hahahaha, that is awesome/hilarious. TSA are such incompetent idiots, I swear. Awhile ago, it used to be that we were able to escort people into secured areas without going through security, now they changed it so that they have to get a pass and go through security. Fine, whatever. The exception to the gate pass rule is children under 18. I have one of those! The other day, I was hanging out with a friend who was traveling, and I had Trinity with me. The TSA stops me and goes "I need her boarding pass." "We aren't traveling," I said, "I'm an airline employee and this is my daughter." "A SIDA badge no longer has any escorting privileges" she said. "I can take my daughter anywhere I want if I'm not taking her through SIDA doors," I told her. And she just goes "Okay" and hands me back my badge. I'm like....um, wtf? For the record, I was right, but she didn't even question it after I said it. She was the one who stopped me in the first place, but shouldn't she have checked with someone besides the not in uniform gate agent who just made a simple statement. IDIOT!
I have a friend who is a crew member, and crew members are allowed to take through things the general public cannot (i.e. liquids more than three ounces). The other day he was traveling but he was wearing a suit and not his uniform. TSA proceed to throw a fit when they see his bag that has like shampoo in a 7 oz bottle. He's like no no, I'm flight crew, it's fine. TSA says he can't carry crew bags when he's not in uniform. So he asks for his bag back, opens it right there, takes off his suit coat, puts on his uniform jacket and his hat and then they let him through. They never even checked his ID! They let him through strictly on the basis he had a jacket with four stripes on it. Hahaha! That's our government for you.