Traveling can be very stressful. But I often ask myself what is more stressful than going through security at the airport?
If you are observant as I am, I find that there are no standards in each airport in each country. Some say remove your shoes, some don’t. Some say take our your laptop, but not your i-pad, while others want both the i-pad and laptop removed.
Some, make you go through the machine where you “put your hands up” like a police would ask if you are in trouble with the law. And at other times, you simply walk through and look at the TSA rep in a manner such as to say, “did I pass?”
Some TSA representatives are serious as heck, while others are light-hearted and jovial. In Iceland, I had a TSA agent ask me quite seriously if I had security clearance for my bags (prior to going through the line)? I was alarmed! I panicked! I had no clue what he was referring to when it finally clicked – he was joking with me and no such thing existed! Grrr – don’t play with me TSA agent as I am already stressed enough going through security!
On my way home from this last trip, I was stopped by TSA and asked to stand aside. What? I already removed my shoes, my belt, emptied my pockets, and taken off everything I could think of (except my clothes). I was chosen for the lucky pat-down. Stick your arms out, separate your legs and let the agent do her thing. When she was done I actually heard myself thank her! I thanked a lady for patting me down – how ridiculous that sounded!!!
This is the world we now live in. Pat downs, liquids in a baggie, and enhanced security. I miss the old days when getting there was half the fun. Now I simply put up with the annoyances of travel to get to my destination safely.