TSA Worker Confessions Show What’s Really On Their Mind When They Search You At The Airport

Have you ever wondered why going through TSA sometimes feels like waiting in line at the DMV? Everything seems a little darker, smiles may as well be forbidden, and something inside is telling you that you’ve done something wrong even though you haven’t.

That feeling isn’t just in your head. In fact, TSA workers have a host of reasons they aren’t often the perky type. These include things like picky travelers, abandoned mannequins, vibrating items, and kitten breaches. We’ll look at everything from Facebook posts to news stories to uncover what’s really going on in the minds of TSA agents while they’re on duty.

Don’t Try To Out-Petty TSA

A woman TSA worker points to a passenger's bag.
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Spencer Platt/Getty Images

One TSA worker posted on the TSA Breakroom page that a passenger left a note in their bag that demanded that they not touch anything in the bag, and to call her if they need to. The worker proceeded to notify their supervisor, who quickly instructed them to ignore the note.

Being an obedient worker and all, they were sure to touch everything in the bag without calling the owner who had left the note. They then threw a ton of inspection notes into the bag as a hint. The post concluded, “MORAL OF THE STORY: Don’t try to out-petty TSA…we win every time.”