Sometimes air travel can be your own personal nightmare. The most common problem associated with these nightmares is with the TSA security checkpoints. With upgrades like body scanners, you would assume these nightmarish experiences would get better. Unfortunately, they have only made things worse. Plenty of horror stories have been disclosed online, many using social media or websites like TSA Nightmare Stories. Here are a few of their stories.
A traveler from Charleston, SC was traveling with a broken foot only two days after break it. Even after explaining she was unable to put any weight on her broken foot, TSA agents still forced the passenger to use the x-ray machine without her crutches. After multiple attempts, agents were (of course) unable to get a good scan, and had to do the pat down anyway.
One female traveler was used to airports with layovers without multiple security checkpoints, so when she came across a second security checkpoint during her Toronto layover, she was a little confused. Not wanting to miss her flight she proceeded through the line. After going through 2 metal detectors, and a pat down, she was informed she was being required to do a full body scan. All due to her shoes, which she was informed she didn’t need to take off, and her bra having an underwire.
One horrible story happened to the writer’s grandmother. In vulnerable moment, the woman stored her jewelry inside her locked baggage given at check-in. After arriving home, she and her family noticed the bag had been open by force. The jewelry was gone, but a not from TSA was left inside explaining their examination process for luggage. Worst of all, the jewelry was going to be used to sell for funds for her husband’s therapy.