The Transportation Security Administration is the agency everybody loves to hate. Agents seem like they are always out to “get” passengers and make their lives miserable when, in fact, they are just doing their jobs.
Call them “necessary evil” if you will, but bad-mouthing them is not always fair. Some checkpoints have been organized in a way that makes it easier to pass, while others are lacking the infrastructure or staff to get people faster through security.
TSA agents don’t like slow lines either, and travelers share some of the blame for the slow processing. Wearing certain clothes, even underwear, can work against you if it contains metal. A lot of women don’t realize that their bras have underwires that set off alarms.
If you don’t want to be patted down, be aware of what your attire should not be. This includes very loose clothing, cargo pants and bulky pullovers.
Airports security staff members have spoken out about what people should avoid doing and wearing at the airport if they want to avoid stress, delays and possible ban on flying. The following list is based on reports by Who What Wear, One Country, and Airfarewatchdog.