Just got back from HI: My Report on Airport SecuritySubmitted by Dawnofanewera83 on Fri, 02/01/2013 - 00:23
I started my journey to HI at SEATAC International Airport & after hearing a number of reports in the news & online about invasive security measures employed since my last flight in 2009, was feeling a bit weary about the whole process. Here is my report:
-Upon arriving at the Hawaiian Airlines section, I was directed to a self check-in station located near the front since I was not checking any bags. After inputting my confirmation code & going through a few short steps, my boarding pass was printed & I was on my way. So far, super easy!
-There were relatively short lines at the security check-point & while waiting in line after showing my boarding pass & passport, was noticing that some people were being directed through the controversial "Rapiscan" machines, while others (mainly women w/ children) were being pointed through a metal detector instead. As I stepped up, I was motioned toward the "Rapiscan" machine & I shook my head & said, "I don't want to go through that." The TSA agent then read me a card attached to a lanyard around her neck that was basically just some legal jargon confirming I was opting out of the scanner & would therefore undergo a security pat down. I agreed. Another female agent was called up & she grabbed my belongings & we went to another station where she put on gloves & explained the procedure. She was actually a nice person & even stated a lot of people opt out of the machines. I didn't feel that the whole procedure was too invasive, but thought it was more like a whole lot of posturing more than anything.
-On my way back through HNL Honolulu International Airport, I simply went through a metal detector after printing my boarding pass & showing it along with my passport to security & had absolutely no troubles at all.
What are other people's experiences with the TSA?