The TSA confuses me for a castmember of Jersey Shore

Yesterday while clearing security at Seattle Airport before my Lufthansa flight, I had a bit of an interesting run in with the TSA.

The priority security line wasn’t very long, though it seemed to take forever for the few people in front of me to get their stuff on the belt. As I slid my belongings onto the belt, the TSA agent singled me out and said “hey bro, you got all your liquids out?” Not sure if I looked like an especially inexperienced traveler or what, but I said “yep.”

He then continued with “what about powders? Have any powders, because they look the same in the x-ray as liquids?”

Now I was very tempted to respond “nope, no powders other than my kilo bag of cocaine,” but my better judgment got the best of me, and I just said “nope, no powders.”

He then continued “what about, like, protein powder?” I’m as built as Sheldon Cooper, what do you think?

Filed Under: Security/TSA
  1. This is TSA behavior profiling at work – the program is called SPOT “Screening Passengers by Observation Techniques”.

    They engage random people in seemingly random conversation in an attempt to build a quick profile to determine your risk factor. Simple and can be very effective is done correctly.

  2. At least he was friendly. Most SEA screeners are friendly, if a bit strange. You get used to the strange around here.

  3. I think the next questions were going to be ‘do you like movies about gladiators?’ and ‘have you ever been in a Turkish prison?’

  4. Todd said, “Simple and can be very effective is done correctly.”


    I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anything the slightest bit “simple” and/or “effective” when it comes to the TSA. What’s the difference between the TSA and the private security they replaced? A lot more rules, a lot less privacy, and a much bigger chip on their shoulder. That’s about it so far as I can tell.

  5. The last time I went through security in Seattle the BP/ID checker had never seen a passport and had to get a supervisor to tell her it was allowed as an ID.

  6. I often travel with my 2 attractive daughters and it’s always interesting and at times funny to see how the security folks are tranfixed and distracted when they catch a glimpse of the girls. Alternatively, scary when an agent who was to be watching items move across the screen, never looked at the screen, instead stared at my daughter as many items passed on by.

  7. @jamison. oh you’re right my post sounds pathetic, rewind…clearly, never know what you’re going to get when entering security and engaging with various humans….at times very scary what they do and say! Concur with Dax.

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