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User currently offlineQantas777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 484 posts, RR: 1
Posted (5 years 1 month 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2733 times:

Having flow quite a bit around the U.S, it seems like the TSA policies are inconsistent through the country. For example, PHL, they require to look at your boarding pass. ATL, no boarding pass needed.

Places like PBI and HPN act like they are targets of a huge terror plot, and do a very careful job on you. Whereas, in ATL, I get away with so much crap. Ie. I never take out my plastic bag stuff, but at HPN they will catch you. I even act suspicious at TSA in ATL, and they never even pick it out.

It ticks me off; I wish the TSA would stick with one uniform mode, becasue I feel there are definite soft spots at certain airports.

I understand there are volume issues at the airports mentioned, but no excuse, keep it consistent and tough.

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User currently offlineThegreatRDU From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2310 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 month 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2649 times:

Look it's a big, inefficient, bureaucratic, politically created branch, that is here to stay because it saves the airports money, and it was created for political reasons, that's all I got for you, again it was created for political reasons, and here at RDU their very anal about the liquids and gels, and why does their always seem to be more agents that are needed, their seems to be more headcount than needed, I always get that impression....

Quoting Qantas777 (Thread starter):

Places like PBI and HPN act like they are targets of a huge terror plot, and do a very careful job on you.

 rotfl 



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User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6341 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 month 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2646 times:



Quoting Qantas777 (Thread starter):
For example, PHL, they require to look at your boarding pass. ATL, no boarding pass needed.

That one is a big question for me too...what's the point? I remember many people saying that a secondary ID check is like saying the first TSA agent who looked at your ID probably didn't do their job...I guess this would be the same principle?


User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 month 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2565 times:

They want to keep us all guessing that way nobody has a clue what the TSA will ask you for next.


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User currently offlineGxman From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 93 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 1 month 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2494 times:



Quoting IAHFLYR (Reply 3):
They want to keep us all guessing that way nobody has a clue what the TSA will ask you for next.

Exactly. By not applying the standards uniformly across the nation, a would-be terrorist does not really know what he/she might be asked by TSA.

Quoting Qantas777 (Thread starter):
Places like PBI and HPN act like they are targets of a huge terror plot, and do a very careful job on you.

I find that the smaller airports are a bigger pain for the frequent traveller, SMF is one of the worst. However, the 9/11 terrorists intentionally started their journeys in small airports, maybe the regional airports are extra careful for that reason.



Steve
User currently offlineUN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4289 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (5 years 1 month 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2443 times:

So now a 9/11 terrorist starts at NYC where screeners miss something like what was it.. over 40% of weapons? I don't have the statistic off hand.

-A



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User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (5 years 1 month 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2335 times:



Quoting Gxman (Reply 4):
I find that the smaller airports are a bigger pain for the frequent traveller, SMF is one of the worst

I agree with that statement completely.....it repeatedly takes the TSA folks at RSW 2-3 scans for my backpack with a laser pointer to go through the belt scanner, when I tell them what it may be I am now almost a suspect, now I leave the laser pointer at home. Lovely trips when leaving RSW.



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User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8904 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (5 years 1 month 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2314 times:

Best line I've heard from a Smurf this year (at ANC a couple of months ago): "We (TSA) like to be inconsistent." Gee, a really shocking development.

ATL (and several other airports) don't have you show IDs at the metal detector because of the use of cell phones as boarding passes. MSP and LAS are two other airports that jump to my mind.

TSA should go back to what my tax dollars should be used for - checking to make sure no one is bringing any bombs, guns, etc. on to planes. Not waging the war on water, not checking IDs, not doing superfluous gate checks, not breaking airplane pitot tubes, etc. etc.


User currently offlineSkyguyB727 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (5 years 1 month 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2253 times:

A friend told me about a smaller, regional airport that has something like 95 TSA employees on staff. That same airport uses two x-ray machines and only one metal detector to screen all passengers. There is a secondary checkpoint that is open from 04:00-07:00 Monday through Friday only. It seems like a bit of overstaffing to me.

User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 9, posted (5 years 1 month 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2230 times:



Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 7):
ATL (and several other airports) don't have you show IDs at the metal detector because of the use of cell phones as boarding passes.

You are able to use the electronic boarding pass at IAH for CO however, an ID is still required.



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User currently offlineGxman From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 93 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 1 month 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2192 times:



Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 7):
ATL (and several other airports) don't have you show IDs at the metal detector because of the use of cell phones as boarding passes.

I have not been asked for an ID at any metal detector in 5+ years, it is usually about 10-50 feet before the metal detector, whether my boarding pass is paper or on my Blackberry. My experience has been boarding pass + ID at the first check, then they ask to see the boarding pass at the metal detector again, regardless whether it is paper or electronic.

Last month in Atlanta, flying DL, this was still my experience.



Steve
User currently offlineAnonms From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 620 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 1 month 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2140 times:

I've found the TSA to be surprisingly lax at airports I fly out of (SAN, SJC, and SFO). I just flew SJC-SAN the other day and forgot to take out a tube of anti-acne gel from my backpack and the security guy responded with "Oh that's not a problem" and just waved me off.

And I've never encountered this ID at metal detector thing either.



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User currently offlineDTWLAX From United States of America, joined Aug 2009, 807 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 1 month 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2044 times:

I think the TSA is getting rid of the process of showing boarding passes at metal detectors gradually across all airports. I first noticed it at LAS about 4 months back. Most recently, when I flew out of SNA 4 days back

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