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Old Nov 2, 17, 1:26 pm
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I wonder what it's like at DCA and at LAX? I plan to fly from both airports next week, and will be carrying my iPhone 8+, iPad mini, and laptop. Does that mean I have to take out the iPad and Mac, and place in separate bins? What a waste. What about food? I plan on packing snacks.
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Old Nov 5, 17, 7:03 pm
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Just flew through DCA today. The TSO asked if I had any food in my bag. I replied ďno,Ē and there was no search thru my bag.
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Old Nov 7, 17, 7:02 am
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I flew out of PHL D Terminal yesterday afternoon, everyone sort of got the TSA PreCheck system, told to leave shoes, jackets and belts on and electronics stay in bags, if you beeped in the standard metal detector you got sent to the body scanner. The TSA employee directing everyone made no mention of food and claimed they were testing out a new system, half of the people in line were confused or not paying attention and took off their shoes and tried to go into the body scanner only to be directed to the metal detector.
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Old Nov 7, 17, 7:13 am
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For some PreCheck passengers at TSA screening checkpoints, I've seen TSA ask for the passengers to take out sausages and cheese but leave other things as usual. Seen this in recent weeks at airports catering to "cheeseheads".
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Old Nov 7, 17, 8:55 am
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I flew out of PHL D Terminal yesterday afternoon, everyone sort of got the TSA PreCheck system, told to leave shoes, jackets and belts on and electronics stay in bags, if you beeped in the standard metal detector you got sent to the body scanner. The TSA employee directing everyone made no mention of food and claimed they were testing out a new system, half of the people in line were confused or not paying attention and took off their shoes and tried to go into the body scanner only to be directed to the metal detector.

Was a TSA or other security canine present?
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Old Nov 7, 17, 9:16 am
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Was a TSA or other security canine present?
Yes.
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Old Nov 7, 17, 9:26 am
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Originally Posted by ltp711 View Post
I flew out of PHL D Terminal yesterday afternoon, everyone sort of got the TSA PreCheck system, told to leave shoes, jackets and belts on and electronics stay in bags, if you beeped in the standard metal detector you got sent to the body scanner. The TSA employee directing everyone made no mention of food and claimed they were testing out a new system, half of the people in line were confused or not paying attention and took off their shoes and tried to go into the body scanner only to be directed to the metal detector.
That is what Chicago (the local government) paid for to make things faster for ORD passengers.

Did PHL pay for that kind of approach to speed up things too?
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Old Nov 7, 17, 11:23 am
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Yes.
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Old Nov 20, 17, 3:53 pm
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Old Mar 4, 18, 11:02 am
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Came through DTW today. Sign at TSA checkpoint said all electronics larger than cellphone need to be removed from bags and put into bins. I ignored it and kept my portable wifi router and other non-laptop electronics in my bag (spoiler: TSA did not flag them). However, TSA was VERY FOCUSED on books and food/snacks. My books had to be hand-inspected (not swabbed, surprisingly) and other people's bags of chips, containers of nuts, and candy bars had to be swabbed and rerun through the X-ray scanner.

Boy, flights from DTW today are REALLY safe..... what a joke.
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Old Mar 4, 18, 3:12 pm
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Came through DTW today. Sign at TSA checkpoint said all electronics larger than cellphone need to be removed from bags and put into bins. I ignored it and kept my portable wifi router and other non-laptop electronics in my bag (spoiler: TSA did not flag them). However, TSA was VERY FOCUSED on books and food/snacks. My books had to be hand-inspected (not swabbed, surprisingly) and other people's bags of chips, containers of nuts, and candy bars had to be swabbed and rerun through the X-ray scanner.

Boy, flights from DTW today are REALLY safe..... what a joke.
TSA has never met a threat they didn't like but must keep inventing threats in order to seem relevant and survive. Itís fixated on so many "threats" that they actually make it easier for any bad actors. 80% failure rate in testing is proof of that.
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Old Mar 6, 18, 7:13 pm
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Old Mar 13, 18, 10:35 pm
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RSW (Southwest Florida) Saturday was a TSA zoo. Everyone pushed into a single line which stretched all the way back to the escalators, ostensibly so a dog/handler team could check folks. Meanwhile, said dog/handler team was standing a solid 40' from the line and not moving anywhere for a good chunk of time. Never came near us. When the line finally made it close to the entrance to security screening, those of us with Pre-Check then got peeled off into a different section. However, *new rule* -- if you had more than one tech device in your carry-on, one of them had to be taken out. They didn't ask about food.

And, a better example of Thousands Standing Around I haven't seen in years. Literally dozens of TSA folks wandering around the terminal and concourse while hundreds of folks are waiting in long lines.

On the good news front, the screening folks were courteous, and unlike DEN, RSW somehow figured out how to buy tables that are all at the same height in a single screening line.
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Old Mar 19, 18, 6:51 pm
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Cool TSA Precheck traveller flagged for having too many snacks!

I thought you all might be amused by something that happened to me the other day. I was flying out of SJC. When I went through TSA pre-check, they spent some time looking at the screen and then told me they needed to look through my briefcase. After the gentleman checked my bag and returned it to me, he told me it was flagged because I had a lot of snacks.

I was a little taken aback by that. I didnít know that was a suspicious thing. It is true that when I fly, if I am given a package of pretzels or cookies or what have you, I often toss it into my briefcase so there were several flights worth of those. I sometimes toss in a packet or two of instant oatmeal, too, and they were in there. My hotel had given me a granola bar. I also had an apple in there. Admittedly, it had been a while since I had cleaned out the snacks so this was both embarrassing and humorous.

It gets better. I raced to the gate to see if I could get on an earlier flight and the gate agent could not have been nicer. The doors to the gate were already closed But he phoned the plane and they were going to let me on. I reached for my phone to text my ride to pick me up earlier, and it was nowhere to be found. I realized I left the phone at the check in counter downstairs, where I had stopped to ask about the possibility of getting on the earlier flight.

The lovely gentleman at the gate called the ticket counter and they confirmed they had my phone. I went racing downstairs to get it and of course had to go back through security.

Once again, TSA pre-check checked my briefcase because what could be more suspicious than a lady with snacks, except for a lady with snacks who has already been singled out once and then left the secured area to go downstairs and has come back?

Needless to say, I was unable to board the earlier flight. I only blame myself for that but being twice checked for snacks is, I think, pretty unusual. Or is it? Has this happened anyone else?

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Old Mar 19, 18, 7:10 pm
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Now thats what I call a SNACK ATTACKER
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