It would be something of an understatement to say that some travelers do not like airport security. Nevertheless, it is something we all must submit to. Even celebrities. If it’s been a while, there’s a refresher on the rules below.
Some recent names in the news at U.S. airports.
- Pierce Brosnan: The one-time James Bond actor was stopped at a checkpoint in Burlington, Vt. for having a knife in a carry-on bag. It’s not clear if he even knew it was there but TMZ reports he moved it to a checked-bag and proceeded without incident.
- Morrissey: The British singer was passing through the San Francisco airport when he claims he was “groped” by a TSA officer. According to USA Today, the TSA reviewed video of the encounter and said the officer followed “standard operating procedures.”
Some blasts from the past.
- Jwoww: If Jenni Farley’s nickname is unfamiliar, you’ve forgotten all about Jersey Shore but back in 2011, she was a name and cried “abuse of authority” against TSA officers in Fargo. Her complaint: Having her hands test-swabbed for explosives (as far as we know, it came back negative).
- Miss USA: That was Susie Castillo who raged against Dallas-Ft. Worth TSA agents a few years back when they had the audacity to pat her down. “Am I a threat to U.S. security,” she asked. She was not.
- Chewbacca: Actor Peter Mayhew, who played the iconically furry Star Wars creature nearly lost his cane to a TSA officer – possibly because it looked like a light sabre. Luckily, the force (aka, Denver’s TSA) was with Chew because after a quick examination, the cane was returned to him.
How to Avoid Problems with the TSA
Find more security rules on the TSA website.
- No containers of liquid that can hold more than 3.4 ounces
- No guns or knives, or anything that could logically be perceived as a weapon
- All toiletries and small bottles of liquids in a carry-on must be in a single quart-sized zip bag
- Tip: Save time and trouble by joining TSA’s PreCheck program.