Just had an encouraging phone conversation with an agent at TSA Cares! Last week Jerry and I flew out of PHX Sky Harbor. Even though we both have TSA pre-check, I always opt to tell them that I have an artificial knee. They want me to go through the full body scanner, but I always choose the pat down because it’s hard for me to wrap my head around their safety talk when the machine supposedly sees through everything, but unfortunately fails to melt my cellulite. I always make it a priority to thank the lady doing the pat down and for taking the time out of her busy schedule to accommodate my quirky qualms. Most often the agent seems appreciative and it turns out to be an OK experience. However, the very attractive young blonde called over to do the pat down was not a happy camper and she let me know it by her demeanor. She seemed to relish telling me I had failed the chemical test, and we would have to go into a private screening area for a more thorough pat down with a second female agent present. Again, I failed that test. I told her the only thing I could think of that was causing this was the oral chemo capsules that I take twice daily. She looked at me like I had just dropped from outer space, and she showed no kindness whatsoever. She took her findings to higher authorities and they waved me through without further ado. Jerry witnessed her conversation with the two male agents, and he said they looked at her like SERIOUSLY? They were probably thinking “let the old gal through. She really doesn’t appear to be a terrorist”. Just guessing on that, but I like to think people see me as a kindly, elderly grandma who wouldn’t harm man nor beast. Well, not quite true, as I am seriously thinking of harming one of our cats who has used our less than one year old leather sofa as a scratching post. And it’s not even paid for yet! But I digress so back to TSA. A couple of days after the Phoenix experience we were in the Austin airport going through the same old process. The agent there was very kind, considerate and found absolutely no evidence of any chemicals on me. I guess it will forever be a mystery why I was a chemical carrier one day and chemical free three days later. I share this story to encourage any of you who may face the same issues in flying to be aware you do have the right to ask for a supervisor if you deem it necessary. Also, please take time to report the good experiences to TSA Cares as well as negative ones. When I phoned TSA Cares today I spoke with a very nice agent who promised to relay the negative experience to appropriate personnel at Sky Harbor as well as my compliments to personnel in at Austin Bergstrom Airport. It feels good to end a conversation on a positive note. SERIOUSLY!