The Ugly Traveler -- raging on TSA

Old May 18, 18, 9:41 am
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The Ugly Traveler -- raging on TSA

In Pre line today at IAH I was behind a lady who was told to wear her bulky coat through the magnetometer instead of putting it on the belt. Her husband went ballistic over that. Yelling “there’s no sign!!! I want to speak to a supervisor!” His poor wife was humiliated by her husband’s outburst. He gave up waiting for a supervisor but continued to whine and moan all the way to the club, including in the elevator which I was sharing.
Then they stood at the bar and for ten minutes he loudly continued to rant saying the same thing over and over.
Comments like “they’re a bunch of overpaid, under qualified idiots,” and
I bet if you were wearing a headscarf they wouldn’t have said a thing.”

His wife continued to beg him to stop. Pretty much everyone in the bar area was staring at him.

When I got my drink and headed to my seat I turned to him and quietly said “Sir, take a breath. Give it a rest.”

He yelled “you mind your own business!!”

I replied “you’ve made it my business by loudly continuing your rant for the last 15 minutes.”

His wife then, more forcefully, said “Steve! stop it NOW!”

He then grabbed his bag and departed. Leaving her behind.

I’m glad I’m not on the flight to CLT this morning.
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Old May 18, 18, 9:49 am
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DYKWIA thread!!!
Some people in the mornings.... lol.
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Old May 18, 18, 10:08 am
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Originally Posted by laxmillenial View Post
DYKWIA thread!!!
Some people in the mornings.... lol.
When somebody is that unfiltered, it's often morning, noon, and night.
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Old May 18, 18, 10:10 am
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I think that if this is the worst thing that happens to him today, he is, indeed, a blest man.
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Old May 18, 18, 10:57 am
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Yup, "My wife was NOT required to take off her coat and that's a violation of her civil liberties."
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I've been single for about 10 years and this guy is married?

His wife's life was literally made easier by the TSA.
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Old May 18, 18, 11:24 am
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I (we?) must be missing something.
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Old May 18, 18, 11:28 am
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i would have some sympathy for the man as well -- easily a mental health issue versus a character flaw. but for the grace of gaijoobles.
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Old May 18, 18, 11:29 am
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Does the OP have it backwards somehow? You are generally instructed to take OFF a bulky coat not to leave it on??
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Old May 18, 18, 11:31 am
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Who's wearing a bulky coat in Texas in late May?
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Old May 18, 18, 11:37 am
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It is Precheck. They often tell me I can keep my coat on - I don't though, and take it off since the pockets are full of metal and electronics (the same reason I take off my belt with the metal buckle).
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Old May 18, 18, 11:39 am
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Originally Posted by milepig View Post
Does the OP have it backwards somehow? You are generally instructed to take OFF a bulky coat not to leave it on??
Originally Posted by Artpen100 View Post
It is Precheck. They often tell me I can keep my coat on - I don't though, and take it off since the pockets are full of metal and electronics (the same reason I take off my belt with the metal buckle).
I was talking about pre. At least at ORD the general rule is you can leave on something like a suit jacket but heavier stuff needs to come off.
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Old May 18, 18, 11:50 am
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Originally Posted by milepig View Post
Does the OP have it backwards somehow? You are generally instructed to take OFF a bulky coat not to leave it on??
I had the same thought, especially in light of the 'headscarf' comment.

OP, was this guy mad because his wife was told she HAD to take off her coat, or told she did NOT have to take of her coat? If the former, at least I understand the logic, if not the behavior. If the latter, the guy appears to be a totally non-sensical person.
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Old May 18, 18, 12:14 pm
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What's the United angle in this story?
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Old May 18, 18, 12:16 pm
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As this seems to be a "TSA rage" incident, will move to Checkpoints and Borders Policy Debate
where it can be combined with other similar incidents.

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