summer travel: Starved for attention? 5 tips for becoming fast friends with the TSA

It’s summertime and the living is easy.  (Um…not really.)  The sun is high and that breeze is sweet.  All you need is a cold lemonade margarita plus a shady hammock and you’re good to go.

Naturally this means we’re heading to the airport.

Some people prefer quietly sailing through security, leaving nary a ripple behind them, but not me.  No sirree, Bob.  I like to make an impression.


Let’s kick off our summer travel series with some TSA tips.

Travel Tips Guaranteed to Get You Extra Face Time (and maybe even a pat down) with the TSA

1.  Be meticulous in your packing.  The neater your bag’s contents, the more likely it is you’ll look like a mastermind on the brink.  It may even bump you from x-ray screening to an actual agent pawing through your unmentionables.

2.  Wear one of those long, flowing, extremely comfortable maxi skirts.  The kind that don’t make you miserable during your umpteen hours of travel.  Then watch as the TSA pulls you aside because your body shape’s undefined under your clothes.

3.  Wear skin tight jeans.  Wear spandex.  Hell, wear a Catwoman outfit like Halle Berry.  Then watch as the TSA pulls you to see if you’ve taken advantage of distraction to smuggle items past security.

4.  Forget to take off your watch.  Then forget to remove that chapstick in your pocket.  After you’ve set off the metal detector twice you might as well embrace the fact that you’ll be meeting the wand.

5.  Wear an underwire bra, even if you’re a man.  Especially if you’re a man.  Security will be so busy trying figure out what the hell you’re doing they won’t even bother to ask about your light summer reading you’ve stuffed in your carry on:  The Anarchist CookbookThe Communist Manifesto, and V is for Vendetta.

2 thoughts on “summer travel: Starved for attention? 5 tips for becoming fast friends with the TSA

  1. 🙂 Hope you have a good trip.
    I’ll share a tidbit from a family flight we took over twenty-five years ago on how to create a stir at an airport. Ask at the desk which is the proper place to pack a toy souvenir gun, check in or carry on luggage. I swear they missed the word, toy, all together as we were whisked away. It had to be sealed in a box marked danger/weapon.

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    • OH MY, Kathy!! “gun” is the magic word, and 25 years ago that must have caused quite a stir! It’s why I always give T the side eye if he’s checking out toy swords for souvenirs. SO not worth the trouble!

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