The two large bags in the background are powders for various things. The small bag in the foreground is my allowed liquids - all TSA-legal sizes and contents. The bag and bottle on the right are pills. Nothing to see here. These aren't the droids you're looking for. All of it is perfectly legal, easily explained, and packed in TSA-friendly clear bags, which will be removed from luggage for ease of screening. So I will allow extra time to go through security, just in case. Planning to be flexible. That is my mantra. My real hope is more optimistic - that we will clear security quickly and easily and have plenty of time to enjoy some of the fantastic new restaurants now locked away inside the airport, such as Vino Volo or more probably Vivace. Both great ways to begin a trip!
I always try to remember that TSA agents are human beings doing a thankless job that is unpleasant for all involved. A cheerful attitude, positive and confident, goes a long way to help making the process faster and more efficient. Those that chafe about it tend to get stuck inside of the process for much longer periods. I try to keep the bigger objective in mind - not maintenance of security theater (after all I am no threat), but to get to where we are trying to go. Not saying what we have in the USA is good, but at least we still get to go places. Contrast that with the former USSR, where going places was not an option at all - with or without radiation, groping, or poking. Thanks again to Mr. D for that perspective!
You can practice by training yourself not to react to examples of TSA-porn.
|OK sir, turn your head to the left and cough.|