A TSA Worker Was NICE To Me! {{{THUD}}}

As has been said many times before, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)  doesn’t have the best of reputations. Of course, they try their best to communicate things, such as the procedures for bringing medications through security, what they’ve done to help those with Autism Spectrum Disorder feel more at ease in airports, and even updates to the TSA app to make it more functional and user-friendly. But between travelers who don’t read up on what they need to do before they can fly and some TSA workers who may not be aware of the fine line between using and abusing their power, it makes for more horror stories than happy ones.

Well, I have a happy TSA story.

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Why Do Most Of The Busiest Airports In The U.S. Have Chapels?

If you’ve ever had a long layover in a large airport and are killing time by exploring the airport (heads up that you might want to do this or this or look into these), you may come across the airport chapel.

A chapel? In an airport? What’s up with that?

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THIS Is Why TSA Employees Can Be So Rude & Irritating – Now It All Makes Sense!

It’s rare to find a TSA agent who’s genuinely pleasant. Oh sure, you’ll encounter a bunch who are professional and who might even tell you to have a nice day. But they rarely give eye contact, short of when they’re comparing your face to the picture on your ID. And even less of them ever smile. OK, except maybe this guy (really, watch it – he’s awesome!)

You’ll also find a fair share of Transportation Safety Officers who are downright nasty. They yell at passengers. They’re impatient. They don’t explain things adequately. They have little compassion for people who don’t understand because of a language or comprehension barrier. There’s questioning if their sense of authority goes to their heads. And they’re as inconsistent as can be.

But I just found something that totally explains why the TSA workers in that last paragraph act like they do. It makes perfect sense…

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Long Layover? Missed Your Flight? Bored At The Airport? Maybe Do This

If you know you’re going to have a layover, you can try to plan for it. Either you can make it so there’s as little time as possible between one flight and the connecting flight. Or you can give yourself some extra time and visit the city for something special, like when we did this when we had a stopover in Dublin. Or you plan to take advantage of the short-term activities the airports have for travelers.

Sometimes though, you can’t plan…a plan is delayed and you miss your flight. Or you’re somewhere small where there’s nothing for tourists to do. Maybe you’re even stuck at the airport overnight (if you are, this might be a good reference).

In that kind of situation, most people might go exploring around the airport for a while, but then will settle down a watch a movie on their phone or tablet, or maybe read a book. But creative people? They take it one step further. Like these folks did…

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Step Aside, Chick-fil-A; There Could Be A New Chicken Sandwich Restaurant At Airports

There’s been plenty of controversy about airports approving restaurant locations serving chicken sandwiches. Unless you’ve been avoiding social media for the last week, you know that there’s a new entrant in that market and it could make airport concession companies think twice about which franchise they want to open.

Up until now, if you were going to open a chicken sandwich franchise, Chick-fil-A was the only game in town. While the restaurant chain has a share of loyalists who are addicted to their sandwiches and sweet tea, there’s also a number of people who refuse to patronize the company due to the social and cultural views of its CEO and other executives. That’s not even to mention what you should do if you’d want a chicken sandwich on a Sunday.

If you think about it, this was the only type of food where there was no other available mainstream option.

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