The time they refused to pack up my luggage


The time they refused to pack up my luggage

The time an agent refused to pack my luggage back up, and I went Alex Jones on her.

Until the day the TSA gets destroyed in court, our airport victories will be token ones, our triumphs merely symbolic.

Put another way: all we can do is mess with them, cooperate minimally, and verbally abuse them. Done and done.

As covered repeatedly on this site, carry on luggage for those on The List is subject to a massive rip-everything-apart-and-spread-it-all-over-the-place scrutiny. And about 20% of the time, they don’t pack it back up.

When that happens, and they say something like “Ok, you’re all done,” I say something like: “We’re not all done. Pack up my bag.” Token resistance, but those of us on The List have to maintain fragments of our dignity wherever we can.

Then I flew out of Vegas and I met my match

“We’re not done.”I said. “Pack up my bag.”

“Not my job sir.”

“I’m not going anywhere until you pack up my bag.”

She stood there.

This is where I go into verbal-destruction-mode, every time.

“Have some respect for your own job and pack my bag.


“You’re hated enough by American citizens. Don’t make it worse. PACK UP MY BAG.”

Then I really went Alex Jones on her. I’ll spare your ears. It was a scene.

She walked off. I crossed my arms and stood my ground.

Someone is packing my bag.

A minute ticks by.¬† I’m making hard eye contact with every agent in eye-shot and yelling:

Someone is packing my bag.

The agent on “good cop” duty finally came over, halfheartedly stuffed the clothes back in my backpack, and walked away.

I passed the woman on my way out.

“I get to go to the beach now. Enjoy your pathetic job.”

Watch out for the blond woman at McCarren who looks like  Zelda Rubinstein. She has no manners.


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  1. Jeff

    Love it! I thought I was one of the only people who do this kind of stuff to the TSA. I have no issues – that is to say I’m not on any kind of list. Nonetheless, I despise this organization and am surly and rotten to them at all times in subtle but very passive aggressive and sneaky ways. Many are SO stupid they don’t get the insults! Other times, I “forget” to comply in any way. i.e. leaving my shoes on, belt on, not having my papers ready for inspection.

    I’ve been close to but not arrested on several occasions. I stand my ground, am VERY rude and condescending and have even used something very similar to the “everyone hates you” blurb more than once.

    Sometimes, after having gone through this charade, I reflect and really do feel like a total jerk! I’m not like this in “real life” only for that brief twilight time while awaiting inspection. I’m sorry for what I said, somewhat, sorry for holding up the line, somewhat and even sorry for being so nasty. However, not so sorry to the point where I won’t continue to do it.

    When the TSA is disbanded or radically changed for the better which I think will happen with major advances in technology, I’ll stop and go back to being the mild-mannered citizen I normally am 99.9% of the time.

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