Love travelling, but hate the travel? After all, the dreadful journey through the airport is fraught with a whole lot of stress.
Psst! Knowing these TSA secrets will help you breeze through airport security more easily.
Just to be safe, steer clear of any camo-patterned clothing or articles that look vaguely military. Many Southeast Asian countries have National Service, and they might assume you’re serving the military, which can lead a tedious questioning process that airport security dislikes as much as you do.
NEXT: They hate cats →
Of course, persons with malicious intent are the number one enemy of TSA agents, but cats come in a close second. Why? Like other animals, they too have to be patted down, but these fiesty felines scratch and hiss, and often attempt to escape checks. And when they do, in extreme cases, they could potentially force the entire airport to be shut down.
NEXT: You’re being offensive →
Love oriental decor? Without a license, it’s disrespectful (and illegal!) to take any Buddha souvenirs or decorations back home from Thailand with you. Funny that although these signs are plastered around airports, souvenir shops in the cities still sell them to undoubting tourists. And, exporting parts of Buddha images, like statues of the head alone, is totally prohibited to prevent looting from religious sites.
NEXT: Why fruit are prohibited →
Thailand probably wouldn’t be so famous for its mango with sticky rice dessert if not for the fact that their mangoes are So. Damn. Delicious. But your TSA agent isn’t confiscating your fruit just for the laughs (or to have them for themselves) – it’s a regulation put in place to prevent the spread of pests and diseases. Don’t blame them!
NEXT: Bribery doesn’t pay →
Word on the street is that some authorities in certain Southeast Asian countries are easily paid off. One word: NO. Wherever this idea came from, banish it – most officials don’t take kindly to bribery, and you might just land yourself in even deeper sh*t if you attempt to do it. But then again, just don’t land yourself in a situation where bribery becomes an option.
NEXT: …But here’s what does →
That said, a study found that the TSA apparently cashes in a high six-digit sum from your pocket change that you leave behind. $754,759 in 2015, to be exact – and this gets deposited into a special account.
NEXT: What’s dangerous and what’s not →
A whole lot of stuff that you wouldn’t expect can actually make it through airport security, like fishing rods. On the contrary, your nailclipper can’t (unless your TSA agent is lenient). Want to bring food on board because it’s the bomb? It quite literally is, and will need an extra check-through too, as edible items like cheese and meats appear orange through the x-ray machine, just like explosives.
NEXT: There’s nothing to be afraid of →
The more jittery you are, the more they’ll think you have a reason to be. Plus, TSA agents aren’t cops. Which means they may try to hold you until the actual police arrive, but you’re also free to leave the airport if they refuse to let you through airport security. But then again, why are you doing something that’ll give them a reason to bar you from boarding your plane?
NEXT: There are things you can and can’t wear →
By Pinky Chng, September 2017
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