OK, so some of the anecdotes we’ve been hearing about TSA agents working without pay sound a little shady, but it seems like everyone has one to share. We suspect this was all started by Rep. Rashida Tlaib:
So hard going through the airport today. I looked into the eyes of our workers who deserve better. A TSA officer said: "Don't stop fighting. Keep it up." I broke down & felt the weight of the responsibility on me. I will never become numb to the human impact. We must end this.
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) January 14, 2019
TSA agents at Austin airport complaining loudly about “Trump’s shutdown” while efficiently shuttling folks through security. Lots of travelers thanking them.
— Emily Ramshaw (@eramshaw) January 16, 2019
Complaining loudly about Trump’s shutdown … sure. And then thanking them for groping their genitals.
Flying to Washington yesterday I met a TSA agent working without pay because of shutdown. She is a single mother raising a 15 year-old daughter, & her family is struggling to make ends meet without her paycheck. #ShutdownStories
— Rep. Brad Schneider (@RepSchneider) January 15, 2019
Shutdown stories, huh? There sure are a lot of people flying these past couple of days with their own shutdown stories.
I was at the airport this morning and a TSA agent stopped me and said "I’m gonna feel your balls now.”
I tried to complain but was told that the sheer number of TSA shutdown anecdotes swirling twitter makes it impossible to investigate.
And congress won’t do a thing about it.
— Ben (@BenHowe) January 17, 2019
I was going through airport security when a TSA agent stopped me and said, “this morning my five-year-old daughter looked up at me and said…
— Caleb Winn (@cwinn) January 17, 2019
A 3 year old going through airport security in front me said to the TSA agent:
“Don’t be sad we believe in you! President Trump has a plan to end the humanitarian crisis at the border!”
TSA agent: “Thanks kiddo, I just wish the Democrats cared about border security too!”
— Texford Fischer (@texfischer) January 16, 2019
My infant grandson just the other day spoke with TSA agents and they all seemed to agree the Democrats could end it any time they wanted. pic.twitter.com/s0SmC3X832
— ⚡️Erick Brockway⚡️ (@erickbrockway) January 16, 2019
A TSA Agent told me that he was really upset that the WH didn't serve Chick-Fil-A to the Clemson players. Said a bunch of TSA agents are calling out sick in protest. I told him that I agreed and the outrage was justified.
— (((AG))) (@AG_Conservative) January 16, 2019
I was just in a hipster coffee shop where a group of TSA agents who moonlight as Benedectine monks broke out in a Gregorian chant calling on Pelosi to approve 4 trillion dollars for the solid platinum border wall.
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) January 16, 2019
Had an encounter with a TSA agent today. He said “I am lost with this government shut down. I have no idea what to do.”
I replied, “Sir, I can only imagine what you’re going through. But I still don’t understand what you’re doing in my kitchen.”
— Kate Hyde (@KateHydeNY) January 16, 2019
Going through TSA and I stopped to ask three agents if they were getting paid. They all broke down in tears and began telling me how terrible Trump was. "ORANGE MAN BAD," they said in unison. I gave them a hug and told them it would be okay lol jk none of this happened you idiots
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) January 16, 2019
a TSA agent just stopped me and said “I want to say: your fun facts about Gore Vidal are interesting and you should keep sharing them with whoever will listen” and then she clasped my hand and wept but we weren’t even near an airport I’m honestly not even sure she was a tsa agent
— Alexandra Petri (@petridishes) January 16, 2019
At the airport, the TSA agent looked me in the eye and said "keep fighting. Under DBCFT the dollar would've appreciated." I said "Yes! No way nominal exchange rates hold in equilibrium!" The agent replied "dollar appreciation holds real rates constant!"
Everyone in line clapped.
— Alan Cole (@AlanMCole) January 16, 2019
A TSA agent just told me virtually every traveler has a jar of mayonnaise in their carry on and she wishes they would buy jars smaller than 3.5 ounces.
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) January 16, 2019
I won't get into it, but I spoke to the TSA agent at the airport and he's mad that the courts don't give deserved protection to the 9th Amendment and our unenumerated rights.
— Shoshana Weissmann, Sloth Committee Chair (@senatorshoshana) January 16, 2019
I was at the airport this morning and a TSA agent stopped me and said "Don't listen to the trolls on Twitter…keep those hot food takes coming…you're always right!" I broke down and she hugged me…then we had a burger with no tomato followed by some milk chocolate.
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) January 16, 2019
It’s funny, I went through security at an airport last week and the TSA agent, after he was done groping me, leaned in and whispered “SUCKER PUNCH is the greatest film of my generation.” I met his eyes and nodded. He was right. When will someone listen to him? https://t.co/e8wDznb0S1
— Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) January 16, 2019
I went through airport security today, and the TSA agent told me to “walk forward” to enter the scanner and I did.
— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) January 16, 2019
A TSA agent pulled me aside to tell me he was a Nazi and wanted to be my friend. Which is really weird because I’m not at an airport.
— Bethany S. Mandel (@bethanyshondark) January 16, 2019
Just went through airport security. The TSA agent turned to me, tears in his eyes, and said, "Chuck Schumer, Dianne Feinstein, Hillary Clinton, even Barack Obama, among many other Democrats, voted for the Wall in 2006. Why won't they support it now and end the shutdown?" I cried.
— Michael Knowles (@michaeljknowles) January 17, 2019
OMG. This happened to me to. He even said he was Hispanic and came here legally. Others should too. I cried
— Jayson (@FantasyBBJay) January 17, 2019
At the airport a TSA agent said to me that he thinks everyone should buy a copy of my book. He also said my dog tweets are great and that the TV show Lost made no sense. At that point another agent said "Ditto. Also it's a hard G in Gif!"
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) January 16, 2019
Just went through security at the airport. TSA agent turned to me with tears in his eyes, and said, "Sir, please take off your belt."
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) January 16, 2019
I’m at TSA agent convention and 2,000 TSA agents just turned and looked at me, with tears in their eyes, and said I had been chosen as their human sacrifice.
— Matt’s Idea Shop (@MattsIdeaShop) January 17, 2019
As I was going through security at an unidentified airport, the TSA agent whispered to me, "Please let everyone know that my fellow agents and I enjoy being the subject of everyone's imaginary conversation during the shutdown. We're thrilled to bring left and right together."
— Drew McCoy (@_Drew_McCoy_) January 16, 2019
The most political conversation I ever had with a TSA agent was why I had a Trumpy Bear shoved in my backpack and why there was a mini liquor bottle hidden in his flag pocket
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) January 16, 2019
It sucks to be a TSA agent right now, but at least they can take solace in the fact that they’ve gone from gropey racial-profiling petty tyrants to hardworking put-upon oppressed proles almost overnight
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) January 15, 2019
Ladies, unless you're tweeting that when you went through TSA today, you overheard some dude saying how he wished he could get a look at your autoporn machine pic because he likes boobies, I am not gonna believe anything you tweet about "TSA agent said this."
— Liz Mair (@LizMair) January 16, 2019
I actually did talk to a TSA agent today (because I work in an airport) and not once did we bring up politics. ¯_(ツ)_/¯
— New Year New Han (@Echo7Solo) January 16, 2019
'Things That DIDN'T Happen For $200, Alex': WaPo journo's sob story about DC cabbie weeping over shutdown is SUCH BS https://t.co/9meLEQfu8a
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) January 10, 2019