I have had a lot of people send me the link to this story about an ajumma assaulting TSA personnel in Orlando:
A South Korean woman was jailed after she became irate and slapped a TSA employee at Orlando International Airport Wednesday, police said.
Hyunjoo Kim, 39, was upset that she needed to be patted down during the screening process at the security check point and slapped a female Transportation Security Administration employee, reports show. She became more agitated when screening officers told her two bottles of lotion were too big to carry onto the airplane. [Orlando Sentinel]
You can read the rest about the assault at the link. Over at the Marmot’s Hole there are some people defending Kim Hyun-joo’s actions. No matter how frustrating TSA security checks can be this is no excuse for assaulting the screeners. The vast majority of TSA screeners I have never had a problem with despite the bad reputation they get. The really only poor TSA personnel I have experienced is at LAX because I have found some of them to be rude. I guess if I lived in Los Angeles and worked at that airport I would get that way to after awhile.
The easiest way to get through security is never bring anything liquid or something sharp in your carry on bag. Why did Kim need two big bottles of lotion on the airplane? She should have just put it into her checked in luggage. As far as a pat down what is the big deal? I have been pat down multiple times after going through the X-ray machine because they randomly grab people for extra screening. If you don’t want to be scanned then you have no choice but to be pat down. It is people like Kim that cause security lines to take longer than necessary because the TSA personnel reacting to them slows down the line for everyone else. People just need to chill out get to the airport early and use some common sense on what to bring inside your carry on bag and that would avoid a lot of frustration with TSA.