Last week I was in Newark, New York, and Philadelphia. Because of the events that I did, I had to bring my suitcase, a backpack, and my purse. One the way up I did check my bags (which felt super weird, actually. I kept looking around wondering why I felt so light and free), but because I had freed up some space on the way home I was not checking. Flying out of Philadelphia, my plan was to get through security, get lunch, and then put my purse in my backpack for the flights home.
Except when I was going through security, the TSA agent yelled at me and said I could only take two bags through security. I politely told her that I was going to condense when I got through, but that it was easier for me if I had my purse out for a little while longer. You know, access to my wallet with my ID in it, etc. But no. She was not very nice about it either. And there was NO ONE in line in front of me, but as soon as I moved aside to condense my stuff about ten people came through.
I am very sure that I read somewhere that TSA can’t tell you how many bags to bring through security, but I can’t find that now. Does anyone have a reference somewhere? It just seems insane to me that they care if I put my purse in my backpack now or later. Doesn’t that make it more difficult to screen?