I flew from New Orleans to Atlanta earlier this week.
The security line was medium long, not unexpected because it was the tail end of morning rush hour. As we got to the magnatometors, there were two lines, or so it seemed. As it turned out there were three, as one split off from the right line – but you couldn’t really tell that from where people chose a line.
Then, the TSA lady shut down the line that split off, trapping a couple in it. The TSA lady kept saying something that I wasn’t paying much attention to as I wasn’t involved. I do know that what she was saying in a heavy Louisiana accent wasn’t clear. It wasn’t at all clear to the couple who were unfortunately New York City types.
The couple finally figured out what she was saying (they were cut off and had to move to the other side of the table to go through the second of now only two machines). They expressed their ire. She told them she had told them three times. They expressed their ire. She told them they should be quiet or they “might not be flying anywhere.” They gave venomous looks, she threw a haughty look, left and we all looked around at each other.
Cultural disconnect I suppose, with a gratuitous “I’ll let you know who is boss” parting shot.
All that said, that is the first time I’ve ever seen a TSA person acting close to stupidly in the ten years I’ve been flying since 9/11. In that same time, I've seen them dealing with stupid people, clueless people, handicapped people, parents with screaming kids and so on, all with often some resignation, but usually with equinamity.
How ‘bout you?