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Friday, February 24, 2012

TSA Acts Nice ... Gasp!

Stop the presses!  

Pull out a Drudge-like siren!  

I went through security at LAX and was treated nicely!
Yesterday morning I was on my way to the east coast and at the last minute decided to carry my bag on board instead of consigning it to checked luggage. Tucked deep inside a suitcase pocket was my indispensable hair spay: a can of Tresemme 4.2 oz (119g) aerosol number 4 extra hold, extra firm control.

The bad news is that the small 4.2 oz bottle is a little too big under the TSA's carry-on rules. So, a TSA agent removed the can from my bag and then sent the bag back through the x-ray machine, probably to make sure that I was not porting more "large" cans.

Then he noticed my disappointed look. No doubt he read my mind that among the great inventions of mankind, right after the wheel, comes hair spray ... in an aerosol can (not in those always defective pump containers) and at a strength level sufficient to withstand gale force winds.

The agent, an older gentleman, proceeded to give me a short avuncular lecture about the size of bottles of liquid that are allowed in carry-ons. I wasn't really listening but thinking ahead to where I would be able to buy a replacement before the dinner I was to attend upon landing at my destination. I did hear him say something about buying "travel" size hair spray in the future.

Then, the unexpected happened. He gave me a smile, put the can of hair spray back in my bag, and passed me through security. Wow! A nice guy! A rational guy! Thank you!

Just a post to note that not all encounters with the TSA are weird.

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