tell me not to.” TSA guy: “don’t listen to them.” Perfect.
2) my wife has had a little metal self defense stick attached to her keychain that she has carried around for 5 years or so. Which means on probably 150 flights. TSA today said it wasn’t allowed on the plane. I explained that she has taken them on 150 flights. They said they didn’t care. They said “we can call port authority police down here and they can clear it or they will give you a summons.” Me: “is that a threat?” TSA: “no. You can take that chance.” Me: “if it’s not allowed, why don’t YOU give me a summons?” TSA: “I’m not saying it isn’t allowed.” Me: “shouldn’t I be concerned that we’ve flown 100 times through THIS airport with a supposedly illegal weapon?” TSA: “yes.”
Keeping us safe, one lie at a time.