Travelers love to complain about the TSA, and even though the agency assigned to protect America's transportation systems claims to listen, most of us know better.
If you look enviously at the TSA Pre-Check line whenever you're at the airport — where pre-cleared air travelers breeze through the checkpoint without having to be scanned, remove their shoes or face a humiliating "enhanced" pat-down — then join the club.
Don't look now, but the TSA's full-body scanners are alive and well.
It started like it always does, just a few moments before I arrived at the airport. Except this time, the symptoms felt exponentially worse.
When it comes to the TSA, you may know less than you think.
The story had a familiar ring to it. It involved a group of soldiers returning home from Afghanistan. They were carrying weapons, including rifles, pistols and at least one M-240B machine gun.
Want to get through the TSA screening process as quickly and painlessly as possible? Sure you do.