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Passengers Paying TSA?  
User currently offlineFtrguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 358 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1904 times:

I was going through the security checkpoint at CLT tonight and the guy behind me was selected for further screening. While I was putting my shoes back on, I saw the TSA agent with something in his hand (looked like a battery or something like that) and then overheard him tell the guy "that will be $20." I thought he was joking at first, but the guy whipped out a $20 bill and paid the TSA agent. I saw the agent take the money, put it in a red bag, fill out some paperwork, and then walk off.

What in the world would a passenger be paying the TSA for???

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User currently offlineTu204 From Russia, joined Mar 2006, 1211 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1858 times:

A bribe maybe?  Big grin
filler



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User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 22924 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1856 times:

They can fine on the spot, can't they?


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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29795 posts, RR: 58
Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1845 times:

Quoting Tu204 (Reply 1):
A bribe maybe?
filler

I think we have a winner.

Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Surprised we don't hear of this going on more often, with those jokers.



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User currently offlineCRJ705 From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 53 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1835 times:

mailing the battery (or whatever) to the person at their destination? that sounds like the most plausible thing and it does happen, better than taking the thing from the person.

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CRJ705


User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 22924 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1831 times:

Quoting L-188 (Reply 3):
I think we have a winner.

Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

He filled out paperwork on his bribe? Give me a break. It's clear that wasn't what happened. The TSA annoys me as much as the next guy, but let's at least use our heads here.



I can't decide whether I miss the tulip or the bowling shoe more
User currently offlineFtrguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 358 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1786 times:

Quoting L-188 (Reply 3):
I think we have a winner.

Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Surprised we don't hear of this going on more often, with those jokers.

This was no behind the table thing. This was legit. There were far too many people standing around (including real cops) for this to be behind the back. One of the real cops (Charlotte Police) actually watched the whole thing happen. I kick myself now for not asking the guy why he gave them the money.


User currently offlineBcbhokie From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 119 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1751 times:

Whatever it is, I expect that it's above board. I've had bad experiences with TSA all around the country, just like everyone else, but my impression (admittedly based mostly on personal experience) of the CLT specific operation is that they're a class act.

I was traveling internationally in 2003 out of CLT with a rather bizarre and dangerous looking (but completely safe) carryon item, and the TSA folks were extraordinarily helpful both before I arrived and once I arrived. They were more than willing to answer questions in advance of travel and I found the agents to be exceedingly professional once I arrived.

Shipping the item, as others have mentioned, sounds likely to me... but then again I don't have any direct knowledge of the inner workings of the TSA so that's just a guess.

Ben


User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 22924 posts, RR: 20
Reply 8, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1608 times:

Quoting Bcbhokie (Reply 7):
but my impression (admittedly based mostly on personal experience) of the CLT specific operation is that they're a class act.

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Possibly the best in the country, certainly the best of any airport of CLT's size.



I can't decide whether I miss the tulip or the bowling shoe more
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