Going through airport security manned by the TSA is an unpleasant at best, panic-inducing at worst experience, and it definitely helps to know what to expect and what you can do to ensure that you are harassed as little as possible. The TSA is absolutely horrible at informing travelers as to the procedures they will face (often times declaring that they are “sensitive security information” and therefore cannot be published) and those working the checkpoints often misrepresent the rights and responsibilities of travelers (sometimes to be intentionally difficult, but generally because they were poorly trained).
So, here’s what every traveler should know before they collect their boarding pass at a U.S. airport:
- You have the right to opt-out of the body scanners and request a pat-down. Unless your boarding pass indicates that you are subject to heightened security, which will be denoted by four S’s in big bold letters, you…
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